About two weeks ago, I wrote a post that was titled “Things people don’t think about when it comes to motorsports.” This was a post in which I gave my input on what makes motorsports important. Many students at Rowan University that I’ve come to know can’t stand the sport and some of them don’t think it’s a sport.
Then I received some feedback from a student in my class stating that I wrote the post for a national purpose, not a local purpose. In a way, that blogger is correct. Now, here are reasons why auto racing in New Jersey is important:
- NASCAR has a Jersey-born driver in its sports. Martin Truex Jr. is a former NASCAR Nationwide Series Champion and now drives for Michael Waltrip Racing in the Sprint Cup Series. Truex Jr. has one Sprint Cup Series win. That came at Dover International Speedway in 2007. Along with his Nationwide Series title, Truex has 13 wins.
- New Jersey Motorsports Park holds three major events throughout its season: Grand-AM Rolex Sports Car Series in May, the New Jersey ARCA 150 for the ARCA Racing Series for stock car racing in June and Round 10 of the AMA Pro Road Racing (motorcycle racing) in September.
- The NHRA (National Hot Rod Association) comes to Old Bridge Township Raceway Park once a year and they’ve been doing this for 42 years.
- Wall Stadium, located in Wall, New Jersey once held an exhibition race for a number of NASCAR drivers including Michael Waltrip, Sterling Marlin and Kenny Wallace.
- New Jersey has eight race tracks of all different types: ovals, road courses, dirt tracks and drag strips.
This is why auto racing in New Jersey matters. There are always race fans wherever you go and race tracks across the Garden State. My suggestion for people who aren’t fond of racing: If you don’t like it and you have nothing to do on a weekend, head out to a race track and see what it’s like.