High School Students and Law Enforcement Officers Prepare to Face Off at Wednesday Night Drags
High school students and Bay Area law enforcement officers will return to the track in 2021 and compete head-to-head on Sonoma Raceway’s quarter-mile drag strip, as the Top the Cops™ program returns for its 26th season on Wednesday, April 14.
Top the Cops™ runs as part of the raceway’s popular weekly Wednesday Night Drags program. Top the Cops™ offers an alternative to illegal street racing and gives teens the chance to race against local law enforcement officers, who compete in full uniform in their official vehicles. The program also provides a unique environment for the officers to talk with teens about safe driving and the rules of the road.
“The Top the Cops program has continued to be an incredible and unique platform for young drivers and local officers to connect with one another,” said retired Santa Rosa police officer and program founder Kevin McKinnie.
Top the Cops will run in conjunction with the Wednesday Night Drags program at Sonoma Raceway, April 14-Aug. 25. Participants must have a current high school identification card and driver’s license, and a car that passes a simple technical inspection. Students are given practice runs, which then lead to head-to-head competition against an officer in his/her patrol car.
The five participating law enforcement agencies for 2021 are:
- California Highway Patrol
- Fairfield Police Dept.
- Novato Police Dept.
- Sonoma Police Dept.
- Sonoma County Sherriff’s Dept.
Gates open at 3:30 p.m. each day, with racing from 5-10 p.m. Time trials for Top the Cops begin at 4 p.m. with eliminations at 7 p.m. Cost is $15 for students (with high school ID card). For more information about the Top the Cops or Wednesday Night Drags program, call 800-870-RACE (7223) or visit www.SonomaRaceway.com/WND. For track weather conditions, please call 800-870-RACE ext. 209.
Due to precautions surrounding the COVID-19 pandemic, and to ensure the safety of the participants and the local communities, access to the raceway is currently limited to competitors and raceway personnel. All racers must follow all raceway COVID-19 protocols while onsite, including social distancing, wearing a mask and frequent hand washing. Failure to adhere to raceway COVID protocols will lead to removal from the property.