Roadkill Zip-Tie Drags presented by Fitech – Tucson, Arizona

January 18th - 19th 2019

Roadkill Zip-Tie Drags presented by Fitech – Tucson, Arizona

Coming Friday, January 18th and Saturday, January 19th, is Roadkill Zip-Tie Drags presented by FiTech at Tucson Dragway in Tucson, Arizona! Join the Roadkill crew January 18-19 for camping, bonfires, drag racing, swap meet, giveaways and more while you hang out with fellow Roadkill fans and the cast – Freiburger and Finnegan.

On Friday in Tucson, there will be overnight tent and RV camping at the track on January 18th, with a bonus Test & Tune for participants. Roadkill bonfires with complimentary s’mores!

Not able to join Friday night for the camp out? Come to the track on Saturday, January 19th for high-powered drag racing, prizes, food trucks, giveaways and much more! Racers can enter the $3,000 Hooptie Challenge (cars built for less than $3000) or enter for a chance to race against Roadkill cars in the popular Fans vs. Freiburger & Finnegan activity! Don’t want to race but still have a bad-ass car you want to show off? Enter into the car show and have it judged for creative Roadkill awards which just may have a useful gift card attached!

Dates, Locations & Registration:

January 18 – 19, 2019Tucson Dragway Tucson, AZ


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What’s happening, you ask? All the stuff you expect from us!

  • Drag Racing
  • The Hooptie Challenge
  • Fans vs. Freiburger & Finnegan (FvF&F!)
  • Camping, s’mores, and bonfires—like camp, but with less wedgies and homesickness

Questions? Email

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The Zip-Tie Drags (or ZTD, if you’re real lazy), is a meet-up/party/drag race with the hosts of Roadkill and several other MOTORTREND shows. There is drag racing, sure, but it’s as much a chance to hang out with your fellow car people as it is a competition. You can race, you can show your car, or you can just show up and look at what everybody else brought, maybe help ’em put out some fires. You know, Roadkill stuff.


Let’s start with the cruise, since that’s how it all starts!


January 18, 2019



Who will be there?

David Freiburger

Mike Finnegan

Steve Dulcich

Lucky Costa

Maybe some more folks, we’re sending out invites now.

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Where does the cruise begin?

Irwindale Speedway

500 Speedway Dr.

Irwindale, CA 91706

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When do I need to arrive?

Irwindale opens at 6:30 am, January 18, 2019

Cruise departs Irwindale Speedway at 8:00 am


Is there a route?

There is a suggested route, and maps will be provided at the Irwindale meet-up. There will no official lunch stop this year.

We aim to arrive in Tucson by late afternoon, where we’ll meet up with Finnegan and the folks camping at the racetrack and all hang out around the evening bonfire. You can drive with us or meet us there.

Tucson Dragway

12000 S Houghton Rd

Tucson, Arizona 85747



Is there an age limit to enter the event?

There are no age limits for General Admission for spectators. The event is super family-friendly.

To participate in any racing activity you must be of legal age to hold a valid Drivers License in your state.

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Are there ID requirements?

If you pre-registered, please provide a valid ID for admission on site

If you are participating in racing or other driving event you must bring a valid Driver’s License.

What can/cannot be brought into the event?

No outside glass bottles.

No outside alcohol.

No Firearms, weapons, mace, pepper spray, drugs or illegal substances. These ARE NOT allowed on site.

Weapons are not allowed even with a CCW license.

Will I get a chance to meet the guys and get autographs?

Oh man, yes. We make hours and hours of time available for signing stuff and hanging out.


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What Roadkill Vehicles will be at the event?

We don’t know yet! Depends on what is running. What would you like to see?

Will there be food and drinks available?

There will be food available for purchase onsite. Bars will open onsite too!

Can I bring a trailer to the event?


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Can I bring my pet?

Yes, animals must be leashed at all times and waste picked up

Can I bring a motorcycle?


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How do spectators purchase tickets?

Tickets available via at the gate

-Children 12 and under are free and can pick up a pass at the gate

Is my registration/ticket transferable?


Do I have to bring a printed ticket to the event?

All tickets will be picked up onsite with a valid ID.

What is the refund policy?

No refunds.  Read this line carefully. No refunds.

What if the name on registration doesn’t match the attendee?

Registration name must match the attendee’s ID to pick up tickets

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Can I bring a BBQ?

BBQs are allowed but firepits are not. We will have a bonfire!

What are the camping amenities?

Bathrooms will be open but there are no showers. Hookups are not provided onsite (although Fairgrounds next door have spaces for purchase).

What vehicle can I bring camping?

All vehicles are allowed, you can sleep in your car!

Is camping available both Friday and Saturday night?

Camping for Roadkill Zip-Tie Drags is only planned for Friday night. Racers can stay over Saturday, but must leave Tucson Dragway by 10am Sunday, January 20

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Is proof of insurance and registration required to race?


Where do I pick up credentials for Swap Meet or Car Show?

Pick up all credentials onsite.

Where do I sign up for the $3000 Hooptie Challenge or Exhibition Runs?

Roadkill judges will choose the $3K Challenge cars onsite. Ask for more info at registration.

Where do I sign up for Fans vs Roadkill Showdown?

Signups will be onsite.

What are the rules?


All race vehicles must pass tech inspection with the track officials, who have the final word on if your car may or may not run. Here’s what’s required:

– The driver must be 18 years or older and have a valid driver license.

– Tires and seat belts must be in good condition.

– The battery must be firmly held down, no bungee cords.

– All lug nuts in place and tight

– No cracked or broken windshields or glass.

– No fluid leaks or drips from the vehicle.

– Must have a radiator overflow bottle

– A helmet is required if the vehicle is going 13.99 or quicker in the quarter mile.


What are the safety requirements?

Basic NHRA safety. See HERE

Will there be a tech inspection?

Cars will need to pass a basic safety inspection. Helmets will be required for vehicles 13.99 and quicker

What length is the track?

Tucson Dragway is a quarter mile. Find more track information at

Will there be race gas and nitrous oxide at the track for purchase?

Race gas yes, nitrous no.


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Official Rules For Roadkill Zip-Tie Drags January 19, 2019 At Tucson Dragway


The Roadkill Zip-Tie Drags are coming to Tucson Dragway in Arizona on January 18-19, 2019! The event also has a swap meet and a car show that’s open to kind of car or truck, plus meet-and-greet sessions with the Roadkill guys as well as question-and-answer sessions. If you’re ready to register now, just click the link here.

If you’re coming to race, you can run any car that passes tech inspection! That includes domestics, imports, new, and vintage machines. There will be plenty of time for open testing, and the event is friendly to first-time racers. We will also have two fun races, the FANS vs ROADKILL SHOWDOWN and the $3,000 HOOPTIE CHALLENGE. Read on for the rules of those special races, plus camping details, tech rules, and a basic schedule. We’ll also give you some drag racing basics; if this is your first time, don’t be afraid to show up and race! If this is not your first time, bring a Roadkill attitude with you and help out the newbies.


On Friday, January 18, gates at Tucson Dragway open at 3:00 PM for tech inspection, and racing starts at 4:00. Racing will continue until around 8:30 or until the track gets too cold. All the cars arriving from The Roadkill Road Trip from Los Angeles to Tucson will arrive somewhere between 6 and 9 pm. There will be bonfires that night and participants are welcome to camp at the track.

On Saturday, January 19, gates open at 8:00 am and tech inspection is open all day. There will be a welcome meeting at 9:00 am and racing goes hot immediately afterward.

Schedule for FANS vs ROADKILL SHOWDOWN and the $3,000 HOOPTIE CHALLENGE race will be announced in January.

The track concession stands and bars will be open about the same hours as the racing hours. Food trucks will be on hand for most of the day as well.

Sunoco race fuel will be for sale at the track during race hours, but make sure to listen for announcements about when fuel sales may close.

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Roadkill participants may camp at Tucson Dragway on Friday night! There are no RV hookups available and no showers. Barbecues are allowed. No glass bottles are allowed. Track bars are open during race hours, but no outside liquor is allowed. If the track sees outside beer, wine, or liquor they will take it away from you so they don’t lose their license! Expect it to be really cold outside.



– No passengers if the vehicle is going quicker than 13.99 in the quarter mile.

– A fire jacket is recommended if an aftermarket power adder (turbo, blower, nitrous) has been added to the vehicle. If your vehicle is quicker than 10 seconds in the quarter mile a jacket will be required.

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Fans often want a shot to race against Roadkill vehicles, so this is the chance! Here’s how it will work.

On Saturday, January 19 at Tucson Dragway, a lotto box will be available at the merchandise building. Those racers who wish to have a chance to win a spot in the Fans vs Roadkill Showdown will be instructed how to drop an entry into the box. Those who enter must be paid racer entries to the Roadkill Zip-Tie Drags event.

In early afternoon, a random drawing will be held on the starting line of the drag strip as the Roadkill hosts pull 10 entries who will get to participate in the Fans vs Roadkill Showdown.

An announcement will be made and the 10 fans from the random drawing will meet in the staging lanes. In every round, the fans must drive the vehicle they entered into the Roadkill Zip-Tie Drags. The Roadkill hosts get to pick whatever Roadkill project car they want, and can change it from round to round if they feel like it.

In the first round, Freiburger picks a fan to race, then Finnegan picks a fan to race. The two winners from those two races return to the starting line, and they get to pick who they want to race next. The process continues until only two cars are left; those two cars race to determine the overall winner. If both Freiburger and Finnegan are out, they may deputize Dulcich, or another MOTORTREND host to continue the racing.

We have never won our own race, so chances look good for you.

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People say drag racing is too expensive, but Roadkill says you can race anything and have a ton of fun! If you enter this race you better have a cheap car and a sense of humor.

Any car that wishes to join the $3,000 Hooptie Challenge must already be registered to race at the Roadkill Zip-Tie Drags event and must have already passed tech inspection by race time on Saturday, January 19 at Tucson Dragway.

Racers and cars that wish to participate will be called to lanes for the $3,000 Hooptie Roll Call. The Roadkill crew will be on the starting line with microphones, and as each car rolls forward the hosts will publically make their judgment call as to whether each car is really worth $3,000 or less. The cars that pass the test will get a decal on the windshield. All participants must be prepared for public ridicule and a wildly inaccurate assessment of their car’s value—not to mention completely bogus estimates of the value of other competitors’ cars—and need to understand that this is just for fun; it ain’t the NHRA Nationals and the prizes are virtually worthless, so bring the Roadkill attitude.

After being judged, each pair of cars will be allowed to run down the dragstrip. The cars that got window decals to indicate acceptance as a $3,000 Hooptie must return immediately to the staging lanes, ready to race.

The $3,000 Hooptie Challenge race will be heads-up with random pairings and will last as long as it takes to get down to a single winner.

There will honors and prize packages for the overall winner and runner up.

Get the 2019 Rules, Registration, And FAQ here!

12000 S Houghton Rd Tucson AZ 85747

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