By Anthony Caruso III | Publisher
The demolition of Old Bridge Township Raceway Park’s historic drag strip has begun this week. On Wednesday, a picture began circulating on social media that the walls were beginning to be taken down.
There was some hope among drag racers that the track would remain a drag strip. However, with this move, there will never be a dragstrip at the facility anymore.
In Jan. 2018, we were able to break the story after Bangshift.com said that it was likely going to happen. The Napp brothers went into a three-year agreement with IAA – Insurance Auto Auctions Inc. to close the drag strip.
They are in year two of the agreement that is paying the Napp brothers money to store cars on the facility.
Drag racing was the most important factor impacted when the management did a restructuring of the facility. The ⅛-mile track and the ¼-mile track was shutdown.
Raceway Park hosted one of the NHRA’s biggest events of the year, in the historic Summernationals. For a few years, it was known as the Supernationals, before the name was changed back.
Management said that when they ended their partnership with the NHRA and drag racing all together they would convert their space to an outdoor concert facility. Despite the loss of drag racing, drifting, go-karts, and motocross has continued.
With Raceway Park closed to drag racing, NHRA fans in the New Jersey area either has to travel to the Virginia NHRA Nationals in North Dinwiddie, Virginia to Virginia Motorsports Park or to Maple Grove Raceway in Mohnton, PA. The Pennsylvania track is the closest track to New Jersey left on the NHRA schedule.