The Victory NSS pit area was popular with the fans.  (Dennis Mothershed photo)

Victory Nostalgia Super Stocks at Cordova, Ill.

Berens Hits a Home Run at World Series

When Victory NSS competitors first look at their yearly race schedule, the World Series of Drag Racing at historic Cordova Dragway Park is immediately circled as a must attend event. With 61 years of history, large nitro fields, all forms of exhibition cars, 500 race cars, Big Show drivers, celebrities, 10,000-plus cheering fans, and a party atmosphere all weekend, this is the ultimate event in the Midwest for racers and fans alike.

This year, despite a tough weather forecast, 44 Victory NSS warriors gathered at Cordova to battle for the coveted World Series crown. Walking down the Victory pit road was like stepping back in time. On Saturday afternoon, a constant stream of fans, both young and old, strolled NSS row, enjoying the cars and stars of the Victory series.

Going into the Cordova race, the Wisconsin duo of Wally Krueger and Russ Berens had a stranglehold on the points championship. With Krueger winning the first two races in his bright red Hemi Plymouth and Berens winning the last race in his 2012 Championship-winning ‘67 Hemi Belvedere, this pair had a huge target on their backs.

Rain on Friday cut the qualifying runs for the Victory crew down to one. The classic Super Stock racers made good use of it, though, running 21 pairs of cars down the track in just 14 minutes!

The Victory family then settled in for a night of fellowship, enjoying a group meal and sharing stories. Saturday morning the group met to vote on the rules and direction of the Victory series for next year. This is one of the unique points of this association; they vote on their rules as a group.