August 16, 2021
, Auburn Hills, Mich.
Back after a one-year hiatus, MotorTrend Presents Roadkill Nights Powered by Dodge staged a stirring lapse to Woodward Avenue on Saturday, Aug 14, sketch 38,000 opening enthusiasts to M1 Concourse in Pontiac, Michigan, for a renouned festival of street-legal drag racing.
“Roadkill Nights is all about stoking a passion of a Dodge Brotherhood of Muscle, and this year a appetite and fad of a fans was off a charts — people were so pumped adult to be behind on Woodard Avenue celebrating a lapse of live, street-legal drag racing,” pronounced Tim Kuniskis, Dodge Brand Chief Executive Officer – Stellantis. “In a sixth year, Roadkill Nights stays a ultimate jubilee of performance-car enlightenment and a ideal grassroots eventuality to showcase what Dodge represents — a pristine opening brand.
“We set out to settle once and for all a good debate; who’s faster: TV or online automobile builders. In a end, a discuss will fury on until subsequent year.”
Historic Woodward Avenue was remade into a 1/8-mile straight-line stadium for 110 street-legal drag racers, while spectators also had a possibility to get their adrenaline pumping with disturb and deposit rides in Dodge Challenger and Dodge Charger SRT Hellcat vehicles on a M1 Concourse. New-for-2021, a Hellcat Grudge Race pitted Eric Malone of MotorTrend’s radio array “Fastest Cars in a Dirty South” and 4 online automotive builders in heads-up racing. Malone and any of a online builders — Alex Taylor, Tavarish, Westen Champlin and Throtl — perceived a Challenger or Charger SRT Hellcat Redeye and $10,000 in money for automobile modifications.
Taylor emerged winning in a conflict between a 4 online builders, earning a mark in a final turn faceoff opposite Malone interjection to a .002-second greeting time that helped her hit out Westen Champlin and his twin-turbo mutated Dodge Charger SRT Hellcat Redeye. Taylor was winning in her modified, racing slicks-equipped Dodge Challenger SRT Hellcat Redeye float after Malone left a line too early in his Charger SRT Hellcat Redeye. In a “just for fun” muster run after a final, Malone left initial and kick Taylor to a finish line, withdrawal room open for serve contention in a TV-versus-online builder debate.
“I’m so blissful to have had a eventuality to go conduct to conduct in this build-off and Hellcat Grudge Race opposite 4 estimable opponents: Alex, Tavarish, Westen, and Throtl,” pronounced Malone. “No matter a outcome, a competition has proven that TV and online builders and racers any move something special to a table, and we all brought a A-games to Roadkill Nights. we demeanour brazen to saying what these 4 builders do in a future, and wish to have a eventuality to competition opposite them again soon.”
The Big Tire (unlimited distance tires) and Small Tire (tires 275 mm far-reaching or narrower) classes saw competitors battling for bragging rights and money prizes totaling $30,000 on a iconic 1/8-mile Woodward Avenue drag strip, with singular civic facilities including an active railway located usually behind a starting line. Each category leader warranted $10,000, with a Quickest Dodge cars in both classes holding home $5,000 each.
Jimmer Kline, of Wyoming, Michigan, steady as champion in a Big Tire class. Kline raced his 1966 Acadian Chevy to feat in a final opposite Litchfield, Ohio’s Jeremy Bonnett and his 1928 Pontiac Sedan. The eventuality wrapped adult with one of a best races of a day, as Nicholas Taylor gathering his 2000 Ford Mustang to a razor-thin win in a Small Tire final over Shawn Fensler’s 1993 Ford Mustang in a conflict of Fort Wayne, Indiana, natives.
James Pranis of Verona, Pennsylvania, (Big Tire – 1968 Dodge Charger) and Peter Bokedon of Roseville, Michigan, (Small Tire – 1972 Dodge Dart) warranted back-to-back honors as a Quickest Dodge winners in their particular classes. Both also claimed a Quickest Dodge purse during a 2019 Roadkill Nights Powered by Dodge event
Additional activities enclosed a First Responder Showdown between southeast Michigan glow and rescue teams, practical head-to-head racing in Dodge Challenger SRT Demon simulators, a classic/modern flesh automobile uncover with 300 vehicles, and flamethrower, wheelstander and pro-mod exhibitions.
Unique eventuality fan packages and practice were also auctioned off, lifting thousands of dollars for a United Way for Southeastern Michigan.
Fans incompetent to attend MotorTrend Presents Roadkill Nights Powered by Dodge can perspective an eventuality replay during DodgeGarage.com. Two half-hour Roadkill episodes will atmosphere on MotorTrend television, with additional coverage in an hour-long partial of MotorTrend’s Roadkill TV series.
MotorTrend Presents Roadkill Nights Powered by Dodge: The Numbers
- 1/8 mile, in length, of Woodward Avenue drag strip
- 110 drag racing competitors
- 300 automobile uncover vehicles
- 4,000+ Dodge drift/thrill/simulator rides
- 38,000 MotorTrend Presents Roadkill Nights Powered by Dodge attendees
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