Monday, July 15, 2024

Atco Dragway has shut down

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By Anthony Caruso III | Publisher

New Jersey has lost another dragstrip. First, Old Bridge Township Raceway Park closed down several years ago as a dragstrip.

Now, Atco Dragway has closed its doors. The announcement was made on Tuesday night.

Drag Racing Stock Photo
Drag Racing Stock Photo (Photo by Pixabay)

“Effective immediately: Atco Dragway is permanently closed,” the Instagram post said. “We will not be open from this point on. The remainder of our schedule for 2023 will be canceled. Thank you all for your patronage and memories over the years.

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“Special thank you to our 29th annual Pan American Nationals racers & crowd for making Atco Dragway’s last event the biggest and best one ever. This isn’t the end for import racing in the Northeast! To all of our staff, we thank you from the bottom of our hearts for sticking it out with us and being the best in the business!”

As a result of this announcement, there is only one dragstrip left in the state. That is Island Dragway in Great Meadows, New Jersey.

There was a fight to keep the dragstrip and not let it be sold to IAA, the same company that went into a storage facility agreement with Old Bridge Township Raceway Park. The Pinelands Commission decided to keep it a dragstrip after a drawn-out process.

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Now, it’s shut down and the future is uncertain.

One race may be moved to a different location. But the Northeast Division would have to make a swift decision to move it to a new location.

The Division 1 Divisional race was scheduled to take place at the facility on the first weekend of August. It may be impossible to move it but they may try to move it to either Maple Grove Raceway, where they held a May race, or to another facility.

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Anthony Caruso III
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Anthony Caruso III is the Publisher of The Capital Sports Report. He has been in the Journalism field since August 2002. Since that time, Mr. Caruso has covered many marquee events. This includes 13 Heisman Trophy ceremonies, 2 Little World Series events, and one Army-Navy College Football game.
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