Dodge//SRT and MotorTrend have opened up registration for this year’s Roadkill Nights Powered by Dodge. The annual legal street-racing down the historic Woodward Avenue event is back after being canceled last year, due to the pandemic. With the 2021 event looking to be the best yet, MotorTrend has announced it will have a TV-versus-online build-and-race challenger, now known as the “Hellcat Grudge Race”.
Eric Malone, star of MotorTrend’s series “Fastest Cars in the Dirty South,” and four of the most prominent stars in the automotive online space will go head-to-head on Woodward Ave. The all-star lineup includes Alex Taylor, Tavarish, our friend Westen Champlin, and Throtl. Malone and each of the online builders will receive a Challenger or Charger SRT Hellcat Redeye and $10,000 in cash for car modifications, with the goal to build a drag-racing machine capable of besting Malone on Woodward.
“Roadkill Nights has grown tremendously over the past few years, but for 2021 we’re bringing back the grassroots feel, the drama, and the fun with the Hellcat Grudge Match to see who can build the craziest and fastest car,” said Tim Kuniskis, Dodge brand CEO. “This is street racing on Woodward – the build rules are loose for a purpose so we can see these builders really push the envelope with their vehicles.”
Enthusiasts will be able to follow the progress of the Hellcat Grudge Race builds by viewing videos and pictures from Malone and the online automotive builders throughout their process, including behind-the-scenes content and commentary, at dodgegarage.com/roadkill-nights.
MotorTrend will capture it all this year with two half-hour Roadkill episodes to air on MotorTrend’s streaming service and on MotorTrend TV.
“I’m looking forward to matching my car modification and racing abilities against Alex, Tavarish, Westen, and Throtl,” said Malone. “I have some big plans for my SRT Hellcat Redeye that include coming to Pontiac with more than 1,000 horsepower under the hood. All of the Hellcat Grudge Race challengers better bring something really special to keep up.”
Roadkill Nights Powered by Dodge returns for the sixth year as the traditional kick-off to the Motor City’s weeklong celebration of classic cars and car culture with legal street drag racing, classic and modern muscle car show, exhilarating interactive experiences, and immersive, fun-filled activities at M1 Concourse in Pontiac, Michigan. Unlike any other event in the world, drivers of the fastest street-legal drag cars in America have the opportunity to drag race in front of spectators on historic Woodward Avenue as it is transformed from a street into a sanctioned, 1/8-mile drag strip.
Also returning for 2021 are Dodge thrill and drift rides in Challenger and Charger SRT Hellcats, where participants can go for the rides of their lives as the supercharged HEMI® cuts the tires loose on the M1 Concourse skidpad and north loop portion of the track. Other returning fan favorites include the high-octane virtual head-to-head racing in Dodge Challenger SRT Demon simulators; classic and modern muscle car show; dyno testing; “Roadkill” stunts; flamethrower, wheel stander, and pro-mod exhibitions; family-friendly activities; and an eclectic array of food truck offerings (subject to change).
The gates at M1 Concourse will open for the event on Saturday, August 14th from 10:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m. Drag racing will start at 11:00 a.m. EST and will be broadcasted on the Dodge social media platforms and of course, right here, on MoparInsiders.com.
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