Exclusive: Force remembers Raceway Park

By Anthony Caruso III | Publisher

On Wednesday morning, the NHRA has confirmed the news that we shared early this morning. Old Bridge Township Raceway Park is closing its drag racing operations.

The track will remain open; however, there will be a new strategic strategy moving forward that will not have drag racing on its historic track. The NHRA Summernationals completed its 48th annual event in 2017.

John Force (Photo by the NHRA)

John Force (Photo by the NHRA)

Living legend John Force, along with many racers and spectators, were saddened by the news.

“It is really sad to hear about the loss of Englishtown,” Force said. “That track was run by a great man, Vinnie Napp, and then his sons took it over and did a really good job. They were great promoters and built up stars, like Jungle Jim and they gave me the chance to go across the country and race. I had never been to the East Coast until I got the chance to match race there. It was a great race track and I am not just talking about NHRA national events, their Wednesday Night Under the Lights shows were awesome.

“That is a great market and the fans were amazing. In the early days, you would spend time with them at the laundry mat and the restaurants, because you might be racing around there for a couple of weeks. I won a lot of national events and match races there. This is a major loss. The world grew up around them. God bless them for all the great years they gave us. I want to thank the whole family for helping me kick start my career. I will always treasure them.”

Force had been racing at the facility since 1979 in national events. His last win at the facility was in 1999.

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