Over 200 Northern California drag racers went full throttle on Sonoma Raceway's drag strip, September 19, during Wednesday Night Drags Powered by Universal Technical Institute.

The Wednesday Night Drags Powered by Universal Technical Institute program, which is in its 30th 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 eight 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 included:

  • Jackpot: Santa Rosa's Tom Johnson
  • Gear Jammer: Benicia's Patrick Lannoo
  • Motorcycle: Vallejo's Sean Baldo
  • Comp Rod: Novato's Joe Piazza
  • Sport Street: Pacheco's Bill Taggart
  • Street: Napa's Steve Ball
  • High School: Novato's Corban McIntosh

Winner circle photos are posted on the Sonoma Raceway Drag Racing Facebook page. Click HERE for race results.

Wednesday Night Drags will resume on Wednesday, September 27. High school students interested in drag racing local law enforcement officers or for more information about Wednesday Night Drags, visit http://www.sonomaraceway.com/track/wednesday_night_drags/ or call 800-870-RACE (7223). For track weather conditions, please call 800-870-RACE ext. 209.