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Irwindale Police Department
Thursday August 20th, 2015 :: 09:27 p.m. PDT


“TOP COP” Drag Race Challenge Combats Illegal Street Racing

This Saturday night, August 22nd between 5 PM and 9PM, the Irwindale Police Department will host a family-friendly night of NHRA Drag Racing at the Irwindale Dragstrip to determine who will be crowned the Street Legal “TOP COP” for 2015.

Irwindale Police Chief Anthony Miranda has invited police chiefs from local police agencies to join him at the Irwindale Dragstrip to demonstrate how Street Legal Drag Racing is as a safe alternative to illegal street racing. Chief Miranda challenged the chiefs to take part in the drag races themselves. Chiefs from the Bell, Beverly Hills, San Gabriel, San Marino, Santa Monica and Vernon Police Departments, among others, have accepted Chief Miranda’s challenge!

“We’ve invited the Chiefs to bring their own police cars or one of their department’s police cars; We’ll get them some practice runs on our eighth-mile drag strip and then, at 8 o’clock, we’ll see who the “TOP COP” will be! We’ll determine the night’s winner based on each driver’s reaction times on the starting line.”

The purpose of the “TOP COP” challenge is to raise public awareness about the dangers of illegal street racing and to raise support for street legal NHRA drag racing as a safe alternative. “Illegal street racing affects everyone, not just the participants; we need to have safe, controlled places like Irwindale for this activity and to put an end to the senseless loss of young lives,” said Chief Miranda.

The Chief's event will be part of a specially-scheduled Saturday night version of Irwindale Dragstrip’s regular Thursday Night Test-N-Tune sessions when drivers in all makes, models, and years of cars, light trucks and motorcycles test their machines against the accurate-to-a-thousandth-of-a-second timing equipment and against each other in a safe and friendly environment.

Everyone is invited to come out and cheer on their local Police Chief, especially our hometown favorite, Chief Miranda!

Spectators pay only $10, kids are $5 and parking is FREE!

"TOP COP" at the Irwindale Speedway is a great way to spend your Saturday night and enjoy some safe street legal racing!

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