Wednesday Night Drags and Top the Cops, Aug. 30
Top the Cops heated up Sonoma Raceway's drag strip on August 30 for the last time in 2017 while more than 120 Northern California drag racers competed for top titles in their respective classes during Wednesday Night Drags.
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 Napa's Dan Brown (Jackpot); Vacaville's Mark Chancey (Gear Jammer); Hayward’s Joe Sisk (Motorcycle); Hayward’s Lenny Celiberti (Comp Rod); Rodeo’s Douglas McCay (Sport Street); Rohnert Park’s Spencer Marcil (Street); and Fairfield's Richie Molinari (High School).
The evening concluded with the final Top the Cops race of the 2017 season with the Cops and High School racers splitting results two a piece.
Race 8 of the Bracket Drag Racing Series continues this Monday, Sept. 5. 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 http://www.sonomaraceway.com/track/bracket_drag_racing/. The cost for spectators is $15 and overnight camping is available for Friday and Saturday nights.
The Wednesday Night Drags will resume Wednesday, Sept. 20, and Top the Cops will kick off its 30th season in 2018. For more information, visit www.sonomaraceway.com/track/you-can-race/ or call 800-870-RACE (7223). For track weather conditions, please call 800-870-RACE ext. 209.