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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 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
      

  • 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

 

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