By Jim McCombe

The Top the Cops™ program kicked off its 18th season at Infineon Raceway, April 4. The popular program will run alongside the STP Wednesday Night Drags program throughout the spring and summer months.

The Top the Cops™  program gives high school students the opportunity to drag race against uniformed police officers in their patrol cars, while providing a safe and controlled environment to fulfill their need for speed.

By the end of the evening, it was the High School students who prevailed winning three of five final rounds with police officers Rob Hill and Nick Conrad, both of the Novato Police Department, taking wins home for the Bay Area law enforcement officers.   Officer Rob Hill posted the best reaction time for the law enforcement agency officers with a .075; followed by Michaela Rossi, who led the students with a best RT of .134

Visiting the STP Wednesday Night Drags winners circle were class winners Brian Dito (Gear Jammers), Doug Love (Motorcycle), Steve Wellman (Comp Rod), Kane Phillips (Sport Street), Chelsea Murdock (Street) and Mike Norrbom (High School).

Top the Cops and STP Wednesday Night Drags racing returns to the Infineon Raceway drag strip, April 11, when the raceway will feature $5 off for drag racers as well as a special night of drifting in the main paddock featuring professional drifters, the NOS girls and FREE NOS sampling.

For more information, call 800-870-RACE (7223).

Listed below are the final round results including semifinalists:

Top The Cops™
Winner: Officer Nick Conrad (Novato PD) 08 Ford Expedition .450 RT 16.916 ET (16.90 dial in) 78.64 MPH
Runner-up: Mike Norrbom (Sonoma) 70 Camaro foul -.008 RT 17.973 (18.15) 73.02

Winner: Sean Winograd (Davis) 08 Mustang .236 RT 14.229 (14.29) 98.86
Runner-up: Officer Robert Marin (Fairfield PD) 02 Ford foul -.002 RT 16.263 (16.35) 84.42

Winner: Jordon Beffa (Santa Rosa) 68 Mustang .165 RT 16.604 (16.45) 79.35
Runner-up: Officer Gail Hill (Fairfield PD) 06 Ford .218 RT 16.320 (16.20) 85.36

Winner: Michaela Rossi (Napa) 06 Mercedes .134 RT 16.528 (16.41) 84.39
Runner-up: Officer Dave Harston (Sebastopol PD) 01 Ford .155 RT 16.703 (16.60) 83.15

 
Winner: Officer Rob Hill (Novato PD) 10 Ford .075 RT 16.444 (16.49) 83.28
Runner-up: Alex Ramirez (Sonoma) 03 Camaro (No Show)

STP Wednesday Night Drags Results:
Gear Jammers
Winner: Brian Dito (Vacaville) 10 Camaro .158 RT (14.133 (13.80) 108.94
Runner-up: Aaron Ginkens (Concord) 12 Mustang .187 RT 12.901 break out (13.10) 108.79
Semi Finals: Craig Love (Santa Rosa) 93 Mustang

Motorcycle
Winner: Doug Love (Novato) 01 Triumph .044 RT 13.510 (13.38) 74.44
Runner-up: Kevin Conndley (American Canyon) 02 Suzuki .115 RT 11.242 (10.71) 127.28
Semi Finals: Danny Cappelletti (Brisbane) 99 Kawasaki

Comp Rod
Winner: Steve Wellman (Petaluma) 63 Nova .122 RT 10.199 (10.23) 128.95
Runner-up: Jessica Opperman (Napa) 69 Camaro  foul -.024 RT 10.717 (10.70) 124.21
Semi Finals: Mike Mitchell (St. Helena) 71 Vega

Sport Street
Winner: Kane Phillips (Vallejo) 90 Chevy .286 RT 17.726 (17.65) 73.94
Runner-up: Rich Love (San Rafael) 05 PT Cruiser   foul -.045 RT 15.469 (15.33) 88.38
Semi Finals: Chris Denton (Pleasanton) 08 Mercedes

Street
Winner: Chelsea Murdock (Napa) 57 Chevy Truck .067 RT 12.771 (12.80) 99.08
Runner-up: Scott Sterley (San Rafael) 71 Camaro .049 RT 12.056 break out (12.13) 99.14
Semi Finals: David Ginther (Danville) 06 Mustang

High School
Winner: Mike Norrbom (Sonoma) 70 Camaro .095 RT 18.008 (18.00) 71.66
Runner-up: Michaela Rossi (Napa) 06 Mercedes  foul - LBTA 16.504 (16.80) 78.36
Semi Finals: Jordon Beffa (Santa Rosa) 68 Mustang   and Sean Winograd (Davis) 08 Mustang