4th annual Roadkill Nights Powered by Dodge returns to Woodward

Fiat-Chrysler Automobiles (FCA) has announced that the fourth annual “Roadkill Nights Powered by Dodge” will be held on Saturday, August 11. For the third consecutive year, the festivities will take place at the M1 Concourse in Pontiac, Michigan.

Roadkill Nights offers something for every gearhead, drag racer and Mopar afficianado, including a legal drag racing competition, thrill rides in Dodge Challenger and Charger SRT models, Dodge Challenger SRT Demon simulators, celebrity showdown races and freestyle motocross exhibitions. Other ancillary events include a show n’ shine, dnyo testing, a kids zone, flamethrower and wheelstander exhibitions, ‘Roadkill’ stunts, great food and drink offerings and much more.

Thrill ride experiences in the 707-horsepower Dodge Challenger and Dodge Charger SRT Hellcat models | FCA photos

Two classes of drag racing will be featured this year: Big Tire and Small Tire. A cash purse totaling $30,000 is up for grabs between both classes, with the winner of each being awarded $5000, the runner-up receiving $1500, the semi finalists taking $750, quarter finalists walking away with $500 and the fastest Dodge-powered vehicle awarded a special $5000 prize. An additional $10,000 will be awarded to the celebrity showdown race winner’s charity of choice.

Doubling the number of Dodge Thrill Ride experiences over last year, the 707 horsepower Dodge Charger and Dodge Challenger SRT Hellcat models will be in two locations within the concourse, the skid pad and at the north loop of the M1 track.

Celebrity showdown races and a larger than ever overall $40,000 purse

The celebrities partaking in the showdown races include Leah Pritchett in her Dodge/Mopar top fuel dragster and Matt Hagen in his Dodge Charger funny car. Also taking part will be the hosts of Motor Trend’s popular series Roadkill, David Freiburger and Mike Finnegan. Chris Jacobs of Velocity’s Barret-Jackson Live and Overhaulin’ and Brian Lohnes of Motor Trend’s Put Up or Shut Up will emcee the drag races.

Other celebrity attendees will include Richard Rawlings of Discovery’s Fast and Loud, Steve Magnante of Velocity’s Barret-Jackson Live, Christy Lee of Barret-Jackson Live and All Girls Garage, and Bill Goldberg and Matt D’Andria from the podcast CarCast with Adam Carolla.

During the third annual Roadkill Nights sponsored by Dodge at the M1 Concourse motor sports complex in Pontiac, Michigan, August 12, 2017 | Photo by Rebecca Cook

“Last year, more than 40,000 enthusiasts celebrated performance car culture at ‘Roadkill Nights Powered by Dodge’ in an epic kick-off to a week of cruising events,” notes Steve Beahm, Head of Passenger Car Brands for Dodge, SRT, Chrysler and Fiat, FCA North America. “With drag racing, thrill rides and music, ‘Roadkill Nights’ gets people on to a track run by professionals, so they can really show how their hot rods perform in a more controlled environment.”

Adds David Freiburger, “Roadkill Nights not only brings ‘Roadkill’ to life, but also allows our fans to appreciate first hand the thrill of top-speed drag racing. Going four years strong, the event has something for everyone. Whether you’re a drag racer, car enthusiast or looking for a fun day to spend with the family, Roadkill Nights promises a dynamic experience.”

For more information including registration details head to Roadkill Nights. 

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Rob Finkelman

Rob combined his two great passions of writing and cars; and began authoring columns for several Formula 1 racing websites and Street Muscle Magazine. He is an avid automotive enthusiast with a burgeoning collection of classic and muscle cars.
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