NHRA Highlights Sonoma Raceway 2017 Drag Racing Schedule
SONOMA, Calif. (Feb. 7, 2017) - Sonoma Raceway will continue to serve as Northern California's premier drag racing venue, as the wine country facility is set to host 42 days of drag racing in 2017.
Highlighted by the 30th annual Toyota NHRA Sonoma Nationals, the drag strip will also play host to NHRA Division 7 drag racing, Summit ET Bracket drag racing and the popular Wednesday Night Drags program.
The hills of Sonoma Valley will rumble as the 10,000-horsepower beasts of the Mello Yello Drag Racing Series return for the Toyota NHRA Sonoma Nationals, July 28-30. The fastest motorsport in the world boasts dragsters that cover the drag strip in less than four seconds at over 320-mph. The weekend will feature racing in Top Fuel, Funny Car, Pro Stock and Pro Stock Motorcycle.
The track hosted historic victories in 2016, including John Force's 145th Funny Car career win and eighth win in wine country, J.R. Todd's first Top Fuel win in Sonoma since 2006 and Greg Anderson's 85th Pro Stock victory. The 2017 national event will also feature the return of jet dragsters following Friday night qualifying, July 28.
The NHRA Division 7 Drag Races, presented by Korbel, kicks off back-to-back weekends of drag racing in Sonoma, July 21-23. Nearly 450 sportsman racers will battle head-to-head as the NHRA Lucas Oil Drag Racing Series returns the weekend prior to the national event. The event will also feature the return of the West Coast Outlaw Pro Modified Series.
The raceway's popular Wednesday Night Drags program enters its 29th season this year. The amateur drag racing competition runs most Wednesday evenings from March 15-Nov.8 and gives anyone with a driver license and a car that passes a simple technical inspection a chance to race down the quarter-mile drag strip. The fan-favorite Top the Cops™ program, which gives high school students the opportunity to race against local law enforcement officers in their squad cars, will run from April through August in conjunction with Wednesday Night Drags.
The Summit ET Bracket Drag Racing Series features 12 races in 2017, including the popular Memorial Day weekend and Independence Day events. These events feature five classes of sportsman competition and generally attract more than 300 competitors.
For more information on these programs or for the complete drag strip schedule, visit www.sonomaraceway.com or call 800-870-RACE (7223).