More than 160 Northern California drag racers convened on the Sonoma Raceway drag strip, May 7, for the Wednesday Night Drags.

The Wednesday Night Drags program, which is in its 26th year, gives drag racers the opportunity to drag race on Sonoma Raceway's world-famous quarter-mile drag strip. The objective of the program is to give people, from teen-agers to working professionals, a safe, legal and controlled environment in which to race their vehicles, as opposed to using city streets or back-county roads. 

Racing is featured in seven classes. Timed runs begin at 4 p.m. with racing spanning from 5-10 p.m. anyone with a driver's license can compete, providing their vehicle or motorcycle passes a simple technical inspection.

Class winner included San Jose's Steve Jaslovsky (Gear Jammer); San Rafael's Richie Love (Motorcycle); San Bruno's Johnathan Pinten (Comp Rod); Rodeo's Douglas McKay (Sport Street); Sonoma's Mike Norrbom (Street); and Larkspur's Arya Faili (High School).

Led by CHP officer Anna Paulson, the local area police officers managed to take 2 out of 3 races against the high school kids in this week's Top the Cops pairings. Paulson took the victory over Vintage High's Tyler Mecchi. Nick Conrad of the Novato PD got by newcomer Erica Luzaich of Windsor High and it was Zac Machek of Northgate High collecting the sole win for the students in his victory over Fairfield police officer Robert Marin.

The Wednesday Night Drags will resume on May 21. For more information, visit www.racesonoma.com/youcanrace or call 800-870-RACE (7223).