Written by Evan J. Smith on January 23, 2018
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The drag racing world was dealt a devastating blow with the announcement that Old Bridge Township Raceway Park in New Jersey will no longer host drag racing on its iconic quarter- or eighth-mile drag strips. The news sent a shockwave through the racing community, leaving a gaping hole in a market spanning from New York to Philadelphia.
Old Bridge Township Raceway Park opened on July 4th 1965 and has since been a family owned and operated business. Late brothers Richard and Vincent “Vinny” Napoiello, their father Vincent Sr., and his brother Louis built the facility in once rural New Jersey, and for 52 years the Napp family has presented NHRA-sanctioned drag racing events, AMA-sanctioned motocross racing, motocross practice, auto swap meets, auto shows, top rated drifting events, competition karting events, alternative motorsport and lifestyle events, athletic endurance events, history-making concerts, music festivals and much more. Additionally, Vinnie Napp is credited for created the very first Jr. Dragster and for kick-starting the NHRA Jr. Dragster League.
Known simply as “Englishtown,” the track has hosted weekly racing, specialty events, but it’s most well known for its crown jewel, the NHRA Summernationals, a major stop on the NHRA Mello Yello professional racing tour.
“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.” (read more)