LAKESIDE, Calif. – The Lucas Oil POWRi Southwest Lightning Sprint Car Series has released a 15-race schedule for its third year of competition in the Southwestern portion of the United States.
The action will take place on four tracks and will feature a competitive mix of eight winged and seven non-winged races.
In addition to the 15 point races, the club has included four trips to some of the biggest lightning sprint car series races in the nation. Included will be two trips to the Midwest, one to the Pacific Northwest and another to Central California. Those trips will add a dozen extra non-point paying races to the schedule.
The four tracks presenting point races are the Barona Speedway, Imperial Valley Raceway, Arizona’s Mohave Valley Raceway and Perris Auto Speedway. Barona will once again be the home track for the series, hosting six races. Imperial Valley Raceway will see the open-wheelers on the track five times. Arizona’s Mohave Valley Raceway will welcome the series back for the second year in a row with three races. For the first time, one of the most famous tracks in the nation, Perris Auto Speedway, will host the club for one race.
The season will kick off with a pair of wingless races on March 4-5 during the California Mid-Winter Fair at Imperial Valley Raceway. The following weekend will be another doubleheader when the racing group journeys just across the border into Arizona for a pair of winged shows at Mohave Valley.
After the trip Arizona, the series will take six weeks off before returning to Imperial Valley for another wingless show on April 23.
Barona will host the series for the first time on April 30. It will be the first of five-straight point races for the club on the San Diego County oval stretching through July 9. Three of those battles will be contested with wings and two will be without. Stuck into the middle of those races will be two nights of action at the POWRi Lightning Sprint Car Nationals at Central Missouri Speedway on Labor Day weekend.
After the July 9 race at Barona, the club will be off for a little more than two months to allow teams to contest the Clay Cup at Washington’s Deming Speedway (July 14-16) and the popular Minkota Nationals in Minnesota and North Dakota (Aug. 11-14). The tracks for the Minkota Nationals have yet to be determined.
Once the club returns to its Southern California home, competitors will travel to the half-mile Perris Auto Speedway. The winged race on Sept. 17 will see the series race on the same card as the popular AMSOIL USAC/CRA Sprint Car Series.
October will be an extremely busy month for the stars and cars of the Southwest Lightning Sprint Car Series with seven nights of racing on four different tracks in 23 days. The first two races will be the final winged events on the schedule at Barona and Mohave Valley on Oct. 1 and Oct. 8, respectively. Oct. 13-15 will see the troupe journey to Lemoore Raceway for the prestigious Cal Cup. Those three nights will be the final non-point races of the year for the series.
The season will conclude on Oct. 22-23, on the same track where it started eight months earlier, Imperial Valley Raceway. That season ending weekend will once again see the teams leave their wings at home.
2022 Lucas Oil POWRi Southwest Lightning Sprint Car Series Schedule (Point Races)
March 4-5 – Imperial Valley Raceway (Wingless)
March 11-12 – Mohave Valley Raceway (Winged)
April 23 – Imperial Valley Raceway (Wingless)
April 30 – Barona Speedway (Winged)
May 14 – Barona Speedway (Wingless)
June 11 – Barona Speedway (Winged)
June 25 – Barona Speedway (Winged)
July 9 – Barona Speedway (Wingless)
Sept. 17 – Perris Auto Speedway (Winged)
Oct. 1 – Barona Speedway (Winged)
Oct. 8 – Mohave Valley Raceway (Winged)
Oct. 22-23 – Imperial Valley Raceway (Wingless)