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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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  • CALIFORNIA LIGHTNING SPRINTS BEGIN LAST MONTH OF 2016 SEASON AT VENTURA!
    (Torrance, CA, September 28, 2016)
    The California Lightning Sprint Car Series will begin the final month of the 2016 campaign this Saturday night, October 1st, at the Ventura Raceway. The VRA Sprint Cars, Senior Sprints, Dwarfs and IMCA Modifieds will join the CLS at the show. Spectator gates will open at 3:00 with the first race at 5:30.........more
     

  • MICHNOWICZ SWEEPS BAKERSFIELD AND TAKES CLS POINT LEAD!
    (Torrance, CA, September 21, 2016) In what looked like an impossibility a couple of months ago, three-time California Lightning Sprint Car Series champion Bobby Michnowicz took over the 2016 championship series points lead when he swept the show last Saturday night at the Bakersfield Speedway.........more
     

  • HELING LEADS LIGHTNING SPRINTS INTO FINAL 2016 BAKERSFIELD RACE!
    (Torrance, CA, September 13, 2016)
    San Bernardino’s James Heling leads the California Lightning Sprint Car Series into its final 2016 appearance at the Bakersfield Speedway this Saturday night, September 17th. The CLS will be joined by the Modifieds, Sportmods, IMCA Stock Cars and Mini Stocks at “The West’s Fastest 1/3 Mile Banked Clay Oval.” Spectator gates will open at 5:00 PM with racing at 7:00........more
     

  • MICHNOWICZ SWEEPS VENTURA LIGHTNING SPRINTS– HELING TAKES POINT LEAD!
    (Torrance, CA, September 7, 2016)
    Three-time series champion Bobby Michnowicz went on a rampage at Jim Naylor’s Ventura Raceway last Saturday night and swept the California Lightning Sprint Car show by setting fast time, winning his heat and the 20-lap main event. While Michnowicz was dominating first place on the night, San Bernardino’s James Heling re-took the lead in the series championship standings with only five races remaining on the schedule..........more
     

  • POINT SHAKEUP COMING AS CALIFORNIA LIGHTNING SPRINTS HIT VENTURA!
    (Torrance, CA, August 31, 2016) There is going to be a big shakeup in the California Lightning Sprint Car Series championship standings as the series heads to Jim Naylor’s Ventura Raceway this Saturday night, September 3rd. Upland’s Alex Grigoreas, who has three wins and who has led the standings for most of the year, had a heart attack last Monday and subsequent successful surgery to install a stint.........more
     
     

  • CALIFORNIA LIGHTNING SPRINT CARS AT SANTA MARIA SATURDAY!
    (Torrance, CA, August 17, 2016) The California Lightning Sprint Car Series heads to the Santa Maria Raceway for the second and final time of the 2016 season this Saturday night, August 20th. Joining the CLS on the program will be the RaceSaver Winged Sprints, Santa Maria 360 Sprint Cars, IMCA Modifieds and the Sport Mods. Spectator gates will open at 4:00 PM and the first race will take place at 5:00.........more
     

  • August 3rd CLS Highlights from the Ventura County Fair
     

  • MICHNOWICZ WINS VENTURA COUNTY FAIR LIGHTNING SPRINT RACE!
    (Torrance, CA, August 9, 2016) Three-time California Lightning Sprint Car Series champion Bobby Michnowicz scored his third win of the season in front of a packed house on opening night of the Ventura County Fair. The win ties him with Alex Grigoreas on top of the 2016 main event win list.........more
     

  • CALIFORNIA LIGHTNING SPRINT CARS AT VENTURA COUNTY FAIR!
    (Torrance, CA, July 27, 2016)
    The California Lightning Sprint Car Series swings back into action with a very special race the Ventura Raceway on Wednesday night, August 3rd. The race will be part of opening night of the 141st Ventura County Fair. Joining the CLS on the card will be the IMCA Modifieds, VRA Dwarf Cars, Focus Midgets and a Demolition Derby. The first race will start at 6:00 PM.........more
     

  • 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

 

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