Control the street racing with Midnight Mayhem at The Strip
LAS VEGAS (KLAS) – Midnight Mayhem on The Strip is not what it sounds like. It’s a safe way for people who like to go fast and even race with friends to do it legally. It’s also not on the strip, it’s at the strip.
The Strip is the four-lane drag strip at Las Vegas Motor Speedway. the midnight chaos the events open up the drag strip to anyone with a street-legal vehicle and a license to race with friends and strangers in a controlled, legal environment instead of illegally racing in valley neighborhoods.
This street racing event has been hosted by the Las Vegas Motor Speedway for over a decade. It has gained new attention with an increase in illegal street racing and street performances, particularly in the North West Valley.
A person who lives in the North West who has seen illegal street racing says this event is making a difference. “It takes them away from the streets in our neighborhood and places where people are walking,” Nichole Smith told 8 News Now. “I think it’s great and positive and it’s safe, which is the first thing I think.”
Midnight Mayhem organizer Jeff Foster said the street racing scene through the valley has become more prominent and there is no need to put others at risk when this track is accessible to them. “We don’t want them in street racing,” Foster told 8 News Now. “They want to show their buddy how fast their cars go, that’s why. We’re trying to get more of them to hear where they can do their burnouts from the start line and race at high speeds on the track.
There is a $20 fee for drivers and an additional $15 for passengers. Spectators can watch for $5. The Las Vegas Motor Speedway has 10 such races scheduled this year.