The NHRA Division 7 Drag Races, presented by Korbel, return to the Sonoma Valley this weekend, July 19-21. The weekend will feature sportsman racing action from the NHRA Lucas Oil Division 7 Drag Racing Series.

July 19-21. Gates open at 7 a.m. each day.  Qualifying and time trials are slated for Friday and Saturday, with final eliminations for all classes set to begin Sunday morning.

Quarter-mile drag strip

Competition will be featured in nine NHRA categories, including Comp Eliminator, Super Stock, Stock Eliminator, Super Comp, Super Gas, Super Street, Top Sportsman, Sportsman Motorcycle and Top Dragster. For the third consecutive year, the weekend will also feature the six-second door slammers of the West Coast Outlaw Pro Modified Series.

What to expect:
The NHRA Division 7 Drag Races, presented by Korbel, kick off two weekends of drag racing in the Sonoma Valley with the NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series slated for the following weekend, July 26-28… Last year's Division 7 event featured three Northern California winners, including Guerneville's Dean Hall (Super Comp); Benicia's Jeff Gillette (Top Sportsman) and Garberville's Pete Miclette (Sportsman Motorcycle)… Multi-time winners in Sonoma include Morgan Lucas (TAD, 2003, '06-'07), Rick Santos (TAD, 1998-2000); Rick Braun (Comp, 1998-'99); Jimmy DeFrank (Super Stock, 2001, '03, Super Comp '09); Greg Luneack (Super Stock, 2005, '08); Steve Wann (Stock, 1997, 2003); Jody Lang (Stock Eliminator, 1998, 2008-'09, '11); Ted Kellner (Super Street, 1999, 2007); Scott Rollins (Super Street, 2004-'05); Mike de Palma (Competition Eliminator, 2009, '12) and Pete Miclette (Sportsman Motorcycle 2011, '12).                    

Division 7 is comprised of the western United States (Arizona, California, Hawaii, Nevada and Utah), but drag racers from all over the country will venture to Sonoma for a chance to compete on the world-class drag strip. The drag strip received an overhaul in 2002, complete with a 660-foot concrete launch pad and separation from the road course. That, combined with the fact that the raceway is 15 feet above sea level, makes the track one of the fastest in the country.

SCHEDULE (All times Pacific):              

Friday, July 19: Qualifying and time trials begin, 8:30 a.m.; Top Dragster, Comp and Top Sportsman qualifying, noon and 3 p.m.

Saturday, July 20: Time trials and qualifying begin, 8:30 a.m.; Top Dragster, Comp and Top Sportsman qualifying, 10:30 a.m.; First round eliminations, approx. 2 p.m.

Sunday, July 21: Eliminations continue, 8:30 a.m. 

TICKET PRICES (Includes pit pass):           
General Admission:  Friday: $5; Saturday and Sunday: $20 per day; Weekend: $45. Children 12 and under are admitted FREE and parking is FREE.