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Wednesday Night Drags and Top the Cops returned to Sonoma Raceway's drag strip, Aug. 23, with more than 140 Northern California drag racers and 11 high school racers competing for top titles in their respective classes.

The Wednesday Night Drags program, which is in its 29th 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 teenagers 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 3:30 p.m. with racing spanning from 4-10 p.m. Anyone with a driver's license can compete, providing their vehicle or motorcycle passes a simple technical inspection.

Wednesday's class winners included Newark's Rick McIlmoil (Jackpot); Napa's Ron Jacks (Gear Jammer); Novato's Doug Love (Motorcycle); Sebastopol's Tom Taggart (Comp Rod); Santa Rosa's Craig Love (Sport Street); Cotati's Nick Bublitz (Street); and Fairfield's Michael Pullm (High School).

Race 7 of the Bracket Drag Racing Series continues this Saturday and Sunday, August 26-27. Gates open at 7 a.m. each day, with racing spanning from 8:15 a.m.-5 p.m. For Bracket Drag and information, visit The cost for spectators is $15 and overnight camping is available for Friday and Saturday nights.

The Wednesday Night Drags and Top the Cops will resume next Wednesday, August 30, which is also the last race of the 2017 Top the Cops season. For more information, visit or call 800-870-RACE (7223). For track weather conditions, please call 800-870-RACE ext. 209.