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Dodge is Holding a Huge Horsepower Party

Dodge has a Roadkill Nights event planned for August 12, 2023. The daylong party in Pontiac, Michigan, will celebrate muscle cars and gearheads!

Get your motors running, Roadkill Nights is heading back to Michigan to celebrate everything about performance and horsepower. Dodge is celebrating the “Last Call” for its HEMI-powered 2023 Dodge Challengers and Chargers, but the event highlights both classic and modern muscle cars. Roadkill Nights originally started as part of the Detroit area’s Woodward Dream Cruise classic car celebration but now takes place the weekend before the Dream Cruise.

Special Roadkill Nights Headliner

This year, award-winning musician and actor, Ice Cube, will headline the event with an evening performance in downtown Pontiac, Michigan. Roadkill Nights is back for its eighth year.   Now in a new location at the corner of Woodward Avenue and West Pike Street, guests should have more room to enjoy a day of family-friendly, adrenaline-filled fun, with a grand finale performance from Ice Cube, who will take to the mainstage to close out the day.

Dodge Celebrates Speed Week

Dodge often refers to the week around the Dream Cruise as Speed Week. Last year, Dodge made a number of announcements about the “Last Call” 2023 Challengers and Chargers. Dodge also unveiled its highly anticipated electric muscle car concept called the Dodge Charger Daytona SRT.  Dodge also announced its Hornet PHEV.


Roadkill Nights Schedule


The official MotorTrend presents Roadkill Nights powered by Dodge kicks off at 10 a.m. EDT on August 12, 2023. The day-long celebration of horsepower will feature automotive thrill-seeking activities including the street-legal drag-racing competition “Direct Connection Grudge Race.” There will also be a classic and modern muscle car cruise in. Dodge will host Thrill Rides, an all-new Dodge Hornet drive, Dodge drag race simulators, Dodge vehicle displays including the Dodge Charger Daytona SRT Concept, Dodge product displays, Direct Connection performance parts and RC car demonstrations. There will also be a vendor midway, beer gardens, entertainment, food trucks, celebrity appearances and more.


Ice Cube’s performance is scheduled for 7:30 p.m. EDT on the mainstage. Dodge is expecting a crowd of tens of thousands throughout the day and evening.

How to Attend or Follow the Fun Online

Tickets to join in on the fun of Roadkill Nights are available now at Livestream viewing for all drag racing events is available starting at 11 a.m. EDT on,, Dodge’s YouTube Channel, MotorTrend’s YouTube channel, and across MotorTrend’s video streaming service.

Mary Conway is a professional automotive journalist and has decades of experience specializing in automotive news analysis. She covered the Detroit Three for more than twenty years for the ABC affiliate, in Detroit. Her affection for the Motor City comes naturally. Her father ran a gas station while Mary was growing up, in Wisconsin.



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