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The California Lightning Sprints (CLS) are a Southern California based 1200cc Mini-Sprint club. The group competes in both winged and non-winged events at the Perris, Bakersfield, Ventura, Santa Maria, Barona, El Centro, and Victorville clay ovals. Reaching speeds in excess of 100 mph, the cars of the CLS may be small in size, but they are big on excitement!!! 

     

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  • JEFF DYER GETS FIRST CLS WIN OF 2016 AT VENTURA!
    (Torrance, CA, July 14, 2016)
    One week after a being robbed of a potential main event victory when a chain snapped while leading the main event at Perris Auto Speedway, Jeff Dyer had no such problems and he outdistanced the 19-car field for the win last Saturday night at the Ventura Raceway. The win was the first of the 2016 campaign for the Victorville based racing veteran...........more
      

  • MICHNOWICZ WINS HIS SECOND LIGHTNING SPRINT MAIN OF 2016!
    (Torrance, CA, July 7, 2016)
    Performing before the largest crowd of the season, three-time California Lightning Sprint Car Champion Bobby Michnowicz won the 20-lap main event last Saturday night at Perris Auto Speedway. It was the second win of the season for the veteran driver..........more   
     

  • 2003 CHAMP CARDEY COMING OUT OF RETIREMENT TO RACE WITH CLS AT VENTURA SATURDAY!
    (Torrance, CA, July 6, 2016) David Cardey, the 2003 California Lightning Sprint Car Series champion, is coming out of retirement to race with the CLS this Saturday night, July 9th, at Jim Naylor’s Ventura Raceway. Joining the CLS at the picturesque beach side oval located on the Ventura County Fairgrounds will be the VRA Sprint Cars, IMCA Modifieds, Dwarf Cars and the Focus Midgets. Spectator gates will open at 3:00 PM with the first race at 5:30....more
      

  • CALIFORNIA LIGHTNING SPRINT SEASON REACHES HALFWAY POINT SATURDAY AT PERRIS!
    (Torrance, CA, June 28, 2016) The California Lightning Sprint Car Series will reach the halfway point of its 2016 season this Saturday night, July 2nd, at Perris Auto Speedway. The CLS will be joined by the USAC/CRA Sprint Cars and The PAS Young Gun and Senior Sprints. In addition to the racing, the City of Perris will be presenting the biggest and best Fireworks show in Riverside County.........more
     

  • CARACILLO WINS 2ND 2016 CLS MAIN EVENT AT BAKERSFIELD!
    (Torrance, CA, June 15, 2016)
    Madera’s Charlie Caraccilo became the second California Lightning Sprint Car Series multi-time winner of 2016 when he bested a 15-car main event last Saturday night at the Bakersfield Speedway.........more  
     

  • GRIGOREAS BACK ON TOP OF POINTS AS LIGHTNING SPRINTS HEAD TO BAKERSFIELD!
    (Torrance, CA, June 8, 2016)
    This Saturday night, June 11th, the California Lightning Sprint Car Series will return to “The West’s Fastest 1/3 of a Mile High Banked Clay Oval,” the Bakersfield Speedway, for the third of four appearances in 2016. Joining the CLS on the program will be the Sportmods, Pro Stocks, Hobby Stocks, Mod Lites and the Race Saver Sprint Cars. Spectator gates will open at 5:00 PM and the first race will be at 6:00........more
      

  • NUNES WINS CALIFORNIA LIGHTNING SPRINT MAIN AT PERRIS AUTO SPEEDWAY!
    (Torrance, CA, June 2, 2016)
    Kingsburg, California’s Doug Nunes made the long driver to Southern California a successful when he scored a convincing win in the California Lightning Sprint Car Series main event at the annual Salute to Indy at Perris Auto Speedway. In posting the win, Nunes became the fifth different winner in the first seven CLS races in 2016........more
     

  • CALIFORNIA LIGHTNING SPRINTS AT PERRIS AUTO SPEEDWAY SALUTE TO INDY!
    (Torrance, CA, May 25, 2016) The California Lightning Sprint Car Series will return to its former home track, Perris Auto Speedway, this Saturday night, May 28th for the “Salute to Indy.” Joining the CLS will be the USAC/CRA Sprint Car Series and The PAS Young Gun & Senior Sprints. Spectator gates will open at 5:00 PM and the first race will see the green flag at 7:00.........more
     

  • KELLEY POSTS FIRST CALIFORNIA LIGHTNING SPRINT WIN - HILLBERG TAKES POINTS LEAD!
    (Torrance, CA, May 17, 2016)
    2015 California Lightning Sprint Car Series “Rookie of the Year,” Pat Kelley of Chino, won his first ever CLS main event leading every single lap at the Ventura Raceway last Saturday night. While Kelley was winning the 20-lapper, Corona’s Darren Hillberg was busy taking the overall lead in the championship standings.........more
     

  • HILLBERG CLOSES IN ON GRIGOREAS IN CALIFORNIA LIGHTNING SPRINT CAR POINTS CHASE!
    (Torrance, CA, May 9, 2016) Corona, California’s Darren Hillberg hopes to keep closing the gap on point leader Alex Grigoreas when the California Lightning Sprint Car Series makes its second 2016 appearance at Jim Naylor’s picturesque Ventura Raceway this Saturday night, May 14th. In addition to the CLS, the VRA Sprint Cars & Dwarf Cars and the IMCA Modifieds will also be in action. Spectator gates will open at 3:00 PM and racing will begin at 5:30..........more  
     

  • CARACCILO GETS FIRST CALIFORNIA LIGHTNING SPRINT CAR WIN!
    (Torrance, CA, May 4, 2016) Madera, California’s Charlie Caraccilo scored his first ever win in the California Lightning Sprint Car Series last Saturday night when he bested 17 other drivers at the Bakersfield Speedway. The win made him the third different winner in the first five races of the 2016 season in the CLS..........more   
     

  • VIDEO CLIP: Highlights from Bakersfield Speedway on April 30th, 2016.

 

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