Sunday! Sunday! Sunday!..... no more :(

THE FEZ MAN

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http://www.nj.com/monmouth/index.ssf/2018/01/after_52_years_of_burning_rubber_drag_racing_ends.html

After 53 years burning rubber, drag racing ends at Raceway Park
Updated Jan 18; Posted Jan 17



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Gallery: Old Bridge Township Raceway Park





10.1kshares
By Steve Strunsky

sstrunsky@njadvancemedia.com,

NJ Advance Media for NJ.com

Drivers, turn off your engines.

After more than half a century of burning rubber, Raceway Park will no longer hold drag races, officials said.

With the rising cost of fuel, tires, insurance and other expenses of speeding from a standstill to more than 200 mph on a 1,000-foot track, drag racing has become too expensive for the mostly amateur racers who drive on weekends and Wednesday nights at what is officially known as Old Bridge Raceway Park, said Steve Mamakas, executive officer of the Old Bridge Township Mayor's Office of Economic Development.

"I'm a racer myself," said Mamakas, who races in a penny-orange 2009 Dodge Challenger SRTH with a 425-horse power engine. "Last time I raced was probably about a year and a half ago, and yea, I will miss it."

Take a 145 mph ride in a dragster at Raceway Park
The storied drag strip, with its familiar radio ads that blared, "Racewaaaaay Park!" is is a nationally known track and longtime host of the National Hot Rod Association's Summernationals, which will not be run at the raceway in 2018.

The NHRA, hot rodding's ruling body, issued a statement on Wednesday lamenting the end of drag racing at the raceway, which the NHRA referred to by its Englishtown mailing address.

"NHRA drag racing events have been held at the track in Englishtown for almost 50 years," NHRA president Glen Cromwell was quoted as saying. "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."

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The Napp family, which opened the raceway in 1965 and continues to operate it privately, decided to end drag racing, and convert the grandstand and about half the strip into an outdoor concert venue, Mamakas told NJ Advance Media on Wednesday, after he met last week to discuss the changes with Raceway Park President Michael Napp.

The family issued a statement about the closing, wishing to "express their most sincere gratitude to the NHRA, and the many thousands of racers and fans, without whom would have never allowed Raceway Park to become the iconic and nationally recognized drag racing facility it has over the past five decades."

Despite the end of drag racing, Mamakas said the 480-acre complex will remain open and other forms of racing and motorsports will go on, including motocross, as well as cart racing and drifting. He said the site will continue to host a motor sports school and exotic car drives on its autocross track. The annual Tough Mudder competition, a non-motor sports use of the facility, will also continue, Mamakas said.

"Let's put it this way, Raceway Park is transforming to meet the future," Mamakas said. "It's just become too expensive, and you have a small window to race there -- Saturday and Sunday and Wednesday, and Wednesday night it's hard to get out."
 

Sinn Fein

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Like most people, I always called it Englishtown, but I remember that place well.

I think Atco is still around.
 

mikeybot

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I can still hear the high pitched "Raceway PARK!" from the commercials
 

maz

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I believe they changed to 1000' years ago
Not sure when
I don't follow drag racing too closely
 

Shootr

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Between shortening the top fuels to 1000' and shitty bracket "breakout" racing - I quit NHRA long time ago.
 

Mags

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Damn. I used to bring my Yamah V-Max and my ZX-11 there for some racin.

Aw well. Good memories.
 

THE FEZ MAN

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Who drag races for 1,000 feet? The quarter mile is 1320 feet.
As stated, they shortened the topfuel cars a long time ago because the tracks didn’t have enough slow down space, they then shortened the rest because it sounds better to say your front wheel drive 4cyl shit box ran a 12, when in reality it was a 16