‘Roadkill Nights’ Returns to Woodward Avenue

The seventh edition of MotorTrend Presents Roadkill Nights Powered by Dodge is set for Aug. 13 and will bring legal street drag racing back to metro Detroit’s famed Woodward Avenue.

MotorTrend Presents Roadkill Nights Powered by Dodge, first held in 2015, is a one-day car festival that, in addition to legal street racing, offers a full slate of fan activities, including Dodge thrill and drift rides, Dodge driving simulators, a classic and modern muscle car show and much more. The 2021 edition attracted more than 38,000 enthusiasts to M1 Concourse in Pontiac, Michigan.

“We are marking the seventh year of Roadkill Nights because of the passion of our enthusiasts, who have turned out by the tens of thousands year after year to join us in an annual celebration of all things high performance,” said Tim Kuniskis, Dodge brand CEO – Stellantis. “We can’t wait to return to Woodward with our friends from MotorTrend.”

“If you’ve ever dreamed of watching street-legal drag racing down Woodward Avenue, come to our event. It’s going to be an absolutely epic day and night,” said Eric Schwab, MotorTrend Group’s group SVP, head of revenue and partnerships. “Going seven 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.”

Last year’s online automotive builder showdown, won last year by Alex Taylor, will return for 2022, event organizers said. Dodge Direct Connection Grudge Race competitors will use Direct Connection parts to build their own a drag-race machine under a tight deadline before bringing it to Woodward to go head-to-head on the strip. Direct Connection parts available as “building blocks” for competitors will include the Hellcrate Redeye 6.2L Supercharged Crate HEMI engine and a plug-and-play Hellcrate Redeye 6.2L Supercharged Crate HEMI Engine Control Unit (ECU).

A.J. Hecht

A.J. Hecht is the managing editor of THE SHOP and host of the In Gear with THE SHOP podcast. Have an idea, a tip, or a question you’d like to see answered? Contact A.J. at

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