For the third year, the Reno-Sparks Livestock Events Center is hosting the AutoCross and Drifting events for Hot August Nights.

"Hot August Nights is always trying to bring something new something, fresh into Reno," said Corey Harris, Drift Evolution Promoter.  "This is kind of catering to the younger crowd; we're bringing some more modern cars out here and catering to the younger crowd."

Drivers from all over the country are in town to showcase their drifting skills.

"It's basically sliding a car in a controlled way, kind of precision driving," said driver Justin Shreeve.  "It's  similar to what you'll see in movies or commercials.  Dukes of Hazzard is the best way to describe it and I grew up on Dukes of Hazzard so it's like that but on concrete."

You can catch the action at the from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. through Saturday.

"This is the best spectator sport there is," Harris said.  "Drifting is the new hot rodding. Back in the day when hot rodding started to pick up steam, kids took the Model T grabbed, a Caddy motor and stuffed that in there; these kids are doing the same thing, it's just a Nissan 240SX with a Corvette motor they've stuffed in that Nissan chassis."

If you buy a pit pass, you can drift with one of the drivers.

"I love giving ride-alongs to first timers because that experience is unlike anything else and I like to do that for people," Shreeve said.

From noon to 2 p.m. the track is open for AutoCross, a chance to race your own car against the clock

"It's your car," Harris said.  "If you crash into the wall, it's your car."

The rest of the time it's these drivers pushing their cars to the limit.

"It never gets old," Shreeve said.  "It puts a smile on my face no matter what kind of mood I'm in.  As soon as I get behind the wheel of a car it's just a blast.  You can't be sad when you're out there on track."

You need to be 18 to get in a car, but all ages are welcome to watch.

"Bring the kids, get in the grandstands, smell the tire smoke see the cars go sideways," Harris said.  "Mom and Dad if you ask your kids what drifting is, they'll know, they can explain it to you."

For more information: https://hotaugustnights.net/autocross/