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RED HOT MICHNOWICZ WINS AGAIN AT VENTURA FOR HIS FOURTH CALIFORNIA LIGHTNING SPRINT VICTORY OF 2024

 

(Torrance, CA, June 10, 2024) Hall of Fame Baseball catcher Yogi Berra once said, “It is like Deja Vu all over again.”   That could certainly apply to the 2024 California Lightning Sprint Car season as last Saturday night at Jim Naylor’s Ventura Raceway, six-time series champion Bobby Michnowicz won his fourth main event in the last five races.

 

 Palmdale’s Eric Greco kicked off the CLS portion of the show when he recorded the fastest lap in qualifying at 12.113.  Local Cody Nigh of Camarillo was second fastest at 12.200.  California Highway Patrol Officer Jeff Dyer of Yucca Valley sped to the third-best lap in time trials at 12.254.  Michnowicz and Dyer’s teenage son Seth were fourth and fifth, respectively, at 12.292 and 12.412. 

 

Officer Dyer, who also competes in the USAC/CRA Sprint Car Series, captured the first eight-lap heat race of the night with his son Seth in third.  Sandwiched in between the family duo in second was fast qualifier Greco.  Heat race two went to Fillmore’s Connor Speir, winner of the second CLS main event of the season, at the Imperial Valley Raceway.  He bested Michnowicz and “Rockstar” Jon Robertson of Torrance.

 

The show featured a six-lap dash for the fastest six qualifiers to set the positions for the first three rows of the main event.  Quick qualifier Greco pulled a six, meaning the dash was completely inverted.  Seth Dyer, who started on the outside of the front row, led the six-lapper all the way to earn the pole for the main.  The bad news for the competition was that Michnowicz placed second, meaning he would start outside the front row.  Nigh and Greco finished third and fourth and would start in the second row in the main, with Robertson and Jeff Dyer fifth and sixth and going off from row three in the 25-lapper. 

 

The main event lineup was altered when Dyer, who has been plagued with engine problems this year, left the dash after four laps.  He jumped into the Roland Smith car for the main and had to start at the back.  That allowed Speir to move up to the outside of row three. 

 

Mere seconds after starter Kris Kornder waved the green flag to begin the contest, the battle for the lead was over.  Michnowicz, in his T Shirts By Timeless/Super Shox/Fabozzi Metal Works/Outlaw Wings/Inland Rigging/TJ Forged/Keizer Wheels/Simpson/Bondio Fabrication/Fast Time Studios/Pflum – Wagner/DLX/Kawasaki ZX10 #21K, predictably won the race to the first corner.  Young Dyer was second, with Greco, Nigh, and Speir all in tow. 

 

By the end of the third circuit, Michnowicz had it set on cruise control and was a half-straightaway ahead of second-place Dyer. That was also the same lap that Jeff Dyer headed back to the pits in Smith’s #39.

 

Michnowicz cautiously approached the first lapper on the ninth circuit.  That allowed high school student Dyer to close in.  Once the pacesetter raced around the lapper, he built a comfortable lead again.  Things remained status quo until the 18th lap when Greco closed in on Dyer. The fast qualifier took full advantage when Dyer momentarily parked it in turn 4 on the 19th go-around. He swept by on the inside and stole the second place position.

 

The move by Greco came at the right time. Two laps later, the yellow flag flew for a wheel disk that was in the middle of the front straightaway.  Once the track crew removed the disk, the field was lined up nose to tail for the restart.  It was Michnowicz at the point with Greco, Dyer, Nigh, and Speir in positions two through five.  While hopes may have been high for the pursuers, Michnowicz dashed their dreams as soon as the green came back on.  He simply walked away from the field and flew past Kornder’s checkered flag with a half-straight advantage.  Greco equaled his season-best finish by crossing the line in second.  Nigh got by Dyer in the late going and finished third for the fourth time this season.  Dyer placed fourth for the second time in a row.  Speir’s fifth-place finish was his best since the win at Imperial in March.

 

The victory allowed Michnowicz to expand his lead to 105 points over Greco in the standings. Nigh, Seth Dyer, and Speir are third through fifth heading into this Saturday’s race at Scott Schweitzer’s Bakersfield Speedway. It will be the CLS's fourth 2024 appearance at the “Okie Bowl.” The bad news for all the competitors is that Michnowicz, the G.O.A.T., has won the first three.

 

Spectator gates at Bakersfield will open at 4:00 p.m., with racing at 6:00.  Joining the CLS will be Modifieds, Sportmods, Hobby Stocks, and American Factory Stocks.  Adult tickets are $18.00.  Seniors 65 and over and military with proper ID get in for $16.00.   Kids 6-12 are $10.00, and children 5 and under are free.  Parking is free.  The track is located at 5001 North Chester Ext. Ave., Bakersfield (93308).    The track website is https://www.bakersfieldspeedway.com/, and the office phone number is (661) 393-3373.

 

The CLS would like to thank the following companies for being partners in the 2024 season.  Extreme Mufflers, RacingJunk.com and Hoosier Tire.

 

June 1 California Lightning Sprint Cars Ventura Raceway Results

 

Qualifying: 1. Eric Greco, 12.113; 2. Cody Nigh, 12.200; 3. Jeff Dyer, 12.254; 4. Bobby Michnowicz, 12.292; 5. Seth Dyer, 12.412; 6. Jon Robertson, 12.501; 7. Zate Legend, 12.996; 8. Connor Speir, 13.239; 9. Jacob Magallanes, 13.707; 10. Roland Smith, 14.053

 

Heat 1 – 8 Laps: 1. Jeff Dyer, 2. Greco, 3. Seth Dyer, 4. Legend, 5. Magallanes

 

Heat 2 – 8 Laps: 1. Speir, 2. Michnowicz, 3. Robertson, 4. Nigh, DNS Smith

 

Dash – 6 Laps: 1. Seth Dyer, 2. Michnowicz, 3. Nigh, 4. Greco, 5. Robertson, 6. Jeff Dyer

 

Main Event – 25 Laps (With Starting Positions and Distance Behind)

1. Bobby Michnowicz, Oak Hills, CA, (2nd) 

2. Eric Greco, Palmdale, CA (4th) … 1.436

3. Cody Nigh, Camarillo, CA (3rd) … 3.897

4. Seth Dyer, Yucca Valley, CA (1st) … 4.824

5. Connor Speir, Fillmore, CA (8th) … 5.340

6. Jon Robertson, Torrance, CA (5th) … - 1 Lap

7. Zate Legend, Riverside, CA (7th) … - 1 Lap

8. Jacob Magallanes, Pasadena, CA (9th) … - 3 Laps

9. Jeff Dyer, Yucca Valley, CA (6th) … - 22 Laps

DNS Roland Smith’

 

California Lightning Sprint Car Series Points

1. Bobby Michnowicz, Oak Hills, CA … 795

2. Cody Nigh, Camarillo, CA … 690

3. Eric Greco, Palmdale, CA … 646

4. Seth Dyer, Yucca Valley, CA … 605

5. Zate Legend, Riverside, CA … 581

6. Jon Robertson, Torrance, CA … 580

7. Jeff Dyer, Riverside, CA … 568

8. Connor Speir, Fillmore, CA … 564

9. Pat Kelley, Chino, CA … 419

10. Aiden Lange, Lakewood, CA … 382

 

2024 CLS Lap Leaders

Michnowicz, Bobby … 92

Speir, Connor … 20

Dyer, Jeff … 17

Lange, Aiden … 16

Bender, AJ … 15

Nigh, Cody … 4

Dennett, Greg … 1

 

2024 California Lightning Sprint Car Series Schedule

 

 


CALIFORNIA LIGHTNING SPRINTS MAKE SECOND VENTURA APPEARANCE ON SATURDAY

 

(Torrance, CA, June 3, 2024) After a two-week break in its busy schedule, the California Lightning Sprint Car Series will make its second of five appearances at the Ventura Raceway this Saturday night, June 8th.  Spectator gates for the race at “The Best Little Dirt Track In America” will open at 3:00 p.m., and racing will begin at 5:30.

 

At the CLS's first 2024 appearance at the track that is located adjacent to the beach on the Ventura County Fairgrounds on May 4th, USAC/CRA Sprint Car Series star AJ Bender of San Diego beat California Highway Patrol Officer Jeff Dyer of Yucca Valley and five-time series champion Bobby Michnowicz of Oak Hills to the checkered flag.  The race drew 15 top-flight contenders to the 1/5 mile oval.

 

Dyer, who also races 410 sprint cars in the Avanti Windows and Doors USAC/CRA Series, was heading for his first win of the season at the May race.  The veteran driver started on the pole and led the first 18 laps.  Unfortunately, one of the lapped cars he was driving around on the 19th circuit moved up the track and forced Dyer wide.  Bender, who was making his first appearance for noted Northern California car owner Brian Fonseca, alertly dove to the inside of Dyer, and stole the lead.  He then went unchallenged for his first CLS win of the season.

 

Michnowicz, who has won three of the last four series races, brings a commanding 105-point lead in the CLS championship standings into Saturday’s race.  Chasing the 60-year-old G.O.A.T. is his nephew Cody Nigh of Camarillo.  A San Diego State University graduate, Nigh celebrated his 30th birthday last Sunday.  Palmdale’s Eric Greco is third in the standings and trails Nigh by 53 points.  Dyer is fourth, with teenager Zate Legend of Riverside fifth.

 

Besides Michnowicz's three wins and Bender’s Ventura victory, the other drivers with CLS wins this season are Lakewood’s Aiden Lange and Connor Speir of Fillmore, who have one win each.

 

Through the first six races of the year, Michnowicz has led a staggering 67 main event laps.  Making that stat more impressive is the fact that he missed one race.  Speir is next in line with 20 laps led.  Other drivers who have led CLS laps this season are Dyer with 17, Lange, who has led 16, Bender with 15, Nigh with 4, and Northern California star Greg Dennett, who has led one lap.

 

The IMCA Modifieds, IMCA Sport Mods, IMCA Sport Compacts, VRA Hobby Stocks, and Motorcycles will join the CLS this Saturday.  Adult tickets are $18.00.  For seniors 65 and over, it is $15.00.  Military and Students with id also get in for $15.00.  Kids 12 and under are free when they are accompanied by an adult.  The track is located on the Ventura County Fairgrounds at 10 W. Harbor Boulevard (93001).  The website is http://venturaraceway.com/ and the office phone number is (805) 648-RACE. 

 

The CLS would like to thank the following companies for being partners in the 2024 season.  Extreme Mufflers, RacingJunk.com and Hoosier Tire.

 

California Lightning Sprint Car Series Points

1. Bobby Michnowicz, Oak Hills, CA … 659

2. Cody Nigh, Camarillo, CA … 564

3. Eric Greco, Palmdale, CA … 511

4. Seth Dyer, Yucca Valley, CA … 486

5. Zate Legend, Riverside, CA … 480

6. Jon Robertson, Torrance, CA … 472

7. Jeff Dyer, Riverside, CA … 469

8. Connor Speir, Fillmore, CA … 450

9. Aiden Lange, Lakewood, CA … 382

10. Broedy Graham, Bakersfield, CA … 367

 

2024 CLS Lap Leaders

Michnowicz, Bobby … 67

Speir, Connor … 20

Dyer, Jeff … 17

Lange, Aiden … 16

Bender, AJ … 15

Nigh, Cody … 4

Dennett, Greg … 1

 

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TRI-CITY RACEWAY PARK TO ADD HOVIS RUSH SPRINT CARS TO WEEKLY PROGRAM BEGINNING THIS SUNDAY; ONLY TRACK IN THE NORTHEAST TO SHOWCASE WEEKLY WINGED AND NON-WING SPRINT CAR RACING

By Mike Leone


 

May 28, 2024 - FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

(Franklin, PA)...The Hovis Auto & Truck Supply RUSH Racing Series presented by Born2Run Lubricants is thrilled to announce that Tri-City Raceway Park will be adding the RUSH Sprint Cars to their weekly program beginning this Sunday night (June 2). The Franklin, Pa. half-mile oval will become the only track in the Northeast to feature both winged and non-wing Sprint Car racing as a weekly attraction! 


 

This Sunday night, the RUSH Sprint Cars will compete in a Sunbelt Rental Weekly Series event at Tri-City alongside the "410" Sprint Cars competing in the annual Western PA Speedweek. The RUSH Sprint Cars will not compete at Tri-City on June 23, July 28 or August 25 due to the previously scheduled events at Blanket Hill Speedway. Drivers will be accumulating points for the $20,000+ Sunbelt Rentals Weekly Series Championship that pays $5,000 to the champion.


 

"We can't thank Josh and Kyrsten Shiffer enough for making the decision to add the RUSH Sprint Cars to their weekly program," stated RUSH Director Vicki Emig. "Even though we've always had a full schedule of events for  our Sprint Cars via numerous regional speedways, we've always hoped one would make the move to become their weekly home. Tri-City Raceway Park will be the perfect facility for this, as we have a very large portion of our base of racers located within an hour radius of Tri-City. I can personally remember watching great wingless Sprint Car racing there in the 1970s, and it's exciting to know that RUSH can also bring some of the nostalgia of those days back to Tri-City for fans both young and old to enjoy!"


 

"I really believe that with Tri-City making this move the RUSH Sprint Cars are now set to evolve to the next level in the near future," added Emig. "In fact, I've heard of a good handful of racers in their area that have been inquiring about the class this season, but wanting to be able to compete closer to home. Now with a strong home track facility in place as well as the already proven true 'cost-containment' RUSH Sprint Car package, the class will be poised to take a huge step forward in growth in the next few years!"


 

In the days before wings became the standard in the region in the 1980s, Sprint Car greats like Lou Blaney, Buddy Cochran, Gus Linder, Ed Lynch, Ralph Quarterson, Jerry Matus, Ted Wise, and Steve Travers were big winners at Tri-City. Local favorites like Henry Jacoby, Andy Phillips, Bill Wheeling, Cal Hull and others thrilled the fans for many years racing without wings at the Venango County dirt track.


 

There have been 14 RUSH Sprint Car races held all-time at Tri-City with eight different winners. Gale Ruth, Jr., who is still seeking his first Series championship, leads the way with five victories. The only other driver to win multiple events at Tri-City is five-time Sunbelt Rentals Weekly Series Champion, Chad Ruhlman, with three wins. Drivers with single victories include Arnie Kent, Jeremy Weaver, Zach Morrow, Rod George, Blaze Myers, and John Mollick.


 

RUSH Sprint Car Weekly Payoff: 1. $600 2. $300 3. $250 4. $225 5. $200 6. $195 7. $190 8. $185 9. $180 10. $175 11. $170 12. $165 13. $160 14-18. $155 19-24. $150. Tow/non-qualifiers $75


 

The RUSH Racing Series is brought to you by Hovis Auto & Truck Supply together with Born2Run Lubricants along with the support of Hoosier Tire, Rick Hendrick City Chevrolet, Sunoco Race Fuels, Bazell Race Fuels, Insinger Performance, Flynn's Tire, Gunter's Honey, Sunbelt Rentals, MSD Performance, Holley Performance Products, FK Rod Ends, Schoenfeld Headers, Jones Racing Products, Landrum Performance Springs, 3C Graphix, Dave Poske's Performance Parts, Velocita-USA, Wieland Metal Services, Frankland Racing Supply, Dusted Steak Seasoning, Ontime Body & Graphic, Sherwood Wheels, D&V Jewelers, Dusted, Heritage Wine Cellars, Precise Racing Products, Wedge Motorsports, Racing Electronics, and Billy’s Garage.   


 

E-mail can be sent to the RUSH Racing Series at info@rushracingseries.com and mail to 4368 Route 422, Pulaski, PA 16143. Office phone is 724-964-9300. The RUSH Sprint Car website is www.rushsprintcars.com. Like our Facebook page at www.facebook.com/rushsprintcars and follow us on Twitter @RUSHSprints.

 

 


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