Wednesday Night Drags experienced its biggest turnout in over two years, April 4, as more than 200 Northern California drag racers competed on Sonoma Raceway's quarter-mile drag strip. In addition, 13 high school students battled for a spot in winner's circle.

The Wednesday Night Drags program, which is in its 30th 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 six classes. Gates open at 3:30 p.m. with racing spanning from 4-10 p.m. Eliminations start at 7 p.m. allowing more track time for the racers. Anyone with a driver's license can compete, providing their vehicle or motorcycle passes a simple technical inspection.

Wednesday's class winners included San Francisco's Vince Cardinale (Gear Jammer); Santa Rosa's Maximilian Fischer (Motorcycle); Fairfax's Chris Burton (Comp Rod); Rodeo's Doug McCay  (Sport Street); Oakley's Udo Richter (Street) and Sebastopol's Joseph McBurney (High School).

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

Wednesday Night Drags will resume next Wednesday, April 11. The Top the Cops program will kick off its season opener during the night as well. For more information, visit or call 800-870-RACE (7223). For track weather conditions, please call 800-870-RACE ext. 209.