(July 13) Illegal street racing not only is against the law, it endangers innocent pedestrians and motorists as well. Many times, illegal street racing ends in senseless tragedy.

Gateway Motorsport Park’s Dragplex offers a safe alternative to illegal street racing. The 2016 season of GMP’s Midnight Madness street legal program is under way and will continue through the end of October. Midnight Madness is open to any street-legal (registered, plated) vehicle and any licensed driver or rider. The cost to participate is reasonable and the program’s purpose is to attract illegal street racers to the safer confines of the GMP drag strip in an informal atmosphere.

Unlike city streets, the Dragplex offers a clean strip of asphalt, free of oncoming motorists, intersections, curbs, pedestrians, animals and uneven pavement.

More than just street-legal cars racing down the quarter-mile drag strip, each Midnight Madness is a social  event. Each race meet has a theme and also offers drifting in the drift arena, food specials, entertainment, contests and music by D.J. Frizzy. A local Harley-Davidson stunt team makes occasional appearances.

Another feature is that Midnight Madness participants are racing on the same track used annually by the stars of the NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series at speeds in excess of 300 miles per hour.

All vehicles must be self-starting and no race cars (i.e. dragsters, Altereds) are allowed. All vehicles must pass a safety inspection before being allowed to compete. All drivers must present a valid driver’s license at the time of tech inspection.  Participants 16 and 17 years of age must have a parental consent form completed prior to competition. A fire-and-safety team always is on duty.

Admission is $15 for spectators and crew members and $25 to race. Spectators ages 12 and under are admitted free. Gates open at 6 p.m. with racing from 7 p.m. to 1 a.m.

REMAINING 2016 MIDNIGHT MADNESS SCHEDULE AND THEMES

July 22 – Christmas in July

August 12 – Electric Madness

September 2 – End of Summer/Bonfire

September 30 – OktoberFAST

October 28 – Season finale, Monster Madness Halloween party