"Top the Cops" allows teenagers to drag race police officers


Getting your license in high school can be an exciting time, especially for a young car enthusiast. You just spent the last few years salivating over sports cars or lifted trucks, and you have the posters on your bedroom walls to prove it. The only issue with getting a license as a teenager is, well, you're still a dumb kid.

First thing you do is go out in mom's Camry and try drag racing your friend in his dad's Caravan. It's all in good fun, but it's dangerous. You could get hurt or get into trouble with the law. Luckily if you live near Sonoma Raceway in California, you have a way to get your kicks and still be friends with the law.

For the last 23 years, students have been lining up at the drag strip every Wednesday to go head to head with a police officer. That's right; kids are taking their cars to the track and racing the cops. It's a program that was founded by now retired police officer, Kevin McKinnie. He created the program to help lower the amount of illegal street racing that was going on in the area.

The program is called, "Top the Cops," and according to McKinnie it has not only helped curb illegal Street racing, but has also fostered a positive environment for police officers and kids to really get to know each other. In the video posted by "Great Big Story," we get an inside view at a program that's really making a difference. We see kids that are genuinely having fun and really communicating with the local law enforcement who are such a vital part of every community.

For more information on this awesome program check out this link to the Sonoma Raceway website.