The Strip at LVMS
One of the most iconic drag strips in the country, The Strip at LVMS is a spectacle to behold!
Recently widened from two to four lanes, The Strip is one of just two drag strips in the nation to feature four-wide racing. The world's best drag racers hit speeds in excess of 330 miles per hour at the Las Vegas Motor Speedway drag strip, a place where world championships have been decided and records set through the years.
Opened in 2000, the track is home to two NHRA national events, in addition to more than 50 other events annually.
This facility includes enclosed suites accessible by elevator and permanent restroom facilities. The adjacent paddock area is lighted and features 1.2 million square feet of unobstructed asphalt that is ideal for even the largest ride-and-drive events.
2018 Strip Schedule
This highly anticipated event could determine NHRA world championships in Top Fuel, Funny Car, Pro Stock and Pro Stock Motorcycle. Plenty will be at stake, so don't miss the action!
Open to LODRS Participants Only
Showcase/Top 10 Grudge
Gates open at 5 p.m. - Racing from 6 p.m. to Midnight
O'Reilly Auto Parts Midnight Mayhem
The 2018 O'Reilly Auto Parts Midnight Mayhem at The Strip at Las Vegas Motor Speedway is a safe alternative to illegal street racing. The speedway staff encourages enthusiasts to race each other on the safer confines of its NHRA-sanctioned, quarter-mile drag strip. This event is open to all licensed and registered street-legal vehicles.
Fees and admission:
Car and driver (tech card): $20
Showcase/Grudge Class car and driver (tech card): $30
Ride-along passenger: $15
Show vehicle/pit area parking pass: $15
O'Reilly Auto Parts Midnight Mayhem Rules
- All drivers must have a valid license.
- No weapons or alcohol are permitted at Mayhem events.
- NO SHORTS ALLOWED for racers and passengers when racing. Cars running an E.T. of 13.99 or quicker MUST HAVE A HELMET.
- Any driver or ride-along passenger under the age of 18 must have a valid parental consent form on file at Las Vegas Motor Speedway (these must be filled out at the entrance to the event, parent or legal guardian must be present and provide proof)
- No one under the age of 16 is permitted to ride-along in a vehicle during the event.
- Only one ride-along passenger per vehicle permitted.
- Passengers not permitted in vehicles running 13.99 or quicker.
- All vehicles must be street legal, in safe working condition and have a valid registration and insurance. License plates must be displayed (Temporary plates are not permitted).
- No trailers are allowed in the pits for Mayhem participants.
- All vehicles must pass a standard NHRA safety and tech inspection by the SFI certified inspectors on site at the event. Vehicles running 11.49 or quicker may be subject to additional safety requirements. Vehicles running 9.99 or quicker must have an NHRA license.
- All drivers and passengers are required to wear full-length pants, shoes and socks. Nylon or nylon-type clothing and open-toe shoes are prohibited. Shorts, bare legs, tank tops, or bare torsos prohibited.
- The only slicks permitted are D.O.T. stamped drag radial tires.
- All motorcycles riders are required to have a Snell full coverage helmet, leather jacket, leather gloves and leather boots or shoes that cover the ankle area.
- Motorcycles running an E.T. of 10.99 or quicker or exceeding 120 mph in the quarter mile may be subject to additional safety requirements.
- Motorcycles running an E.T. of 9.99 and quicker or exceeding 135 miles per hour must have an NHRA license.
- No riders allowed in this class.
- Cars must meet all LVMS Midnight Mayhem Show Case rules including; This class is for door cars only with left hand steer, must be street legal appearing, must have working head and tail lights, must have hood.
- Cars do not have to be registered or insured so trailers are allowed during Showcase events.
- Drag Slicks are permitted, and water in burn-out area.
- All cars must meet all NHRA ET bracket safety rules per ET run.
- Class will be run at specific times throughout the event, this is the only time water will be put in burn-out box.
- This class will be run with no score boards. You will only be provided with your side of time slip. Time slips will be given to driver only, not crew members.
Showcase/Top 10 Grudge
Gates open at 5 p.m. - Racing from 6 p.m. to Midnight
Showcase/Top 10 Grudge
Gates open at 5 p.m. - Racing from 6 p.m. to Midnight
Drag Strip Facts
- Configuration: .25-mile Drag Strip, .25-mile shutdown lane
- Surface: Concrete/Asphalt
- Lighting: Musco broadcast quality
- PA system: Available
- Electricity: Available
- Restrooms: Available
- Parking: Adjacent to track
2017/2018 four-wide expansion facts:
- Entire racing surface of old track was removed (only left wall remains)
- Underground tunnel extended 64 feet
- More than 225,000 pounds of steel rebar used
- 10,000 tons of gravel used
- 10,000 feet of fiber optic cable used for timing system
- 8,000 tons of asphalt used
- 4,400 cubic yards of concrete used
Drag Racing 101
Breakout: Used only in handicap racing, "breakout" refers to a race car running quicker than the driver has predicted. The driver's prediction is called the dial-in and is posted on the race car. The driver who breaks out loses the race unless his or her opponent has committed a more serious foul, such as a red-light or crossing the centerline of the drag strip.
Burnout: Spinning the rear tires in water to heat and clean them before a run for better traction. In most classes, a burnout precedes every run down the drag strip.
Christmas Tree: The noticeable electronic starting device between the lanes on the starting line. It displays a calibrated-light countdown for each driver.
Elapsed Time (e.t.): The time it takes a drag-race vehicle to travel from the starting line to the finish line.
Methanol: Pure methyl alcohol used as fuel in Top Alcohol Dragsters, Top Alcohol Funny Cars, and even some Jr. Dragsters.
Nitro-methane ("nitro"): Made specifically as a fuel for drag racing, it is the result of a chemical reaction between nitric acid and propane. Top Fuel dragsters and Funny Cars use nitro methane.
Nitrous Oxide ("nitrous," "N2O"): When injected into an engine under pressure, nitrous oxide gives the engine a sudden boost in power by introducing more oxygen into the fuel mixture. Nitrous oxide is not allowed in any NHRA category except Pro Mod (exhibition) and some E.T. bracket classes.
Reaction Time: The time it takes a driver to react to the green starting light on the Christmas Tree, measured in thousandths of a second. A perfect reaction time is .000.
Red Light: When a race car leaves the starting line too soon — before the green light, or "go" signal — it activates the red light on the Christmas Tree and the driver has automatically lost the race.
Drag Racing 101
What is a Drag Race?
In basic terms, a Drag Race is an acceleration contest from a standing start between two vehicles over a measured distance at a specifically designed Drag Race facility.
The accepted standard for that distance is either a Quarter-Mile or an Eighth-Mile. In HO scale, a Quarter-Mile is recognized as 20.75 feet. Typical Track voltages may vary (from 18-26 VDC) and available amperage should really be at least 8 AMPS per lane.
Drag contests are started by means of an electronic device commonly called a "Christmas Tree." Upon leaving the starting line, each contestant activates a timer which is, in turn, stopped when the same vehicle reaches the finish line. That Start-to-Finish clocking is the vehicle's E.T. (elapsed time), which serves to measure performance and often serves to determine handicaps during competition.
What is E.T. Bracket Racing?
By far the most popular form of Drag Racing is a handicapped form of competition known as "E.T. Bracket Racing" or just "Bracket Racing". In this form of Racing, two vehicles of varying performance potentials can race on a potentially even basis. The anticipated elapsed times for each vehicle are compared, with the slower car receiving a head start equal to the difference of the two. With this system, virtually any two vehicles can be paired in a competitive drag race. You heard right! With this type of Racing, a T-jet can still beat a Fully Modified NEO Patriot - believe it!
Let's say Car A has been timed a 1.78, 1.74, and 1.76 seconds for the quarter-mile, and the driver feels that a "dial-in" of 1.75 is appropriate.
Meanwhile, the driver of Car B has recorded elapsed times of 1.27, 1.22 and 1.26 on the same track and he has opted for a "dial-in" average of 1.25.
Based on these "dialed-in'" times, Car A will get a .5-second head-start over Car B when the "Christmas Tree" counts down to each car's starting green lights.
If both vehicles cover the Quarter-Mile in exactly the predetermined elapsed time, the win will go to the driver who reacts quickest to the starting signal. That reaction to the starting signal is called "Reaction Time." Both lanes are timed independently of one another, and the clock does not start until the vehicle actually moves. Because of this, a vehicle may sometimes appear to have a mathematical advantage in comparative elapsed times but actually lose the race. This fact makes starting line reflexes extremely important in Drag Racing! Assuming both cars consistently run their "Dialed-In" times every run, the Race is now won or lost based on the driver's reaction times! This is where 'coming off the line' can make or break the race. The "Dial-In" time is where each car chooses a dial-in time before the race, predicting the elapsed time the driver estimates it will take his or her car to cross the finish line. This is usually displayed on one or more windows so the starter can adjust the "christmas tree" starting lights accordingly. The slower car in the race is given the green light before the faster car by a margin of the difference between their two dial-in times
In principle, if both drivers have equal reaction times and their cars run exactly their posted dial-ins, both cars should cross the finish line at precisely the same time. In reality, this is an extremely rare occurrence. Measuring devices both at the start and at the end of the track post times down to 1/1000 of a second (0.001s precision), which makes tied races almost impossible.
Frequently Asked Questions
1) Where do I purchase tickets for the race?
- Las Vegas Motor Speedway Ticket Office (located in the Ticket/Gift Shop building off Speedway Boulevard)
- Call 1-800-644-4444
- Online at Ticketmaster
- Additionally, select satellite ticket offices will be open on race days.
2) After I have purchased my tickets, when and where can I pick them up?
If you have purchased tickets in advance but did not have them mailed, you may pick them up at the LVMS ticket office until the day of the event. The Drag Strip Will Call window is located at the main entrance of the Drag Strip, adjacent to the Drag Strip Ticket Office.
3) Where do I pick up credentials?
Drag Strip credentials can be picked up at the Credential Office located directly behind the Las Vegas Motor Speedway Administration Building and Gift Shop.
4) Where is the best place to park at the Speedway?
There is free parking surrounding the entire Speedway for your convenience. Check the Maps tab under the Fan Info tab.
5) What handicap facilities are available?
Las Vegas Motor Speedway seeks to provide reasonable accommodations for all qualified individuals with disabilities including special seating, tram services, and parking. Please contact the speedway ticket office at 800-644-4444 for more information.
6) Where are the nearest ATMs located?
There are several ATMs located throughout the facility.
7) Can I bring a cooler to the race? If so, can I bring alcoholic beverages into the Speedway?
No coolers are permitted in the grandstand seating area at LVMS. Fans are allowed to bring one non-alcoholic beverage weighing 20 ounces or less into the gates. No outside alcoholic or glass beverages may be brought into the gates at LVMS.
8) What types of foods are available
A variety of foods such as nachos, hamburgers and hot dogs, can be found at concession stands located around the speedway. A number of independent vendors including pizza and barbecue are available on event weekends only. Coffee, soda, beer and water also are available. Specialty concessions are available in the Neon Garage.
9) What merchandise concessions are available?
Official Las Vegas Motor Speedway souvenirs, as well as the Nitro Mall, can be found at the speedway during event time. The Speedway World Gift Shop is open year round on the first floor of the administration building.
10) Is camping available?
Yes. Please visit our Camping section for more details. Each camping area is staffed with 24-hour security and is either located near a shower house or has shuttles running daily to our restroom/shower facilities. You can also call 702-632-8289 to reserve a spot.
11) How do I contact someone at the race in the event of an emergency?
In the case of emergencies, Las Vegas Motor Speedway provides a Fan Assistance Hotline. Call (702) 632-8006 or text Vegas
12) What facilities are available if I have a medical problem?
Mobile medical teams patrol the speedway grounds. If in need of medical assistance, contact a speedway representative and give them the location (i.e., seat number and section) of the person in need of medical attention.
13) Is there a lost and found?
Yes, contact a speedway security representative and they will direct you to the lost and found, which is located near the administration building. After an
14) What are the best routes to and from the race?
Please visit the Map tab in the Fan Info section for more information on arriving at the facility and departing following the race.
15) What happens if it rains on race day?
Customer must retain ticket stub to enter on rescheduled date.
If a customer cannot attend the rescheduled event, the ticket holder must retain the ticket(s) for use toward ticket purchase for next year's event. Customer is responsible for any difference due to price increases, account fees, etc. All sales are final. No refunds. NHRA is not responsible for lost or stolen tickets. Credentials will not be honored.
16) What items are prohibited inside the gates?
- Alcoholic beverages (not permitted to enter or exit the gates)
- Backpacks or any bag larger than 18" x 18" x 6"
- Balloons and beach balls
- Drones or any type of radio controlled flying device
- Folding chairs
- Glass or can containers
- Golf carts, hover boards, quads, UTVs, SxS, scooters, skateboards, Segways, dirt bikes or any other similar personal transportation devices (including licensed vehicles that may be street legal)
- Illegal drugs
- Noisemakers or horns
- Pets (except for service animals)
- Stadium seats wider than 18 inches or with arms
- Weapons of any kind
- Any items which pose a safety hazard or can diminish the enjoyment of the event by other guests.
17) What food or beverages may I bring inside the gates?
- One (1) non-alcoholic beverage per guest. Beverage may not exceed 20 ounces and must be contained in a plastic sports bottle or plastic cup.
- One (1) food item per guest. Examples include a sandwich, crackers, chips OR fruit. Family sized bags of food are not permitted.
Other items in the judgment of speedway management or security staff which pose a safety hazard or diminish the enjoyment of the event by other patrons are also prohibited.
In the event of a rained out weekly event at the Drag Strip, ticketholders may use the ticket as a credit to attend another comparable event. *Some dates excluded.
NHRA Rain Policy
Qualifying (typically run on Friday and Saturday):
If Pro nitro qualifying is rained out, customer will be entitled to 100 percent credit*.
Following the completion of one round of Pro nitro qualifying, no compensation.
Eliminations (typically run on Sunday):
A total rainout -- customer is entitled to 100 percent credit*.
Following the completion of one round of Pro nitro eliminations, customer will be entitled to 50 percent credit*.
Following the completion of two rounds of Pro nitro eliminations, no compensation.
*In the event of a rainout customer must retain ticket stub to re-enter on rescheduled date.
If a customer cannot attend the rescheduled event, the ticket holder must retain the ticket(s) for use toward ticket purchase for next year's event. Customer is responsible for any difference due to price increases, account fees, etc.
All sales are final. No refunds. NHRA is not responsible for lost or stolen tickets. Credentials will not be honored.