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Fifth Annual 'Roadkill Nights Powered by Dodge' Brings Legal Drag Racing and Thrill Rides Back to Woodward Avenue, Friday and Saturday, Aug. 9-10

MotorTrend Group’s "Roadkill Nights Powered by Dodge" held for the fifth consecutive year in Pontiac, Michigan, kicks off metro Detroit's weeklong celebration of the American car culture
High-octane excitement starting Friday night, August 9, at M1 Concourse, leading into a full day of legal drag racing on historic Woodward, August 10
Exhilarating thrill rides in Dodge Challenger SRT Hellcats and Charger SRT Hellcats in two locations with high speeds over 100 mph
Celebrity appearances and special Celebrity Showdown Drag Race with a $10,000 prize purse benefitting United Way
Test your skills in the Dodge Challenger SRT Demon simulators, see the Dodge Challenger SRT Hellcat Redeye on display, check out more than 400 vehicles in the Show 'n Shine, watch the dyno runs, play in the Kid's Zone, experience exhibition runs with 11,000-horsepower Top Fuel and Funny Car, and much more
Roadkill Nights event information and drag racing applications are available now at hotrod.com/events/roadkillnights

June 20, 2019 , Auburn Hills, Mich. -

Returning to kick off cruise week for 2019, MotorTrend Group’s "Roadkill Nights Powered by Dodge" is growing even bigger this year with the addition of Friday night activities, while bringing back legal street drag racing that will lay some rubber down on the iconic Woodward Avenue pavement on Saturday. With exhilarating experiences, including thrill rides in the 717-horsepower Dodge Challenger SRT Hellcat and the 707-horsepower Dodge Charger SRT Hellcat models, more participants in the celebrity showdown races, and an overall $40,000 purse with $10,000 going toward United Way, this year’s event is set to deliver more high-octane horsepower and excitement than ever before.

For the fifth year, "Roadkill Nights Powered by Dodge" celebrates the Motor City’s automotive culture with its popular legal street drag racing, classic and modern muscle car show, and other fun-filled activities that will take over the M1 Concourse in Pontiac, Michigan. The "Roadkill Nights Powered by Dodge" is the traditional kick off to southeast Michigan's weeklong celebration of classic cars and car culture.

“Roadkill Nights Powered by Dodge continues to grow each year since we introduced this event five years ago, so we’re answering enthusiast demand by adding a day of fun so even more people can participate in the celebration of America's muscle car culture,” said Mark Malmstead – Head of Dodge//SRT. “It’s also a great opportunity for participants to race in a sanctioned environment on historic Woodward Ave.”

Spectator tickets, Show 'n Shine participation and package information, as well as drag racing applications, are available now at hotrod.com/events/roadkillnights.

With the new addition of Friday night activities, fans will meet the drivers of some of the fastest street legal drag cars in America and watch historic Woodward Avenue transform from a street into a drag strip. On Saturday, drag racing returns with two classes, Big Tire and Small Tire, competing for a cash purse of $30,000. As part of the overall $40,000 purse, $10,000 will be awarded to United Way. 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

Dodge Thrill Ride experiences in the 717-horsepower Dodge Challenger SRT Hellcat and 707-horsepower Dodge Charger SRT Hellcat models will again be in two locations within the M1 Concourse to keep the momentum going. Attendees will have the opportunity to go for the ride of their lives as the supercharged HEMI® will punish tires and have them begging for mercy on both the M1 Concourse skid pad and north loop portion of the track.

There will be even more celebrities participating in showdown races this year. Leah Pritchett in her Dodge/Mopar Top Fuel Dragster and Matt Hagan in his Dodge Charger SRT Hellcat Funny Car will once again heat up the pavement on Woodard Avenue. Other returning fan favorites include the high-octane virtual head-to-head racing in Dodge Challenger SRT Demon simulators; classic and modern muscle car show; dyno testing; “Roadkill” stunts; flamethrower and wheelstander exhibitions; family-friendly Kid's Zone activities; and an eclectic array of food truck offerings.

The drag racing will include numerous TV celebrities battling it out down Woodward Avenue for bragging rights. These include MotorTrend’s hugely popular series “Roadkill” co-hosts David Freiburger and Mike Finnegan. Chris Jacobs of MotorTrend’s Overhaulin’ will emcee the activities, while Brian Lohnes of the NHRA will emcee the drag races. Additional industry celebrity attendees include Cristy Lee and Bogi Lateiner of All Girls Garage, Bill Carlton of Texas Metal, Joe Martin, Amanda Martin and Jayson “Shag” Arrington of Iron Resurrection, Dave Kindig and Kevin Schiele of Bitchin' Rides, and Jared Zimmerman and Lou Santiago of Car Fix.

"Roadkill Nights truly brings the thrill of finger-clenching, top-speed drag racing to life on Woodward Avenue, which is why we love to bring this event to our Roadkill fans,” Freiburger said. “Going on our fifth year, we’re adding activities on Friday night so there’s more time for everyone — drag racers, families, foodies and anyone who is looking to have a great day or evening filled with unparalleled fun at an iconic location.”

Gates are open for “Roadkill Nights Powered by Dodge” on Friday from 3 p.m to 9 p.m. Drift thrill rides will also be available from 3 p.m. to 9 pm. On Saturday, gates are open from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. with Dodge Thrill Rides taking place from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. and drag racing beginning at 11 a.m.

Roadkill Nights Registration Information

General admission to the event is $10 per person, per day; $5 per person for Pontiac residents ($5 price available on-site only). Children 12 years and under are free. Two-day passes area available for $20.

Full details for spectator tickets, car show registration, participant registration for drag racing and an extensive range of packages are available now at hotrod.com/events/roadkillnights.

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

For more information on Roadkill and Roadkill Nights, follow on Facebook at facebook.com/roadkillshow or on Twitter at twitter.com/roadkillshow. Fans can follow the action for Roadkill Nights with 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 Roadkill Nights branded events, and Roadkill, Roadkill Extra, Roadkill Garage, and Roadkill’s Junkyard Gold shows, available on the MotorTrend App.

About MotorTrend Group

MotorTrend Group is the largest automotive media company in the world, bringing together Discovery’s fast-growing MotorTrend TV, formerly Velocity, and a vast automotive digital, direct-to-consumer, social, and live event portfolio, including MOTORTREND, HOT ROD, ROADKILL, AUTOMOBILE, and more than 20 other industry-leading brands. With a monthly audience of 26 million across web, TV, and print, and 110 million social followers, culminating in 2 billion monthly content views across all platforms, the company encompasses television’s #1 network for automotive superfans, a leading automotive YouTube Channel, and the MotorTrend app, the only auto-dedicated subscription video-on-demand service. MotorTrend serves to embrace, entertain, and empower the motoring world.

About Dodge//SRT

Dodge//SRT offers a complete lineup of performance vehicles that stand out in their own segments. Dodge is America’s performance brand and SRT is positioned as the ultimate performance halo of the Dodge brand, together creating a complete and balanced performance brand with one vision and one voice.

For more than 100 years, the Dodge brand has carried on the spirit of brothers John and Horace Dodge, who founded the brand in 1914. Their influence continues today. New for 2019, the Dodge Challenger SRT Hellcat Redeye is possessed by the Demon. Its 797-horsepower supercharged HEMI® high-output engine makes it the most powerful, quickest and fastest muscle car, reaching 0-60 miles per hour (mph) in 3.4 seconds, and the fastest GT production car with a ¼-mile elapsed time (ET) of 10.8 seconds at 131 mph. It also reaches a new top speed of 203 mph.

Joining the Challenger SRT Hellcat Redeye is the 2019 Dodge Challenger SRT Hellcat, with its more powerful 717-horsepower engine, and the Challenger R/T Scat Pack Widebody, featuring fender flares from the SRT Hellcat Widebody, which add 3.5 inches of width to the 485-horsepower Scat Pack’s standard body. Also new for 2019 is the Challenger R/T Scat Pak 1320 with exclusive drag strip technology from the iconic Dodge Challenger SRT Demon. The Challenger R/T Scat Pack 1320 is a drag-oriented, street-legal muscle car and a blank canvas for the serious grassroots drag racer. The 2019 Dodge Durango SRT, America’s fastest, most powerful and most capable three-row SUV with a best-in-class tow rating of 8,700 lbs., completes the brand's performance lineup. These visceral performance models join a 2019 brand lineup that includes the Durango, Grand Caravan, Journey, Charger and Challenger — a showroom that offers performance at every price point.
 

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2018 Roadkill Nights | Dodge


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Roadkill Nights powered by Dodge returns with legal drag racing and thrill rides on Woodward Avenue, Saturday August 11th.2918
 

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MEDIA ADVISORY: Fifth Annual ‘Roadkill Nights Powered by Dodge’ Brings Legal Drag Racing and Thrill Rides Back to Woodward Avenue on Friday and Saturday, Aug. 9-10

Motor Trend Group’s “Roadkill Nights Powered by Dodge” is once again taking over M1 Concourse, held for the fifth consecutive year in Pontiac, Michigan, with drag races on historic Woodward Avenue, car shows, thrill rides, a celebrity showdown race, family-friendly activities, Dodge Challenger SRT Demon race simulators and more
Now a two-day event, the high-octane excitement starts the evening of Friday, August 9 at M1 Concourse, leading into a full day of activities and legal drag racing on historic Woodward Ave. on August 10
Friday evening provides fans a chance to get up close with the racers as they compete in a dyno challenge and burnout contest, free Dodge drift rides, live music, celebrity meet-and-greets and freestyle motocross and street bike stunt shows
On Saturday, legal drag racing begins with two classes, Big Tire and Small Tire, competing for a cash purse of $30,000. As part of the overall $40,000 purse, a special celebrity showdown drag race with a $10,000 prize purse will be donated to The United Way
In addition to legal drag racing, Saturday activities include exhilarating thrill and drift rides in Dodge Challenger and Charger SRT Hellcat models in two locations with speeds over 100 mph, celebrity appearances, freestyle motocross and street bike stunt shows
Those attending can test their skills in the Dodge Challenger SRT Demon simulators, check out the new 2020 Dodge Charger SRT Hellcat Widebody and 797-horsepower 2019 Challenger SRT Hellcat Redeye on display, along with more than 400 vehicles in the Show ‘n’ Shine, dyno runs and more
Leah Pritchett in her "Angry Bee" Mopar Dodge 1320 Top Fuel car and Matt Hagan in his Dodge Charger SRT Hellcat Widebody Funny Car will heat up the pavement on Woodward Avenue on Saturday
Sheriff Showdown: Macomb County’s Sheriff Wickersham and Oakland County’s Sheriff Bouchard will compete in an old-school grudge match on Woodward Avenue on Saturday, each driving a 2019 Dodge Challenger SRT Hellcat Redeye with respective County decals


WHAT:
Back for 2019, “Roadkill Nights Powered by Dodge,” Motor Trend Group’s popular drag racing event and car festival, which attracted more than 44,000 fans last year, returns to the M1 Concourse in Pontiac, Michigan. This year, Roadkill Nights will have additional Friday night activities on August 9, leading perfectly into a full day of street-legal drag racing and activities on Saturday, August 10.

WHERE:
M1 Concourse (164 South Blvd. West, Pontiac, Michigan 48341)

WHEN:
Friday, August 9 – ‘Roadkill Nights Powered by Dodge’ Media Preview

9:30 a.m.: Gates open to media
11 a.m.: Dodge drift and thrill rides
11:30 a.m.: Lunch available
3 p.m.: Gates open to the public – event begins
Roadkill Nights Powered by Dodge event activities begin: Burnout contest, dyno competitions, free Dodge drift rides on skid pad, Dodge simulators, freestyle motocross stunt shows, food and beer trucks, family-fun Kids Zone
9 p.m.: Event concludes

Saturday, August 10 – ‘Roadkill Nights Powered by Dodge’

6 a.m.: Available media opportunities begin
10 a.m.: Gates open to the public – event begins
Photo opportunity as muscle, vintage and classic cars enter the event to set up for Show ‘n’ Shine
Roadkill Nights Powered by Dodge event activities begin: Dodge Challenger and Charger SRT Hellcat thrill and drift rides, Dyno testing
11 a.m.: Drag racing begins – open qualifying session; can be viewed via livestream at dodgegarage.com
11:30 a.m. Freestyle Motocross show (behind bleachers)
4 p.m.: Open drag racing qualifying concludes
4:15 p.m.: Leah Pritchett and Matt Hagan Top Fuel exhibition burnouts on Woodward Ave.
4:45 p.m.: Celebrity shootout begins on Woodward Ave.
5:45 p.m.: Top 8 shootout driver announcements
6 p.m.: Sheriff Showdown – Macomb County’s Sheriff Wickersham and Oakland County’s Sheriff Bouchard will compete in an old-school grudge match
6:30 p.m.: Flamethrower & wheelstander exhibition run
8 p.m.: Freestyle motocross show
8:30 p.m.: Top 8 shootouts begin (Small Tire & Big Tire)
9 p.m.: Top 8 Winners Awards Ceremony
Dodge Challenger and Charger SRT Hellcat thrill and drift rides close
Event concludes

WHO:
Bob Broderdorf, Director of Dodge and Alfa Romeo N.A.

For interview requests, please contact Claire Carroll ([email protected])

Kevin Hellman, Dodge brand manager

For interview requests, please contact Claire Carroll ([email protected])

David Freiburger and Mike Finnegan, Roadkill co-hosts

For interview requests, please contact Lela Randall ([email protected])

Matt Hagan and Leah Pritchett, NHRA pro drivers

For interview requests, please contact Claire Carroll ([email protected])

DETAILS:

This year’s "Roadkill Nights Powered by Dodge," Motor Trend Group’s popular drag racing event and car festival, is even bigger and better, bringing back legal drag racing on Woodward Avenue and even more experiences with two days filled with exciting activities, including thrill and drift rides in the 717-horsepower Dodge Challenger SRT Hellcat and the 707-horsepower Dodge Charger SRT Hellcat models.

Friday evening will give fans the opportunity for an up close look at the race cars that will tear up Woodward Avenue on Saturday. In addition, there will be a burnout contest, free Dodge drift rides, live music, celebrity meet-and-greets and freestyle motocross stunt shows. An eclectic array of food truck offerings and beverages will be available for purchase to keep the public energized throughout the day.

On Saturday, street-legal drag racing on historic Woodward Avenue begins with two classes, Big Tire and Small Tire, competing for a cash purse of $30,000. As part of the overall $40,000 purse, $10,000 will be donated to The United Way. Additional activities include:

Exhilarating thrill and drift rides in Dodge Challenger and Charger SRT Hellcat models in two locations with high speeds over 100 mph
Exhibition runs with Leah Pritchett in her "Angry Bee" Mopar Dodge 1320 Top Fuel car and Matt Hagan in his Dodge Charger SRT Hellcat Widebody Funny Car
A special celebrity showdown drag race with a $10,000 prize purse benefitting The United Way
Sheriff Showdown: Macomb County’s Sheriff Wickersham and Oakland County’s Sheriff Bouchard will compete in an old-school grudge match on Woodward Avenue on Saturday, each driving a 2019 Dodge Challenger SRT Hellcat Redeye with respective County decals
Celebrity appearances by MotorTrend’s hugely popular series “Roadkill” co-hosts David Freiburger and Mike Finnegan; Chris Jacobs of MotorTrend’s Overhaulin’; Brian Lohnes of the NHRA; Cristy Lee, Faye Hadley and Bogi Lateiner of All Girls Garage; Bill Carlton of Texas Metal; Joe Martin, Amanda Martin and Jayson “Shag” Arrington of Iron Resurrection; Dave Kindig and Kevin Schiele of Bitchin' Rides; Jared Zimmerman and Lou Santiago of Car Fix; Steve Magnante of Roadkill’s Junkyard Gold and Barret-Jackson Live; Bill Goldberg and Matt D’Andria
Freestyle motocross and street bike stunt shows
Dodge Challenger SRT Demon simulators
Dodge Charger SRT Hellcat Widebody and Challenger SRT Hellcat Redeye on display, along with more than 400 vehicles in the Show ‘n’ Shine
Dyno runs, family-fun Kids Zone and much more

General admission for spectator tickets is $10 per person, per day; $5 per person for Pontiac residents (available on-site only). Two-day passes are available for $20. Children 12 and under are free.

Admission is free for FCA employees with one guest (must show badge at entrance).

Spectator tickets, Show ‘n’ Shine participation and package information are available now at hotrod.com/events/roadkillnights.

Drag Race Purse Per Class – Big Tire & Small Tire ($40,000 in total):
Both drag racing classes will have the same payout structure with $15,000 as the total purse per class. As part of the overall $40,000 purse, $10,000 will be donated to The United Way.

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

For more information on Roadkill and Roadkill Nights, follow on Facebook and Twitter. Fans can also follow the action for Roadkill Nights on Dodge Garage or on social channels with hashtags #RoadkillNights and #poweredbydodge.

PARKING:

Friday: For the media preview, parking will be inside M1 Concourse (164 South Blvd. West, Pontiac, Michigan 48341). Staff will be on-site to direct
Saturday: VIP and media parking will be available at the South Lot. Contact [email protected] for more information; shuttles will be provided for local event attendees

RSVP:
Please RSVP to Claire Carroll at [email protected]

Street racing can have serious legal and safety risks. Both ROADKILL and Dodge want enthusiasts to enjoy performance driving in a controlled environment on a closed course, run by professionals with vehicle safety inspections, driver evaluations and track preparation appropriate for drag racing conditions.

About Dodge//SRT
Dodge//SRT offers a complete lineup of performance vehicles that stand out in their own segments. Dodge is America’s performance brand and SRT is positioned as the ultimate performance halo of the Dodge brand, together creating a complete and balanced performance brand with one vision and one voice.

For more than 100 years, the Dodge brand has carried on the spirit of brothers John and Horace Dodge, who founded the brand in 1914. Their influence continues today. New for 2019, the Dodge Challenger SRT Hellcat Redeye is possessed by the Demon. Its 797-horsepower supercharged HEMI® high-output engine makes it the most powerful, quickest and fastest muscle car, reaching 0-60 miles per hour (mph) in 3.4 seconds, and the fastest GT production car with a ¼-mile elapsed time (ET) of 10.8 seconds at 131 mph. It also reaches a new top speed of 203 mph.

Joining the Challenger SRT Hellcat Redeye is the 2019 Dodge Challenger SRT Hellcat, with its more powerful 717-horsepower engine, and the Challenger R/T Scat Pack Widebody, featuring fender flares from the SRT Hellcat Widebody, which add 3.5 inches of width to the 485-horsepower Scat Pack’s standard body. Also new for 2019 is the Challenger R/T Scat Pack 1320 with exclusive drag strip technology from the iconic Dodge Challenger SRT Demon. The Challenger R/T Scat Pack 1320 is a drag-oriented, street-legal muscle car and a blank canvas for the serious grassroots drag racer. The 2019 Dodge Durango SRT, America’s fastest, most powerful and most capable three-row SUV with a best-in-class tow rating of 8,700 lbs., completes the brand's performance lineup. These visceral performance models join a 2019 brand lineup that includes the Durango, Grand Caravan, Journey, Charger and Challenger — a showroom that offers performance at every price point.
 

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Roadkill Nights 2019: Michael Parent's SEMA Tribute Dodge Challenger T/A


Aug 7, 2019
Michael Parent is a longtime fan of cars that fall under the Mopar banner. But nothing had caught Parent’s eye quite like the Sublime Green Dodge Challenger T/A concept unveiled at the 2014 SEMA Show in Las Vegas. So Parent set out to create his own modern Challenger T/A – a car you can see in the Dodge Show ‘n’ Shine section at this year’s Roadkill Nights Powered by Dodge.
 

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Roadkill Nights 2019: Rick Callahan's 1968 Dodge Dart GTS drag car

Roadkill Nights 2019: Rick Callahan's 1968 Dodge Dart GTS drag car

Aug 9, 2019
Rick Callahan of Pontiac, Michigan, pilots a black 1968 Dodge Dart GTS drag car. For him, running in Roadkill Nights Powered by Dodge is a renewal of a life-long love affair with drag racing, Woodward Avenue and cars collectively known by many as Mopars.
 

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Roadkill Nights' kicks off cruise week in Pontiac


Aug 9, 2019
Roadkill Nights' kicks off cruise week in Pontiac
 

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Livestream | 2019 Roadkill Nights Powered By Dodge


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Roadkill Nights Powered by Dodge is back, and even BIGGER with legal drag racing, your favorite MotorTrend talent, and thrills for the whole family! Follow along as we celebrate all the big-displacement, tire-shredding, quarter-mile monsters you know and love.

Watch it unfold on historic Woodward Avenue on Saturday, August 10th from 11:00 am to 8:30 pm EST.
 

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Live | Roadkill Nights | Dodge


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Roadkill Nights powered by Dodge returns with legal drag racing and thrill rides on Woodward Avenue, Saturday August 11th.



After more than a century of making trouble, we craft muscle cars, compacts, crossovers and SUVs with massive doses of attitude. Built for top performance — from power off the line to handling in the corners — every Dodge vehicle delivers an impressive combination of power, technology, capability and efficiency. If you have questions about our products or would like to contact Dodge directly, please use the "Contact Us" option from our website: http://www.dodge.com.
 

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Watch Richard Rawlings Crash a Hellcat Into The Wall at Roadkill Nights


Aug 11, 2018
Richard Rawlings crashes a Dodge Challenger Hellcat into the wall at the Roadkill Nights Celebrity Drag Race.
 

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Fifth Annual ‘Roadkill Nights Draws Nearly 50,000

Fifth Annual ‘Roadkill Nights Powered by Dodge’ Draws Nearly 50,000 Performance Enthusiasts to Street-legal Drag Racing on Woodward Avenue

Bigger than ever, MotorTrend Group’s "Roadkill Nights Powered by Dodge” attracts more than 47,000 enthusiasts over two days, celebrating performance car culture at M1 Concourse in Pontiac, Michigan
Woodward Avenue transformed into a specially prepped 1/8-mile drag strip for legal street drag racing
More than 6,800 rides given over the span of the two-day event with thrill rides, drift rides and Challenger SRT Demon simulator rides
More than 120 street-legal cars competed for a cash purse of $30,000 in high-powered drag racing, which featured two classes — Big Tire and Small Tire
Quickest Dodge: Peter Bokedon, Michigan: 1972 Dodge Dart (Small Tire); James Pranis, Pennsylvania: 1968 Dodge Charger (Big Tire)
Big Tire Winner: Lil Jimmer Kline, Michigan: 1966 Pontiac GTO
Small Tire Winner: Alen Danial, Michigan: 1979 Chevrolet Malibu
The team of Leah Pritchett and David Freiburger won the celebrity showdown challenge, with a $10,000 prize purse donated to United Way
In total, $21,210 was donated to United Way for Southeastern Michigan through the celebrity showdown challenge, charity auction and raffle tickets
Macomb County Sheriff Anthony Wickersham defeated Oakland County Sheriff Michael Bouchard in the ‘Sheriff Showdown,’ an old-school grudge match on Woodward Avenue on Saturday, where they each drove a 797-horsepower 2019 Dodge Challenger SRT Hellcat Redeye with respective county decals
NHRA racers Leah Pritchett in her Dodge/Mopar Top Fuel Dragster and Matt Hagan in his Dodge Charger SRT Hellcat Widebody NHRA Funny Car wowed the crowd with exhibition runs


August 12, 2019 , Auburn Hills, Mich. -

Passion for performance continues to grow as MotorTrend Group’s “Roadkill Nights Powered by Dodge” was back in full force with an extra night of high-horsepower fun and a record amount of attendees. This year, more than 47,000 enthusiasts from around the country watched and participated in street-legal racing on historic Woodward Avenue.

“When we first introduced 'Roadkill Nights Powered by Dodge' five years ago as a pop-up car show and drag race, we never imagined it would grow to nearly 50,000 performance enthusiasts over two days,” said Tim Kuniskis, Global Head of Alfa Romeo and Head of Passenger Cars – Dodge, SRT, Chrysler and FIAT, FCA – North America. “The positive reaction from our fans and continued growth of this one-of-a-kind event fuels our passion to keep delivering products and marketing for performance enthusiasts.”


In addition to cash prizes for the race winners and fastest Dodge cars on the drag strip, the fifth annual car festival gave attendees the chance to get in the passenger seat. They were able to take an exhilarating thrill or drift ride in the 707-horsepower Dodge Charger SRT Hellcat and the 717-horsepower Dodge Challenger SRT Hellcat, as well as thrill rides in the Durango SRT Pursuit “Speed Trap” concept. If that wasn’t enough, they could also race for the best quarter-mile times in the Challenger SRT Demon simulators. More than 6,800 people experienced these Dodge//SRT vehicles firsthand over the span of the two-day event.

The car festival also included a chance to check out more than 300 custom and classic cars in a Show ‘n’ Shine and watch freestyle motocross dyno, flamethrowers and wheelstander exhibitions.

“Last year’s Roadkill Nights was going to be hard to beat, but adding an extra event day this year really brought out a whole new level of turnout and excitement for car enthusiasts,” said Michael Deer, MotorTrend Group Automotive Events Senior Director. “We appreciate the support from fans in the Pontiac community and around the country who joined us to experience all the drag racing and thrill rides that Roadkill Nights had to offer.”

More than 120 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 a cash purse totaling $30,000. The quickest Dodge cars in both the small and large tire categories also took home $5,000 each.

Quickest Dodge Winners


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

Big Tire Winner

Lil Jimmer Kline, Michigan: 1966 Pontiac GTO

Small Tire Winner
Alen Danial, Michigan: 1979 Chevrolet Malibu

In addition to the street-legal drag racing, celebrities, local sheriffs and NHRA racers also hit the drag strip on Woodward Avenue this weekend.

The team of Leah Pritchett and David Freiburger won the celebrity showdown challenge, with a $10,000 prize purse donated to United Way. In total, $21,210 was donated to United Way for Southeastern Michigan through the celebrity showdown challenge, charity auction and raffle tickets.

Macomb County Sheriff Anthony Wickersham defeated Oakland County Sheriff Michael Bouchard in the ‘Sheriff Showdown,’ an old-school grudge match on Woodward Avenue on Saturday, where they each drove a 2019 Dodge Challenger SRT Hellcat Redeye with respective County decals.

Leah Pritchett in her NHRA Top Fuel Dragster and Matt Hagan in his Dodge Charger SRT Hellcat Widebody NHRA Funny Car wowed the crowd with exhibition runs.

On Friday and Saturday, the Mopar Career Automotive Program (CAP) public booth spread awareness of the program, which is designed to develop the most highly skilled service technicians in the auto industry. Mopar CAP hosted 20 students and 20 metro-Detroit area dealers to network for dealership placement after the completion of the program. Approximately 1,000 interested prospects received information regarding the Mopar CAP program during the "Roadkill Nights Powered by Dodge" 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 Roadkill Nights branded events, and Roadkill, Roadkill Extra, Roadkill Garage, and Roadkill’s Junkyard Gold shows, available on the MotorTrend App.

About MotorTrend Group
MotorTrend Group is the largest automotive media company in the world, bringing together Discovery’s fast-growing MotorTrend TV, formerly Velocity, and a vast automotive digital, direct-to-consumer, social, and live event portfolio, including MOTORTREND, HOT ROD, ROADKILL, AUTOMOBILE, and more than 20 other industry-leading brands. With a monthly audience of 26 million across web, TV, and print, and 110 million social followers, culminating in 2 billion monthly content views across all platforms, the company encompasses television’s #1 network for automotive superfans, a leading automotive YouTube Channel, and the MotorTrend app, the only auto-dedicated subscription video-on-demand service. MotorTrend serves to embrace, entertain, and empower the motoring world.
 

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2019 Road Kill Nights Powered by Dodge


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Footage of the 2019 Road Kill Nights Powered by Dodge.
 

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Mopar concept vehicles at the 2019 Woodward Dream Cruise


Aug 26, 2019
FCA concept vehicles, accessorized by the Mopar brand, take the streets at the 2019 Woodward Dream Cruise.
 

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FCA Concepts at Woodward Dream Cruise


Aug 27, 2019
Mark Bosanac, Head of Mopar Service, Parts and Customer Care, FCA - North America and Joe Dehner, Director Mopar Design, show off FCA concept vehicles leading up to the 25th Woodward Dream Cruise.
 
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