More than 160 Northern California drag racers convened on the Sonoma Raceway drag strip, April 17, for the Wednesday Night Drags as well as the season kickoff of the Top the Cops™ program.

The Wednesday Night Drags program, which is in its 25th 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 teen-agers 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 as well as the Top the Cops class. Timed runs begin at 4 p.m. with racing spanning from 5-10 p.m. Anyone with a driver's license can compete, providing their vehicle or motorcycle passes a simple technical inspection.

Class winner included Rodeo’s John Terry (Jackpot); San Jose’s Steve Jaslovsky (Gear Jammer); Pleasant Hill’s James Higgins (Motorcycle); Windsor’s Craig Hartquist (Comp Rod); Rodeo’s Douglas McCay (Sport Street); Santa Rosa’s Michael Scheuer (Street); and Sonoma’s Cody Oaks (High School).

In the Top the Cops division, high school students out ran Bay Area police officers in six of sevens runoffs. For more information on this unique program visit, www.racesonoma.com/youcanrace.

The next Wednesday Night Drags and Top the Cops event will take place next Wednesday, April 24. Racing will be featured in seven classes as well as the Top the Cops class. Timed runs begin at 4 p.m. with racing spanning from 5-10 p.m. Anyone with a driver's license can compete, providing their vehicle or motorcycle passes a simple technical inspection.