Public Gets Chance To Drag Race at "Roadkill Nights" in August

For anyone who has ever driven has envisioned themselves driving a vehicle over 100 mph without any consequences, the opportunity is coming close to home. On August 19th in Pontiac, Michigan, thrill seekers will have the chance to drag race down Woodward Avenue at the “Roadkill Nights Powered By Dodge” event. 

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“It is the first time ever that we know of that street-legal racing will be allowed to take place on Woodward Avenue,” Tim Kuniskis, head of Dodge and other passenger car brands for Fiat Chrysler told the Detroit Free Press. “This event is going to be big.”

This year’s event is modeled after last year’s drag racing festival which drew over 10,000 people to the parking lot of the Pontiac Silverdome. “After last year, when we started brainstorming…for this year, we said we really want to make it bigger- not only in Detroit, but we want to make it bigger across the country,” Eric Schwab, Chief Commercial Officer for The Enthusiast Network said. Roadkill Nights was staged in Kansas City on June 18th and that drew more than 12,000 automotive and racing fans. 

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While fans in Pontiac will be entertained by activities on the M1 Concourse, which will include a racetrack, private luxury garages, restaurants, and retail space, the real attraction will be the street-legal drag racing. For $50, 350 drag racing fans will be able to register and compete in drag races that will run from South Boulevard to Rapid Street, a 0.8 mile strip. Drivers will be competing for various cash prizes: $10,000 for first place, $5,000 for second place, and $2,500 for third place. 

For non-thrill seeking spectators, the event is free and attendees will be asked to park in downtown Pontiac and will be shuttled to the event area. “We’re excited about hosting Roadkill Nights as one of the main events during our newly branded ‘Pontiac Power Week’ festival,” Mayor of Pontiac Deirdre Waterman said in a statement.  


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