Eric D. Lawrence | Detroit Free Press
Legal street drag racing returns to Woodward Avenue in August.
Roadkill Nights Powered by Dodge will be back in Pontiac on Aug. 12, moving up a full week ahead of the Woodward Dream Cruise to launch the region’s ultimate celebration of car culture. This will be the event’s third year, but its second on Woodward at the M1 Concourse.
Last year’s event drew hundreds of amateur drag racers and as many as 30,000 spectators from across the country to the first-ever legal drag racing event on Woodward featuring muscle cars as well as older and newer model trucks and sports cars.
Those who came out were thrilled about the chance to race or watch racing even as some participants complained about organizational challenges and registration delays.
Enthusiasts will have plenty to get excited about this year.
In addition to drag racing, those who attend will get to check out the 840-horsepower 2018 Dodge Challenger SRT Demon and “drive” it on a drag racing simulation, where they can compete against other drivers. And Dodge Thrill Rides will put them in the 707-horsepower Dodge Challenger SRT Hellcat and Charger SRT Hellcat and the 645-horsepower Dodge Viper. They won’t get to drive the vehicles, but they will get to ride with a driver.
A car show and festival are also planned, with family activities, including inflatable slides, an obstacle course, rock climbing walls, face painting, live music and entertainment and food trucks.
This year’s events will also include a celebrity showdown with David Freiburger and Mike Finnegan, the cohosts of the online “Roadkill” series, drag racing stars Leah Pritchett and Matt Hagan, and Mike Musto of “The House of Muscle” online show.
Roadkill Nights is sponsored by Dodge and is an event from TEN: The Enthusiast Network, which includes Motor Trend and Automobile.
The Aug. 12 event will be open 11 a.m.-11 p.m., with drag racing and Dodge Thrill Rides from 11 a.m.-9:30 p.m.
General admission is $10 per person or $5 per person for Pontiac residents ($5 price available on-site only). Children 12 years and younger are free.
For information, go to roadkill.com/nights.
Drag racing registration details have not yet been released.