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KRAMER GETS 5TH CALIFORNIA LIGHTNING SPRINT CAR WIN AT BARONA!
 
(Torrance, CA, August 15, 2019) Jarrett Kramer took another step towards his third POWRi Lucas Oil California Lightning Sprint Car Series championship when he won his fifth main event of 2019 last Saturday night at the Barona Speedway.  The win allowed the Spring Valley resident to extend his lead in the standings with only six races to go in the season.

 
(Attached photo of Jarrett Kramer courtesy of Pit Princess Photography)
 
Nineteen cars showed up for the third and final CLS appearance at the San Diego County oval in 2019. Local Brent Sexton from Lakeside out-qualified the competition with a lap of 15.339.  Kingsburg’s Doug Nunes, who came into the night second in points, was second fast at 15.401.  Lakewood’s Aiden Lange was third fastest when he toured the track in 15.481.
 
Sexton, San Diego’s A.J. Bender and series leading rookie Jason Arnolde, who also resides in San Diego, won the three, eight-lap heat races.
 
When the lineup for the main event was posted, it cast a dark cloud over most of the competition as Kramer, in his Malicious Liquids/Anarchist Manufacturing/AK Hardparts/Reber Reber Inc./Finest City Dog Training/BK Wings/Guhl Motors/Victory Graphix/Kramer Brothers Racing/DLX/Kawasaki ZX10R #1, was starting on the outside of the front row.  Camarillo’s Cody Nigh started inside of the defending series champ.  Row two saw teenager Dominic Del Monte OF Gardena on the inside with Bermuda Dunes CHP officer Jeff Dyer, who won the last CLS race at Santa Maria two weeks earlier, outside of him.  Row three saw seven CLS championships represented.  Lomita’s Bobby Michnowicz, who has five titles, was paired with Sexton, who has two.  Palmdale’s Eric Greco and Gage Cheek of Santa Clarita made up row four.  `
 
Kramer, 36, blew into the lead with Nigh and Dyer giving chase on the start.  Sexton and Michnowicz sandwiched Del Monte in turn three on the first lap to race into fourth and fifth.
 
Things did not proceed for long as Michnowicz went to the inside of Sexton as they came off turn four on the second circuit.  The two came together and the result was Michnowicz slamming hard into the crash wall with the left side of his car.  The red came out and Michnowicz momentarily laid on the track.  He ended up with a concussion, an injured knee and a DNF for the night.      
 
For the restart with 24-laps to go, Kramer was at the point and was followed by Dyer, Nigh, Sexton and Del Monte.  All of two laps got completed when 2018 Rookie of the Year Grant Sexton, who was debuting a gorgeous new wrap, barrel-rolled down the front chute necessitating another red flag.   It was the area where the then 14-year-old tumbled in April.  Like before, he was uninjured, but his car was done for the night and he watched the remainder of the race from the sidelines.
 
With only three laps in the books, the restart lineup was the same as the previous effort.   Kramer had built up a comfortable lead over Dyer once the action got going again.  On a track that was making passing anything but easy, the top five was the same at the end of lap 10 as it was on the lap two restart. 
The best battle on the track was for third where Sexton was staying glued to the rear end of Nigh.  Sexton finally got the job done and took third on lap 12.  However, he had a long way to go to catch up to second-place Dyer.
 
Surprisingly, three-laps after securing third, Sexton had chased Dyer down and was breathing down his neck as they worked their way through lapped traffic.  A few laps later Dyer gave himself some breathing room again and seemed destined for a runner up finish.  While most eyes in the crowd were on the battle for second, Kramer had pulled away and it was going to take a mechanical issue or problems with a lapper to stop his march to win number five. 
 
When it seemed like all was done, Greco spun in turn four and brought out a yellow flag.  That kissed Kramer’s huge lead good-bye as with less than five laps to go, all the lappers are sent to the back.  It was Kramer with Dyer, Sexton, Nigh and Del Monte looking like they were attached by a string for the restart with only three laps left.
 
The race went one more lap when a car slowed going into three, forcing a yellow.  Seconds after the yellow waved, Dyer mysteriously spun in turn four while still in second. The culprit of the pirouette was a broken panhard bar. 
 
Due to time constraints, the checkered flag came out and the race deemed complete at 23-laps.  That gave Kramer his series-leading fifth CLS winner’s trophy of the year.  Sexton ended up one spot short of sweeping the show in second with Del Monte third.  USAC/CRA Sprint Car Series regular Bender, who was driving Pat Kelley’s #03 for the first time, finished fourth with Nigh fifth.
 
Sexton now leads the championship standings by 123-points, his widest margin of the year.  Nunes is second.  Nigh has moved past Michnowicz for the third spot with Greco fifth.  Only 40 points separates third from fifth. 
 
If things are not already bright enough for Kramer, the CLS returns to action at the Ventura Raceway on August 24th.  In the first four races at the series home track in 2019, Kramer has finished first every time.
 
Barona Speedway Main Event  
1. Jarrett Kramer – Spring Valley, CA
2. Brent Sexton – Lakeside, CA  
3. Dominic Del Monte – Gardena, CA  
4. A.J. Bender – San Diego, CA  
5. Cody Nigh – Camarillo, CA  
6. Gage Cheek – Santa Clarita, CA
7. Dalton Sexton – Lakeside, CA
8. Eric Greco – Palmdale, CA
9. Jeff Dyer – Bermuda Dunes, CA
10. Doug Nunes – Kingsburg, CA
11. Ken Coulston – Bermuda Dunes, CA
12. Jon Robertson – Torrance, CA
13. James Squire III – Lakeside, CA
14. Jason Arnolde – San Diego, CA
15. Shane Sexton – San Diego, CA
16. Grant Sexton – Lakeside, CA
17. Bobby Michnowicz – Lomita, CA
18. Aiden Lange – Lakewood, CA
19. James Turnbull Jr. – Indio, CA
 
 
POWRi Lucas Oil California Lightning Sprint Car Standings
1. Jarrett Kramer – Spring Valley, CA – 1369
2. Doug Nunes – Kingsburg, CA – 1246
3. Cody Nigh - Camarillo, CA – 1159
4. Bobby Michnowicz – Lomita, CA – 1143
5. Eric Greco – Palmdale, CA – 1119
6. A.J, Bender – San Diego, CA – 1086
7. Jeff Dyer – Bermuda Dunes, CA – 1078
8. Dominic Del Monte – Gardena, CA – 1057
9. Aiden Lange - Lakewood, CA – 1019
10. Gage Cheek – Santa Clarita, CA - 852
 

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CLS POINT LEADER KRAMER TRIES TO STAY PERFECT AT VENTURA ON SATURDAY!
 
(Torrance, CA, August 20, 2019) POWRi Lucas Oil California Lightning Sprint Car driver Jarrett Kramer will return to what has been his own private playground in 2019, the Ventura Raceway, this Saturday night, August 24th.  In the CLS first four appearances at the track this year, Kramer has won each time. 

 
(the attached photo of nose to tail action from earlier in the year at Ventura is courtesy of Pit Princess Photography)
 
A two-time and defending series champion, Kramer, 36, of Spring Valley, has won four of the previous seven races including the last one at Barona two weeks ago.  He also leads the series with five victories total.  His wins, combined with only one finish out of the top three all year long, have allowed him to establish a comfortable lead in the championship standings with six races to go.  Adding a favorable spin on his quest for a third title is the fact that four of those last six races are at Ventura.
 
Runner-up to Kramer at the present time is Kingsburg’s Doug Nunes.  However, he has had 10th and 12th place finishes the last two races and now trails the leader by 123 points.  Camarillo’s Cody Nigh has moved up to third in the title chase. Five-time series champion Bobby Michnowicz of Lomita and Palmdale’s Eric Greco complete the top five.  Third through fifth place are only separated by 40 points.
 
Another tight battle in the top ten is sixth through ninth.  Drivers A.J. Bender of San Diego, CHP officer Jeff Dyer of Bermuda Dunes, Gardena’s Dominic Del Monte and Aiden Lange of Lakewood only have 67 points separating them.  However, Bender may be done for the season after a nasty flip in qualifying at last Saturday’s USAC/CRA race at Perris.  The affable driver suffered a spinal sprain and concussion in the tumble.
 
San Diego’s Jason Arnolde has a commanding 195-point lead over fellow San Diego County driver Stan Sexton in the “Rookie of the Year” standings.
 
Spectator gates at the “Best Little Dirt Track in America” will open at 3:00 P.M. on Saturday and the first race will be at 5:30.   In addition to the California Lightning Sprints, the USAC West Coast 360 Sprint Cars,  IMCA Modifieds, Hobby Stocks and NMRA ¾ Midgets will also be in action.:
 
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 – 1369
2. Doug Nunes – Kingsburg, CA – 1246
3. Cody Nigh - Camarillo, CA – 1159
4. Bobby Michnowicz – Lomita, CA – 1143
5. Eric Greco – Palmdale, CA – 1119
6. A.J. Bender – San Diego, CA – 1086
7. Jeff Dyer – Bermuda Dunes, CA – 1078
8. Dominic Del Monte – Gardena, CA – 1057
9. Aiden Lange - Lakewood, CA – 1019
10. Gage Cheek – Santa Clarita, CA - 852
 
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/
 
 


 
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
 
September 7             Ventura Raceway
 
September 21           Bakersfield Speedway
 
October 5                  Ventura Raceway
 
October 26                Ventura Raceway
 
November 17            Bakersfield Speedway
 
 
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
2012 Bobby Michnowicz
2013 Stephen Limon                                                  
2014 Bobby Michnowicz
2015 Bobby Michnowicz
2016 Bobby Michnowicz
2017 Bobby Michnowicz
2018 Jarrett Kramer
 

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