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  AMERICAN SPRINT CAR SERIES 

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Created in 1992, Emmett Hahn founded the American Sprint Car Series with the simple idea of promoting and growing the sport of Sprint Car racing through honesty, fairness, and integrity. That remains the founding principles of the ASCS to this day, that a person’s word is their bond. That the sport of Sprint Car racing would be built on a solid foundation that will inspire growth for generations of fans and racers. It is the mission of the American Sprint Car Series to bring Sprint Cars to the masses. That our passion for the sport will show in every event and that Sprint Cars will be alive and well for years to come.


 


 
  ALL STAR CIRCUT OF CHAMPIONS 


DAVID TAFT SCORES A SPECTACULAR WIN IN HIS FIRST LIGHTNING SPRINT RACE AT BARONA

 

(El Cajon, CA, June 10, 2024) First-time lightning sprint car racer David Taft must believe in the saying, “Go Big, or Go Home.”  After starting next to last in the 20-lap SoCal Lightning Sprint Car Series main event at the Barona Speedway last Saturday night, he stole the lead coming off turn four on the final lap to score the most exciting victory in the SCLS's short history.  In posting the win, Taft became the fifth different winner in the first five SCLS races.

 

Taft, who lives in Ramona, California, is no stranger to the ¼ mile San Diego County clay oval or open wheel racing.  He has laps at Barona in a dwarf car and also races micros.  He got the call to substitute for driver Parker Dumas, winner of the SCLS race at Barona on May 11th, who had to be out of town.  Taft gladly accepted the ride in the beautiful black and green #83 and the rest is history.

 

Two drivers, Cody Griggs of Lakeside, and Brent Horn of El Cajon, had mechanical issues earlier in the night and did not start the main.  Alpine’s Peter Benker, who finished second to Brent Sexton two weeks earlier at Barona, was on the pole.  Starting with him on the front row was San Diego’s Ryan Dumas. Row number two featured Dumas's older brother, Deejay Dumas, on the inside with San Diego’s Chase Wilson to his right. Banker’s son, Cody, who won his first-ever lightning heat race earlier in the night, manned the inside of row three with USAC/CRA Sprint Car regular “Shugah” Shane Sexton of Warner Springs alongside.  The fourth row featured San Diego’s Landon Dalton and three-time lightning sprint car champion Brent Sexton, who is from nearby Lakeside. Taft and young Kelly Weitzel of El Cajon began in row five.

 

When the green flag signaled the start of the 20-lap race, Peter Benker, who finished second to Brent Sexton two weeks earlier in a crowd-pleasing war, burst into the lead over Ryan Dumas and Deejay Dumas.  The top five were spread out by the second circuit's end.  However, that did not last for long. Shane Sexton began to slow after hitting a rut and knocking something loose in his electrical system on lap four.  Cody Benker spun to avoid clobbering the slowing Sexton in turn one, bringing out the race's only yellow flag.    

 

For the restart, Ryan Dumas, his sibling Deejay, and Sexton were second, third, and fourth.  The fifth spot was the newcomer Taft. Still at that point, none of the regulars were probably thinking of him as a threat. Their opinions were about to change.

 

Things worked out great for Benker on the restart.  Going into turn three on the first lap after the green light came back on, Ryan Dumas, Deejay Dumas, and Brent Sexton were three abreast in the battle for second. That allowed Benker to stretch his lead.  By the time they came off turn two on the sixth lap, they had straightened out, and their positions had not changed. that is about the time the fans started noticing Taft.  He started attacking Sexton.  The three-time lightning champ initially held him at bay until they screamed into turn three on the seventh go around.  Sexton clipped a rut, and it momentarily straightened his car out. That allowed Taft to secure the fourth.

 

On lap eight, he went after third-place Deejay Dumas.  Coming out of four, Taft had enough room to scoot through on the inside and take third.  Dumas tried to come back at him, but Taft asserted himself and moved away coming off turn two.

 

Oblivious to the excitement behind him, Peter Benker, the 2010 California Lightning Sprint Car Series Rookie of the Year, had extended his lead to about a half straightaway at the midway point.  By now, the fans had caught on to the fact that Taft obviously knew what he was doing.  He continued to pester the Dumas family as he chased down Ryan. 

 

It looked like Taft had finally met his match when Ryan Dumas fought him off for three straight laps.  To compound things, the upstart got wide coming off turn two on the 14th lap.  That gave Dumas some breathing room.  But that did not last long as Taft went to the low line and found it to his liking.  He screamed inside the point leader coming off turn four on lap 15 and took over the second spot.

 

The question at that time was, could Taft chase down Benker, and if he could, would he be able to take the lead?   Benker was over a half straight ahead, and there was a lapped car between the two.  Taft was in it to win it and dashed inside the lapper.  He amazingly pulled to the back of the leader as they entered the first turn on lap 19.  Benker got a better run off turn two and pulled out to about a two-car length lead down the back chute.  Like a dog on a piece of meat, Taft chased him down, going into three.  When Benker left a lane open on the inside, Taft took full advantage.   He steered the AG Sand Cars/Jamul Casino/Triple X/ZX10 #83 to the low line and raced into the lead coming off turn four.  He led less than a quarter of a lap, but it was the most important time of the race as he posted his first-ever lightning sprint car win.

 

Benker finished in the runner-up spot for the second straight time.  Ryan Dumas placed third and was followed under the checkers by his brother Deejay Dumas, and Brent Sexton.

 

 


SOCAL LIGHTNING SPRINT CARS RACE SATURDAY AT BARONA BEFORE SUMMER BREAK

 

 SCLS

(El Cajon, CA, June 4, 2024) The SoCal Lightning Sprint Car Series will run one more race this Saturday night, June 8th, before taking a two-month mid-season break. The next race after Saturday for the first-season club will be on August 3rd.


 

SoCal Lightning Sprints ready to enter the battle zone two weeks ago Barona.  SCLS photo
 


 

 

To say the first four races in the history of the SCLS have been competitive is an understatement. Thus far, four different drivers have posted wins.  When the season got underway during the California Midwinter Fair at the Imperial Raceway, Lakewood’s Aiden Lang and Connor Speir of Fillmore captured the first two main events.  After Mother Nature released her wrath in the form of rain that canceled the first two races at Barona, San Diego’s Parker Dumas and three-time lightning sprint champion Brent Sexton of Lakeside have posted wins on the ¼ mile San Diego clay oval.

 

Going into Saturday’s race, the Dumas brothers sit in the top three spots of the championship standings.  Ryan Dumas, who lives in San Diego, has a 34-point lead over twin brother Parker.  Big brother Deejay, who lives in El Cajon, is third. He is only six points out of second.  Alpine’s Peter Benker and Chase Wilson, who resides in San Diego, round out the top five.  All five are expected to be in action at Barona on Saturday. 

 

The battle for the points lead should have been tighter going into this week’s race. Parker came into the last night of racing only two points behind Ryan. However, moments before the green flag waved for the main, Parker pulled off the track. 

 

All Lightning Sprint drivers will receive a ticket when they pill-pick for Saturday night’s SCLS raffle.   

 

After the summer break, the SCLS will return to Barona for races on August 3, August 17, September 28, and October 26. 

 

In addition to the SCLS Series fourth round Saturday at Barona, the IMCA Sport Mods, IMCA Stock Cars, IMCA Hobby Stocks, Dwarf Cars, Pure Stocks, Mini Dwarfs, and Junior Sprints. Gates will open at 2:00 p.m. with racing at 6:00. Adult tickets are $20.00. For kids 7 to 17, admission is $10.00. Seniors, Military, and EMTs also get in for $10.00. Children 6 and under are free. Family packs of two adults and two kids are $50.00. Parking is free. 

 

The Barona Speedway is located at 1754 Wildcat Canyon Road in Lakeside, California. The track website is https://baronaspeedway.com/, and the phone number is (619) 994-6560. 

 

The SoCal Lightning Sprint Car Series would like to thank the following marketing partners for participating in the inaugural season. AG Sandcars, Triple X Race Cars, Cakes By Kim/Betty Crocker's Pit Stop. If you or your company would like to be a marketing partner with SCLS, contact Dustin Dumas at (619) 992-8308 or info@socallightningsprints.com.

 

2024 SoCal Lightning Sprint Cars Championship Point Standings

1. Ryan Dumas, San Diego, CA … 521

1. Parker Dumas, San Diego, CA … 487

3. Deejay Dumas, El Cajon, CA … 474

4. Peter Benker, Alpine, CA … 456

5. Chase Wilson, San Diego, CA … 440

6. Landon Dalton, San Diego, CA … 436

7. Brent Sexton, Lakeside, CA … 430

8. C.J. Marin, Imperial Beach, CA … 411

9. Cody Griggs, Lakeside, CA … 282

10. Cody Benker, Alpine, CA … 287

 

  High Limit  SPRIT CAR SERIES

www.highlimitracing.com

Founded by NASCAR Cup Series champion Kyle Larson and five-time World of Outlaws series champion Brad Sweet, High Limit Racing is a premier sprint car series in the United States. High Limit Racing’s mission is to improve the sprint car ecosystem and create growth opportunities for drivers, teams, and tracks, all while providing highly entertaining, time efficient events.