Sears Point final Wednesday draws crowd

SONOMA, Calif. (IMMEDIATE RELEASE) - The biggest crowd in the history of the "Recycle Used Oil Wednesday Night Drags" program - estimated at 1,500 fans - converged on Sears Point Raceway on July 25 as the series concluded its 2001 racing ...

SONOMA, Calif. (IMMEDIATE RELEASE) - The biggest crowd in the history of the "Recycle Used Oil Wednesday Night Drags" program - estimated at 1,500 fans - converged on Sears Point Raceway on July 25 as the series concluded its 2001 racing season.

More than 1,000 fans crowded the drag strip and grandstands as a record number of cars (475) competed on the quarter-mile drag strip.

"This is a lot of fun," said Tristan Desoulnier, 18, of Concord, who drives a 1991 Mustang. "You get to race fast cars you don't usually see on the street. It makes it a lot more fun and much safer. I'll most definitely be back next year."

Since 1989, the "Wednesday Night Drags" have provided students, parents, grandparents and business people the opportunity to race on the track, not the street. Attracting an average of 300 cars per week, ranging from the family station wagon to highly modified dragsters, these evenings are both well-attended and well-liked by people from all over the Bay Area and beyond. The previous record crowd was 1,250, set earlier this year.

A self-described "speed freak," Sheila Keiwer, 46, of Ben Lomand, said, "I drive over five hours to get here to get 60 seconds on the track. I love it. My favorite part is right before you hit the gas. Your heart is pounding."

The program ended early this year due to the repaving of the drag strip, which will begin immediately following the NHRA FRAM Autolite Nationals, Aug. 3-5. The repaving is part of Sears Point Raceway's $35 million Modernization Plan, which began in September 2000. Since then, more than 6,000,000 cubic yards of dirt have been moved. The project is scheduled for completion in 2002.

The "Wednesday Night Drags" program is scheduled to resume in March. Please visit www.searspoint.com or call 800-870-RACE for more information on the 2002 season.

-SPR

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