Fan Guide

We're excited you're joining us at The Strip at Las Vegas Motor Speedway! Here are a few helpful tools to help you navigate your event.

Rules + Policies

Rain Policy

In the event of a rained out weekly event at the Drag Strip, ticketholders may use the ticket as a credit to attend another comparable event. *Some dates excluded


NHRA Rain Policy

Qualifying (typically run on Friday and Saturday):

If Pro nitro qualifying is rained out, customer will be entitled to 100 percent credit*.

Following the completion of one round of Pro nitro qualifying, no compensation.

Eliminations (typically run on Sunday):

A total rainout -- customer is entitled to 100 percent credit*.

Following the completion of one round of Pro nitro eliminations, customer will be entitled to 50 percent credit*.

Following the completion of two rounds of Pro nitro eliminations, no compensation.

*In the event of a rainout 

Customer must retain ticket stub to enter on rescheduled date.

If a customer cannot attend the rescheduled event, the ticket holder must retain the ticket(s) for use toward ticket purchase for next year's event. Customer is responsible for any difference due to price increases, account fees, etc.

All sales are final. No refunds. NHRA is not responsible for lost or stolen tickets. Credentials will not be honored.


Prohibited Items:

  • Outside food and beverage including alcohol (small consumables are permitted).
  • Smoking is prohibited in grandstand seating areas
  • Umbrellas
  • Coolers
  • Stadium seats wider than 18 inches
  • Illegal drugs
  • Fires, Grills, Fireworks
  • Weapons of any kind
  • Folding chairs
  • Glass or can containers
  • Scaffolds
  • Pets (except service animals assisting those with disabilities)
  • Noisemakers, horns, balloons, beach balls and kites
  • Radio controlled devices such as, but not limited to: airplanes, helicopters, drones, etc.
  • Others items in the judgment of speedway management or security staff which pose a safety hazard or diminish the enjoyment of the event by other patrons

Drag Racing 101

What is a Drag Race?

In basic terms, a Drag Race is an acceleration contest from a standing start between two vehicles over a measured distance at a specifically designed Drag Race facility.

The accepted standard for that distance is either a Quarter-Mile or an Eighth-Mile. In HO scale, a Quarter-Mile is recognized as 20.75 feet. Typical Track voltages may vary (from 18-26 VDC) and available amperage should really be at least 8 AMPS per lane.

Drag contests are started by means of an electronic device commonly called a "Christmas Tree." Upon leaving the starting line, each contestant activates a timer which is, in turn, stopped when the same vehicle reaches the finish line. That Start-to-Finish clocking is the vehicle's E.T. (elapsed time), which serves to measure performance and often serves to determine handicaps during competition.

How does four-wide racing work?

Check out our Four-Wide 101 document for details.

What is E.T. Bracket Racing?

By far the most popular form of Drag Racing is a handicapped form of competition known as "E.T. Bracket Racing" or just "Bracket Racing". In this form of Racing, two vehicles of varying performance potentials can race on a potentially even basis. The anticipated elapsed times for each vehicle are compared, with the slower car receiving a head start equal to the difference of the two. With this system, virtually any two vehicles can be paired in a competitive drag race. You heard right! With this type of Racing, a T-jet can still beat a Fully Modified NEO Patriot - believe it!

An Example:
Let's say Car A has been timed a 1.78, 1.74, and 1.76 seconds for the quarter-mile, and the driver feels that a "dial-in" of 1.75 is appropriate.

Meanwhile, the driver of Car B has recorded elapsed times of 1.27, 1.22 and 1.26 on the same track and he has opted for a "dial-in" average of 1.25.

Based on these "dialed-in'" times, Car A will get a .5-second head-start over Car B when the "Christmas Tree" counts down to each car's starting green lights.

If both vehicles cover the Quarter-Mile in exactly the predetermined elapsed time, the win will go to the driver who reacts quickest to the starting signal. That reaction to the starting signal is called "Reaction Time." Both lanes are timed independently of one another, and the clock does not start until the vehicle actually moves. Because of this, a vehicle may sometimes appear to have a mathematical advantage in comparative elapsed times but actually lose the race. This fact makes starting line reflexes extremely important in Drag Racing! Assuming both cars consistently run their "Dialed-In" times every run, the Race is now won or lost based on the driver's reaction times! This is where 'coming off the line' can make or break the race. The "Dial-In" time is where each car chooses a dial-in time before the race, predicting the elapsed time the driver estimates it will take his or her car to cross the finish line. This is usually displayed on one or more windows so the starter can adjust the "christmas tree" starting lights accordingly. The slower car in the race is given the green light before the faster car by a margin of the difference between their two dial-in times

In principle, if both drivers have equal reaction times and their cars run exactly their posted dial-ins, both cars should cross the finish line at precisely the same time. In reality, this is an extremely rare occurrence. Measuring devices both at the start and at the end of the track post times down to 1/1000 of a second (0.001s precision), which makes tied races almost impossible.



The Drag Strip is located directly off of 1-15. Take Exit 54 (Speedway Blvd) and take a right towards the Speedway.

General Parking is available in the Blue Lot is located on the left side of Speedway Blvd.

Handicap Parking is available through entry 12 at the front of the Blue Lot.

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Call 1-800-644-4444 or log on to to secure RV/Camping spots for The Strip at LVMS.

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