Eight lucky drag racing fans will enjoy the experience of a lifetime at the SummitRacing.com NHRA Nationals at The Strip at Las Vegas Motor Speedway April 10-12.

As part of the NHRA's "Baptism by Nitro" initiative, LVMS has partnered with the NHRA to conduct separate social media and local radio contests. Each promotion will award one lucky fan four free tickets to experience next weekend's NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series event on Saturday, April 11, as "VIP rookies."

The winners will be granted access to the Nitro Burnout Zone in the sponsor viewing area and inside-the-ropes access to a Nitro car warm-up.

The social media contest is available to anyone who logs on to the contest's enter-to-win page by 9 a.m. Pacific Time on Tuesday, April 7, and nominates a first-time fan they would like to bring to the races. Contest participants will be asked to detail why the person they are nominating deserves a VIP "Baptism by Nitro" experience.

For Las Vegas' radio promotion, fans are asked to visit KKLZ.com's contest page to nominate a "Baptism by Nitro" rookie for a chance to win four VIP tickets for Saturday's action. The radio contest runs through 5 p.m. Pacific on Thursday, April 9, and race fans can hear more about the details by listening to KKLZ 96.3 FM's morning show on weekdays.

The NHRA's inaugural "Baptism by Nitro" campaign is designed to help grow the sport's fan base and energize drag racing newcomers by immersing them into the sensations of the world's fastest and most powerful motorsport. The rumble of 10,000-horsepower, side-by-side action and the smell of the nitro-burning cars launching down the drag strip at more than 300 miles per hour are sensations that can only be experienced at an NHRA national event.

Throughout the 2015 NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series season, NHRA fans are encouraged to share first-time fan "Baptism by Nitro" experiences on social media. Prizes will be given away all year to the best nitro rookie reactions captured in the pits or in the grandstands and posted to Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. All posts should include the hashtag #BaptismbyNitro and tag @NHRA, and winners of that season-long social media contest will receive a trip to the 2015 Auto Club NHRA Finals in Pomona, Calif., Nov. 12-15.

Fans can purchase tickets for the SummitRacing.com NHRA Nationals online at http://www.lvms.com/, or by calling 1-800-644-4444. Children 12 and under who are accompanied by a ticketed adult will receive a free general admission ticket during the three-day event at The Strip.

 2015 SummitRacing.com NHRA Nationals schedule

Wednesday, April 8
9 a.m.-5 p.m. - Sponsor Midway parking
10 a.m.-5 p.m. - Racer pit parking (all categories)

Thursday, April 9
8 a.m.-5 p.m. - Racer pit parking/Registration/Tech inspection (all categories)
5-7 p.m.-Autograph session - New York New York Hotel & Casino

Friday, April 10
7:30 a.m. - Spectator gates open
8 a.m.-Noon - Racer registration/Tech inspection (all categories)
8 a.m. - Sportsman qualifying
10:30 a.m. - Comp Eliminator qualifying
Noon - Top Alcohol qualifying
1 p.m. - Comp Eliminator qualifying
1:30 p.m. - Pro Stock qualifying
2 p.m. - Nitro qualifying
3 p.m. - Nitro Harley qualifying
3:15 p.m. - Top Alcohol qualifying
4:30 p.m. - Pro Stock qualifying
5 p.m. - Nitro qualifying
6:30 p.m. - Jet Dragsters

Saturday, April 11
7:30 a.m. - Spectator gates open
8 a.m. - Sportsman eliminations
10:30 a.m. - Comp Eliminator qualifying
11 a.m. - Top Alcohol qualifying
12:30 p.m. - Nitro Harley qualifying
12:40 p.m. - K&N Pro Stock Horsepower Challenge driver intro
1 p.m. - K&N Pro Stock Horsepower Challenge - Round 1
1:10 p.m. - Pro Stock qualifying
1:30 p.m. - Nitro qualifying
2:30 p.m. - Nitro Harley qualifying
2:45 p.m. - Top Alcohol eliminations - Round 1
3:45 p.m. - Comp Eliminator - Round 1
4 p.m. - K&N Pro Stock Horsepower Challenge - Round 2
4:05 p.m. - Pro Stock qualifying
4:30 p.m. - Nitro qualifying
5 p.m. - K&N Pro Stock Horsepower Challenge - Finals
5:05 p.m. - Nitro qualifying
5:45 p.m. - Jet Dragsters

Sunday, April 12
7:30 a.m. - Spectator gates open
8:30 a.m. - Sportsman eliminations
10 a.m. - Comp eliminations - Round 2
10:15 a.m. - Pre-race ceremonies
11 a.m. - Nitro eliminations - Round 1
Noon - Pro Stock eliminations - Round 1
12:15 p.m. - Top Alcohol eliminations - Round 2
12:45 p.m. - Nitro Harley eliminations - Round 1
1 p.m. - Nitro eliminations - Round 2
1:30 p.m. - Pro Stock eliminations - Round 2
1:45 p.m. - Sportsman eliminations - Semifinals
2:25 p.m. - Top Alcohol eliminations - Semifinals
2:25 p.m. - Nitro Harley eliminations - Semifinals
2:30 p.m. - Pro Stock eliminations - Semifinals
2:40 p.m. - Nitro eliminations - Semifinals
3 p.m. - Sportsman eliminations - Finals
3:40 p.m. - Nitro Harley eliminations - Finals
3:45 p.m. - Top Alcohol eliminations - Finals
3:50 p.m. - Pro Stock eliminations - Finals
3:55 p.m. - Nitro eliminations - Finals