The NHRA Sport Compact Series returns to The Strip at Las Vegas Motor Speedway this weekend for the third annual NHRA Las Vegas Sport Compact Nationals Sept. 9 and 10.  The nighttime lifestyle event begins both evenings at 6 p.m.
        While the centerpiece of the two-day show is professional drag racing for import and domestic sport compact cars, it also is a lifestyle event featuring the SONY Xplod Stylefest, Modified Magazine $1,000-to-win Bikini Jam, the NHRA Xtreme Tuner Car Show Presented By Euro Entertainment, the NHRA Sound Challenge (for car stereo systems), a large manufacturers midway and extreme sports exhibitions.   The event will be tape-delay televised on ESPN2.
        Headline classes for professional NHRA Sport Compact drag racing include: Pro RWD, Pro FWD, Modified, Hot Rod and Honda Tuning Magazine All Motor.
        Last year's winners at The Strip include: Stephan Papadakis (Pro RWD), Nelson Hoyos (Pro FWD), Carlos Gonzalez Sr. (Modified), Marty Ladwig (Hot Rod) and Scott Mohler (Honda Tuning Magazine All Motor).
        The weekend kicks off with the ninth edition of Thursday Night Street Wars, a popular race night aimed at serious street racers in an effort to attract them to the safe confines of The Strip at LVMS.
        Qualifying begins on Friday evening at 6 p.m., followed by BFGoodrich Midnight Mayhem. 
        Tickets may be purchased in advance by visiting the LVMS ticket office or by calling (702) 644-4444.  Tickets also are available online at

Thursday, Sept. 8 - Thursday Night Street Wars No. 9 - street-legal grudge drags – 8 p.m.-1 a.m.

Friday, Sept. 9 -- NHRA Sport Compact Series qualifying and BFGoodrich Midnight Mayhem -- 6 p.m.-midnight.  (Midnight Mayhem begins at 10:30 p.m.)

Saturday, Sept. 10 -- Meadow Gold NHRA Jr. Dragster Series Presented By Short Line Express Markets points race No. 10 – 8 a.m.-1 p.m.

Saturday, Sept. 10 -- NHRA Sport Compact Series Las Vegas Nationals & SONY Xplod Stylefest -- 6 p.m.-midnight.


Thursday, Sept. 8
Noon-4 p.m. -- Credential sales, parking for professional teams and vendors.

Friday, Sept. 9
9 a.m. -- Credential sales open, pit parking.
2 p.m. -- Tech inspection.
4 p.m. -- Spectator gates open.
5-10 p.m. – Bracket, Sportsman time trials.
6 p.m. – First heads-up qualifying session.
8 p.m. – Second heads-up qualifying session.
10 p.m. – Third heads-up qualifying session.
10:30 p.m. -- BFGoodrich Midnight Mayhem Special Edition and police grudge drags
2 a.m. -- BFGoodrich Midnight Mayhem concludes.

Saturday, Sept. 10
Noon -- Credential sales open, pit parking for new arrivals and car show.
4 p.m. -- Spectator gates open, tech inspection for new arrivals.
5 p.m. – First round of eliminations for all 16 car classes (if 9 or more cars in class).
5:30 p.m. -- Bracket time trials.
6 p.m. – First round eliminations for all-run classes.
6:50 p.m. -- Opening ceremonies.
7 p.m. -- Eliminations for all eight-car fields, second round for Bracket/Sportsman.
8 p.m. -- Racing stops for 30 minutes for stage/midway activities.
8:30 p.m. – Third round of Bracket/Sportsman eliminations.
9 p.m. -- Semi-finals for all qualified fields.
9:20 p.m. – Fourth round of eliminations for Bracket/Sportsman.
9:30 p.m. -- Racing stops for 30 minutes for stage/midway activities.
10 p.m. – Fifth round of eliminations for Bracket/Sportsman.
10:15 p.m. -- Racing stops for 30 minutes for stage/midway activities.
10:45 p.m. -- All final-round eliminations.
11:05 p.m. -- NHRA Modified Magazine Bikini Jam, car show awards.

Spectator admission:
Adult Friday -- $15.
Adult Saturday -- $20*.
Adult two-day pass --  $30*.
Kids 6-12 single-day -- $6.
Kids 6-12 two-day pass -- $10. 
Kids 5 and under -- Free with paid adult.

*Adult Saturday ticket and adult 2-day pass is eligible for a discount of $5 upon presentation of event promotional flyer/coupon.  All prices include sales tax

Credential fees:
NHRA heads-up classes -- $60 (includes one pit parking pass for tow vehicle).
NHRA E.T. classes -- $40 (includes one pit parking pass for tow vehicle).
Friday night BF Goodrich Mayhem -- $10 (Friday night only – open to all import and domestic cars).
Saturday night grudge drags -- $20.
Weekend restricted area -- $35.
Saturday restricted area -- $25.
Kids weekend crew -- $10.
Kids Saturday only -- $6.
Racer RV camping/security pass -- $30 per RV.
Additional racer vehicle pit access -- $10. 

Car Show:
Pre-entry -- $30.
Gate entry -- $40.
Car show passenger -- $20.

Friday "Special Edition" Midnight Mayhem
Racer gates open at 10 p.m.
Midnight Mayhem spectator gates open at 10 p.m.
Midnight Mayhem racing -- 10:30 p.m. – 2 a.m.
Racer entry -- $10.
Rider -- $10.
Spectators -- $5.