OLD BRIDGE TOWNSHIP RACEWAY PARK ENDS DRAG RACING OPERATIONS... TAKE THE NEWS WITH GRACE & GRATITUDE FOR ALL THE GOOD YEARS...

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Today I'm writing a blog that I hoped I would never have to write. It's now official, Old Bridge Township Raceway Park will no longer be conducting 1/4 or 1/8 mile drag racing... As I've said time and time again, running a drag strip in this current socioeconomic environment (especially in the NY/NJ metropolitan area) is a most difficult task. There's constant complaining neighbors, sky-high operational expenses, bloated property taxes (especially in New Jersey), inflated insurance cost, extreme risk and liabilities, so many stressful variables, etc, etc... Much of the former drag racing space in now being leased to a separate business entity. This arrangement will offer some headache relief for Raceway Park. There will still be swap meets, car shows, motocross, kart racing, drifting, road coarse activities, music concerts, festivals and more. Both John Gill and myself have known the Napp family for decades. John's known them a lot longer than I have. As they are now on their third/fourth generation of family ownership, it must be noted that they've put more blood, sweat and tears into Raceway Park drag racing than most folks could ever imagine. It's really not fair to express any ill will towards them for implementing this reorganization of their business. I can see their side of the story. It still hurts me, but I can genuinely see their side in making this change. I am very thankful to the Napps for the 52 year drag racing legacy they've made possible for thousands and thousands of drag racers and fans... I also want to express gratitude to all the employees and crew who have worked at the drag strip over the years. People like Michelle Marchese and countless others have given their very best to help make the drag strip a world class, family friendly, home away from home for so many of us. Let's all please try to accept this change with grace, and cherish the memories we share of our times at E'Town drags. We're blessed for what we lived and experienced at Raceway Park, that's something that will live on with us for all our lifetime. Bless each and everyone who contributed to the E'Town drag racing scene...