NHRA D-7 drag racing returns to Sonoma

By From page B3 | July 17, 2014

SONOMA — The NHRA Division 7 drag races, presented by Korbel, return to the drag strip at Sonoma Raceway, Friday through Sunday, offering a high-speed indulgence for drag racing fans.

The race is the fourth of six slated for the NHRA’s Pacific Division and will feature drag racing in nine categories. Competitors will battle for points leading to divisional and national championships, as well as a share of the year-end purse of more than $519,000. The Pacific Division Top Sportsman Series, Top Dragster Series and Sportsman Motorcycle Series presented by Harley Davidson will also run in conjunction with the event.

More than 450 entries are expected for the weekend, including a number of local competitors. Novato native and 2013 Super Gas World Champion, Rick Beckstrom, is slated to compete is in his full-bodied Pontiac Grand Am, throughout the weekend.

The weekend will also be highlighted by the high-horsepower action of the West Coast Outlaw Pro Mod Series, featuring full-bodied cars capable of covering the quarter mile in just five seconds.

Gates open at 7 a.m. all weekend. Qualifying and time trials are slated Friday and Saturday, with final eliminations beginning on Saturday at 4 p.m. and continuing on Sunday at 8:30 a.m.  Cost is $5 on Friday and
$20 per day on Saturday and Sunday. Children 12 and under are admitted free with a paid adult and parking is free.

This event kicks off back-to-back weekends of NHRA drag racing in the Sonoma Valley, as the facility will host the NHRA Sonoma Nationals, July 25-27.

It will mark the 27th annual visit for the NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series, which will be headlined by the sport’s biggest names, including defending Top Fuel champion Shawn Langdon, seven-time Funny Car Sonoma winner John Force and 2013 NHRA Top Fuel Rookie of the Year Brittany Force.

For tickets or more information on the NHRA Division 7 Drag Races, presented by Korbel, visit racesonoma.com or call 800-870-RACE (7223).

Sonoma Raceway


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