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Roadkill Night Powered by Dodge announces Dodge Direct Connection Grudge Match lineup

This afternoon Roadkill Nights Powered by Dodge announced two things, that tickets for the seventh edition of MotorTrend Presents Roadkill Nights Powered by Dodge are on sale, and the all star lineup for the Dodge Direct Connection Grudge Match.

Alex Taylor, drag racer, mechanic and automotive content creator, who won the 2021 Grudge Match, is back to defend her title, and she will compete against the following automotive personalities.

Freddy Hernandez aka Tavarish: Automotive YouTuber primarily known for his rebuilding videos

Westen Champlin: Auto guru from Kansas with a YouTube channel focused on rebuilding and fixing pickup trucks and other vehicles

Mickey Andrade, Rickie Fernandez and Quinn Clark aka Throtl: Youtubers with one of the fastest growing YouTube channel for young car fans with a focus on car builds

Christina Roki: Engineering student and builder who has made a name for herself in the automotive world as a content creator focused on demonstrating how building cars can be affordable and relatable

Herman Young aka Demonology: Youtuber and content creator with a knack for all things Dodge Demon

Tony Arme aka Corruptt Builds: Specializes in taking beat up and run down hot rods and muscle cars and turning them into high end, show winning builds

Collete Davis: YouTuber, TV host, racer, car builder know for unique and colorful builds. Has competed professionally in everything from open wheel, rally cross, monster trucks and now drifting with numerous wins under her belt

David Patterson aka ThatDudeInBlue: Has been in the film and auto industry for more than 10 years. Content covers everything from car reviews, project car builds, documentaries, drifting and more.

2021 Champion, Alex Taylor, had this to say about her upcoming defense, “I’m looking forward to the opportunity to defend my championship from last year. Everyone participating brings such a unique style to their racing and building – it will be thrilling to see the power and plans they each have for the challenge.”

This year the popular event has a twist. While they will still be building a drag racing machine in a tight timeframe, they will be using Dodge Direct Connection parts to do so.

Tim Kuniskis, Dodge brand chief executive officer – Stellantis, had this to say about the twist, “The Grudge Match was a hit last year, so we’re bringing it back to Roadkill Nights. But this time, we’re giving competitors Direct Connection parts to use as building blocks in assembling their race cars. It’ll be fun to see if Alex can defend her crown against a mix of returning racers and new blood. Last year, everyone learned that getting traction is the key to street racing on Woodward Avenue. So this year, we’re upping the ante. All competitors will be running a Direct Connection crate engine that they can modify however they want, but they will all have the added challenge of competing with a Direct Connection six speed manual transmission.”

Direct Connection is Dodge’s exclusive source of factory backed performance parts, available through Dodge Power Brokers dealers. The competitors will being using such parts a the Hellcrate Redeye 6.2L Supercharged Crate HEMI engine and a plug and play Hellcrate Redeye 6.2L Supercharged Crate HEMI ECU. The Grudge Match builders will also have VIP access to the Direct Connection Tech hotline for technical questions. And for more information on Direct Connection, you can visit

Roadkill Nights Powered by Dodge will not only bring street legal drag racing to Woodward Avenue, but will include a classic and modern muscle car show, incredible interactive experiences and immersive, fun filled activities at the M1 Concourse in Pontiac, Michigan. Also returning are the Dodge thrill and drift rides in Charger and Challenger SRT Hellcats. A Direct Connection Alley area will include a display trailer with Dodge Challenger SRT Demon virtual drag racing simulators, a Direct Connection crate engine and parts display and much, much more.

MotorTrend Presents Roadkill Nights Powered by Dodge is kicking off the multi-day Dodge Speed Week event, August 12th – 20th, 2022, with a press conference on August 12th and the Roadkill Nights main event on August 13th. Dodge Speed Week will then continue with three consecutive days of worldwide project reveals at M1 Concourse on August 15th – 17th. It will wrap up with a Dodge brand display in conjunction with the Modern Street HEMI Shootout group on August 20th during Dream Cruise weekend.

There will be plenty of celebrities on hand at Roadkill Nights including David Freiburger, Mike Finnegan, Cristy Lee, Steve Magnante and KJ Jones. Dodge Chief Donut Maker Preston Patterson, who won the one year role as the ultimate Dodge brand ambassador in May, will serve as the emcee as the event.

“One of the event I’ve been most looking forward to since winning the role of Dodge Chief Donut Maker is Roadkill Nights. I know it’s one of the most exciting events of the year for Dodge, and I can’t wait to see it in person. I hope I get the chance to do a little legal street racing myself on Woodward Avenue.”

The gates will open for MotorTrend Presents Roadkill Nights Powered by Dodge on Saturday August 13th, from 10 am to 9 pm with drag racing starting at 11 am. The event can be viewed via livestream from 11 am to 9 pm on a variety of channels including, the Dodge brand YouTube Channel,, MotorTrend on Demand and the MotorTrend YouTube Channel (live and replay). Fans can follow along on social media with the hashtags #RoadkillNights and #PoweredByDodge.

Both Roadkill Nights and Dodge want everyone to know that street racing can have serious legal and safety risks. They want enthusiasts to enjoy performance driving in a safe, controlled environment, run by professionals with vehicle safety inspections, driver evaluations and track safety.


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