The fourth season of Midnight Mayhem will begin Friday, Feb. 25, at The Strip at Las Vegas Motor Speedway.  Racing will take place from 8 p.m.-1 a.m.

This year, the street-legal racing program will feature a new twist: the traditional drag racing system of starting lights, known as the Christmas tree, has been replaced by a traffic signal-style starter.  The concept was created by Chris Blair, LVMS¿ sr. director of drag racing operations, and constructed by Jeff Foster of Compulink, the sport¿s leading manufacturer of timing equipment systems.

¿This is something new, but familiar,¿ Blair explained.  ¿When illegal street racers compete on the street, they are used to the conventional traffic signal.  When the light turns green, they go.  By giving them a familiar starting system like these traffic lights, we hope it will attract even more illegal street racers to the much safer environment of The Strip.¿


The Midnight Mayhem Story

On Friday, March 29, 2002, The Strip at Las Vegas Motor Speedway presented a new program.  Dubbed Midnight Mayhem by its creators, the program's purpose was to attract illegal street racers to a safer environment without removing too much of the thrill.  Despite unseasonably chilly weather, the debut exceeded all expectations.  More than 1,000 spectators paid $5 each to watch 212 street-legal cars and bikes make high-speed runs down The Strip's quarter mile until 2 a.m.

From those seeds blossomed a program which has received national recognition and praise, while helping to make the streets of Las Vegas and Clark County safer.

"The first Midnight Mayhem event exceeded our expectations and it proved it was a viable alternative to illegal street racing," said Chris Blair, LVMS' senior director of drag racing operations.  "It's a happening, a social event.

"Illegal street racing is a problem not only in Las Vegas, but across the country," Blair continued.  "This program is designed to allow the street racers to compete in their own style, without the dangers of pedestrians, oncoming traffic and intersections.  They¿re not being chased by police here, which is especially important due to Las Vegas¿ illegal street race spectator laws.  Midnight Mayhem is fun, affordable and safe."

Now in its fourth consecutive year, the affordable attraction has grown to an average of 500 cars and bikes each time Midnight Mayhem is held.  Spectator attendance has grown too, to an average of 2,500 fans.  Midnight Mayhem has been covered by Sports Illustrated Magazine, all local television station news departments, as well as daily and weekly newspapers.

Midnight Mayhem is open to any licensed driver with a currently registered car or motorcycle with proof of insurance.  Cars and bikes must be driven (not towed) to the track.  All cars and motorcycles are inspected for safety before they are allowed to compete.  Drivers under the age of 18 are required to present a completed parental consent form.  A certified fire and safety is on hand in case of emergencies.

Each Midnight Mayhem event includes car shows hosted by Euro Entertainment, hip-hop DJs and midway attractions.



2005 Midnight Mayhem schedule for The Strip at Las Vegas Motor Speedway



25 -- Midnight Mayhem No. 1 ¿ Fourth annual season kick-off and cruise night -- 8 p.m.-1 a.m.



25 -- Midnight Mayhem No. 2 -- 10 p.m.-2 a.m.



8 -- Midnight Mayhem No. 3 -- 10 p.m.-2 a.m.

22 -- Midnight Mayhem No. 4 -- 10 p.m.-2 a.m.



6 -- Midnight Mayhem No. 5 -- 10 p.m. -- 2 a.m.

20 -- Midnight Mayhem No. 6 -- 10 p.m.-2 a.m.



3 -- Midnight Mayhem No. 7 -- 10 p.m-2 a.m.

17 -- Midnight Mayhem No. 8 -- 10 p.m.-2 a.m.



8 -- Midnight Mayhem No. 9 -- 10 p.m.-2 a.m.

22 -- Midnight Mayhem No. 10 -- 10 p.m.-2 a.m.



5 -- Midnight Mayhem No. 11 -- 10 p.m.-2 a.m.         

19 -- Midnight Mayhem No. 12 -- Back-to-School Special and cruise night -- 10 p.m.-2 a.m. 



30 -- Midnight Mayhem No. 13 -- 10 p.m.-2 a.m.



14 -- Midnight Mayhem No. 14 -- 10 p.m.-2 a.m.



4 -- Midnight Mayhem Season Finale -- Post-SEMA Cruise Night -- 8 p.m. ¿ 1 a.m.