Wait! No more drifting at Wall? After 60 years of racing, the future of Wall Stadium Speedway looks to be coming to an end in 2020. Track owners announced Wednesday that the historic track in Wall Township New Jersey would close after the 2020 season.
Wall Speedway has played home for the Formula Drift Championship series for many years and it was this track where I saw my first drifting event which got me hooked on this Motorsport.
As a racing fan my whole life in this area this song sounds very familiar. Another Motorsports track shutting down in the Northeast from lack of funds and constant pressure from the townships and it’s residents, that these tracks reside in.
The owners of Wall Speedway Properties LLC announced on Wednesday, Developer Pulte Homes plans to build nearly 350 homes on the site, mostly in the form of two-bedroom and three-bedroom townhouses. Another 70 two-bedroom apartments will go toward the township’s obligation to provide affordable housing under state law.
The owners said “The majority of the sprawling track, deemed grossly-underutilized for decades, consists of giant parking lots that lie mostly dormant, other than the handful of days each year, when the track is open for competition,”
This isn’t the first time rumors have surrounded the tracks closure. In 2005, two developers were briefly under contract to buy the site, demolish the racetrack and build homes and office buildings, but the last time Wall Stadium closed it lasted just under a year, still opening in time for the 2009 season.
Since then, the future of the racetrack has been in limbo. Nearly every year, rumors of its demise circulate but the track hasn’t made an official announcement of a closure since the brief 2008 closure.
So what does this mean for Formula Drift returning to Wall for the 2020 season and beyond?
The failing track has caused headaches for the Formula Drift staff for years as battles with the pavement chunking and forcing different layouts have certainly left a sour taste.
Wall Speedway unforgiving surface, layout and metal guardrails, always provide some exciting battles as well as tons of wrecks over the years.
This track has a storied history for the Formula Drift Championship Series, so it only seems fitting to get one last time in “The Gauntlet”.
Here’s to hoping we get to shred at Wall one last time in 2020!
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