Street Challenge added to July 17 NHRA Sport Compact Nationals at The Strip at LVMS

A special Street Challenge category has been added to the July 16-17 NHRA Sport Compact Nationals at The Strip at Las Vegas Motor Speedway. This will mark the first time that street racers have had the opportunity to compete in grudge-style drag racing at an NHRA-sanctioned national event.

"The Street Challenge will provide racers who don¿t have bracket racing experience the opportunity to compete in their street legal sport compact cars in this incredible event," said Chris Blair, LVMS¿ senior director of drag racing operations. "Now our local Midnight Mayhem racers will have the opportunity to showcase their skills before a large audience as well as on the ESPN2 broadcast."

The Street Challenge will be open to the first 100 sport compact/import cars at the racer credential gate on Saturday, July 17. Entries will open 4 p.m. Entry fee is $25 and no pre-entries will be accepted. The rules for the Street Challenge are the same as The Strip¿s popular Midnight Mayhem program. Sport compact entries must be street legal and currently registered and insured. Entries must be driven to the track (no trailers permitted). Driver must have a valid driver¿s license and proof of insurance. Participants under the age of 18 must present a completed parental consent form prior to competition.

"This will be a very important test for the future of the NHRA Sport Compact Series," continued Blair. "Several other tracks across the country are interested in this street legal class and, if it works in Las Vegas, it may be adopted at all events on the NHRA Sport Compact tour.

Trophies will be awarded to the fastest cars in eight categories. In addition to the Street Challenge, The Strip also will host a special Sport Compact-Only edition of Midnight Mayhem on Friday, July 16, following NHRA Sport Compact Nationals qualifying. Racer gates and tech inspection will open at midnight with sport compact-only racing from 1-3 a.m.