world series1Chris Lencheski, vice-chairman and CEO of IRG Sports + Entertainment, parent company of both Cordova International Raceway and Memphis International Raceway, announced that the company has reversed last year's decision to move the annual World Series of Drag Racing from its traditional home of Cordova, Illinois, after a one-year stay in Memphis, Tennessee.

The 2017 World Series of Drag Racing is set for Aug. 25-27, 2017; ticket information will be available in March. The event dates back to 1953, starting in Lawrenceville, Illinois, before moving to Cordova.

"We heard you, Cordova, and the entire greater Quad Cities – you wanted your race back, and we are glad to make it happen," Lencheski said. "Memphis was a tremendous host providing terrific corporate support, but candidly, the jewel in their eye is NASCAR. We have now delivered for Memphis as well with the return of a NASCAR event on June 3.

"With great respect for everyone in Memphis and the clearest understanding that Cordova/Quad Cities wanted the WSOD back, we are proud to bring the race back and expect that, with our increased purse, this year's edition of the WSOD will be a true homecoming!"

"When rumors of the return of the World Series of Drag Racing began to circulate, lots of emotion and excitement began to stir," Cordova International Raceway president and general manager Rod Wolter said. "As the rumors gained traction, the track phone never quit – everyone wanted to know if it was true. Guess what? It is!"

So as a reminder of what's going to happen next August, here's a look at the 2015 World Series of Drag Racing from Cordova International Raceway in Cordova, Illinois.


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