California Lightning Sprints hit Perris with plenty on the line – Orange County Register

California Lightning Sprints make their final appearance of the season Saturday night at Perris Auto Speedway, with the points lead and championship still in contention.

“We love going to Perris because it always has a big crowd and it is the premier dirt track in the country,” said Bobby Michnowicz, a four-time series champion and CLS president. “It is also the fastest track we race at and that is good experience for the quarter midget graduates and the other young drivers who race with us.

“It is the fastest any of them have ever went and they can learn so much from racing there.”

Saturday’s race will be the 13th in the series this year. Jarrett Kramer has been atop the points all season. The 35-year-old from Spring Valley won two of the first three races and has built a 58-point lead over teenager Aiden Lange. Michnowicz is third, followed by 2016 rookie of the year Cody Nigh. Chris Dickey is fifth.

“Counting Saturday, it is down to six races to decide the 2017 CLS championship,” said Michnowicz, a four-time winner this season. “As far as points go, it is pretty much going to be between four drivers to decide the title: Kramer, Lange, myself and Nigh.

“Aiden and Cody are both in their second year in the series and they are proving are very talented drivers.”

Michnowicz won the CLS’ other race on the PAS half-mile clay oval on Memorial Day weekend. Over the past three seasons, he has won four of the seven races staged at the track. Other winners…

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