FAQ's and Track Facts

Drag Strip

Joining us for an event at the drag strip? We've got the answers for you. Learn about The Strip at Las Vegas Motor Speedway and what goes on there. If you still have a question call 1-800-644-4444 or email TicketServices@lvms.com.



Breakout: Used only in handicap racing, "breakout" refers to a race car running quicker than the driver has predicted. The driver's prediction is called the dial-in and is posted on the race car. The driver who breaks out loses the race unless his or her opponent has committed a more serious foul, such as a red-light or crossing the centerline of the drag strip.

Burnout: Spinning the rear tires in water to heat and clean them before a run for better traction. In most classes, a burnout precedes every run down the drag strip.

Christmas Tree: The noticeable electronic starting device between the lanes on the starting line. It displays a calibrated-light countdown for each driver.

Elapsed Time (e.t.): The time it takes a drag-race vehicle to travel from the starting line to the finish line.

Methanol: Pure methyl alcohol used as fuel in Top Alcohol Dragsters, Top Alcohol Funny Cars, and even some Jr. Dragsters.

Nitro-methane ("nitro"): Made specifically as a fuel for drag racing, it is the result of a chemical reaction between nitric acid and propane. Top Fuel dragsters and Funny Cars use nitro methane.

Nitrous Oxide ("nitrous," "N2O"): When injected into an engine under pressure, nitrous oxide gives the engine a sudden boost in power by introducing more oxygen into the fuel mixture. Nitrous oxide is not allowed in any NHRA category except Pro Mod (exhibition) and some E.T. bracket classes.

Reaction Time: The time it takes a driver to react to the green starting light on the Christmas Tree, measured in thousandths of a second. A perfect reaction time is .000.

Red Light: When a race car leaves the starting line too soon — before the green light, or "go" signal — it activates the red light on the Christmas Tree and the driver has automatically lost the race.


1) Where do I purchase tickets for the race? 

  • Las Vegas Motor Speedway Ticket Office (located in the Ticket/Gift Shop building off Speedway Boulevard)
  • Call 1-800-644-4444
  • Online at Ticketmaster
  • Additionally, select satellite ticket offices will be open on race days.

2) After I have purchased my tickets, when and where can I pick them up? 
If you have purchased tickets in advance but did not have them mailed, you may pick them up at the LVMS ticket office until the day of the event. The Drag Strip Will Call window is located at the main entrance of the Drag Strip, adjacent to the Drag Strip Ticket Office. 

3) Where do I pick up credentials?
Drag Strip credentials can be picked up at the Credential Office located directly behind the Las Vegas Motor Speedway Administration Building and Gift Shop. 

4) Where is the best place to park at the Speedway? 
There is free parking surrounding the entire Speedway for your convenience. Check the Maps tab under the Fan Info tab. 

5) What handicap facilities are available?
Las Vegas Motor Speedway seeks to provide reasonable accommodations for all qualified individuals with disabilities including special seating, tram services, and parking. Please contact the speedway ticket office at 800-644-4444 for more information.

6) Where are the nearest ATMs located? 
There are several ATMs located throughout the facility. 

7) Can I bring a cooler to the race? If so, can I bring alcoholic beverages into the Speedway? 
No coolers are permitted in the grandstand seating area at LVMS. Fans are allowed to bring one unopened bottle of water into the gates. No alcoholic nor glass beverages may be brought into the grandstand seating area at LVMS.

8) What types of foods are available at the Speedway's concession stands? 
A variety of foods such as nachos, hamburgers and hot dogs, can be found at concession stands located around the speedway. A number of independent vendors including pizza and barbecue are available on event weekends only. Coffee, soda, beer and water also are available. Specialty concessions are available in the Neon Garage.

9) What merchandise concessions are available?
Official Las Vegas Motor Speedway souvenirs, as well as the Nitro Mall, can be found at the speedway during event time. The Speedway World Gift Shop is open year round on the first floor of the administration building.

10) Is camping available? 
Yes. Please visit LVMS.com for more information. Each camping area is staffed with 24 hour security and is either located near a shower house or has shuttles running daily to our restroom/shower facilities.

11) How do I contact someone at the race in the event of an emergency?
In the case of emergencies, Las Vegas Motor Speedway provides a Fan Assistance Hotline. Call (702) 632-8006 or text Vegas Location & Details to 69050.

12) What facilities are available if I have a medical problem?
Mobile medical teams patrol the speedway grounds. If in need of medical assistance, contact a speedway representative and give them the location (i.e., seat number and section) of the person in need of medical attention.

13) Is there a lost and found?
Yes, contact a speedway security representative and they will direct you to the lost and found, which is located near the administration building. After an event all lost and found items are transferred to the reception desk in the LVMS administration building.

14) What are the best routes to and from the race?
Please visit the Map tab in the Fan Info section for more information on arriving at the facility and departing following the race. 

15) What happens if it rains on race day?
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.

16) What items are prohibited inside the gates?

  • Alcoholic beverages (not permitted to enter or exit the gates)
  • Backpacks or any bag larger than 18" x 18" x 6"
  • Balloons and beach balls
  • Coolers
  • Drones or any type of radio controlled flying device
  • Fireworks
  • Folding chairs
  • Glass or can containers
  • Grills
  • Hoverboards or skateboards
  • Illegal drugs
  • Noisemakers or horns
  • Pets (except for service animals)
  • Scaffolds
  • Stadium seats wider than 18 inches or with arms
  • Umbrellas
  • Weapons of any kind
  • Any items which pose a safety hazard or can diminish the enjoyment of the event by other guests.

17) What food or beverages may I bring inside the gates?

  • One (1) non-alcoholic beverage per guest. Beverage may not exceed 20 ounces and must be contained in a plastic sports bottle or plastic cup.
  • One (1) food item per guest. Examples include a sandwich, crackers, chips OR fruit. Family sized bags of food are not permitted.

Other 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 are also prohibited.

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