The seventh edition of MotorTrend Presents Roadkill Nights Powered by Dodge, which brings legal street racing to Woodward Avenue near M1 Concourse in Pontiac, is set for Saturday, Aug. 13.
First run in 2015, Roadkill Nights is a one-day car culture festival that, in addition to legal street racing, offers a full slate of fan activities including Dodge thrill and drift rides, Dodge driving simulators, a classic and modern muscle car show, and more. The 2021 edition attracted more than 38,000 enthusiasts to M1 Concourse.
“We are marking the seventh year of Roadkill Nights because of the passion of our enthusiasts, who have turned out by the tens of thousands year after year to join us in an annual celebration of all things high performance,” says Tim Kuniskis, CEO of the Dodge brand at Stellantis, which has its North American headquarters in Auburn Hills.
Last year’s online automotive builder showdown, won by Alex Taylor, will return for 2022 with a new twist. Dodge Direct Connection Grudge Race competitors will use Direct Connection parts to build their own a drag-race machine under a tight deadline before bringing it to Woodward to go head-to-head on the strip.
Direct Connection parts available as “building blocks” for competitors will include the Hellcrate Redeye 6.2L Supercharged Crate HEMI engine and a plug-and-play Hellcrate Redeye 6.2L Supercharged Crate HEMI Engine Control Unit (ECU).
Dodge Power Brokers dealers, the exclusive source for Direct Connection performance parts with staff trained to deliver a performance-focused customer service experience, will work with competitors to provide the Direct Connection parts. The full lineup of Dodge Direct Connection Grudge Race competitors will be announced next month.
Roadkill Nights is an event produced by ROADKILL, a brand of MotorTrend Group, with a show that delivers a one-of-a-kind taste of “Automotive Chaos Theory” on MotorTrend+ and MotorTrend TV.
“If you’ve ever dreamed of watching street-legal drag racing down Woodward Avenue, come to our event. It’s going to be an absolutely epic day and night,” says Eric Schwab, MotorTrend Group’s group senior vice president and head of revenue and partnerships.
“Going seven years strong, the event has something for everyone. Whether you’re a drag racer, car enthusiast or looking for a fun day to spend with family, Roadkill Nights promises a dynamic experience.”