Last weekend, Roadkill Nights Powered by Dodge returned to the Motor City for a day full of high-octane drag racing on Woodward Avenue. It was the event’s third straight year being hosted at the M1 Concourse in Pontiac, Michigan, but the first year that the event’s organizers required applications from prospective racers rather than allocating spots on a first-come, first-serve basis.
That had the intended effect of making the field of competitors stronger, producing more entertaining racing for show-goers.
The weather held for most of the day on Saturday, and beside the hours of competitive drag racing in street-legal cars, spectators were treated to the debut of Pennzoil’s latest riveting Dodge SRT mini film, starring the new Dodge Challenger SRT Demon; thrill rides in high-performance Charger, Challenger, and Viper models; and a blistering demonstration pass by NHRA pro Leah Pritchett in an 11,000-horsepower Top Fuel dragster.
Unfortunately, the weather didn’t hold for the entire day; rain interrupted the festivities briefly during the day, and washed out the “Final Five” shootout, forcing the organizers to select a “King of Woodward Avenue” based solely on qualifying times. The recipient of the honor this year was Gary Box of Cleveland, Ohio, whose supercharged Chevrolet Corvette C2 with a 522-cubic-inch V8 closed out the day as the only car there to run a sub-6-second eighth-mile. He achieved a 5.781-second pass, earning a cash prize of $10,000.
Being a Dodge-sponsored event, Roadkill Nights also gave $10,000 to the fastest Dodge at the event, which turned out to be a 1968 Dodge Dart with a 528-cubic-inch V8. The car belongs to one Lenny Melton, who drove all the way from Salisbury, North Carolina. It sprinted through the eighth-mile in 6.393 seconds.
Roadkill Nights officially kicked off the week of the famous Woodward Dream Cruise, which comes to Detroit this Friday and Saturday. You won’t want to miss that.