‘Roadkill Nights’ Headed Back to Woodward Dream Cruise

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Returning to kick-off cruise week for 2019, MotorTrend Group’s Roadkill Nights Powered by Dodge will be bigger than ever this year with the addition of Friday night events, while bringing back legal street drag racing that will lay down some rubber on Saturday.

Part of the Woodward Dream Cruise 2019, the Roadkill activities will include thrill rides in a 717-hp Dodge Challenger SRT Hellcat and a 707-hp Dodge Charger SRT Hellcat, more participants in the celebrity showdown races, and a chance to see some of the nation’s top street-legal drag racers.

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 Marketing. “It’s also a great opportunity for participants to race in a sanctioned environment on historic Woodward Avenue.”

The celebration of the Motor City’s automotive culture includes legal street drag racing, a classic and modern muscle car show and more at the M1 Concourse in Pontiac, Michigan.

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.

Other returning fan favorites include virtual head-to-head racing in Dodge Challenger SRT Demon simulators; dyno testing; Roadkill stunts; flamethrower and wheel-stander exhibitions; family-friendly Kid’s Zone activities; and an eclectic array of food truck offerings.

“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,” said Roadkill co-host David Freiburger. “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.”

Event Schedule


Friday August 9


2:00p Racer Gates Open for move-in
2:30p Spectator shuttle bus operation (FREE) begins
3:00p Spectator Gates open to the Public
3:30p Dyno testing begins
4:00p Dodge Drift rides begin on skidpad
4:00p Appearance – Bogi Lateiner & Faye Hadley of All Girls Garage and Steve Magnante of
Roadkill’s Junkyard Gold at the Midway Roadkill Tent
5:00p Drag Race Tech and Registration Open
5:00p Appearance – Dave Kindig & Kevin Schiele of Bitchin Rides at the Midway Roadkill Tent
5:00p Freestyle Motocross show (inside M1 behind bleachers)
6:00p Appearance – Joe Martin, Amanda Martin & Jayson “Shag” Arrington of Iron
Resurrection at the Midway Roadkill Tent
7:00p Freestyle Motocross show (inside M1 behind bleachers)
7:30p Burnout Contest
9:00p Gates Close
9:30p Spectator shuttle bus operation finishes (FREE)


Saturday August 10


9:30a Spectator shuttle bus operation (FREE) begins
10:00a Gates open to the Public
10:00a Dodge thrill and drift rides begin
10:00a Dyno testing begins
10:00a MotorTrend Lounge open (exclusive to MotorTrend streaming service subscribers only)
10:00a Merchandise Tent open
11:00a Drag Racing begins – open qualifying session
11:30a Appearance – Joe Martin, Amanda Martin & Jayson “Shag” Arrington of Iron
Resurrection at the MotorTrend Lounge*
11:30a Freestyle Motocross show (inside M1 behind bleachers)
12:30p Appearance – Bogi Lateiner & Faye Hadley of All Girls Garage, Chris Jacobs of
Overhaulin’, and Bill Carlton of Texas Metal at the MotorTrend Lounge*
2:00p Appearance – Jared Zimmerman & Lou Santiago of Car Fix and Chris Jacobs of
Overhaulin’ at the Midway Roadkill Tent
2:00p Appearance – Dave Kindig & Kevin Schiele of Bitchin Rides at the MotorTrend Lounge*
3:00p Freestyle Motocross show (inside M1 behind bleachers)
3:00p Appearance – Bogi Lateiner and Faye Hadley of All Girls Garage and Bill Carlton of Texas
Metal at the Midway Roadkill Tent
4:00p Open drag racing qualifying concludes
4:15p Leah Pritchett & Matt Hagan top fuel exhibition burnouts on Woodward
4:45p Celebrity shootout begins on Woodward Avenue
5:45p Top 8 shootout driver announcements
6:00p Sheriff Showdown (Macomb County and Oakland County) exhibition run
6:05p Flamethrower & wheelstander exhibition run
6:15p Freestyle Motocross show (inside M1 behind bleachers)
7:00p Top 8 shootouts begin (small tire & big tire)
7:30p MotorTrend Lounge closes
8:00p Dodge thrill and drift rides close
8:30p Top 8 Winners Awards Ceremony
9:00p Gates Closed
9:30p Spectator shuttle bus operation finishes (FREE)

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