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Directions

From NYC: Rt 80 west to exit 19. Bottom of ramp make left. Go approximately 6 miles into Hackettstown, make a right onto Rt. 46 West (Main St.) and follow for approx. 7 miles. Entrance to the track will be on the right hand side, just past Stage Dolls Bar.

From Phila./Trenton: Rt. 31 North to end. Right onto Rt. 46 East. Track is 6 miles on left, just past Nykun's General Store.

From Central Jersey: 78 west to Rt. 31 North. Rt. 31 North to end. Right onto Rt.46 East. Track is located 6 miles on left, just past Nykun's General Store.

From Allentown: Old Rt 22 East thru Easton into Phillipsburg, NJ. Pick up Rt. 57 East at East end of Phillipsburg. Rt. 57 East to Rt. 31 North (Washington, NJ). Rt. 31 to end. Right onto Rt. 46 East. Track is 6 miles on left, just past Nykun's General Store.

From Scranton, Pa.: 81 south to 380 east. 380 east to 80 east. Cross over Delaware Memorial Bridge into New Jersey. Take exit 4 for Rt. 46 east. Follow 46 east approximately 20 miles into Great Meadows. Track entrance is on the left, just past Nykun's General Store.

 

GPS Address: 20 Island Rd, Great Meadows, NJ 

Track Rentals

Track rentals are available! Private weekday rentals are a great way to get a group of friends together for a day on the track, completely to yourselves! Weekend rentals are available for public or private events. Please call for weekend prices.

Base rental price (1-12 car/drivers, both lanes, glued to 330'): $2500
Each add'l car/driver: $100 (up to 40)
Add'l glue: $200 per 1/8 mile per lane

Please call us at (908) 637-6060 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  to discuss available rental dates.

All cars must be safe and able to pass NHRA tech inspection.

Island Dragway is an NHRA sanctioned track and also governed by the rules and regulations of NJ State Police.

ALL NHRA & STATE POLICE RULES MUST BE ADHERED TO.

All racers must have proper credentials and safety equipment or they will be denied the opportunity to race.

WEATHER:

Island Dragway Management will discuss option with renter if inclement weather occurs. If a weather situation arises you will be notified with an alternate phone number to call for weather conditions and any changes about your rental day.

A $500 non-refundable deposit must be mailed or paid in person to hold your date, minimum 3-4 weeks ahead of the rental. All cancellations must be called in one week prior to your rental. In the event of a cancellation due to weather, your deposit will be transferred to another date.

Due to NHRA, New Jersey State and Insurance regulations; the following guidelines must be followed at all times during track rentals.

RENTAL DAY--Rentals are from 11am to 4 pm. Gates open at about 10am. Rental is over at 4pm sharp. No racer is permitted to race after the cut off time.  All cars and crew must vacate following the rental day unless agreed upon by management.

TECH CARD: Must be filled out and signed by driver and all crew. Front and Back of tech card must be filled out completely. Each crew person must sign the waiver of the car they are associated with.

ADDITIONS: Track manager reserves the right to add to track rentals.

TECH REMINDERS:

No antifreeze in cars!!!!

Please check that all fluid fittings are tight

Carburetors must have hood scoop- air filter, no open carb

Seat Belts- Belts are only valid for two years and must be current

Helmets- Snell 2005 & newer (DOT ok for 14.0 and slower) rentals available at no charge during private track rentals

9.99 & Quicker; Certified Cage, License, Full Face Helmet

7.49 & Quicker: Adv. ET License, Certified Cage, Full Face Helmet, Appropriate Fire Suit, gloves and shoes, Head & Neck Restraints—Hans/ Hybrid

Garlits Weekend

August 1-3, 2014

Celebrating Don Garlits 50 years over 200 mph!!

Friday, August 1, 2014
Exhibition Races by Southern Slingshots, Backseat Drivers, Summit ET Racers Invitational, Victory Lap by Big Daddy Don Garlits in Swamp Rat 6B, Open Time Trials for all vehicles to be part of the show!
- Racer (open Test/Tune for all vehicles) $35 (invitational racers no charge)
- Spectator $15
- Child 5-9 $5
- Child 10-14 $10

Saturday, August 2, 2014
National Dragster Challenge with Summit ET Points
Bonus Bucks in all classes, add'l $10 per car to winner
Wally Trophy for S/P, Pro, Street, Bike/Sled, NETO and MANDRA
- Super Pro $90
- Pro $80
- Street $65
- Bike/Sled $65
- Trophy $45
- NETO/MANDRA: $50
- Spectators $20
- Child 5-9 $5
- Child 10-14 $10

Sunday, August 3, 2014
Golden Anniversary Tribute Race celebrating 50 years over 200 mph! Nostalgia Funny Cars, Slingshot dragsters by Southern Slingshots and BackSeat Drivers! Nostalgia Trophy Classes PLUS New Modern Muscle EFI Trophy Class!! 3' winner trophies, 2' runner/up, Winners Circle Photos with Big Daddy Don Garlits! Plus a $5 car show
- Spectator $20
- Child 5-9 $5
- Child 10-14 $10
- Car Show $5
- Trophy Classes $45
- NETO/MANDRA $50

FAQ's

Did you know that YOU can race your car?! Here are some basic Frequently Asked Questions. If you have any more questions, please don't hesitate to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or call us at (908) 637-6060

What if I just want to run my car down the track?
Do I need always mufflers? 
How long is the track? 
What if I can’t hear the P.A. system for lane calls? 
How do I race? 
Is a helmet required? 
Can I have passengers?
How do I know how fast I went? 
What if my car has problems on the track? 
Are pets permitted? 
What is the minimum age to race?
Do I need a valid driver’s license?
Are lights required?
What safety gear do I need?
What if it rains?
When is a fire jacket required?
What is your refund/rain check policy?

What if I just want to run my car down the track?

Racing your car down the track for fun is referred to as “test & tune” or “time trials” – they are the same thing.  Be sure to check our online schedule beforehand to ensure that we are offering these on the days you are attending, as some specialty events are reserved for only a specific make or model of car, but the majority of our days do offer test and tune.

Do I need always mufflers?

No, we only require mufflers on Friday Night Street Legal Drags.

How long is the track?

Our racetrack is a straight quarter-mile (1,320ft.) After crossing the finish line (located near the scoreboards, racers should begin to slow down and prepare to take one of the two turnoffs, all located on the left hand side.  Remember that the driver in the left lane has the right of way when exiting the racing surface.

What if I can’t hear the P.A. system for lane calls?

Our P.A. system is simulcast on 97.7 FM.  Be sure to tune to it on your car’s stereo so that no important lane calls or announcements are missed.

How do I race?

Inform the person at our front gate that you would like to purchase a time trial tech card when you come in.  After purchase, you will be directed to our tech line. Please bring a pen and use your time in line to completely fill out your tech card.  When it is your turn with the tech inspector, he will look over your car and credentials to ensure that it meets safety standards.  For those of you without major upgrades or changes from stock, this should be a very quick process.  Please be sure to have a valid state driver’s license in your possession, as it is required to race and we have no way to look up a DL. Once through tech inspection, you will proceed to the staging lanes, which will have signs designated for Street Tire Test/Tune, Slick Test/Tune or any classes that may be running that day.  Please only use these lanes throughout the raceday.  From there you will be sent out to the track, so be sure not to wander too far from your vehicle while it is in the lanes.

Is a helmet required?

YES!  All racers in the state of NJ are required to wear a helmet.  Racers running slower than 14.00 seconds may use a DOT helmet (this is new to us in 2014).  Racers 13.99 and quicker must use a Snell rated helmet (minimum Snell-2005.) These are available to rent or purchase.  Rental helmets are $5 (driver’s license and credit card left as deposit – please be sure to go through tech first.)

Can I have passengers?

No. Only the driver is permitted in the racecar. The exception to this is in the new NHRA Youth Racing League.

How do I know how fast I went?

After completing your pass down the track, you will receive a printed timeslip.  It will contain the following information for both cars on that pair: Reaction Time, 60’ Time, 330’ Time, 1/8th Mile Time, 1/8th Mile MPH, 1000’ Time, 1/4th Mile Time, and 1/4th Mile MPH.

What if my car has problems on the track?

It is very important to be aware of your vehicles condition at all times on the racetrack.  If you are experiencing any sort of problem it is best to pull over to the guardrail as soon as safely possible.  We can tow you off the track. If you happen to be leaking fluid, it is much easier to clean up a puddle on the side of the track than a strip all the way down the center.  So please, do yourself and fellow racers a favor by pulling over if you believe you may be leaking any fluids.

Are pets permitted?

Yes, pets are permitted as long as they are not left unattended and are always on a fixed length leash. No retractable leashes.

What is the minimum age to race?

In New Jersey, you may race at age 17 providing there is a minor release form on file, signed by both parents in front of a track official or notarized and kept on file. The exception to this would be in the Jr Drag Racing League (ages 5-17) or the NHRA Youth Racing program (ages 14-16). 

Do I need a valid driver’s license?

An unrestricted driver’s license is required.

Are lights required?

Beginning at dusk, cars are required to have minimum of one tail light on so that we may see when you safely exit the track.

What safety gear do I need?

At a minimum, drivers must have a t-shirt, long pants, sneakers, and a helmet.

What if it rains?

We cannot race while it is raining.  We do however, have the capability to dry the track if it rains in the middle of an event.  If the weather is questionable, please call us at 908-637-6060.  If no one is available to answer, the message will always be updated within 2 hours of our gate opening time in the event of a rainout. In addition, you may check our facebook or sign up for our text alert system for the latest information.  If rain happens while racing is in progress, be sure to pay attention to the P.A. system for instruction on rainchecks.

When is a fire jacket required?

A fire jacket is required for ALL racers running an aftermarket power adder (turbocharger, supercharger, or nitrous oxide system.)  In addition, a fire jacket is required for all racers running quicker than 11.50. We have these available for rent or for sale in the concession stand.

What is your refund/rain check policy?

We do not offer any cash refunds, whatsoever. If you make 0 (zero) runs on a given day because of mechanical problems, we will issue a rain check for the value of your ticket. If you are at the track for more than an hour (based on the time stamp of your front gate ticket), we will deduct the amount of a spectator ticket from your rain check. In the event of a rainout after we open, we will offer full rain checks, less $15 per run made on Saturday or Sunday, or $10 per run made on Wednesday or Friday. Spectator rain check percentage will be decided on based on how long we were open before the race rained out. If it rains on a competition day, we reserve the right to offer 1 Time Trial, right into eliminations on a Summit ET Points race. If any rounds are completed in a class, the points will be given and the payout split amongst the remaining entrants. If it rains during a round and that round is not completed entirely, that round does not count for any one in the class.