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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…
Staging Lanes Director
Registration (Racer Gate cashiers)
Starting Line crew
Tower Computer Operator
Food Stand workers
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.
More renovations to start soon at Cordova Dragway
Cordova Dragway Park is in processes of putting in yet another new set of grandstands for the spectator side of the track to be ready for the IHRA Summer Nationals in July. “I am very excited about this grandstand project, said Chris McMahan Director of Operations. This set of aluminum grandstands will look very impressive here on the property. Once Mother Nature starts to cooperate with us the new construction will begin on the grandstands.” Here is a sneak peek at the size of the new stands to be installed on the spectator side of the property.
2013 Cordova Dragway Banquet Had Over 230 In Attendance!
The 2013 Awards Banquet was a huge success once again this year. There were over 230 in attendance, track staff would like to thank everyone for supporting this annual event to honor our Champions and other Special Awards Winners. We look forward to seeing everyone back at the track in April!!!
Congratulations to all of our champions
|Super Pro Champion||Lou Rausch|
|Pro ET Champion||Jeff Freeman|
|Super ET Champion||Jeff Freeman, Jr|
|True Street Champion||Justin Rosenbohm|
|Pro Bike Champion||Joe Klemme|
|High School Champion||Drew Beale|
|Super Jr Champion||Garrett Humphrey|
|Novice Jr Champion||Brady Wolf|
|West Racing Heads Quick 16 Champion||Lou Rausch|
|Layne Automotive & Speed Super 16 Champion||Layne Dicken|
|Junior Rookie of the Year||Brady Wolf|
|Most Improved Junior||Brennan Weets|
|Crew Person||Cheryl Rauch|
|Most Improved Brackets Racer||Melissa Russell|
|Sportsman of the Year||JT Thompson|
|Rookie of the Year||Ryan Robinson|
|Hard Luck Award||Norm Weets|
|Service Award||Power Enterprises|
|Don’s Jewelry Diamond Winner||Lou Rausch|
|President’s Award||Gary Beard|
Contingency Connection 2013 Bonus Program Winners
Bully Dog Dominating Performer Challenge $2,000 retail value
Winner: Lou Rausch
Redhorse Performance Cup $1,000 retail value
Winner: Jeff Freeman
JE Pistons Sportsman of the Year $200 retail value
Winner: Dan Beale
Scorpion Racing Products Super Star Bonus $200 retail value
Winner: Jeff Freman
Mallory Ignition Performance Club $100 retail value
Winner: Justin Rosenbohm
PerformanceParts.com Top Performer $100 retail value gift package
Winner: Tom Klemme
AWARDS BANQUET THIS WEEKEND
The Cordova Dragway Park banquet has been set to honor all of the track champions from the 2013 season. If you are planning on attending you must make your reservations in advance. The ticket form located Here can be mailed to Cordova Dragway Park or you may call the track at 309-654-2110 to make your reservations by using your credit card. Awards Banquet deadline will be on February 3rd so don't hesitate and get your tickets now.
This year’s awards Banquet will have a Nostalgic Theme! Old racer race tee- shirts, uniform shirts anything that represents the history of drag racing!
2013 CDP Championship Awards Banquet
Saturday, February 8th, 2014
Vista Grande at 2141-16th Street, NW, Clinton, IA
Doors Open 3:45 PM
Social Hour 4-5 PM
Dinner Served 5PM
Awards Presentations 6 PM
Following will be Annual Bench Racers Party
Secure Building 12 AM
Bobbi Jo Cox Named Operations Business Manager
Longtime employee Bobbi Jo Cox has accepted the position of Operations Business Manager for Cordova Dragway Park. She has been employed with the track for 17 years in various capacities. Her extensive knowledge of all the areas of the facility make Bobbi Jo an excellent choice. Bobbi Jo has worked in many areas including operations, concessions, bar, ticket sales, reserved seats, tech, credentialing, race operations, novelty merchandise manager, employee scheduling, customer service, sponsor invoicing, racer points, payout and many more. She is well aware of the family atmosphere at CDP and vows to keep that quality feeling for years to come.
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.
SUMMIT SUPERSERIES WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP
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.
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.
For more information please visit www.ihra.com for additional details.
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.
Bobbi Hansen Hired as Competition Director
for Cordova Dragway Park
Cordova Dragway Park is pleased to announce Bobbi Hansen as the new Competition Director. “I am very excited to have Bobbi on board with us in 2014! Bobbi has what it takes to run these events and get the job done” said Chris McMahan Director of Operations.
Bobbi has worked in race control for many years and has a strong back ground of the Compulink timing system. “I am extremely excited about this opportunity that I have been given to me. I look forward to getting the season underway in April” said Bobbi Hansen.
WINDS OF CHANGE BLOW BUT STABILITY REMAINS
While some changes are taking place, overall stability in operations will remain at Cordova Dragway Park. Change is scary for a lot of people but in most cases turns out for the best for most involved. While, I have taken a new position as the President of the IHRA, I will continue to be involved in all major operational decisions now and likely for the distant future. The International Race Group (IRG) who will take over the ownership of CDP at the conclusion of the 2014 season is committed to keeping the traditions and operational standards we have in place.
An immediate change of course is the sanctioning of CDP to the IHRA. As President of the IHRA I will assure you that this move will be in your best interest. Not only will the 2014 Bracket Finals be 12 hours closer to home (Colorado vs. Michigan) but the IHRA will continue to cater and expand programs for the local racers. This is something the IHRA has always done well and something that I’m totally committed to as well.
From an event operational standpoint, I will be planning, attending and helping in execution of the major races at CDP. Additionally, a great staff remains in place that will “step up” to any job that needs to be done. Stability has always been a big part of what CDP had to offer and will continue to be. Laura and Chris will be working closely together to ensure race operations stay on track. Additionally, Bobbi Hansen will take a more active role as a “Race Director.” This along with so many good staff members with years of experience will remain in place to serve you better.
Personally for me, leading the IHRA is reaching a new level of my destiny. The opportunity will bring challenges and many achievements. At this early juncture there is much to absorb and become accustomed to.
Over the next days, the CDP staff will be working on getting all the answers to your questions. The office remains open during the off-season. The hours are flexible with meetings etc so call before you stop out or leave a message and we will call you back. However for now, please know that nothing radical will change. Quality racing at a quality facility is what will always be offered.
SCOTT GARDNER NAMED PRESIDENT OF
INTERNATIONAL HOT ROD ASSOCIATION
IRG Sports + Entertainment to acquire Cordova Dragway Park,
Host of the Nitro Jam Drag Racing Series in 2014
JUPITER, FL – November 14, 2013 – IRG Sports + Entertainment™ (IRG), parent company of the International Hot Rod Association™ (IHRA) and multiple motorsports facilities, announced today that Aaron Polburn has stepped down as President and General Manager of the IHRA and Scott Gardner, the longtime owner and promoter of Cordova Dragway Park (CDP), has been named the new President effective today. Polburn, who had been at the helm of IHRA since 2004, has stepped down for personal reasons and will transition the company to Gardner over the next two weeks. Gardner will lead the IHRA team based out of the current Norwalk, Ohio office.
Cordova Dragway Park, home of the World Series of Drag Racing and previously the host of Nitro Jam events, will return as an IHRA-sanctioned Member Track. Gardner will pass the day-to-day management of CDP to his wife and Vice President of CDP, Laura Gardner and Chris McMahan, Director of Operations. CDP will host a newly added 12th event weekend on the Nitro Jam Drag Racing Series™ (NJDRS) 2014 North American Tour. The IHRA recently announced that the NJDRS 2014 North American Tour will feature a number of enhancements for the upcoming racing season including the addition of a national points fund, the return of traditional drag racing, a new Fan Zone pit experience and more.
As Gardner moves from CDP to lead the IHRA, IRG will acquire CDP as part of its portfolio of motorsports facilities and take over the management at the end of the 2014 season. Also under Gardner’s co-ownership, Eddyville Raceway Park in Oskaloosa, Iowa, and Cedar Falls Raceway in Cedar Falls, Iowa, will become IHRA-sanctioned Member Tracks. With the addition of these three Member Tracks, the IHRA now sanctions 112 facilities in five countries.
“It’s a great honor and a huge responsibility to take over the position of President of the IHRA,” noted Gardner. “The IHRA brand is something I have always felt was a viable drag racing organization. I am confident I can bring new ideas and renewed energy to the table, while staying true to the sportsman racing at the core of the organization.”