By Jim McCombe

The Wednesday Night Drags kicked off its 23rd season, March 9, at Infineon Raceway. Cool temperatures combined with a fast race surface created a perfect setting for drag racing under the lights.

Opening-night winners included Santa Rosa's Mark Scheuer (Jack Pot), Novato's Joe Piazza (Comp Rod), Guerneville's Mike Gervais (Street), Napa's Chelsea Murdock (High School), and first-time class winners in Concord’s Jason Frantz (Sport Street) and Santa Rosa’s Blain Bessler (Motorcycle).

Wednesday Night Drags racing returns next Wednesday, March 16. Gates open at 3:30 p.m,. with racing action beginning at 4 p.m. Class eliminations will kick off at 6:45 p.m.

For more information about the Wednesday Night Drags program, visit www.infineonraceway.com/youcanrace or call 800-870-RACE (7223).

The Wednesday Night Drags races are also streamed live via the internet on www.1320go.com.

Below are the final round results from each of the six contested classes:

Jack Pot
Winner: Mark Scheuer (Santa Rosa) 83 Mustang  .048 RT 11.386 ET (11.37 dial)  114.77 mph
Runner-up: Andy Ernest (Napa) 76 Olds .033 RT 10.953 (10.90) 123.86
Semi Finals: Brett Olson (Sacramento) 68 Firebird and Justin Strom (Novato) 69 Chevelle

Motorcycle
Winner: Blaine Bessler (Santa Rosa) 09 GSXR Suzuki .753 RT 10.707 (10.47) 140.11
Runner-up: Thom Jamlia (Alameda) 10 Harley .414 RT 16.076 (11.80) 110.71
Semi Finals: Jim Higgins (Pleasant Hill) 08 Buell

Sport Street
Winner: Jason Frantz (Concord) 97 Volvo .034 RT 14.849 (14.75) 86.76
Runner-up: Rick McIlmoil (Newark) 88 Toyota .036 RT 14.923 break out (15.15) 77.67
Semi Finals: Jeff Parsons (San Jose) 91 Honda Civic and Nick Tauber (Santa Rosa) 05 Mustang

High School
Winner: Chelsea Murdock (Napa) 57 Chevy .050 RT 12.706 (12.67) 100.37
Runner-up: Scott Saier (Redwood City) 87 BMW .049 RT 16.762 break out (16.89) 79.65
Semi Finals: Marko Perivolarits (Petaluma) 94 Camaro and Victor Barajas (Dixon) 02 Honda

Street
Winner: Mike Gervais (Guerneville) 67 Camaro .111 RT 11.593 (11.60) 117.11
Runner-up: Vince Cardinale (Sonoma) 82 Capri .036 RT 12.675 break out (12.71) 98.51
Semi Finals: Jesus Quinteros (Oakland) 07 Jeep Cherokee

Comp Rod
Winner: Joe Piazza (Novato) 50 Chevy .004 RT 12.107 (12.09) 111.28
Runner-up: John Murphy (Yountville) 55 Chevy 10.479 break out (10.49) 124.17
Semi Finals: Steve Coffey (Walnut Creek) 70 Chevelle