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#2433592 - 01/12/18 06:08 PM E-town is closing down to drag racing
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That's right...they are shutting down both 1/8 and 1/4 mile tracks..Announcement on Monday. I don't have any more details than that...


Edited by moparts (01/17/18 11:39 AM)
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#2433616 - 01/12/18 06:49 PM Re: Grapevine news that E-town is closing down to drag racing [Re: hemi_doug]
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Bummer.
Guess that just leaves ATCO in that general area, but if memory serves, that's hardly next door...

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#2433620 - 01/12/18 06:55 PM Re: Grapevine news that E-town is closing down to drag racing [Re: hemi_doug]
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Have heard that every year for a lot of them. Hope it's not true. But it is New Jersey.

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#2433626 - 01/12/18 07:10 PM Re: Grapevine news that E-town is closing down to drag racing [Re: hemi_doug]
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That rumor has been going on for 20+ years.
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#2433660 - 01/12/18 08:38 PM Re: Grapevine news that E-town is closing down to drag racing [Re: topside]
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Down to ATCO and Island up north. Sucks...
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#2433671 - 01/12/18 09:01 PM Re: Grapevine news that E-town is closing down to drag racing [Re: hemi_doug]
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I really don't think its true as they have a NHRA National Meet scheduled for the first weekend in June and a NHRA Divisional meet scheduled for the middle of June. This rumor has been going on for years. But hey you never know things change, I really hope not I want to run 11.50 index points there again this year.


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#2433683 - 01/12/18 09:16 PM Re: Grapevine news that E-town is closing down to drag racing [Re: hemi_doug]
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I have been hearing that E-town has been shutting down for at least 30 years!

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#2433748 - 01/12/18 11:56 PM Re: Grapevine news that E-town is closing down to drag racing [Re: hemi_doug]
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Fake news,,,,,,LOL
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#2433758 - 01/13/18 12:40 AM Re: Grapevine news that E-town is closing down to drag racing [Re: hemi_doug]
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Originally Posted By hemi_doug
That's right...they are shutting down both 1/8 and 1/4 mile tracks..Announcement on Monday. I don't have any more details than that...

Was that on CNN, MSNBC or ABC? whistling stirthepot grin
AKA aside, many haters start crap like this hoping it will take off and shut the facility down runaway


Edited by Cab_Burge (01/13/18 12:41 AM)
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#2433855 - 01/13/18 09:56 AM Re: Grapevine news that E-town is closing down to drag racing [Re: Cab_Burge]
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Hope it's not true....been going there since the early 70's and I grew up about 45 minutes away.

But ever since the 80's NYC Commuter Yuppie developments have been taking over the entire Old Bridge Township area. It used to be nothing but farmland down there when the track was built back in 66. I know the shut-down area Tee's right into an Upscale development, and the more High Powered yuppie whiners that move down there, the more "chin music" the city council has to listen to.

Etown is without doubt the most famous track on the East coast, more national records and amazing "under the lights" qualifying sessions have been held there than any other track I can think of. In the mid 90's there was an Epic weekend where the records in Pro stock, TF and Funny Car were set and reset with ech run!

I remember it was a cold day and then the clouds broke and an amaxing warm front came through which gave the race "mine shaft" air pressure for the night session. I remember the car that was like the #3 Pro Stock qualifier in the 3rd round was bumped out of the field to first Alternate by the time he staged in the final round. Most amazing drag racing weekend I can ever remember, Force and KC Spurlock were doing 3/4 track burnouts under the lights.....freaking amazing! Really glad I had my friends there to see it with me.

My fisrt drag race was when I was 9, in 1971, it was a funny Car shoot out, I spoke to Don Schumacher only a few years ago and I told him I saw him and I was disappointed because the beautiful Stardust Cuda Funny Car I expected to see was all Primered up, I guess he had a fire the week before. Anyway, Don told me he remembered that race (!!!) because he beat the "unbeatable" Gene Snow "Rambunctious" car in the final!

Hope the rumour is not true
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#2433864 - 01/13/18 10:10 AM Re: Grapevine news that E-town is closing down to drag racing [Re: Rob C]
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Originally Posted By Rob C
I have been hearing that E-town has been shutting down for at least 30 years!


Yep.

You would think they do an OK business but who knows. Either way, Raceway Park has been a NY area institution for 50 years, I think it would take a pretty big circumstance to shut it down.

Besides being a National Event track, they have the MX track that always seems to be busy, the road course, drifting events, 'Night 'O Thrills' every summer...

I would sure miss it though, spent a lot of time there over the years.
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#2433885 - 01/13/18 11:05 AM Re: Grapevine news that E-town is closing down to drag racing [Re: RMCHRGR]
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Island is my home track has been for over 30 yearsz, they closed briefly back in 2013 and it was heartbreaking luckily they reopened after a few months. I have competed at Raceway Park a lot over the years, running their points series in: Street Eliminator, Mean Street, and 11.50 index as well as almost every Mopar Atlantic Nationals. I have a lot of fond memories there including winning a track championship with my friend driving my Dart in11.50 index and the highlight of my racing career: because of our position in the index points we got to compete at the National meet in front of thousands of people. I am planning on running 11.50 index points there this season. This rumor has been going on for years. I heard it at a race at Atco late last year. I am hoping it's " fake news" I haven't heard anything in the local racing circles about it or other hardcore racing websites. I am waiting for them to release their 2018 schedule if they don't in a few weeks I will be concerned .


Edited by 11secdart (01/13/18 11:27 AM)
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#2433943 - 01/13/18 12:56 PM Re: Grapevine news that E-town is closing down to drag racing [Re: Cab_Burge]
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Originally Posted By Cab_Burge
Originally Posted By hemi_doug
That's right...they are shutting down both 1/8 and 1/4 mile tracks..Announcement on Monday. I don't have any more details than that...

Was that on CNN, MSNBC or ABC? whistling stirthepot grin
AKA aside, many haters start crap like this hoping it will take off and shut the facility down runaway


Guess we will find out cab....I got it from a very good source. The lease has already been signed.


Edited by hemi_doug (01/13/18 12:57 PM)
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#2434043 - 01/13/18 04:45 PM Re: Grapevine news that E-town is closing down to drag racing [Re: hemi_doug]
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A lease?

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#2434051 - 01/13/18 05:03 PM Re: Grapevine news that E-town is closing down to drag racing [Re: hemi_doug]
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Someone better notify the NHRA Stat....
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#2434052 - 01/13/18 05:07 PM Re: Grapevine news that E-town is closing down to drag racing [Re: hemi_doug]
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Closed to drag racing, for street racing


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#2434183 - 01/13/18 09:01 PM Re: Grapevine news that E-town is closing down to drag racing [Re: 11secdart]
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Originally Posted By 11secdart
Island is my home track has been for over 30 yearsz, they closed briefly back in 2013 and it was heartbreaking luckily they reopened after a few months. I have competed at Raceway Park a lot over the years, running their points series in: Street Eliminator, Mean Street, and 11.50 index as well as almost every Mopar Atlantic Nationals. I have a lot of fond memories there including winning a track championship with my friend driving my Dart in11.50 index and the highlight of my racing career: because of our position in the index points we got to compete at the National meet in front of thousands of people. I am planning on running 11.50 index points there this season. This rumor has been going on for years. I heard it at a race at Atco late last year. I am hoping it's " fake news" I haven't heard anything in the local racing circles about it or other hardcore racing websites. I am waiting for them to release their 2018 schedule if they don't in a few weeks I will be concerned .


Did they ever fix those cracks at about 330 - 660 feet? Or lengthen the shutdown? I vaguely remember the shutdown area being pretty short leading into a big left hand turn, and only a pile of old railroad ties to stop you before going into that sod farm field. It's been years since I raced there - good times for sure. Used to tow there, run Saturday night, go home, catch 3 - 4 hours sleep then tow up to Lebanon Valley to run Sunday. To be 22 again.. whistling

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#2434232 - 01/13/18 11:10 PM Re: Grapevine news that E-town is closing down to drag racing [Re: hemi_doug]
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I too have heard that every year for well over 30 years. When we started going there it was out in the boonies, before the soundproof wall, and the Knapps were willing to go to the Supreme Court to keep it going. They spent a lot of time and money in court costs, but have prevailed.

Like I say, I've heard it every year for well over 30 years myself. But, the fight continues. One day it will happen.
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#2435049 - 01/15/18 01:04 PM Re: Grapevine news that E-town is closing down to drag racing [Re: Steve1118]
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It drives me INSANE that people will move into / build homes in areas near established race tracks, airports, etc., and then start to complain about the noise. Don't like the noise? Fu$&ing don't move there in the first place!!!

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#2435054 - 01/15/18 01:10 PM Re: Grapevine news that E-town is closing down to drag racing [Re: BradH]
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Originally Posted By BradH
It drives me INSANE that people will move into / build homes in areas near established race tracks, airports, etc., and then start to complain about the noise. Don't like the noise? Fu$&ing don't move there in the first place!!!
iagree
I've seen that happen so many times in SO CA it was not funny, SNOW FLAKES runaway down
We had one idiot real estate agent buy a house less than a mile from our local airport directly under the final approach to the runway and then go to the city council and complain about the airport work shruggy
Maybe he needed something to make him feel important, he got shut down right away by one of the city employees who was a pilot also haha boogie up
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