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Updated—Old Bridge Township Raceway Park, aka Englishtown, Ceasing Drag Racing Operations in 2018 | Presented by Nitto Tire


The industry buzz overnight has been the report that Old Bridge Township Raceway Park, otherwise known as Englishtown, will cease drag racing operations immediately. Those rumors have been confirmed through multiple sources, all of whom refused to go on record. Each independent source has confirmed that an outside company has come in to rent portions of the facility, which would cause the drag strip to be inoperable. As of this writing, the motorcross tracks and the drifting/road course divisions of the 500-plus acre motorsport facility are still operational. There have been grumblings inside NHRA that the track is being removed from its Mello Yello drag racing schedule but it is unclear if there will be a new venue to keep the racing series at 24 national events.

Englishtown opened in 1965 by two brothers, Vincent Napoliello and Louis Napoliello, the facility is currently operated by some of their children. It was the host to one of the longest running NHRA national events and its history in drag racing legend and lore runs deep. It has been a long time scorn to some of the local community, despite its massive economic impact to local businesses. Englishtown has certainly fought its fair share of noise ordinances and restricted operations. The New York metropolitan market certainly is negatively affected by the closing of its drag strip operations, which included a successful street car program on Friday and Saturday nights. The shocking news has many wondering about the street racing implications in the area. The two other New Jersey drag strips, Atco Raceway and Island Dragway, are sure to see a significant increase in their weekly bracket racing programs.

Official Release Raceway Park Restructuring Announcement



Old Bridge Township Raceway Park, the Napp family owned and operated business announced today a reorganization of the company’s business operations. To achieve this goal, Raceway Park will no longer conduct quarter mile or eighth mile drag racing events effective immediately. Raceway Park will retain and use the “stadium” portion of the facility including the VIP hospitality tower and grandstands and continue most of its operations including the spring and fall auto swap meets, numerous car shows, both motocross racing and practice, kart racing, as well as drifting, a full schedule of road course activities, mud runs, monster truck shows, musical concerts, & festival events and more. The long standing Old Bridge Township Airport, owned and operated by Raceway Park will also continue to operate as normal.

The new reorganization reflects the company’s plan moving forward beginning in 2018 while allowing Raceway Park to still continue to operate as it has in the past with the exception of drag racing.

The Napp family wishes 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. The Napp family would also like to extend a heartfelt thank you to the employees that have served our drag racing customers so well over the previous years. It is with a great sadness that the Napp family is discontinuing drag racing, however the family looks forward to continuing to provide the best outdoor events in this new era of Raceway Park.

 About Raceway Park

Raceway Park has been a family owned and operated business since its opening on July 4th 1965. For the past fifty two years the Napp family has focused on presenting the very best in fast family fun that includes 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 and music festivals and much more.

Mike Galimi
Mike Galimi
Mike Galimi is the Director of Content & Marketing at ProMedia Publishing and Events with nearly 20 years of experience in motorsport writing and photography.