SONOMA — Wednesday Night Drags at Sonoma Raceway enjoyed its final week of action on Wednesday prior to NASCAR’s annual stop in Wine Country next weekend.
This week’s rendition saw a handful of Redwood Empire residents take home some honors in the finals on the quarter-mile drag strip.
Bryan Ochoa once again took his 2002 Toyota Camry and defeated Ty Kumre of Rohnert Park — who drove a 1984 GMC Sierra — by nearly 2.5 seconds.
In the sport street division, Sebastopol’s Marie Taggart, in a 2010 Toyota FJ Cruiser, was runner-up to Bill Taggart of Pacheco.
In the gear jammer division, Santa Rosa’s Barrie Beffa, in a 1994 Ford Mustang, was runner-up to Vacaville’s Mark Chauncey, who drove a 1964 Plymouth Fury.
The next Wednesday Night Drags event will be June 27. For more information on how to race, see the end of this column.
Here’s what on the track calendar prior to the NASCAR weekend of June 23-24.
National Auto Sport Association racing is taking its turn on the road course this Saturday and Sunday. The NASA website says registration is closed, but points out some spots may be available for race groups HPDE 2-4 and TT for both days. For Sunday, HPDE1 has a few spots available. NASA says on its website to register at the track. For more information, visit www.nasaproracing.com/events/2828.
The track will be closed from Monday to Thursday as the raceway prepares for NASCAR weekend and will also be closed after NASCAR leaves on Monday, June 25.
The NASCAR Monster Energy Cup Series made one final stop at Michigan International Speedway this past weekend before its West Coast Wine Country jaunt next weekend.
In what turned out to be a rain-shortened affair on the 2-mile superspeedway, Clint Bowyer defeated teammates Kevin Harvick and Kurt Busch to take the checkered flag on Sunday. A NASCAR.com report said it is the first time that Haas-Stewart Racing teammates have finished 1-2-3 in team history.
Kyle Busch currently leads the standings by 75 points over Kevin Harvick and 98 points over Joey Logano. Elk Grove native Kyle Larson is currently 10th in the standings, 221 points behind Busch.
The series will take a break for this Father’s Day weekend and return for the Sonoma race on June 24.
WEDNESDAY NIGHTS AT THE TRACK
The Wednesday Night Drags program runs almost every Wednesday. Currently in its 30th year, it runs from March 14 through Nov. 4, except for next week. Fans can race their vehicles down the quarter-mile drag strip in a controlled environment away from city streets. Gates open at 3:30 p.m., with racing from 4 p.m. to 10 p.m.
Competitors must have a driver’s license to compete, their cars must pass a technical inspection and all vehicles must have mufflers. Up to 300 cars are allowed to enter.
Running alongside the drags will be Sonoma Drift, where pros and amateurs can swing wheels to perfect their drifting techniques. Speed is secondary as competitors are judged on the style and execution of their drift through a marked course in the raceway’s paddock. Cars must pass a technical inspection before being allowed to drift.