MotorTrend Moves ‘Roadkill Nights’ to Downtown Pontiac

MotorTrend is moving its annual Roadkill Nights street-legal drag racing event to downtown Pontiac, Michigan, organizers announced, as well as growing the overall footprint of the one-day festival.

Scheduled for Aug. 12, Roadkill Nights will move the starting line for street-legal drag racing competition to the corner of Woodward Avenue and W. Pike St. in Pontiac, organizers said.

“We can’t wait to bring Roadkill Nights and street-legal drag racing to the heart of downtown Pontiac,” said Tim Kuniskis, Dodge brand CEO – Stellantis. “Roadkill Nights continues to evolve each year, with the Pontiac stop serving as the second of two Roadkill Nights events in 2023. Our little horsepower circus has grown from a grassroots event to a can’t-miss event for any true muscle car enthusiast.”

“With an expanded footprint and a new venue, we are thrilled to bring the excitement of street-legal drag racing and the dynamic experience of MotorTrend Presents Roadkill Nights Powered by Dodge to downtown Pontiac,” said Eric Schwab, MotorTrend Group’s SVP, head of revenue, operations and strategic partnerships. “If you’ve ever dreamed of witnessing the adrenaline of drag racing on Woodward Avenue, this is the event for you. Whether you’re a drag racer, a car enthusiast or simply looking for a fun car festival with your family, Roadkill Nights guarantees an unforgettable experience.”

In addition to street-legal drag racing, the second Roadkill Nights Powered by Dodge event of 2023 will feature a classic and modern muscle car show, Dodge Thrill Rides, Dodge displays and Dodge performance vehicles, a vendor midway and more.

“We are thrilled that Roadkill Nights is staying in Pontiac and moving to our downtown,” said Mayor Tim Greimel. “The move downtown will reduce noise to residential neighborhoods, while bringing more activity, customers and patrons to support downtown restaurants and other business establishments.”

A.J. Hecht

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