2004 Midnight Mayhem season at The Strip begins Friday;

Bonus for first 150 racers entered


The 2004 season for Midnight Mayhem at The Strip at Las Vegas Motor Speedway begins Friday, Feb. 13 at 7 p.m.  The popular late-night series was instituted by LVMS two years ago in an effort to get illegal street racers off the roads of Las Vegas and Clark County and into the safer environment of The Strip.

The first 150 racers through the gates at Midnight Mayhem on Friday will receive a free National Hot Rod Association (NHRA) rulebook and a discount coupon good for a $10 savings for either the Street Sport Compact or Street class at the first Jerry¿s Nugget Championship Drag Racing Series points race (April 17).  All Midnight Mayhem racers will receive a 2004 LVMS participant decal and a copy of SummitRacing.com¿s drag-racing school handbook.

¿One of the primary objectives of the Midnight Mayhem program was to take the illegal racers off of the streets and properly educate them to become responsible drag racers,¿ said Chris Blair, LVMS¿ senior director of drag racing operations.  ¿Now that we have made a significant impact in making Las Vegas¿ streets safer, the next step is to properly educate these racers to join an NHRA-approved racing program such as the Jerry¿s Nugget Series.¿

The NHRA is the world¿s largest sanctioning body of organized drag racing.  A number of Midnight Mayhem participants also have entered The Strip¿s NHRA Sport Compact class with remarkable results, including a first-time winner.

Midnight Mayhem is open to any licensed driver with proof of insurance and any street-legal car or bike.  Each vehicle undergoes a safety inspection before permission is granted to compete.  Admission is $10 to race, $5 for spectators.  No alcohol is allowed or sold on the premises.  Each Midnight Mayhem event includes an International All Stars car show, hip-hop DJs and midway attractions.


2004 Midnight Mayhem schedule:

February 13 -- Midnight Mayhem Season Opener  -- 7 p.m.-1 a.m.

March 26 -- Midnight Mayhem No. 2 -- 10 p.m. ¿ 2 a.m.

April 16 -- Midnight Mayhem No. 3 -- 10 p.m.-2 a.m.

May 7 -- Midnight Mayhem No. 4 -- 10 p.m.-2 a.m.

May 21 -- Midnight Mayhem No. 5 -- 10 p.m.-2 a.m.

June 4 -- Midnight Mayhem No. 6 -- 10 p.m.-2 a.m.

June 18 -- Midnight Mayhem No. 7, Grad Night Summer Kick-off Party -- 10 p.m.-2 a.m.

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

July 16 ¿ in conjunction with NHRA Desert Sport Compact Nationals -- 7 p.m.-1 a.m.

July 23 -- Midnight Mayhem No. 10 -- 10 p.m. ¿ 2 a.m.

August 6 -- Midnight Mayhem No. 11 -- 10 p.m.-2 a.m.

August 20 -- Midnight Mayhem No. 12 -- 10 p.m.-2 a.m.

September 10 -- Midnight Mayhem No. 13, Back to School Special -- 10 p.m.-2 a.m.

October 1 -- Midnight Mayhem No. 14 -- 10 p.m.-2 a.m.

October 8 ¿ Midnight Mayhem No. 15 ¿ 10 p.m.-2 a.m.

October 22 ¿ Midnight Mayhem No. 16 ¿ 10 p.m.-2 a.m.

November 19 -- Midnight Mayhem No. 16 ¿ End-of-Season Special -- 10 p.m.-2 a.m.