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    Racers compete for thrills, cash as Dodge’s Roadkill Nights returns


    Pontiac — Legal drag racing returned to Woodward Avenue for the first time in two years as performance enthusiasts from across the country gathered at the M1 Concourse to get their high-octane fix.

    After a pandemic-induced hiatus, MotorTrend’s Roadkill Nights powered by Dodge was back for its sixth year with more than 120 racers hitting the eighth-of-a-mile drag strip in Pontiac under a blue sky. They’re competing for one of eight top times in hopes of getting the top $5,000 cash prize.

    “Our first two passes went pretty well, I think,” said Lenny Melton, 43, of Salisbury, North Carolina, who came with his 1968 Dodge Dart and family. He won the event in 2017. “You grow up hearing about Woodward and the car culture of the ’60s. To be able to get a chance at that, why not?”

    Racers compete in the big tire and small tire categories each with prizes totaling $10,000. Another $10,000 is split for the fastest Dodges in each category, too.

    Car clubs and race teams wore their spirit on their tees. Or in the case of Rob Rohe, 46, of Adrian, and his crew support, Frank Poplaskie, 32, of Waterford Township, the pair wore colorful short-sleeve button downs with auto brands and aftermarket supplier logos.

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