Local drag racers dazzled on Sonoma Raceway's drag strip during Wednesday Night Drags Powered by Universal Technical Institute, August 7.

The Wednesday Night Drags program, which is in its 31st consecutive year, gives drag racers the opportunity to 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, back-county roads or parking lots.

Racing is featured in seven classes. Gates open at 3:30 p.m. with racing spanning from 4-10 p.m. Eliminations begin at 7 p.m. allowing more track time for the racers. Anyone with a valid driver's license can participate, providing their vehicle or motorcycle passes a simple technical inspection.

Wednesday night's class winners are listed below:

Jackpot: San Rafael's Scott Sterley

Gear Jammer: Santa Rosa's Craig Love

Motorcycle: Concord's Kevin Benson

Comp Rod: Napa's Kevin D'Adamo

Sport Street: Vallejo's Steve Del Buono Jr.

Street: Rohnert Park's Spencer Marcil

High School: Sonoma's Charlotte Skorlich

The Top the Cops™ program also ran during the evening, producing the following matchups and results:

  • Dakota Toakes defeated Jackson
  • Sonoma County Sherriff Jack Neely outpaced Sonoma's Charlotte Skorlich
  • Napa CHP officer Marc Rensfurger beat Alejandro Keller
  • Officer Nick Wagner bested Discovery Bay's Joey Frakes

Winner photos are posted on the Sonoma Raceway Drag Racing Facebook page.

Wednesday Night Drags will resume on Wednesday, August 14. For more information about Wednesday Night Drags, visit SonomaRaceway.com or call 800-870-RACE (7223). For track weather conditions, please call 800-870-RACE ext. 209.