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Taylor wins at Anderson, Gladish crowned champion

 

By Ken de la Bastide

 

ANDERSON – Entering the final race of the 2019 season Kameron Gladish knew what was necessary to claim the championship honors for the Mel Kenyon Midgets.

Gladish entered Saturday night at Anderson Speedway with a point lead over Colin Grissom with Tommy Kouns having an outside shot at the title for the K&M Tool & Die Mel Kenyon Series.

Kouns broke his own track record during qualifying with a lap of 12.299-seconds with Gladish posting the fourth best time and Grissom a disappointing eighth quick effort.

Dameron Taylor won the first of two heat races with Kouns coming home in second and Ryan Huggler claimed the second heat event followed by Gladish and Grissom.

Former series champion Dameron Taylor took the lead from the start ahead of Kouns and Ryan Huggler.

Both Kouns and Grissom needed to lead at least one lap, lead the most laps and win the final feature race and hope Gladish finished sixth or worst.

Grissom passed Huggler on the second lap entering turn three and Gladish followed suit on the next circuit.

But as the laps wound down Taylor was able to hold off Kouns, who made efforts to gain the point on both the inside and high lines to no avail.

At the finish Taylor won by .629-seconds over Kouns with Grissom coming home third followed by Gladish and Jack Macenko.

For Taylor it was a series best 12th win at Anderson Speedway.

“I wanted to get another win at Anderson,” Taylor said in the Star Financial Victory Lane.

“I had my hands full in the final laps,” he continued. “I could smell rubber and was losing grip on the right rear tire. I was trying to drive into the corners full throttle, which you can’t really do in these cars.”

Gladish said going into the night he knew all he had to do was keep his rivals in sight.

“That was the goal,” he said. “All I had to do was stay close to them and I would win the championship. It would have been nice to get the win.”

Gladish said his plans for 2020 could include moving up to non-wing sprint cars with team owner Gene Nolen.

Macenko won the Simpson World Indy Rookie of the Year honors.

 

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DARKNESS DEFEATS LIGHTNING SPRINTS AT VENTURA!

 

(Torrance, CA, October 8, 2019) In a very unexpected twist, darkness proved to be the big winner when the POWRi Lucas Oil California Lightning Sprint Car Series made an appearance at the Ventura Raceway last Saturday night.  After qualifying and heat races, a transformer on the fairgrounds blew up, knocking out power to the lights on the back straightaway and turns.  Thus, the remainder of the program had to be postponed.   

 

On a brighter note, the main event from Saturday’s postponement will be made up before the full regular show at the CLS final 2019 appearance at Ventura on October 26th.

 

Before darkness forced the black flag on the main event, San Diego’s A.J. Bender, who won the main two weeks earlier at Bakersfield, out qualified the field with a lap of 12.399.  Current point leader Jarrett Kramer of Spring Valley and series leading rookie Jason Arnolde won the two heat races. 

 

Fans who would like to attend the race on the 26th in Ventura can find the track on the Ventura County Fairgrounds at 10 W. Harbor Boulevard (93001).  The track website is http://venturaraceway.com/ and the office phone number is (805) 648-RACE.

 

POWRi Lucas Oil California Lightning Sprint Car Standings

1. Jarrett Kramer – Spring Valley, CA – 1770

2. Doug Nunes – Kingsburg, CA – 1539

3. Cody Nigh - Camarillo, CA - 1534

4. A.J. Bender – San Diego, CA – 1532

5. Eric Greco – Palmdale, CA – 1451

6. Dominic Del Monte – Gardena, CA – 1400

7. Aiden Lange - Lakewood, CA – 1384

8. Bobby Michnowicz - Lomita, CA – 1275

9. Jeff Dyer – Yucca Valley, CA – 1261

10. Jon Robertson - Torrance, CA – 1032

 

The POWRi Lucas Oil California Lightning Sprint Car Series would like to thank the following sponsors for helping make the 2019 season possible: Lucas Oil, All Coast Construction, Christian Stover Foundation, Circle Track Performance, Cold Fire West, Fast Undercar, Hoosier Tire, Keizer Wheels, Outlaw Wings, Racing Optics, Rod End Supply, Speed Partz, Super Shocks, T Shirts by Timeless and Woodland Auto Display.

 

If you or your company would like to become part of the series for its 26th season in 2019, please call Bobby Michnowicz at (310) 320-5569.

 

To keep up with the CLS online, please visit the website at http://racecls.com/

 

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2019 POWRi Lucas Oil California Lightning Sprint Car Series

 

March 16                Bakersfield Speedway – Doug Nunes

 

March 23                Ventura Raceway – Jarrett Kramer

 

April 6                     Barona Speedway – Doug Nunes

 

April 20                   Bakersfield Speedway – Bobby Michnowicz

 

May 4                     Ventura Raceway – Jarrett Kramer

 

May 18                   Barona Speedway – Bobby Michnowicz

 

June 1                    Ventura Raceway – Jarrett Kramer

 

June 15                  Bakersfield Speedway – Doug Nunes

 

July 6                     Ventura Raceway – Jarrett Kramer

 

July 27                    Santa Maria Raceway – Jeff Dyer

 

August 10               Barona Speedway – Jarrett Kramer

 

August 24               Ventura Raceway – Cody Nigh

 

September 7           Ventura Raceway – Jarrett Kramer

 

September 21         Bakersfield Speedway – A.J. Bender

 

October 26              Ventura Raceway

 

November 23          Bakersfield Speedway

 

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It’s title time Saturday at Anderson Speedway

 

(Lebanon, IN) When the Dick Jordan Classic kicked-off the 2019 K&M Tool and Die Mel Kenyon Midget Series on May 4 all the drivers had zero points.  Now, after 16 races, it’s title time at Anderson Speedway.  Kameron Gladish, Colin Grissom and Tommy Kouns will settle the question of who will be the 2019 Driving Champion at the Carter Express Tony Elliott Classic.

 Gladish leads the three drivers into Saturday night’s event with a 28-point lead over Grissom and a 60-point cushion on Kouns.  The Championship leaders have been engaged in a see-saw race since August.  Both Gladish and Kouns have led while Grissom has battled to grab the second spot with five wins since July 6, drawing to within 2 points of Gladish before the last race on September 28.

 The three drivers’ history at Anderson is too close to pick a favorite.  Gladish and Kouns have three victories while Grissom has visited victory lane twice.  Kouns has claimed the all important top five points 11 times, while Gladish and Grissom have filled the top five nine and seven times respectively.

 The USSA K&M Tool and Die Mel Kenyon Midget Series point system rewards drivers in all phases of the event, including qualifying, the heat races, leading laps and of course the feature event.  During the month of September, the point lead has changed several times during the event itself.

 Three other drivers earning the checkers on the high banks of Anderson Speedway are entered for Saturday’s event are Dameron Taylor (11 wins), Ryan and Logan Huggler (one win each).

 Jack Macenko will start the race having clinched the 2019 Simpson World Ind Rookie of the Year award.  Macenko will receive a Simpson helmet valued at $1000 for his efforts.

 The spectator gates for the Carter Express Tony Elliott Classic will open at 4:00, with qualifying at 5:30 and racing at seven.  Along with the K&M Tool and Die Mel Kenyon Midget Series the Anderson Speedway Sprint Cars will highlight the night’s race.  Tickets are $15 for Adults, $4 for kids 6-12 and children 5 and under are free.

 

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LIGHTNING SPRINT CARS HEAD TO VENTURA SATURDAY OCTOBER 5!

 

(Torrance, CA, September 30, 2019) The POWRi Lucas Oil California Lightning Sprint Car Series will make its next to last appearance of 2019 at its home track, the Ventura Raceway, on this Saturday night, October 5th.   Spectator gates will open at 3:00 P.M. and racing will begin at 5:30. The Senior Sprints, Hobby Stocks, TQ Midgets and Motorcycles will also be on the program. 


 


 
Indio teenager James Turnbull heads into Saturday's race at Ventura after recording a season-best second-place finish at Bakersfield two weeks ago.  Pit Princess Photo.

 

Two-time CLS champion and current point leader Jarrett Kramer of Spring Valley has dominated the action at the beachside track thus far in 2019.  He won the first four races there before finishing sixth on August 24th.  Local Cody Nigh of Camarillo took the win that night.  Things returned to normal when Kramer bested the field again for his fifth Ventura win on September 7th. 

 

Two weeks ago, at the Bakersfield Speedway, San Diego’s A.J. Bender passed five-time champion Bobby Michnowicz on the last lap for his first win of the year.  Michnowicz, Lakewood’s Aiden Lange, CHP officer Jeff “Ponch” Dyer of Yucca Valley and Kramer rounded out the top five. 

 

Through the first nine-races of the year, only three different drivers – Kramer, Michnowicz and Kingsburg’s Doug Nunes – had recorded wins.  Things have gotten a lot more competitive lately with four different drivers – Kramer, Dyer, Nigh and Bender – have posted victories in the last five races. 

 

This far Kramer still leads the series with six victories overall.  Nunes has three and Michnowicz has two.  Dyer, Nigh and Bender have one win each.

 

Heading into Saturday’s race, Kramer is starting to put the wraps on his third lifetime CLS championship and the first for the club under the POWRi banner.  He will have a commanding 184-point lead over Nunes.  Nigh is third in the standings, but Bender is only three-points behind and is breathing down his neck.  Both have been closing in on Nunes in the fight for second overall.  Palmdale’s Eric Greco is fifth. 

 

San Diego’s Jason Arnolde already has the 2019 CLS Rookie of the Year Award locked up.

 

After the race on the 5th, there will only be two races left for the year.

 

Fans who would like to attend Saturday’s race in Ventura can find the track on the Ventura County Fairgrounds at 10 W. Harbor Boulevard (93001).  The track website is http://venturaraceway.com/ and the office phone number is (805) 648-RACE.

 

POWRi Lucas Oil California Lightning Sprint Car Standings

1. Jarrett Kramer – Spring Valley, CA – 1723

2. Doug Nunes – Kingsburg, CA – 1539

3 Cody Nigh – Camarillo, CA - 1496

4. A.J. Bender – San Diego, CA – 1493

5. Eric Greco – Palmdale, CA – 1415

6. Dominic Del Monte – Gardena, CA – 1370

7. Aiden Lange - Lakewood, CA – 1351

8. Bobby Michnowicz - Lomita, CA – 1275

9. Jeff Dyer – Yucca Valley, CA – 1261

10. Jon Robertson - Torrance, CA – 997

 

The POWRi Lucas Oil California Lightning Sprint Car Series would like to thank the following sponsors for helping make the 2019 season possible: Lucas Oil, All Coast Construction, Christian Stover Foundation, Circle Track Performance, Cold Fire West, Fast Undercar, Hoosier Tire, Keizer Wheels, Outlaw Wings, Racing Optics, Rod End Supply, Speed Partz, Super Shocks, T Shirts by Timeless and Woodland Auto Display.

 

If you or your company would like to become part of the series for its 26th season in 2019, please call Bobby Michnowicz at (310) 320-5569.

 

To keep up with the CLS online, please visit the website at http://racecls.com/

 

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