CORDOVA, Ill. — The 64th annual World Series of Drag Racing, presented by O’Reilly Auto Parts, made a triumphant return to Cordova International Raceway last weekend in front of a record crowd treated to multiple record-setting performances.
It is a race that has hosted generations of racers and their families, and attendance for the Aug. 25-27 event was at an all-time high with an enthusiastic, standing-room only crowd for Saturday’s races.
“This year was an amazing World Series of Drag Racing. Our partners at O’Reilly Auto Parts and Rhythm City Casino Resort helped make this race a huge success,” Cordova International Raceway President Dominic Blasco said. “I am most impressed with everyone that came out to watch and I want to let every one of them know how much I appreciate their support of this great race. We are anticipating a great 2018 season, featuring the 65th Annual World Series of Drag Racing, right here at Cordova International Raceway.”
Those in attendance were treated to a wide variety of racing machines rocketing down the track and amazing performances from the likes of Larry Dixon and Del Worsham, whose Top Fuel cars and Nitro Funny Cars were the highlight of the weekend.
IHRA President Mike Dunn and legendary crew chief Roland Leong served as Grand Marshals for the event. Dunn, one of only four drivers ever to win 10 races in both Top Fuel and Funny Car competition, was impressed by the enthusiasm in the stands and the performances on the track.
“I loved being a part of the World Series of Drag Racing and seeing first-hand how excited people were for its return (to Cordova),” Dunn said. “The level of talent for this event was amazing and they did not let us down with numerous track records being broken. I am looking forward to coming back next year and I am certain the excitement for the 65th annual World Series of Drag Racing will even surpass this year’s event.”
Friday bracket-racing winners included: Bryan Lynch (No Box) and Justin Reaves (Box).
Saturday winners were: Aaron Buse (No Box), Jeff Weets (Box), Monte Grace (Pro Mods), Shaun Johnston (Victory Nostalgia Super Stock), Ed Bousman (Quick 8 Dragster), Steve Maas (Quick 8 Door Car) and Brennan West (Junior All Run). Buse defeated Weets in a Box/No Box Run Off.