Old Bridge Township Raceway Park
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Old Bridge Township Raceway Park, originally known as Madison Township Raceway Park, is an American auto racing facility. It is located on 230 Pension Road in Old Bridge Township, near Englishtown, New Jersey, just off of County Route 527 (Englishtown Road). Raceway Park was opened in July 1965 and since its opening has become New Jersey's premier motorsports park featuring multiple racing events, top drivers from around the world, and racing enthusiasts from all over the world. It also has a seating capacity of 85,000 spectators.
Raceway Park was founded by Vincent & Louis Napoliello Raceway Park was originally 308 acres, and since then it has grown to 500+ acres with multiple motorsports activities. The track opened with a single 1/4 mile dragstrip. Raceway Park now offers 2 dragstrips, 3 motocross tracks, a 1.3-mile (2.1 km) road course track, competition go kart racing track, autocross track, ride & drive site and adjacent Old Bridge Airport.
Raceway Park is sanctioned by the National Hot Rod Association and hosts many drag racing events during the months of February through December.
Racing events available
The two dragstrips on the property are available for a large variety of vehicles.
The 1/8-mile track hosts the junior dragsters and "trophy" classes.
The 1/4-mile track hosts everything from street-driven vehicles to the kings of the sport – the top fuel dragsters.
The 1/4-mile track, though known worldwide, is currently one of the wider and faster tracks on the NHRA Mello Yello Circuit. It also has the reputation of having great air (elevation: 20 feet above sea-level) and traction that consistently produce some of the sport's quickest and fastest elapsed times (ETs) and speeds in all of NHRA's categories. Each year, several NHRA national records are broken there during the NHRA national and divisional events that are held annually during the months of June and September respectively.
The riding surfaces on the practice motocross tracks are mostly soft loam, which is known to be one of the best surface for a nice ride, and are slightly angled to allow for drainage. The tracks are also regularly maintained to keep the jump faces, bowls, and whoops from rutting and cupping out. The tracks provide both good length straight paths for speed as well as challenging obstacles like off cambers, banks, ledges, ditches, and more.
Drifting is hosted by a company called ClubLoose; they have been running events there since 2002, which started off in the parking lot, but now take places only on the road course. With different classes ranging from introductory, intermediate, and the top level which allows tandeming with other drivers on the track simultaneously. Both the car and the equipment being used by every driver get inspected prior to being allowed to participate. Rear-wheel-drive cars are the only cars that will pass ClubLoose technical inspection.
Raceway Park offers a series of car shows and racing events throughout their season. Also every Wednesday and Friday night they have Time Trials where the track is open for anyone who would like to race their cars, bike, etc. for practice. During these days the Motocross course is also open for practice.
January - No Events Scheduled
February - Normally Raceway Park opens toward the end of February
March - Street Wars (Evo vs WRX-STI), Import Survival Series (Domestics vs Imports),
April - Swap Meet and Car Show; Volkswagen & Audi Show and Go
May - Sport Compact Spring Nationals, Mopar Nationals,
June - GTO Show & Go, American Muscle Madness, NHRA Super nationals, Import and Low rider Summer Sport Compact Slam,
July - Waterfest, Hot Import Nights, Corvette Show & Go
August - Ford Mustang Show & Go, Honda Day,
September - Hemmings Musclepalooza; Swap Meet and Car Show
October - Sport Compact Fall Nationals, Mitsubishi Evo vs Subaru STI Day, Fall Volkswagen & Audi Show and Go
November - Street Wars 2
December - Raceway Park closes for the season.
Rules and regulations
There are specific helmet specifications that are required when racing at Englishtown. Englishtown follows the NHRA's regulations.
The NHRA 2010 Rule Book Reads as follows for Helmets and Goggles: As outlined under Class Requirements, drivers in all classes, including motorcycles, must wear a helmet meeting Snell or SFI Specifications. SFI Spec 31.1A = Snell SA, open-face helmet SFI Spec 31.2A = Snell SA, full-face helmet SFI Spec 41.1A = Snell M, open-face helmet SFI Spec 41.2A = Snell M, full-face helmet
Full face helmet are mandatory for all cars that have a 1/4 mile time of 9.99 or quicker. A helmet shield is mandatory for any car that is 7.49 & quicker.
Cars that run a time of 13.99 or quicker must use a helmet meeting Snell 2000, 2005, 2007 or SFI 31.1A, 31.2A, 31.1/2005, 41.1A, 41.2A or 41.1/2005 Specs.
For Drivers in supercharged, front-engine, open-bodied cars and Funny Cars must wear a helmet meeting Snell SA2000, SA2005 or SFI 31.1A, 31.2A, or 31.1/2005 Specs.
Dress Code When Drag Racing
According to Raceway Park, you must be wearing long pants (no shorts allowed). Sweat pants are allowed to be worn, however they can not be made of Nylon. Also all shirts worn must have sleeves. No tank tops are permitted to be worn while racing.
Cars Powered By Forced Induction
For all cars that are Turbo Charged, Supercharged, or using Nitrous Oxide require the driver to wear a fire jacket or they will be unable to race.
Incidents and accidents
- In June 2008, Nitro Funny Car driver Scott Kalitta was killed during NHRA Supernationals qualifying at the dragstrip.
- In June 2010, Alcohol Funny Car driver Neal Parker was killed during NHRA Supernationals qualifying at the dragstrip.