||BCRA WINS CIVIL WAR CHALLENGE VS CALIFORNIA LIGHTNING SPRINTS AT BAKERSFIELD!
The Bay Cities Racing Association scored a convincing victory in the "Civil War" over the California Lightning Sprint Car Series at the Bakersfield Speedway last Saturday night. BCRA drivers took the top four spots in the 20-lap main event and they also won two of the three heat races. The top finishing driver for the CLS was 2010 series champ Jarrett Kramer of Spring Valley.
Twenty-four cars (13 CLS and 11 BCRA) signed in at the "The West's Fastest 1/3 Mile High Banked Clay Oval." The BCRA quartet of current point leader Scott Kinney, Cameron Beard, Dakota Albright and Craig Dillard were the first to the main event checkered flag. The top four finishers for the CLS were fifth place Kramer, Lomita veteran Bobby Michnowicz who finished sixth, 2011 Rookie of the Year Steve Limon of Corona who came home eighth and Anaheim Hills veteran Guy Maresch who ended up ninth.
Veteran Placentia, California racer Dan Hillberg came into the night with a comfortable 51-point lead in the CLS championship standings. However, the 51-year-old driver failed to start his heat race and the main event. By the time the night ended, Maresch was new leader in the points standings. Heading into the series' next race, the "Salute to Indy" at Perris Auto Speedway on May 26th, Maresch leads Hillberg by 17 points. Limon jumped from seventh to third in the standings. Anaheim's Dale Gamer and Hemet teenager Alexander Bissett round out the top five.
Earlier in the night Kinney, Albright and Michnowicz won the three heat races.
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
Main Event Finishing Order With Starting Positions
1. Scott Kinney (9th), 2. Cameron Beard (4th), 3. Dakota Albright (10th), 4. Craig Dillard (7th), 5. Jarrett Kramer (2nd), 6. Bobby Michnowicz (8th), 7. Craig Holstad (12th), 8. Steve Limon (3rd), 9. Guy Maresch (15th), 10. Marshall Sexton (16th), 11. Jeff Dyer (1st), 12. Darren Hillberg (5th), 13. Scott Corso (6th), 14. Rick Soto (19th), 15. Damon Arnet (17th), 16. Rick Johnson (18th), 17. Dale Gamer (13th), 18. Alexander Bissett (21st), 19. Zach Zauss (11th), 20. Howard West (22nd), 21. Marcus Smith (14th) , 22. Tom Downing (22nd): DNS Dan Hillberg & Chris Watkins
2012 California Lightning Sprint Car Points
1. Guy Maresch - Anaheim Hills - 615
2. Dan Hillberg - Placentia - 598
3. Steve Limon - Corona - 537
4. Dale Gamer - Anaheim - 521
5. Alexander Bissett - Hemet - 509
6. Bobby Michnowicz - Lomita - 508
7. Damon Albright - San Diego - 506
8. Darren Hillberg - Corona - 477
9. Zach Zauss - Murrieta - 460
10. Kevin Michnowicz - Lomita - 447
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 - Scott Kinney
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