Feelin’ the need for speed?
If you are old enough, do you remember drag racing down Woodward or do you remember your parents talking about it and wishing you could do that too?
Here’s your chance.
On August 12 drag racing will be legal on Woodward, one of the most famous muscle car corridors in the country. It’s all part of Roadkill Nights Powered by Dodge, TEN: The Enthusiast Network’s popular drag racing event and car festival at M1 Concourse in Pontiac. You could join cars like the Plymouth Roadrunner racing a Dodge Hellcat at 2016 Roadkill Nights in the picture above.
It gets even better. The cash purse is $29,000 so you could win some pretty good money. As part of the overall money up for grabs, $10,000 will be awarded to the quickest Dodge car, Dodge-body and Dodge-powered car. The purse includes:
- $10,000 – 1st Place overall
- $10,000 – Fastest Dodge
- $5,000 – 2nd Place overall
- $2,500 – 3rd Place overall
- $1,500 – 4th Place overall
If you want to race you have until Wednesday, July 26, to submit your Roadkill Nights drag racing application. You’ll be asked several questions about your vehicle and racing experience and you’ll need to submit photos of the car you want to race. The Roadkill team will review all submissions. Those selected will be given a link and a password to enter the drag race.
Online applications for the Roadkill Nights drag racing are available here. Drag Racing costs $100 per vehicle and all makes are welcome.
If you don’t want to race, there are still thrilling things to do at Roadkill Nights. There will be:
- Rides in the 707 horsepower Dodge Challenger SRT Hellcat and Charger SRT Hellcat and 645 horsepower Dodge Viper
- A show ’n’ shine area, which includes event access for driver and a passenger, plus an exclusive Roadkill Nights windshield banner
- Dyno runs
- A manufacturer midway
- Dodge Demon drag racing simulators
- ROADKILL stunts and exhibitions
- PRO-BMX shows
- An extensive family zone with activities for all ages
- Live music, food trucks, and much more.
Fans will also get to see the new 840 horsepower 2018 Dodge Challenger SRT Demon on the dragstrip, and exhibition runs by NHRA Top Fuel dragster driver Leah Pritchett and Funny Car driver Matt Hagan.
Here’s the Roadkill Nights schedule:
- 10 a.m. – Gates open
- 11 a.m. – 10:00 p.m. – Drag racing and thrill rides
- 11 p.m. – Event concludes
General admission for spectator tickets is $10 per person – $5 per person for Pontiac residents (at event only). Children 12 and under are free.
This year’s event will also include a first-ever celebrity showdown with Roadkill cohosts David Freiburger and Mike Finnegan, drag racing stars Leah Pritchett and Matt Hagan, The House of Muscle car guru Mike Musto, and HOT ROD Garage hosts Tony Angelo and Lucky Costa.
Leading the races will be Freiburger and Finnegan, cohosts of the most-viewed YouTube automotive original series in the United States. The celebrity showdown champion will be awarded $10,000 (which will be donated to their charity of choice).
Chris Jacobs of Velocity’s Overhaulin’, NHRA national event announcer and host of Put Up or Shut Up Brian Lohnes, and self-confessed car nut Clarence Barnes will cohost the activities both on and off the dragstrip.
General event registration is available here.
The VIP Ultimate Package costs $160 and includes VIP thrill ride access, VIP parking, limited-edition merchandise, entry into Roadkill Nights, personal meet and greet with David Freiburger and Mike Finnegan, and reserved bleacher seating.
Go to Roadkill.com/nights for further information and additional options.
Fans can follow the action of Roadkill Nights at #RoadkillNights and #poweredbydodge. In addition, enthusiasts worldwide can share in the excitement of Roadkill Nights Powered by Dodge via a Livestream on Dodge.com. From 11 a.m. – 10 p.m., you’ll see adrenaline-fueled drag racing, Dodge Hellcat and Viper thrill rides, show cars, celebrity interviews and more.
While you’re racing or simply enjoying the race please keep one thing in mind. Street racing can have serious legal and safety risks. Keep your wits about you.
– Lead picture: Plymouth Roadrunner racing a Dodge Hellcat at 2016 Roadkill Nights Powered by Dodge (Photo by Wesley Allison)