Raceway Park in Englishtown To Cease Drag Racing Immediately
On Tuesday night word started to spread around social media that Raceway Park in Englistown, NJ was going to cease drag racing there effective immediately. This rumor was followed with other rumors that Englishtown was closing for good. See;
Bad News: Raceway Park Will Cease Drag Racing Operations – The End Of Englishtown Appears To Be Nigh
According to a press release by the Napp Family, drag racing events will cease immediately while all other events will go on as planned.
Old Bridge Township Raceway Park, the Napp family owned and operated business announced today a reorganization of the company’s business operations. To achieve this goal, Raceway Park will no longer conduct quarter mile or eighth mile drag racing events effective immediately. Raceway Park will retain and use the “stadium” portion of the facility including the VIP hospitality tower and grandstands and continue most of its operations including the spring and fall auto swap meets, numerous car shows, both motocross racing and practice, kart racing, as well as drifting, a full schedule of road course activities, mud runs, monster truck shows, musical concerts, & festival events and more. The long standing Old Bridge Township Airport, owned and operated by Raceway Park will also continue to operate as normal.
Another website states that Raceway Park will now be a storage area for cars;
Old Bridge Township Raceway Park will now be a storage area for Copart, an online vehicle auction, and services company, based in Dallas, Texas. They have three auctions throughout New Jersey right now.
According to their website, they have auctions in Glassboro East, Somerville, and Trenton. We have been informed that the track has a long-term agreement for auto storage for cars for Copart.
Source – The Capital Sport Report
“NHRA drag racing events have been held at the track in Englishtown for almost 50 years,” said NHRA president Glen Cromwell. “The Summernationals have played an important part in our heritage and we hope that fans in the area will try to make it to another one of our events. Our focus remains on making the NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing series a memorable experience for our fans, racers, sponsors, partners and tracks.”
While we all can speculate as to why the sudden end to drag racing at Raceway Park, from noise complaints to overhead costs, everyone can agree this is a sad day for the drag racing world. Racers to spectators are all sharing their thoughts and no one is happy about this change.