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‘Roadkill Nights Powered By Dodge’ Brings Legal Drag Racing and Thrill Rides Back to Woodward Avenue, Saturday, Aug. 11
Overall $40,000 purse, largest ever at ‘Roadkill Nights Powered by Dodge,’ is up for grabs


The fourth annual ‘Roadkill Nights Powered by Dodge,’ held for the third consecutive year at M1 Concourse in Pontiac, Michigan, kicks off metro Detroit's week-long celebration of classic cars and car culture
Bigger and better than ever with two unique thrill ride experiences in 707-horsepower Dodge Challenger and Charger SRT Hellcat models, additional celebrity showdown races and freestyle motocross exhibitions
Returning fan favorites include show 'n' shine, dyno testing, kidszone, flamethrower and wheelstander exhibitions, ‘Roadkill’ stunts and more
Leah Pritchett’s Dodge/Mopar Top Fuel Dragster and Matt Hagan’s Dodge Charger Funny Car will "light ‘em up" on iconic Woodward Avenue
Dodge Challenger SRT Demon simulators will offer the latest state-of-art motion technology to deliver incredibly realistic special effects and virtual head-to-head drag racing
Drag racing applications and event information are available now at roadkill.com/nights


June 13, 2018 , Auburn Hills, Mich. -

With more thrill ride experiences in the 707-horsepower Dodge Challenger and Charger SRT Hellcat models, additional celebrity showdown races and a larger than ever overall $40,000 purse, Motor Trend Group’s “Roadkill Nights Powered by Dodge” will be bigger and better in 2018.

For the fourth year overall and third year on historic Woodward Avenue, the popular street drag racing and car festival returns Saturday, Aug. 11 to take over M1 Concourse in Pontiac, Michigan, kicking off southeast Michigan's week-long celebration of classic cars and car culture.

Spectator tickets, show 'n' shine participation and package information, as well as drag racing applications, are available now at roadkill.com/nights.

Featuring two classes for drag racing this year, Big Tire and Small Tire, a cash purse of $30,000 is up for grabs. As part of the overall $40,000 purse, the largest cash purse ever offered at “Roadkill Nights Powered by Dodge,” an additional $10,000 will be awarded to the celebrity showdown race winner’s charity of choice.

Both drag racing classes will have the same payout structure with $15,000 as the total purse per class:

Winner – $5,000
Runner Up – $1,500
Semi Finalists – $750 (2 payouts)
Quarter Finalists – $500 (4 payouts)
Fastest Dodge-powered vehicle – $5,000


“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,” said Steve Beahm, Head of Passenger Car Brands – 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.”

Doubling the Dodge Thrill Ride experiences, the 707-horsepower Dodge Charger and Dodge Challenger SRT Hellcat models will be in two locations within the M1 Concourse this year. With a major shot of adrenaline, drifting is back shredding tires on the M1 Concourse skid pad. The other location will again be on the north loop of the M1 track, with the Dodge SRT Hellcat vehicles reaching hair-raising speeds and demonstrating their power.

There also will be more celebrities participating in showdown races and the addition of freestyle motocross exhibitions at the 2018 event. Leah Pritchett in her Dodge/Mopar Top Fuel Dragster and Matt Hagan in his Dodge Charger Funny Car will once again “light ‘em up” on Woodard Avenue. Other returning fan favorites include the high-octane virtual head-to-head racing in Dodge Challenger SRT Demon simulators; show ‘n’ shine; dyno testing; “Roadkill” stunts; flamethrower and wheelstander exhibitions; family friendly kidszone activities; and an eclectic array of food truck offerings.

The drag racing will include a celebrity showdown with Motor Trend’s hugely popular series “Roadkill” co-hosts David Freiburger and Mike Finnegan. Chris Jacobs of Velocity’s “Barrett-Jackson Live” will emcee the activities, while Brian Lohnes of Motor Trend’s “Put Up or Shut Up” will emcee the drag races. Additional industry celebrity attendees include Richard Rawlings of Discovery’s “Fast n’ Loud,” Steve Magnante of Velocity’s “Barrett-Jackson Live,” Cristy Lee of “Barrett-Jackson Live” and “All Girls Garage,” and Bill Goldberg and Matt D’Andria from the automotive podcast “CarCast with Adam Carolla.”

“Roadkill Nights not only brings ‘Roadkill’ to life, but also allows our fans to appreciate firsthand the thrill of top-speed drag racing,” Freiburger said. “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 family, Roadkill Nights promises a dynamic experience.”

Gates are open for “Roadkill Nights Powered by Dodge” from 10 a.m. to 11 p.m., with Dodge Thrill Rides taking place from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. and drag racing from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m.

Roadkill Nights Registration Information
General admission to the event is $10 per person — $5 per person for Pontiac residents ($5 price available on-site only). Children 12 years and under are free.

Full details for spectator tickets, show ‘n’ shine registration, participant registration for drag racing, and an extensive range of packages are available now at roadkill.com/nights.

Roadkill Nights is an event produced by ROADKILL, a brand of Motor Trend Group, with a hit show that delivers a one-of-a-kind taste of "Automotive Chaos Theory" on the Motor Trend App and Velocity network.

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

Fans can follow the action for Roadkill Nights at hashtags #RoadkillNights and #poweredbydodge.

Street racing can have serious legal and safety risks. Both ROADKILL and Dodge want enthusiasts to enjoy performance driving in a safe, controlled environment, run by professionals with vehicle safety inspections, driver evaluations and track safety.

About ROADKILL

The ROADKILL brand delivers a one-of-a-kind taste of "Automotive Chaos Theory" and features authentic gearheads David Freiburger and Mike Finnegan in a variety of mediums, including the most-viewed YouTube automotive original series in the United States, Roadkill Nights branded events, and Roadkill Extra and Roadkill Garage shows, available exclusively on Motor Trend.

About Motor Trend Group

Motor Trend Group is the largest automotive media company in the world, bringing together Discovery’s fast-growing Velocity network and a vast automotive digital, direct-to-consumer, social and live event portfolio, including MOTOR TREND, HOT ROD, ROADKILL, AUTOMOBILE, and more than 20 other industry-leading brands. With a cumulative reach of more than 131 million, the company encompasses television’s #1 network for automotive superfans, a leading automotive YouTube Channel, and the Motor Trend app, the only auto-dedicated subscription video-on-demand service.
 

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‘Roadkill Nights Powered By Dodge’ Brings Legal Drag Racing and Thrill Rides Back to Woodward Avenue, Saturday, Aug. 11
Overall $40,000 purse, largest ever at ‘Roadkill Nights Powered by Dodge,’ is up for grabs


The fourth annual ‘Roadkill Nights Powered by Dodge,’ held for the third consecutive year at M1 Concourse in Pontiac, Michigan, kicks off metro Detroit's week-long celebration of classic cars and car culture
Bigger and better than ever with two unique thrill ride experiences in 707-horsepower Dodge Challenger and Charger SRT Hellcat models, additional celebrity showdown races and freestyle motocross exhibitions
Returning fan favorites include show 'n' shine, dyno testing, kidszone, flamethrower and wheelstander exhibitions, ‘Roadkill’ stunts and more
Leah Pritchett’s Dodge/Mopar Top Fuel Dragster and Matt Hagan’s Dodge Charger Funny Car will "light ‘em up" on iconic Woodward Avenue
Dodge Challenger SRT Demon simulators will offer the latest state-of-art motion technology to deliver incredibly realistic special effects and virtual head-to-head drag racing
Drag racing applications and event information are available now at roadkill.com/nights


June 13, 2018 , Auburn Hills, Mich. -









With more thrill ride experiences in the 707-horsepower Dodge Challenger and Charger SRT Hellcat models, additional celebrity showdown races and a larger than ever overall $40,000 purse, Motor Trend Group’s “Roadkill Nights Powered by Dodge” will be bigger and better in 2018.

For the fourth year overall and third year on historic Woodward Avenue, the popular street drag racing and car festival returns Saturday, Aug. 11 to take over M1 Concourse in Pontiac, Michigan, kicking off southeast Michigan's week-long celebration of classic cars and car culture.

Spectator tickets, show 'n' shine participation and package information, as well as drag racing applications, are available now at roadkill.com/nights.

Featuring two classes for drag racing this year, Big Tire and Small Tire, a cash purse of $30,000 is up for grabs. As part of the overall $40,000 purse, the largest cash purse ever offered at “Roadkill Nights Powered by Dodge,” an additional $10,000 will be awarded to the celebrity showdown race winner’s charity of choice.

Both drag racing classes will have the same payout structure with $15,000 as the total purse per class:

Winner – $5,000
Runner Up – $1,500
Semi Finalists – $750 (2 payouts)
Quarter Finalists – $500 (4 payouts)
Fastest Dodge-powered vehicle – $5,000


“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,” said Steve Beahm, Head of Passenger Car Brands – 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.”

Doubling the Dodge Thrill Ride experiences, the 707-horsepower Dodge Charger and Dodge Challenger SRT Hellcat models will be in two locations within the M1 Concourse this year. With a major shot of adrenaline, drifting is back shredding tires on the M1 Concourse skid pad. The other location will again be on the north loop of the M1 track, with the Dodge SRT Hellcat vehicles reaching hair-raising speeds and demonstrating their power.

There also will be more celebrities participating in showdown races and the addition of freestyle motocross exhibitions at the 2018 event. Leah Pritchett in her Dodge/Mopar Top Fuel Dragster and Matt Hagan in his Dodge Charger Funny Car will once again “light ‘em up” on Woodard Avenue. Other returning fan favorites include the high-octane virtual head-to-head racing in Dodge Challenger SRT Demon simulators; show ‘n’ shine; dyno testing; “Roadkill” stunts; flamethrower and wheelstander exhibitions; family friendly kidszone activities; and an eclectic array of food truck offerings.

The drag racing will include a celebrity showdown with Motor Trend’s hugely popular series “Roadkill” co-hosts David Freiburger and Mike Finnegan. Chris Jacobs of Velocity’s “Barrett-Jackson Live” will emcee the activities, while Brian Lohnes of Motor Trend’s “Put Up or Shut Up” will emcee the drag races. Additional industry celebrity attendees include Richard Rawlings of Discovery’s “Fast n’ Loud,” Steve Magnante of Velocity’s “Barrett-Jackson Live,” Cristy Lee of “Barrett-Jackson Live” and “All Girls Garage,” and Bill Goldberg and Matt D’Andria from the automotive podcast “CarCast with Adam Carolla.”

“Roadkill Nights not only brings ‘Roadkill’ to life, but also allows our fans to appreciate firsthand the thrill of top-speed drag racing,” Freiburger said. “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 family, Roadkill Nights promises a dynamic experience.”

Gates are open for “Roadkill Nights Powered by Dodge” from 10 a.m. to 11 p.m., with Dodge Thrill Rides taking place from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. and drag racing from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m.

Roadkill Nights Registration Information
General admission to the event is $10 per person — $5 per person for Pontiac residents ($5 price available on-site only). Children 12 years and under are free.

Full details for spectator tickets, show ‘n’ shine registration, participant registration for drag racing, and an extensive range of packages are available now at roadkill.com/nights.

Roadkill Nights is an event produced by ROADKILL, a brand of Motor Trend Group, with a hit show that delivers a one-of-a-kind taste of "Automotive Chaos Theory" on the Motor Trend App and Velocity network.

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

Fans can follow the action for Roadkill Nights at hashtags #RoadkillNights and #poweredbydodge.

Street racing can have serious legal and safety risks. Both ROADKILL and Dodge want enthusiasts to enjoy performance driving in a safe, controlled environment, run by professionals with vehicle safety inspections, driver evaluations and track safety.

About ROADKILL

The ROADKILL brand delivers a one-of-a-kind taste of "Automotive Chaos Theory" and features authentic gearheads David Freiburger and Mike Finnegan in a variety of mediums, including the most-viewed YouTube automotive original series in the United States, Roadkill Nights branded events, and Roadkill Extra and Roadkill Garage shows, available exclusively on Motor Trend.

About Motor Trend Group

Motor Trend Group is the largest automotive media company in the world, bringing together Discovery’s fast-growing Velocity network and a vast automotive digital, direct-to-consumer, social and live event portfolio, including MOTOR TREND, HOT ROD, ROADKILL, AUTOMOBILE, and more than 20 other industry-leading brands. With a cumulative reach of more than 131 million, the company encompasses television’s #1 network for automotive superfans, a leading automotive YouTube Channel, and the Motor Trend app, the only auto-dedicated subscription video-on-demand service.
 

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Roadkill Nights Powered by Dodge 2018 Preview | Dodge


Aug 3, 2018
Join us for the adrenaline-fueled sights and sounds of Roadkill Nights Powered by Dodge, when street legal drag racing returns to Woodward Avenue on Saturday, August 11. Can't make it? Watch the livestream on DodgeGarage.com beginning August 11 at 11 a.m.
 

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Richard Rawlings crashes a Dodge Challenger Hellcat into the wall at the Roadkill Nights Celebrity Drag Race.
 

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Bigger than ever, more than 44,000 enthusiasts celebrated

Fourth Annual Roadkill Nights Powered by Dodge Continues to Draw Tens of Thousands of Enthusiasts to Street-legal Drag Racing on Woodward Avenue

Bigger than ever, more than 44,000 enthusiasts celebrated performance car culture at the fourth annual car festival located at M1 Concourse in Pontiac, Michigan
Woodward Avenue transformed into a specially prepped 1/8-mile drag strip for legal street racing
128 street-legal cars competed in high-powered drag racing, which featured two classes, Big Tire and Small Tire, and a cash purse of $30,000
Heavy rains ended the races early, so 16 total finalists split $20,000 in cash prizes
Quickest Dodge (Small Tire): Peter Bokedon from Michigan: 1972 Dodge Dart took home a $5,000 prize
Quickest Dodge (Big Tire): James Pranis from Pennsylvania: 1968 Dodge Charger took home a $5,000 prize
As part of the overall $40,000 purse, the largest cash purse ever offered at Roadkill Nights Powered by Dodge, $10,000 was awarded to Bill Goldberg in the celebrity showdown race, who donated the winnings to his charity Ahero, which connects veterans with patriotic members of local communities by organizing outdoor events and social activities
Leah Pritchett in her Top Fuel Dragster and Matt Hagan in his Dodge Charger SRT Hellcat NHRA Funny Car wowed the crowd with exhibition runs
Fans from all over tuned in to the livestream of Roadkill Nights Powered by Dodge via Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and YouTube, totaling 4.1 million views of the event
Roadkill Nights is an event produced by ROADKILL, a brand of Motor Trend Group, with a hit show that delivers a one-of-a-kind taste of "Automotive Chaos Theory" on the Motor Trend App and Velocity network


August 14, 2018 , Auburn Hills, Mich. -

It never gets old. In fact, interest continues to grow as this year’s Roadkill Nights Powered by Dodge attracted more than 44,000 enthusiasts from around the country to watch and participate in legal street racing on historic Woodward Avenue.

"Roadkill Nights Powered by Dodge is an absolute larger-than-life event that represents what Dodge is all about: power, performance and excitement,” said Steve Beahm, Head of Passenger Car Brands – Dodge//SRT, Chrysler, and FIAT, FCA – North America. “Going beyond the need for speed, this event offers an incredible opportunity for pure enthusiasts to come together and share their passion for classic and performance car culture in a sanctioned environment.”



In addition to cash prizes for the fastest racing finalists and Dodge cars on the drag strip, the fourth annual car festival gave passionate car enthusiasts the chance to get in the passenger seat of a Dodge Charger SRT Hellcat or Challenger SRT Hellcat for thrill rides and drift rides. Challenger SRT Demon simulators ranked those with the fastest virtual ¼-mile times. The car festival also included a chance to check out more than 250 custom and classic cars in a show 'n shine and to watch freestyle motocross dyno, flamethrowers and wheelstander exhibitions. Leah Pritchett in her Top Fuel Dragster and Matt Hagan in his Dodge Charger SRT Hellcat NHRA Funny Car wowed the crowd with an exhibition run. Bill Goldberg won the celebrity showdown challenge, taking the $10,000 prize home to his charity Ahero, which connects veterans with patriotic members of local communities by organizing outdoor events and social activities.

“Only the combination of Dodge, the City of Pontiac and a worldwide car phenomenon, such as ROADKILL, can create an event with such amazing energy and atmosphere for so many passionate automotive superfans,” said Motor Trend Group Automotive Events Senior Director Michael Deer. “We appreciate everyone joining us this year for another epic event.”

128 street-legal cars hit the specially prepped 1/8-mile drag strip on Woodward Avenue between Rapid Street and South Boulevard to compete in high-powered drag racing for cash prizes. Racing ended early due to heavy rains, so the top 16 total finalists split $20,000. The quickest Dodge cars in both the small and large tire categories also took home $5,000 each.

Quickest Dodge


James Pranis, Pennsylvania: 1968 Dodge Charger (Big Tire)
Peter Bokedon, Michigan: 1972 Dodge Dart (Small Tire)


Top 8 Finalists (Big Tire)


Gary Box, Ohio: 1965 Chevrolet Corvette
Craig Groebner, Minnesota: 1971 Chevrolet Nova
Leon Hudson, Virginia: 1965 Plymouth Barracuda
Jimmer Kline, Michigan: 1966 Pontiac GTO
Jim Kline III, Michigan: 1996 Chevrolet Arcadian
Mike Mislivec, Michigan: 1982 Pontiac Trans AM
Bryan Rosario, Michigan: 1972 Chevrolet Camaro
Mark McGill, Michigan: 1978 Chevrolet Camaro


Top 8 Finalists (Small Tire)


Peter Bokedon, Michigan: 1972 Dodge Dart
William Gill, Michigan: 1966 Shelby Cobra
Adam Hodson, Indiana: 1973 Chevrolet Camaro
Kenny Laflower, Indiana: 1970 AMC Javelin
John Lopez, Ohio: 1988 Ford Mustang
Justin Spiniolas, Illinois: 1991 GMC Sonoma
Carl Stancell, Michigan: 1984 Chevrolet s10 Blazer
Rick Steinke, Pennsylvania: 1967 Chevrolet Chevelle


Fans from all over tuned in to the livestream of Roadkill Nights Powered by Dodge via Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and YouTube, totaling 4.1 million views of the event.

About ROADKILL
The ROADKILL brand delivers a one-of-a-kind taste of "Automotive Chaos Theory" and features authentic gearheads David Freiburger and Mike Finnegan in a variety of mediums, including the most viewed YouTube automotive original series in the United States, Roadkill Nights branded events, and Roadkill Extra and Roadkill Garage shows, available exclusively on Motor Trend.

About Motor Trend Group

Motor Trend Group is the largest automotive media company in the world, bringing together Discovery’s fast-growing Velocity network and a vast automotive digital, direct-to-consumer, social and live event portfolio, including MOTOR TREND, HOT ROD, ROADKILL, AUTOMOBILE and more than 20 other industry-leading brands. With a cumulative reach of more than 131 million, the company encompasses television’s #1 network for automotive superfans, a leading automotive YouTube Channel and the Motor Trend app, the only auto-dedicated subscription video-on-demand service.
 

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2018 Roadkill Nights Powered by Dodge


Aug 14, 2018
Footage of the 2018 Roadkill Nights Powered by Dodge including: drag racing footage on Woodward Ave., drift rides, thrill rides, Dodge Challenger SRT Demon simulators and car show footage.
 
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