Drag Racing Returns To Woodward Avenue

(PONTIAC, MI) – Flashlight drag racing is back, but this time it’s on Woodward Avenue … and it’s legal. Registration is now open for the much anticipated Michigan return of the Roadkill Nights Powered by Dodge, which drew more than 10,000 performance enthusiasts to its inaugural event last year alone.

This year’s event, taking place on August 19, is bigger and better, with a new, larger location at the M1 Concourse in Pontiac, a cash purse totalling  $19,000, and legal street drag racing on Woodward Avenue.

“Woodward is one of, if not the, most famous muscle car corridors in the country and, as far as we know, this is the first time ever that street racing on it will be legal,” said Tim Kuniskis, the head of passenger cars, for Dodge, SRT, Chrysler, and FIAT. “Drag racers will be able to show their muscle when Woodward is closed from South Boulevard to Rapid Street in Pontiac to create what is sure to be an epic kick off to the weekend’s cruise events.”

“This event is uniquely Roadkill. We are racing in a spot no one else would dare to run all in the name of fun. Show up and you’ll see Roadkill cars, come and spend time with us and have the time of your life,” said David Freiburger, host of a You Tube automotive series.

Open from noon to 10:00pm, the event will include thrill rides in Dodge Viper, Dodge Challenger SRT Hellcat, and Charger SRT Hellcat vehicles, a Show ‘n’ Shine area, Roadkill stunts and exhibitions, as well as live music, food trucks, and much more.

“We’re excited about hosting Roadkill Nights as one of the main events during our newly branded Pontiac Power Week festival,” said Pontiac mayor Deirdre Waterman.

Early online registration at is encouraged. Drag Racing entrants are $50 per vehicle and all makes are welcome. Entry to the Show ‘n’ Shine is free. VIP packages are $150 and include entry to the drag racing, celebrity meet and greet, photo opportunities, and a VIP swag bag.

General admission to the event is free for spectators.

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