This Saturday, April 19th, will be busy with a fun filled event at Cordova Dragway Park. It’s a Spring Fun Day with racing open racing for everyone. In addition to open test-n-tune, there will be classes for Trophy and Gamblers, and the Heartland Stock/Super Stock Association will make their first appearance of the 2014 season.

Gates open Saturday at 11:30am, with racing from 12-4. Plan to be here for a great spring day of racing.

What: Spring Fun Day and HSSSA
When: This Saturday April 19th from 12-4
Adults- $8 to watch
Kids (6-12)- $3 to watch
Test-n-Tune- $25
Trophy- $30


Spring Warm Up & Swap Meet this Sat & Sun, April 12th & 13th

With the long winter-like weather we have had, a lot of people have been anxiously waiting opening weekend at Cordova Dragway Park and it's finally here. This Saturday and Sunday, April 12th & 13th will be the dates as the season begins with the Spring Warm Up and Swap Meet. The event will include open test-n-tune, trophy, junior dragster and gamblers races.  A swap meet will be going on each day so plan on cleaning out the garage and bring out those valuable parts.

On Saturday there will be a meeting for all Junior Dragster competitors and parents in the Interstate Batteries Café at 3:00pm. Also, on Sunday the IHRA will be here certifying chassis as well. For a chassis certification appointment please call the track at 309-654-2110. Gates open both days at 10:00am with racing underway at 11:00am and running throughout the afternoon.

Adult Admission $8 per day or 2 day pass $15
Kids (6-12) $3 per day
Test-n-Tune $25 per day
Trophy Class $30 per day
Jr Dragster Class $25 per day
Swap Meet Space $15/1-day or $25/2-day


Opening Weekend Sat & Sun, April 12 & 13

Volunteer Day is this Saturday, April 5th at Cordova Dragway Park. "We've had great support at each Volunteer Day in the past”, said Chris McMahan, Director of Operations, “and we hope that will be the case again this Saturday." There is a wide range of projects that we have on tap including; painting, construction repairs, general clean-up after the long winter, etc. Volunteer Day gets underway Saturday at 9 AM lasting most of the day. Remember to bring any implements of construction or destruction you may have; rakes, shovels, tree and hedge trimmers, etc.  Lunch will be served and ALL volunteers will also get a voucher good for a free test-n-tune!

Opening race weekend is Saturday and Sunday, April 12th and 13th  with the Spring Warm-Up and Swap Meet. In addition to open test-n-tune there will be trophy and gamblers races, and a Jr Dragster All Run.  Plus on Sunday, IHRA chassis certification will be available. Call the CDP office at 309-654-2110 for an appointment.  Gates will open both days at 10 AM, with racing from 11-4.

Junior Dragster Racing Offers Big Rewards this Season

The new IHRA sanctioning this season offers many new opportunities for Junior Dragster racers. The JR Race Car Junior Dragster Program presented by Amsoil not only rewards local racers at their home tracks, but it allows the Juniors to compete at the Summit Bracket Team Finals as part of Team Green - something Juniors have not been able to do for the last few years. Juniors are now able to compete for a World Champion Title in the Summit Junior Super Series. The SJSS World Champion receives $3000.00, a new junior dragster, an IHRA Gold Card, a World Champion Ironman and Ring, plus many more prizes.

Juniors can also now race at the divisional level at select Summit Pro-Am Tour events for the chance at a divisional championship, too.  “Joining couldn’t be easier for currently licensed drivers. It’s just a matter of paperwork,” said Bobbi Jo Cox, the Office Business Manager at CDP, “Physicals aren’t required anymore either,” she continued.
“That’s one of the many good things about being an IHRA track now. The Juniors are treated, respected and recognized like all other classes - not only at the local level, but at the divisional and national level as well.”

There will be a meeting for all Junior Dragster competitors and parents on Saturday, April 12th, at 3:00pm at the Interstate Batteries Café during the Spring Warm-up and Swap Meet. The purpose is to answer any questions prior to the Points season starting.  Topics will include: new licensing, IHRA ET breaks and Junior classifications, crossover NHRA licenses, Bracket Finals, X numbers and SJSS, CDP & IHRA Junior rules and safety equipment, and insurance waivers.  Paperwork will be available to do licensing that day – so please bring a photocopy of your child’s birth certificate if you plan to license.  Please plan to attend!

Pit Vehicle Registration Required at Cordova Dragway Park

Due to the reduction of incidents involving Pit Vehicles in the past several years, we are continuing the pit vehicle registration procedure. Each Pit Vehicle (quads,scooters, golf carts, ATVs, mini-bikes, motorcycles etc) must be registered and a decal purchased for $10 per pit vehicle. If a racer joins CDP points program they will receive one free pit vehicle registration per membership. This is a way to continue to allow pit vehicles on the property for all patrons. The insurance companies are getting closer to banning all pit vehicles due to the number of accidents and claims. The registration process has helped curb the number of problems involving Pit Vehicles. Thank you for your cooperation. Here is a link to the form.

Employment Opportunities Available at CDP

Even though it doesn’t feel like it, racing starts in a month.  We need some quality applicants to fill positions in several areas at the drag strip.  We race April thru October on weekends. The application is on the website under the Employment Button.  Print the application, fill it out completely, and mail in to the track office at PO Box 442, Cordova, IL  61242.   We are looking for…

Tech Inspectors
Staging Lanes Director
Registration (Racer Gate cashiers)
Starting Line crew
Tower Computer Operator
Food Stand workers      
Grounds crew

We also need helpers during just the big events.  These are several long weekends during the summer filled will fun and excitement. 

If you have any questions please call the office at 309-654-2110  Monday – Friday 10a-5pm.

Summit SuperSeries Presented By AMSOIL 

This $240,000 program is the World Championship for IHRA member track sportsman racers. Summit Racing Equipment, the Official Mail Order Company of IHRA, along with AMSOIL, sponsor this revolutionary program for IHRA's thousands of grassroots racers. Providing the base for the Summit SuperSeries are the more than 100 IHRA member tracks in seven IHRA divisions. The competition is populated by Sportsman competitors, or ET Bracket Racers, who are the backbone of grassroots drag racing. The two tiers comprising the Summit SuperSeries are the Summit SuperSeries World Championship presented by AMSOIL and the Summit Team Finals presented by AMSOIL.


This program will crown a true Top (Box), Mod (No Box) and Junior Dragster World Champion won by racers at participating IHRA tracks in head-to-head competition each week. Each track will crown a Summit SuperSeries track champion who will then move on to race other track champions at each division's Summit Team Finals competition at the end of the year. Those drivers that emerge victorious from the Summit Team Finals will meet at the IHRA World Finals for the Summit SuperSeries World Championship presented by AMSOIL.

The Summit SuperSeries World Championship will consist of the best 16 racers in Top, the best 16 in Mod and the best 16 in Junior Dragster from across the US, Canada and Aruba and New Zealand in a race that will determine the Summit SuperSeries World Champions. There is $240,000 in cash and prizes awarded in the Summit SuperSeries, including a cash award at each participating track. Included in this package is a world championship Ironman, a championship ring, media exposure, recognition at the annual IHRA Awards Ceremony and much more.

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Here are a few reminders for the upcoming 2014 season

With the 2014 season is just around the corner Cordova Dragway Park has a few announcements to be made about the upcoming year. Along with becoming an IHRA member track the Motorcycles will compete with the cars in the category that the motorcycle meets the requirements.  Motorcycles at the ET Finals will run cars as well for the chance to race at the Memphis World Finals. Some of class names will also go through a change to align with IHRA. Super Pro will now be called Top Eliminator. Pro ET will now be called Modified. The rest of the categories names at Cordova will stay the same. Please read the IHRA rule book that is located on the IHRA website for detailed information regarding what rules your vehicle maybe in need of to compete. Also keep in mind that License cross over from NHRA to IHRA is rather easy with some simple paperwork involved. Reminder in order to compete at the ET Finals you must be an IHRA member. Please don’t hesitate to call us at the office for more information regarding details of the exciting Summit Series program!

Summer Nationals at Cordova Dragway Park to feature special Wild Card race for IHRA sportsman racers

Following on the heels of the exciting news that the Summer Nationals at Cordova Dragway Park will return to the Nitro Jam Drag Racing Series schedule in 2014, the International Hot Rod Association™ (IHRA) announced today that the event will also include a special open Wild Card competition for IHRA Summit Pro-Am Tour and ET bracket competitors in the region.

In addition to an exciting professional lineup, the Summer Nationals will feature a pair of individual sportsman races counting as an open in-division claim for IHRA Summit Racing Equipment Pro-Am Tour presented by AMSOIL classes. This unique Wild Card event will provide an excellent opportunity for competitors within the region to pick up two event claims with reduced travel as well as provide racers new to IHRA an opportunity to compete with minimal expense and travel.

Competition at the Summer Nationals will be contested in Top Sportsman, Top Dragster, Super Stock, Stock, Quick Rod, Super Rod and Hot Rod in addition to multiple ET classes. The 2014 Summer Nationals is scheduled for July 18-20 at Cordova Dragway Park in Illinois.

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IHRA Nitro Funny Car program steps up to a
record $100,000 points fund for 2014 season

Championship lineup includes top racers from across North America

NORWALK, Ohio (December 10, 2013) – Following a landmark announcement made last month by the International Hot Rod Association™ (IHRA) announcing the return to traditional drag racing competition and a record championship points fund for Funny Car, the IHRA revealed the preliminary roster of championship drivers slated to compete in 2014 in its Nitro Funny Car class and announced that it has opened the class up to a limited field of competitors.

The field of competitors competing on the 2014 Nitro Jam Drag Racing Series in Nitro Funny Car will include some of the most decorated and successful nostalgia pilots in the sport, accumulating countless championships and major event wins over the past few years. The IHRA also announced that it will open the field up to a limited number of regional racers next season and will feature one fully open field race in July.

In order to maximize the participation in IHRA’s newly expanded Nitro Funny Car program, each Nitro Jam event will have quota system in place to not only insure that the teams that are committed to the entire tour will be racing for a world championship, but that local and regional competitors will have a chance to compete with the best cars in the country when Nitro Jam comes to their area.