CORDOVA, Ill. — World champions, record-holders and several exotic racing machines highlight the lineup for the 64th annual World Series of Drag Racing, presented by O’Reilly Auto Parts, to be held on Aug. 25-27 at Cordova International Raceway.
Three-time NHRA World Champion Larry Dixon and Dom Lagana, who made the fastest IHRA pass in history in 2013, are bringing their Top Fuel dragsters to the world’s longest continually running drag-racing event. Del Worsham, who has World Championships in both IHRA and NHRA competition, has two Nitro Funny Car entries, while other IHRA and NHRA veterans Jack Wyatt and Dale Creasy also have cars entered.
The always popular Nostalgia Funny Cars will be on hand with entries from Doc Halladay, John Lawson, Joe Hass and Troy Martin with the iconic Chi-Town Hustler. Other Nostalgia entries include: 16 Nostalgia Gassers, eight Midwest Nostalgia Pro Stocks, the Victory Nostaglia Super Stock division and a pair of legendary Fuel Altered machines — Ron Hope’s Rat Trap and Dave Hough’s Nanook.
Fans can also take another ride down memory lane with the Beedy & Malloy and Beedy & Lutz Injected Nitromethane Front Engine Dragsters.
Speaking of legendary tandems, IHRA President Mike Dunn and his former crew chief Roland Leong will serve as the event’s grand marshals. Al Tucci, known to drag racing fans throughout the Midwest for his famous call of a “Beeeauutiful Smoky Burnout,” will serve as announcer of the World Series of Drag Racing for the first time in his three-decade plus career.
There are 12 cars from the Chicagoland Super Stocks, while other action includes Mountain Motor Pro Stocks, a Quick 16 race, Richard Hutchins’ Chevy Rebellion Wheelstander.
For jet car fans, there are Danny Sullivan’s Chicago Rush and Scott Holdridge’s 57 Caliber Jet Dragsters, and Dan Crownhart’s Jet Funny Car. And for drag bike fans, there are four Top Fuel Harleys ready to scream down the drag strip.
To top it off, there is a Pro Mod race featuring a $9,000 purse. Only 12 cars will be accepted and those wanting to participate must contact Cordova International Raceway President Dominic Blasco to reserve their spots.
“What a lineup we have so far for the 64th annual World Series of Drag Racing, presented by O’Reilly Auto Parts,” Blasco said. “With the exceptional driving talent and the number of great racing cars, it promises to be a tremendous show for the fans.”
Adult tickets are $25 for Friday, $35 for Saturday and $12 for Sunday. A three-day “Super Pass” for the entire weekend is available for $65. Tickets for 6-12 are $5 each day, while those five-and-under are admitted free. Discounted tickets are available at participating O’Reilly Auto Parts Stores.
The World Series of Drag Racing, presented by O’Reilly Auto Parts, returns this season to its traditional home of Cordova International Raceway on Aug. 25-27. For information, please go to https://www.racecir.com.
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About O’Reilly Auto Parts:
O’Reilly Automotive, Inc. is one of the largest specialty retailers of automotive aftermarket parts, tools, supplies, equipment and accessories in the United States, serving both professional service providers and do-it-yourself customers. Founded in 1957 by the O’Reilly family, the company operates nearly 5,000 stores in 47 states. To find your nearest O’Reilly location, visit www.oreillyauto.com.
About Cordova International Raceway:
Cordova International Raceway (CIR) is home of the 64th annual World Series of Drag Racing, the world’s longest continually running drag racing event. Located in the Quad Cities region of Illinois and Iowa, the 190-acre facility features a 1/4-mile drag racing strip sanctioned by the International Hot Rod Association.
Weekend drag racing events are held all summer. Specialty events include the Super Chevy Show, the School’s Out Junior Nationals and the 39th annual AMC Nationals. For more information on CIR, visit www.racecir.com or connect on Facebook @RaceCordova.