On January 16, the Old Bridge Township Raceway Park in Englishtown New Jersey (known among racers affectionately as simply "E- Town") told the NHRA that they will not be hosting any more drag racing events at the venue. Sadly, this included the 49th annual NHRA Summernationals in June. This is not, however, a complete closure of the venue. The Napoliello family, owners of the track, have decided to shift business operations in a different direction that will no longer allow the drag strip to be used.
"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."
The 308-acre farm tucked away in the Madison Township, N.J. has been holding drag racing events since the late''60s, and has been growing ever since. The now 500-plus acre facility is home to kart racing, road racing, drifting, motocross, and ATV racing. All of these other functions, along with the Englishtown Swap Meet and Auto Show will continue business as usual, while the quarter-mile drag strip will be repurposed.