Second annual NHRA Desert Sport Compact Nationals at The Strip July 16-17;

Defending Pro FWD champion Hoyos sets new national record en route to Las Vegas


The NHRA Summit Sport Compact Series will return to The Strip at Las Vegas Motor Speedway for the second annual NHRA Desert Sport Compact Nationals July 16-17.  The premier drag-racing series for sport compact cars is accompanied at each meet by the SONY Stylefest lifestyle event, which includes a car show, stereo competition, bikini contest, hip-hop DJs and rappers and midway attractions.  This year¿s Las Vegas event also will include the fourth round of the Hankook Tires Drifting Series at The Strip¿s Drift Arena and a special compact cars-only Midnight Mayhem.  Midnight Mayhem is The Strip¿s safe alternative to illegal street racing.

Defending Pro FWD (front wheel drive) champion Nelson Hoyos is on a mission to repeat his 2003 Las Vegas feat.  Hoyos, a native of Havana, Cuba, who now resides in Hollywood, Fla., dominated the Pro FWD division at last year¿s event, winning the Pro FWD finale and claiming Low E.T. and Top Speed of the meet.  On June 12, Hoyos¿ Ecotec-powered Chevrolet set a new NHRA national record during qualifying with a pass of   7.786 sec. (188.60 mph) at Bandimere Speedway near Denver.  The ink barely was dry on Hoyos¿ speed record when he went out the very next day (during the final round of eliminations) and eclipsed his own mark with an event-winning pass of 7.778 sec.  Defending series champion Hoyos currently is second to Lisa Kubo in the Pro FWD point standings.

Local racer Dana Westover of Las Vegas dominated the Sport RWD (rear wheel drive) category by earning No. 1 Qualifier status, setting Low E.T. and Top Speed of the meet and winning the final round.  Westover, whose 1993 Toyota regularly exceeds 130 mph on each pass, is a popular attraction at The Strip¿s Midnight Mayhem series.


Thursday, July 15

10 a.m.-Noon ¿ Vendor registration and setup.

Noon-5 p.m. ¿ Pro racer parking, registration and setup.


Friday, July 16

2 p.m. ¿ Gates open.

2-8 p.m. ¿ Tech inspection.

6 p.m.-Midnight ¿ E.T. time trials.

6 p.m.-Midnight -- Hankook Tire Las Vegas Drifting Series (Strip Drift Arena).

7 p.m. ¿ Heads-up qualifying.

9:30 p.m. ¿ Heads-up qualifying.

Midnight ¿ Heads-up qualifying.

1-3 a.m. ¿ Midnight Mayhem ¿Sport Compact-only Night.¿


Saturday, July 17

4 p.m. ¿ Gates open.

4-6 p.m. ¿ E.T. tech inspection.

4-9 p.m. ¿ Hankook Tire Las Vegas Drifting Nationals (Strip Drift Arena).

6:30 p.m. ¿ LVMS Super Quick qualifying.

7 p.m. ¿ First-round eliminations: AM, HR, SF and SR if nine or more cars.

7:30 p.m. ¿ LVMS Super Quick qualifying.

7:40 p.m. ¿ Opening ceremonies.

8 p.m. ¿ Eliminations begin.

9 p.m. ¿ Feature cars.

10 p.m. ¿ Semi-finals.

10:30 p.m. ¿ Feature cars.

11 p.m. ¿ Bikini contest.

11:30 p.m. ¿ Car show awards.

Midnight ¿ Finals.


Desert Nationals SONY Stylefest Car Show

More than $3,000 in cash and prizes and 90 trophies


Entry fees:

Pre-registered (deadline is July 10) -- $30.

Gate entry fee -- $40.

Passengers -- $20 (includes a full-event ticket).

Pre-entrants will receive free ticket and vehicle pass to July 16 qualifying and Midnight Mayhem, plus a full-event ticket to the NHRA Desert Sport Compact Nationals, Hankook Tire Las Vegas Drift Nationals and SONY Stylefest.


Cash awards:

Overall Best of Show -- $1,250 in cash and prizes.

Best of Show, Car -- $250.

Best of Show, Truck -- $250.

Best of Show, Bike -- $250.

Best Honda -- $100.

Best Toyota -- $100.

Best Acura -- $100.

Best Mitsubishi -- $100.

Best Nissan -- $100.

Best Euro -- $100.

Best Domestic -- $100.

Best Luxury -- $100.

Best Engine -- $50.

Best Interior -- $50.

Best Graphics -- $50.

Best Paint -- $50.

Best Team, Quality -- $50.

Best Team, Quantity -- $50.

Best Undercarriage -- $50.

Best Female Vehicle -- $50.


¿Best of¿ categories: (trophies awarded to the top three in each class)

Best Civic Show, Best Civic Street, Best Accord Show, Best Accord Street, Best Honda Other, Best Integra, Best Eclipse, Best Celica, Best Ford, Best Dodge, Best Hyundai, Best Volkswagen, Best Saturn, Best Scion, Best Luxury, Best Mazda, Best Nissan, Best SUV, Best Full-size Truck, Best Mini Truck, Best Old-school (pre-1987), Best Motorcycle, Best Sport Bike, Best Under Construction.



Friday, July 16 ¿ Midnight Mayhem Cruise Night (pre-registered cars only)

Roll in ¿ 6-8 p.m.

Display ¿ 6 p.m.-1 a.m.


Saturday, July 17 ¿ NHRA SONY Stylefest Desert Nationals Car Show

Pre-registered roll in ¿ 4-6 p.m.

Gate entries ¿ 5-6 p.m.

Car show ¿ 6 p.m.-1 a.m.

Awards ¿ Midnight.


Prizes offered:

Pinnacle Wheels (set of 19-inch wheels); D¿Vinci Wheels (set of 22-inch wheels); Aluma-Pro ($400 in sound equipment).


Show produced by:

Euro Entertainment ¿ (702) 400-8731.


Send pre-registration to:

Euro Entertainment

6320 Sterling Ranch Way

N. Las Vegas, NV  89086