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Drag Races

Hot August Nights

Drag Races

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Street Racing Gone Legal

It’s where the rubber meets the road… literally. Street legal racing down a 1/16 stretch of road, you’ll feel the heat, smell the rubber and hear the roar at this adrenaline-pumping event. Racers compete side-by-side with full professional equipment including “Christmas Tree” starting lights, finish line displays and full comparative printouts for each driver.

Don’t have a 1979 or older vehicle? No problem. The first two days are open to ALL MAKES AND MODELS – registered for Hot August Nights or not.

For adrenaline junkies, check out the Burnout Bar – part of our VIP-reserved experiences.


Wednesday, August 7 to Saturday, August 10, 2024
6pm – midnight, Gates Open at 5:30pm
Located in the west parking lot of the Nugget Casino Resort in Sparks

ticket options
Burnout Bar

Want to be up close to the action? Purchase a reserved table or individual ticket to the Burnout Bar presented by Big O Tires. A reserved table for four (4) or individual admission purchase includes two (2) drink tickets per person and pub snacks. Seating is located in prime viewing along the starting line. It’s THE place to be!

Drag Races Schedule

Non-registered and Registered Vehicles:

Wednesday, August 7 and Thursday, August 8

  • 6 pm to Midnight
  • Open to any year vehicle – event participants or not
  • $30 for non-Hot August Nights participant vehicles.

Wondering what kind of juice your new car brings? See how it stacks up by racing a friend or going head-to-head against a classic in this street-legal race. Limited to 40 non-classic entrants (1980 or newer) nightly.

Drag Races for Registered Participants:

Wednesday, August 7 – Saturday, August 10
Friday, August 8 and Saturday, August 9 open to 1979 and older vehicles only

  • 6pm to Midnight
  • Free for registered HAN participants
  • $50 for non-registered vehicles Friday, August 5 and Saturday, August 6

Ready to race?

Applications for the 2024 Drag Races are now available. Click the button and follow the instructions. A list of requirements and pit rules are below.

  • Only registered Hot August Nights classic car participants qualify for nightly prizes. Top three racers in both elapsed time (breakout set at 5 seconds) and reaction time: 1st Place is $150; 2nd place is $100; and 3rd place is $50.
  • Nightly winners qualify for Saturday night Grand Finals with top prize of $300 plus complimentary entry to 2024 Hot August Nights main event for fastest elapsed time and fastest reaction time.
  • No venue admittance after 10:30pm Wednesday and Thursday, or after 11:30pm Saturday.

All vehicles are subject to inspection and must be street-legal.

Pit Rules
  • No admittance without Pit Pass.
  • Each car registered to race will receive two Pit Passes. These will be good for the duration of the event. If they are lost, they will not be replaced.
  • No one under the age of 14 years is allowed into the Pit area.
  • Speed Limit under 5 MPH in Pits
  • Be respectful of the HAN volunteers.

Abusive language or actions will not be tolerated and may result in expulsion for the remainder of the event.

  • Be respectful of each other.
  • Alcohol consumption in the Pits will be cause for expulsion from the Drags for the remainder of the week.

 In the case of expulsion for any reason, the monies paid will NOT be refunded.