Roadkill Nights 2018 Powered by Dodge Information

Overall $40,000 purse, largest ever at ‘Roadkill Nights Powered by Dodge,’ is up

for grabs.

  • The fourth annual ‘Roadkill Nights Powered by Dodge,’ held for the third consecutive

year at M1 Concourse in Pontiac, Michigan, kicks off metro Detroit’s week-long

celebration of classic cars and car culture

  • Bigger and better than ever with two unique thrill ride experiences in 707-

horsepower Dodge Challenger and Charger SRT Hellcat models, additional celebrity

showdown races and freestyle motocross exhibitions

  • Returning fan favorites include show ‘n’ shine, dyno testing, kidszone, flamethrower

and wheelstander exhibitions, ‘Roadkill’ stunts and more

  • Leah Pritchett’s Dodge/Mopar Top Fuel Dragster and Matt Hagan’s Dodge Charger

Funny Car will “light ‘em up” on iconic Woodward Avenue

  • Dodge Challenger SRT Demon simulators will offer the latest state-of-art motion

technology to deliver incredibly realistic special effects and virtual head-to-head

drag racing



June 13, 2018, Auburn Hills, Mich. – With more thrill ride experiences in the 707-horsepower Dodge Challenger and Charger SRT Hellcat models, additional celebrity showdown races and a larger than ever overall $40,000 purse, Motor Trend Group’s “Roadkill Nights Powered by Dodge” will be bigger and better in 2018.

For the fourth year overall and third year on historic Woodward Avenue, the popular street drag racing and car festival returns Saturday August 11 to take over M1 Concourse in Pontiac, Michigan, kicking off southeast Michigan’s week-long celebration of classic cars and car culture.

Spectator tickets are now available at

Featuring two classes for drag racing this year, Big Tire and Small Tire, a cash purse of $30,000 is up for grabs. As part of the overall $40,000 purse, the largest cash purse ever offered at “Roadkill Nights Powered by Dodge,” an additional $10,000 will be awarded to the celebrity showdown race winner’s charity of choice.

Both drag racing classes will have the same payout structure with $15,000 as the total purse per class:

  • Winner – $5,000
  • Runner Up – $1,500
  • Semi Finalists – $750 (2 payouts)
  • Quarter Finalists – $500 (4 payouts)
  • Fastest Dodge-powered vehicle – $5,000


“Last year, more than 40,000 enthusiasts celebrated performance car culture at ‘Roadkill Nights Powered by Dodge’ in an epic kick off to a week of cruising events,” said Steve Beahm, Head of Passenger Car Brands – Dodge//SRT, Chrysler, and FIAT, FCA – North America. “With drag racing, thrill rides and music, Roadkill Nights gets people on to a track run by professionals, so they can really show how their hot rods perform in a more controlled environment.”

Doubling the Dodge Thrill Ride experiences, the 707-horsepower Dodge Charger and Dodge Challenger SRT Hellcat models will be in two locations within the M1 Concourse this year. With a major shot of adrenaline, drifting is back shredding tires on the M1 Concourse skid pad. The other location will again be on the north loop of the M1 track, with the Dodge SRT Hellcat vehicles reaching hair-raising speeds and demonstrating their power.

There also will be more celebrities participating in showdown races and the addition of freestyle motocross exhibitions at the 2018 event. Leah Pritchett in her Dodge/Mopar Top Fuel Dragster and Matt Hagan in his Dodge Charger Funny Car will once again “light ‘em up” on Woodard Avenue. Other returning fan favorites include the high-octane virtual head-to-head racing in Dodge Challenger SRT Demon simulators; show ‘n’ shine; dyno testing; “Roadkill” stunts; flamethrower and wheelstander exhibitions; family friendly kidszone activities; and an eclectic array of food truck offerings.

The drag racing will include a celebrity showdown with Motor Trend’s hugely popular series Roadkill co-hosts David Freiburger and Mike Finnegan. Chris Jacobs of Velocity’s “Barrett-Jackson Live” will emcee the activities, while Brian Lohnes of Motor Trend’s “Put Up or Shut Up” will emcee the drag races. Additional industry celebrity attendees include Richard Rawlings of Discovery’s “Fast n’ Loud,” Steve Magnante of Velocity’s “Barrett-Jackson Live,” Cristy Lee of “Barrett-Jackson Live” and “All Girls Garage,” and Bill Goldberg and Matt D’Andria from the automotive podcast “CarCast with Adam Carolla.”

“Roadkill Nights not only brings ‘Roadkill’ to life, but also allows our fans to appreciate firsthand the thrill of top-speed drag racing,” Freiburger said. “Going four 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.”

Gates are open for “Roadkill Nights Powered by Dodge” from 10 a.m. to 11 p.m., with Dodge Thrill Rides taking place from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. and drag racing from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m.

Roadkill Nights Registration Information

General admission to the event is $10 per person — $5 per person for Pontiac residents ($5 price available on-site only). Children 12 years and under are free. PARKING IS FREE! See map for details. Free and reserved handicap parking is located at the United Shore lot (enter from 561 Martin Luther King Boulevard South, Pontiac 48341). From there an ADA shuttle bus will drop you at the main entrance of the venue at M1 Concourse. United Shore is the only official and designated lot for handicap parking.


Full details and event information are available now at

Roadkill Nights is an event produced by ROADKILL, a brand of Motor Trend Group, with a hit show that delivers a one-of-a-kind taste of “Automotive Chaos Theory” on the Motor Trend App and Velocity network.

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Street racing can have serious legal and safety risks. Both ROADKILL and Dodge want enthusiasts to enjoy performance driving in a safe, controlled environment, run by professionals with vehicle safety inspections, driver evaluations and track safety.


Event Schedule

Saturday August 11

9:30a Spectator shuttle bus operation (FREE) begins

10:00a Gates open to the Public

Dodge Hellcat thrill and drift rides begin

Dyno testing begins

11:00a Drag Racing begins – open qualifying session

11:30a Freestyle Motocross show (inside M1 behind bleachers)

3:00p Freestyle Motocross show (inside M1 behind bleachers)

4:15p Leah Pritchett & Matt Hagan top fuel exhibition burnouts on Woodward

5:30p Demon exhibition runs with Leah Pritchett & Matt Hagan on Woodward

6:00p Open Drag Racing qualifying session concludes

6:00p Freestyle Motocross show (inside M1 behind bleachers)

6:10p Flamethrower exhibition runs

6:15p Celebrity shootout begins on Woodward Avenue

7:30p Opening Ceremony (including Top 8 shootout driver announcements)

7:40p Flamethrower & wheelstander exhibition run

8:00p Top 8 shootouts begin (small tire & big tire)

9:45p Top 8 Winners Awards Ceremony

Flamethrower (Sh-Boom) and wheelstander exhibition runs

10:00p Drag racing concludes

10:00p Dodge Hellcat thrill and drift rides close

11:00p Gates Closed

11:30p Spectator shuttle bus operation finishes (FREE)





The ROADKILL brand delivers a one-of-a-kind taste of “Automotive Chaos Theory” and features authentic gearheads David Freiburger and Mike Finnegan in a variety of mediums, including the most viewed YouTube automotive original series in the United States, Roadkill Nights branded events, and Roadkill Extra and Roadkill Garage shows, available exclusively on Motor Trend.

About Motor Trend Group

Motor Trend Group is the largest automotive media company in the world, bringing together Discovery’s fast-growing Velocity network and a vast automotive digital, direct-to-consumer, social and live event portfolio, including MOTOR TREND, HOT ROD, ROADKILL, AUTOMOBILE, and more than 20 other industry-leading brands. With a cumulative reach of more than 131 million, the company encompasses television’s #1 network for automotive superfans, a leading automotive YouTube Channel, and the Motor Trend app, the only auto-dedicated subscription video-on-demand service.

About Dodge//SRT

Dodge//SRT offers a complete lineup of performance vehicles that stand out in their own segments. Dodge is FCA North America’s mainstream performance brand, and SRT is positioned as the ultimate performance halo of the Dodge brand, together creating a complete and balanced performance brand with one vision and one voice.

For more than 100 years, the Dodge brand has carried on the spirit of brothers John and Horace Dodge, who founded the company in 1914. Their influence continues today. New for 2018, the 840- horsepower Dodge Challenger SRT Demon, the fastest quarter-mile production car in the world and most powerful muscle car ever, is taking the world by storm, along with the new 2018 Dodge Durango SRT, America’s fastest, most powerful and most capable three-row SUV, and the 707-horsepower Dodge Challenger SRT Hellcat Widebody. These new SRT ultimate performance models join a brand lineup that includes the Durango, Grand Caravan, Journey, Charger and Challenger, including the 707-horsepower Challenger SRT Hellcat and the Charger SRT Hellcat, the quickest, fastest and most powerful sedan in the world.

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