||CALIFORNIA LIGHTNING SPRINT CARS FINALLY TO GET TO RACE AT BAKERSFIELD THIS SATURDAY!
(Placentia, CA) After two rainouts earlier this season, the California Lightning Sprint Car Series will finally get to race at the Bakersfield Speedway this Saturday night, May 12th, when they take on Northern California's Bay Cities Racing Association (BCRA) in the Civil War. Spectator gates will open at 4:00 PM and racing will begin at 6:00. Also on the program will be Modifieds, Sport Mods, Street Stocks and Mini Stocks.
Thus far in 2012 the CLS has contested four races. All four have been at the series home track, Perris Auto Speedway, and they had produced three different winners. Kevin Michnowicz, an 18-year-old from Lomita, won the first two races of the year. Former Palomar College football player Stuart Hielscher Jr. won the third race and longtime veteran Dan Hillberg of Placentia won the last race two weeks ago. All three will be making the trek to the "West Coast's Fastest 1/3 Mile High Banked Clay Oval" this Saturday night.
Hillberg carries a 51-point advantage over Michnowicz heading into Saturday's race. Guy Maresch of Anaheim Hills ranks third, just three points behind the 18-year-old.
After Saturday's race, the CLS will take a week off before returning to the famous PAS half-mile clay oval for the annual Salute to Indy with the USAC/CRA Sprint Cars and the PAS Senior Sprints on Saturday, May 26th.
The California Lightning Sprint Car Series would like to thank 2012 series sponsors Christian Stover Foundation, Rod End Supply, Sander Engineering, Saldana Race Products, DK Machining and Fabrication, Keizer Aluminum Wheels, Hoosier Racing Tires, Circle Track Performance, DJ Safety, Performance by Rosson Racing, Racing Optics, Electro Tech Powder Coating and Oil Twins Amsoil (Hard Charger Award at The PAS). If you or your company would like to become part of the California Lightning Series for the 2012 season, please call Dan Hillberg at: (714) 719-0295.
To keep up with the CLS on line, please visit the web site at: http://www.calightningsprints.com/index.html
2012 California Lightning Sprint Car Points
1. Dan Hillberg - Placentia, CA - 498
2. Kevin Michnowicz - Lomita - 447
3. Guy Maresch - Anaheim Hills - 444
4. Dale Gamer - Anaheim - 382
5. Alexander Bissett - Hemet - 374
6. Damon Arnett - San Diego - 361
7. Steve Limon - Corona - 359
8. Donna Kotlinski - Nuevo - 328
9. Zach Zauss - Corona - 324
10. Darren Hillberg - Corona - 315
2012 California Lightning Sprint Car Series Schedule
February 25 - Perris Auto Speedway - Kevin Michnowicz
March 10 - Perris Auto Speedway - Kevin Michnowicz
March 17 - Bakersfield Speedway - Rained Out
March 31 - Perris Auto Speedway - Stuart Hielscher Jr.
April 14 - Bakersfield Speedway - Rained Out
April 28 - Perris Auto Speedway - Dan Hillberg
May 12 - Bakersfield Speedway - Civil War vs BCRA
May 26 - Perris Auto Speedway - Salute to Indy
July 4 - Perris Auto Speedway - Fireworks Show
July 28 - Perris Auto Speedway - California Racers Hall of Fame Night
August 11 - Santa Maria Speedway
August 18 - Perris Auto Speedway
September 1 - Bakersfield Speedway
September 15 - Perris Auto Speedway - Glenn Howard Memorial
September 22 - Ventura Raceway
September 20 - Bakersfield Speedway
November 2 - Perris Auto Speedway - Oval Nationals
November 3 - Perris Auto Speedway - Oval Nationals
TBA - Awards Banquet
PAST CALIFORNIA LIGHTNING SPRINT CAR CHAMPIONS
1994 Tony Everhart
1995 Gary Sexton
1996 Rob Sczymczak
1997 Jon Rahe
1998 Chris Rahe
1999 Brent Sexton
2000 Greg Bragg
2001 Greg Bragg
2002 Greg Bragg
2003 David Cardey
2004 Keith Janca
2005 Johnny Bates
2006 Donny Gansen
2007 Shane Rossen
2008 Brent Sexton
2009 Stuart Hielschier Sr.
2010 Jarrett Kramer
2011 Tim Brown