Get the Scoop on the First $3,000 Hooptie Challenge at Roadkill Zip-Tie Drags

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. With that in mind, we’re looking forward to the first $3,000 Hooptie Challenge at Roadkill Zip-Tie Drags. Get the info below and check out a couple cars that people have said they’re bringing.

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Ricky Pahlegyi’s 1975 Firebird

What Is The Roadkill Zip-Tie Drags $3,000 Hooptie Challenge?

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 5:00 pm on Saturday, January 14 at Tucson Dragway.

At around 5:00 pm, 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 publicly make their judgment call as to whether each car is really worth $3,000 or less. Should you try bribing Mike Musto or Mike Finnegan? Eh, can’t hurt. 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.

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William Smith’s ’72 Chevy Nova (based on this photo, too nice for the Hooptie Challenge)

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 quickest single pass in the Challenge and for the overall winner and runner up.

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Walter Arnold’s ’51 Ford F100, undergoing a last-minute Chevy 454 swap.

Check out Freiburger explaining how that and the Fans vs. Roadkill Showdown on this Facebook Live video:

The Zip-Tie Drags is presented by Fi-Tech EFI, and racing is supported by Gear Vendors and Baer Brakes.

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