Roadkill Nights Kicks Off Woodward Dream Cruise Week:

40,000 People Attend The Drag Racing Event...

The fourth annual “Roadkill Nights Powered by Dodge” kicked off Metro Detroit’s week-long celebration of the Woodward Dream Cruise, this past weekend. This was the third consecutive year the event was held at M1 Concourse in Pontiac, Michigan. The event closes down a 1/8 mile section of historic Woodward Avenue, where overnight crews turn a busy main throughfare into a prepped drag strip ready to entertain thousands of fans.

2018 Dodge Challenger SRT Demon. (MoparInsiders)

The annual event brought 40,000 people to the M1 Concourse grounds. Not just Mopar fans, but car enthusiasts, amateur drag racers and the young at heart came out to see fast cars, get rides in the HELLCAT vehicles and to walk through a vast amount of different vehicles on display.

Charger SRT HELLCAT at the Drift Event. (MoparInsiders).

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

Leah Pritchett gets ready to run her Top Fuel Dragster down Woodward Ave. (MoparInsiders)

NHRA drivers Leah Pritchett in her Dodge/Mopar Top Fuel Dragster and Matt Hagan in his Dodge Charger SRT HELLCAT Funny Car ran the 1/8 mile section of Woodward. Both showing amazing burnouts down the track with their 10,000 horsepower engines.

2018 Dodge Durango R/T Blacktop. (MoparInsiders)

Many local Mopars and non-Mopars were displayed around the track for the show n’ shine car show. Most of which were modern Mopars that came from as far as Ohio and Illinois to the event, just to feature their cars on display.

For those not interested in the car scene, a group of freestyle motorcrossers performed stunts in the middle of M1 Concourse.

Freestyle Motocross at Roadkill Nights. (MoparInsiders)

The Roadkill production team had a handfull of their vehicles on display from the show including, the “Rotsun” a 5.0-liter turbocharged Datsun, “Stubby Bob” a 1950 Ford F-6 two-ton dump truck that does wheelies, “Crusher Impala” a 1969 Impala with a supercharged 489CI big-block V8, and their most famous car “General Mayhem” a 1968 Dodge Charger which has the powertrain from a 2015 Dodge Charger SRT HELLCAT prototype car that was to be crushed.

2018 Dodge Challenger SRT HELLCAT Widebody. (MoparInsiders)

Dodge had a number of new Charger and Challengers on display as well. Including the entire 2019 performance lineup. Vehicles like the Challenger R/T Scat Pack 1320, Challenger R/T Scat Pack Widebody, Charger SRT HELLCAT, Challenger SRT HELLCAT, Challenger SRT HELLCAT Redeye and the 2018 Dodge Challenger SRT Demon were out for the public to see up close.

1970 Dodge Coronet Super Bee. (MoparInsiders)

When it came to drag racing, a wide arrange of vehicles were entered for the event. Bryant Goldstone’s street legal 2500 horsepower 1973 AMC Javelin was back this year, which finished second in the 2016 Roadkill Nights event. A ton of Challenger SRT HELLCAT and Charger SRT HELLCATs were entered in the event, as well a few 2018 Dodge Challenger SRT Demons. Other vehicles included a Fiat 500 Abarth, a 1966 Chrysler 300 four-door, a couple of late-model heavily modified Jeep SRT8s, and even a HELLCAT powered Toyota Prius. That doesn’t include the tons of other Mopars, GM, Fords and other vehicles.

Nick Filippides’ HELLCAT Toyota PriuSRT 8. (Mopar Insiders).

While the event had some amazing weather during the morning and early afternoon, like last year rain plagued the final event for the day, cancelling the top-8 fastest cars from battling it out for the big prize money. Those vehicles ended up splitting the pot evenly.

Roadkill stars David Freiburger and Mike Finnegan. (MoparInsiders)

Roadkill (MotorTrend Media Group) and Dodge, sure know how to throw a party. This event has quickly become one of the bucket list events for Mopar fans. The city of Pontiac, Michigan also did an amazing job once again coordinating the event. Now that the track is down and back to a normal heavily-used public road for the start of the work week. We can’t wait for the later part of this week to get some cruising in on the same stretch of road for the Dream Cruise.

2016 Dodge Charger SRT HELLCAT. (MoparInsiders)

Stay tuned. We will be posting a mega gallery and some videos from Roadkill Nights, tomorrow.

Robert S. Miller

Robert S. Miller is a diehard Mopar enthusiast who lives and breathes all that is Mopar. The Michigander is not only a Co-Editor for,, and but an automotive photographer. He is an avid fan of offshore powerboat racing, which he travels the country to take part in.

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