According to the old saying, “Absence makes the heart grow fonder.’’
And that apparently is even true in the world of professional drag racing.
After being moved to Memphis for one year, the World Series of Drag Racing will return to its familiar home at Cordova International Raceway later this month and interest in the iconic event apparently is as high as it’s ever been.
“I think it’s going well,’’ said Joe Taylor, executive director of the Quad-Cities Convention and Visitors Bureau.
“I am glad to have them come back. It’s almost like it’s new again … This break from Memphis I think kind of convinced everybody what it really meant to the Quad-Cities and like I say, it’s almost like it’s brand new again even though it’s been here many, many years before.’’
Brenda Stuart, the long-time office manager of the Cordova track, said interest in the World Series has rebounded in a big way.
“Everybody is super excited, as are we,’’ she said.
Stuart said that much of the reserved seating for the World Series, scheduled for August 25-27, already has been snapped up.
She said the reserved motor home sites along both sides of the track are sold out. All reserved seating at the starting line is sold out for the Saturday night program and is filling up quickly for Friday night. Pit spots for racers are not completely gone but Stuart said it is “getting full.’’
About 1,500 grandstand seats were added last spring and Stuart said they’ll be needed.
At its peak, the World Series attracted crowds of 12,000 to 15,000 on Saturday nights.
“We’re anticipating at least that,’’ Stuart said. “We’ve cleared off more area for parking and camping to accommodate the anticipated increase in attendance.’’
The Cordova track, located on Illinois route 84 about 15 miles north of Interstate 80, hosted the World…