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Track Closing...

Made it to the strip twice last year and I really wanted to go a lot more this year and get decent at it, then build my bike to a dedicated drag bike next winter. Just found out that my local track is closing permanently

This track is Island Dragway in Great Meadows, NJ. Not the nicest track, but it was NHRA sanctioned and it was a pretty laid back place to be with nice people and not all the commercialism and stuck-up-ness of some of the more famous tracks. Great easy place to learn and get good at. Basically all started with the divorce of the owners. Husband was an alcoholic and drank all their money away. The wife was all about the racers and the track. After the divorce she was having a hard time financially keeping the track open and fell quite far behind on taxes. Her family came through and they paid the back taxes, but there were issue witht he septic system that had to repaired along with other repairs. The NHRA doesn't like this drama so they pulled out till things blew over. There was rumor that Don "Big Daddy" Garlits was possibly looking into buying the track, but then the town stepped in and said if the property is sold it can no longer be a race track. (Don "Big Daddy" Garlits ran the first 200mph 1/4 mile at an official NHRA event at Island.)

Not really happy right now. I have been to this track since I was a kid and it is the closest to my house (about an hour) and I really enjoyed it. It was real easy to go to work with the bike on the trailer and hit it up on friday's after work for a bunch of run for their Friday Night Street Night and still have the rest of my weekend to get done whatever it is that I need to do. I just don't have the time to travel to Atco or anything else right now in my life, so it looks like my plans of racing are over for now.

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Man that blows...I take it millville (spelling, sorry) isn't that close... Or are we talking drag strip?

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Man that blows...I take it millville (spelling, sorry) isn't that close... Or are we talking drag strip?

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