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4288 S. Polaris Ave. #109

Henderson, NV 89103

702-736-8113

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$25 per race

$65 for 3 races

Mon-Sat 11am-11pm

Sun 11am-9pm

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AT A GLANCE

What is it?

A no-frills, indoor racing facility using gas-powered go-karts.

Where is it?

A mile or so west of The Strip in an industrial park near the Rio.

Is it worth the cost?

If you're a fan of going fast, absolutely.

What else do I need to know?

This place is geared toward the kid inside of you rather than actual kids.

What's the bottom line?

If you can't get your hands on an actual race car, this is a good plan B.

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FULL REVIEW

So you're NASCAR champion Kurt Busch and you're in Las Vegas and have some extra time on your hands. What do you do? You race go-karts of course. Note the picture of him on the wall inside this place for proof.

Fast Lap Indoor Kart Racing is definitely not your kid's playground. This is serious, testosterone fueled racing geared toward grown-ups. In fact, you have to be at least 5-feet tall to take part in a race and anyone under 18 must be accompanied by a parent or guardian.

It's located on a dead-end street in a mostly industrial section of town, that while in the shadow of The Strip, is still not easy to find unless you know exactly where you are going. It's not helped by the fact that it's in a non-descript warehouse building with a tiny sign. God bless Google maps.

Inside, the no-frills facility is basically just a warehouse with a racing course set up in the middle of it. There are giant fans and roll-up doors providing ventilation but one would imagine that on scorching Las Vegas days this is not going to be a cool place to play.

The karts themselves are gasoline powered with 200cc Honda motors capable of getting up to 50 miles per hour, although the course is so curvy and relatively short that you probably won't be able to attain those speeds for more than a second or two.

You get a full on racing helmet and are then buckled into one of the karts along with 5 or 6 other racers and then the green flag comes out for a 10-minute race. Although bumping and other unsportsmanlike behavior is forbidden, the reality is that this is as close to a real race as most people will ever get so expect to be knocked about a bit. People with back and neck problems should avoid this. Oh, and the karts are small so the very tall and very wide might want to consider another diversion.

At $25 per race (multi-race packages available), this is not a cheap experience but it's a bargain when you consider the adrenaline rush you'll get.

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