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Drag Racing Roars Back with ‘Roadkill Nights Powered by Dodge’

Event brings legal drag racing to Woodward Avenue

June 28, 2016

The Motor City is more than the automotive capitol of the world, it’s also home to the country’s first paved road: Woodward Avenue. Stretching just over 20 miles, Woodward Avenue, or M1, runs from Detroit to Pontiac, right through the heart of several Metro Detroit suburbs. It’s designated as an All-American Road and it plays host to the annual Woodward Dream Cruise.

In the 1950’s and 60s, Woodward Avenue set the stage for some of the biggest hot-rod showdowns ever. Dotted with diners and drive-ins, drivers would cruise from north to south and back, challenging other motorists to a drag race along the way, all while keeping an eye out for the police.

  • Grudge match between Richard Rawlings of Gas Monkey Garage and David Freiberger of ROADKILL during ROADKILL Nights Powered by Dodge at Pontiac Silverdome, Pontiac, Mich.

  • TEN: The Enthusiast Network awarded a Hellcat engine to Brandon Phillips of Sterling Heights, MI after he won a special drag race in his 1969 Dodge Super Bee during ROADKILL Nights Powered by Dodge.

  • Drone view of tug of war between Hellcat-powered Dodge Challenger and Charger and Dodge Viper at ROADKILL Nights Powered by Dodge at the Pontiac (MI) Silverdome.

  • Car enthusiasts took thrill rides in Dodge Viper and Dodge Challenger SRT Hellcats as part of the ROADKILL Nights car show in Pontiac, Mich.


This summer, drag racing is coming back to Woodward Avenue and this time, it’s legal. ‘Roadkill Nights Powered by Dodge,’ in it’s second year, is a popular drag racing event and car festival sponsored by TEN: The Enthusiast Network.

The Aug. 19 event takes over the new M1 Concourse in Pontiac and it pits Dodge vehicles against other Dodge vehicles for a cash purse totaling $19,000. Other makes are also welcome to race. Leading the races will be David Freiburger and Mike Finnegan, co-hosts of ROADKILL, the most-viewed YouTube automotive original series in the world.

The event kicks off the annual Woodward Dream Cruise.

“Woodward is one of (if not the) most famous ‘Muscle Car Corridors’ in the country and, as far as we know, this is the first time ever that street racing on it will be legal,” said Tim Kuniskis, Head of Passenger Cars, Dodge, SRT, Chrysler and FIAT – FCA, North America. “Drag racers will be able to show their muscle when Woodward is closed from South Boulevard to Rapid Street in Pontiac to create what is sure to be an epic kick off to the weekend’s cruise events.”

The popularity of ‘Roadkill Nights Powered by Dodge’ propelled the event to expand this year to the Kansas Speedway in Kansas City, Kan., drawing nearly 12,000 spectators on June 18.

The event is a pop-up car festival filled with high-octane events as well as grudge-match drag racing, Dodge thrill rides, Dodge_4313trllm38rv4qfliumql7slnh22ocelebrities, live music and more. This year’s event in Pontiac, Mich. promises to be even bigger and better with first-time legal street racing on Woodward Avenue.

Woodward Avenue is known as the road that put the world on wheels, now prepare for those wheels to burn some major rubber.


When: Aug. 19 from 12 p.m. to 10 p.m.

Registration is open at Roadkill.com/PR. General admission to the event is FREE for spectators. Drag Racing is $50 per vehicle and all makes are welcome.

For more information, see Roadkill.com and follow on Facebook: facebook.com/roadkillshow and Twitter: twitter.com/roadkillshow.