The NHRA Youth and Education Services (YES) Program, presented by the U.S. Army, is returning to The Strip at LVMS in the spring of 2018.

The program will be at the Las Vegas Motor Speedway drag strip on April 6 during the DENSO Auto Parts NHRA Four-Wide Nationals, which runs April 6-8. It will feature a stronger focus on S.T.E.M education in 2018 as it enters into its 30th season.

Next year will also see an expansion in the YES Program schedule with a presence at 16 out of the 24 NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series national events. 

Since beginning the YES Program in 1989, NHRA has reached hundreds of thousands of students across the nation to provide quality educational programming onsite at its national drag racing events. As the only full-time educational program in motorsports, participants in the YES Program explore various career opportunities within the world of drag racing while gaining an understanding of the important role that Science, Technology, Engineering and Math play in almost every aspect of the sport.

Through demonstrating first hand experiences related to S.T.E.M. education, students are made aware of the myriad of career opportunities that drag racing offers in these fields. 

"Thanks to the generous support of the U.S. Army, NHRA's YES Program continues to flourish, reaching tens of thousands of students each year," said Glen Cromwell, NHRA senior vice president, media and marketing. "We want to continue that momentum with a stronger focus on Science, Technology, Engineering and Math. These fields are fundamental for the future and NHRA drag racing offers a myriad of career paths related to S.T.E.M. education."

"The U.S. Army is proud to partner with the NHRA on the YES program, which allows thousands of students to explore highly sought-after career opportunities in Science, Technology, Engineering and Math," said Elizabeth Wilson, deputy assistant secretary of the Army for marketing. "The program aligns with our mission to promote S.T.E.M. education amongst today's youth and demonstrates how that education can be applied in the real world like in the racing industry or in the Army." 

The full schedule of YES Program events is listed below. To arrange a press visit to an event, please contact To learn more about NHRA Youth and Education Services, visit


NHRA YES Program Presented by U.S. Army 2018 schedule

Feb. 6—Lucas Oil NHRA Winternationals presented by, Pomona, Calif.
Feb. 23—NHRA Arizona Nationals, Phoenix
March 16—Amalie Motor Oil NHRA Gatornationals, Gainesville, Fla.
April 6—DENSO Auto Parts NHRA Four-Wide Nationals, Las Vegas
April 20—NHRA SpringNationals, Houston
April 27—NHRA Four-Wide Nationals, Charlotte, N.C.
May 4—NHRA Southern Nationals, Atlanta
May 18—Menards NHRA Heartland Nationals presented by Minties, Topeka, Kan.
June 1—Fallen Patriots NHRA Route 66 Nationals presented by K&N Filters, Chicago
June 8—NHRA Summernationals, Englishtown, N.J.
Aug. 31—Chevrolet Performance U.S. Nationals, Indianapolis
Sep. 14—Dodge NHRA Nationals, Reading, Pa.
Sep. 21—AAA Insurance NHRA Midwest Nationals, St. Louis
Oct. 5—AAA Texas NHRA FallNationals, Dallas
Oct. 12—NHRA Carolina Nationals, Charlotte, N.C.
Nov. 8—Auto Club NHRA Finals, Pomona, Calif. 

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About NHRA
Headquartered in Glendora, Calif., NHRA is the primary sanctioning body for the sport of drag racing in the United States. NHRA presents 24 national events featuring the NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series, NHRA Lucas Oil Drag Racing Series, and E3 Spark Plugs NHRA Pro Mod Drag Racing Series presented by J&A Service. NHRA provides competition opportunities for drivers of all levels in the NHRA Summit Racing Series and the NHRA Drags: Street Legal Style presented by AAA. NHRA also offers NHRA Jr. Street program for teens and the Summit Racing Jr. Drag Racing League for youth ages 5 to 17. In addition, NHRA owns and operates four racing facilities: Atlanta Dragway in Georgia; Gainesville Raceway in Florida; Lucas Oil Raceway at Indianapolis; and Auto Club Raceway at Pomona in Southern California. For more information, log on to, or visit the official NHRA pages on Facebook, YouTube, Instagram and Twitter.