June 28, 2017

Natalie Broda | The Oakland Press

The car festival and drag racing event which drew 30,000 people to Pontiac last year is back again this August just a week ahead of the Woodward Dream Cruise.

“RoadKill Nights” will return to the M1 Concourse from 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. on Saturday, Aug. 12 with thrill rides, simulations, stunts and drag-racing celebrity showdowns. New this year for the classic car event are several family-friendly activities such as rock-climbing walls, live music and entertainment, thrill rides on the M1 track and inflatable obstacle courses.

Dodge thrill rides this year include the 707-horsepower Dodge Challenger SRT Hellcat, the Charger SRT Hellcat and the 645-horsepower Dodge Viper.

Roadkill was previously held the same week as the Woodward Dream Cruise, but was moved up a week to avoid overlapping the traffic and road closures in the city.

General admission will be $10 or free for children under 12. Pontiac residents will receive a discounted ticket price of $5.

Here’s what else you can expect to see at this year’s show:

• A chance to drive the new 840-horsepower 2018 Dodge Challenger SRT Demon through a high-octane drag racing simulation

• Cacklefest

• Wheelstander exhibition runs

• Dyno tests

• Show ‘N’ Shine car show

• Stunt shows and exhibitions

• Food trucks and beverages

• A celebrity showdown with Roadkill co-hosts David Freiburger and Mike Finnegan, drag racing stars Leah Pritchett and Matt Hagan and “The House of Muscle” car-guru Mike Musto.

“Roadkill Nights brings ‘Roadkill’ to life and allows our fans to participate in the thrill of fingers-clenching, top-speed drag racing, which is what we thrive on,” Freiburger said in a statement. “There’s something for everyone — drag racers, families, foodies and anyone who is looking to have a great day filled with unparalleled fun at an iconic location.”

Spectator tickets, Show ‘N’Shine registration and VIP packages can be purchased at roadkill.com/nights. Drag race vehicle registration will be made available soon, according to a release.