That wasn’t even the fastest competition time clocked at the strip; that distinction went to Chicago’s Marc White and his qualifying time of 5.706.
The series offered plenty more in between the races, with legends taking part in exhibition matches. Hines said the strong turnout had as much to do with the races as it did with the nostalgia of being in Cordova.
“It’s the oldest race in the world,” Hines said, adding he’s met four generations of families still coming to the races. “Big Daddy Garlits was here. He made his name at this race. This was the race that got him out of Florida, and it was here where his legend was born.
“It’s just the history. The fact that it’s such an old race and everybody back in the day came to this race.”
After such a successful turnout, people in Cordova are already looking at next year’s offering.
“That’s the whole problem of putting out such a big show like (the World Series) is trying to top yourself,” Hines said. “I can guarantee you the 61st annual will be a great show.”