Bob Glidden dead at 73

Legendary Pro Stock racer Bob Glidden died Sunday, Dec. 17, at age 73. The Whiteland, Indiana, native, nicknamed “Mad Dog,” was an early icon of the class in which he competed for more than 25 years.


Glidden, who turned pro in 1972, dominated the Pro Stock class in the late 1970s and ‘80s, almost always driving a Ford. He won 85 events and 10 season championships. He was No. 4 on the list of the Top 50 Drivers in NHRA’s first 50 years. He was inducted into the Motorsports Hall of Fame of America in 1994 and into the International Motorsports Hall of Fame in 2005.


Glidden retired from drag racing in February 1997 to concentrate on engine development for some of Ford’s NASCAR Winston Cup teams. He came out of retirement to drive occasionally through the 2010 season, but never won another race.


Glidden leaves his wife, Etta, and sons Billy and Rusty.


See our 2008 InnerView with Bob Glidden at here. Among many other subjects, he explains how his team hid a nitrous system in their Pro Stocker.   

Nitro Outlaw Drag Racing Association formed

A new drag racing association finalized its formation during this year’s PRI show in Indianapolis. The new association, known as the Nitro Outlaw Drag Racing Association, has plans to host a limited number of events during 2018.


The association will run match-racing events for both Top Fuel and Funny Cars. Former driver Cory McClenathan will head up the Nitro Outlaw’s drivers committee, while Jack Wyatt oversees the owners committee. Crew chief Tony Shortall has been named Director of Safety and Competition.


Instead of a traditional qualifying format, teams will be given a single test run at the start of the event. Racer then will challenge an opponent for first-round pairing. In a unique twist, the fans will get to choose the lane for each driver via text or website voting. The show will be streamed live on NitroTV.org.


Both Top Fuel and Funny Car categories will be run. Races will be to 1,000 feet when possible. Nitro fuel is limited to 80% max, with a maximum manifold pressure of 60 lbs. psi.


The “Nitro Outlaw” races will be held at the following National Hot Rod Diesel Association events in 2018 with more ADRL races pending:


March 17 - Wild Horse Pass Motorsports Park, Phoenix, AZ

April 28 - Texas Motorplex, Dallas, TX

June 9 - Bandimere Speedway, Denver, CO

October 13 - Texas Motorplex, Dallas, TX  

‘Classic’ Funny Car class added to March Meet

The final judge for inclusion into the Classic Funny Car Class is Lou Hart's Drag Racing Funny Cars book.The Classic Nitro Funny Car class at the 2018 Good Vibrations March Meet is for classic-looking funny cars with all necessary NHRA Heritage rules enforced for safety and no long front overhang. It will be a 5.90 Index class, not a B-field. Racers must pick the class to race in prior to entering Auto Club Famoso Raceway and, ultimately will be subject to re-assignment if the management so decides. Points mag or MSD 12 amp.


The event payout is $5,000 to win the 8-car field and Stith Printing/Legends of Nitro will pay $500 to the #1 qualifier.


The Good Vibrations March Meet is scheduled for March 1-5 at Auto Club Famoso Raceway in Bakersfield, CA. 

Diesel association announces 2018 schedule

The National Hot Rod Diesel Racing Association has announced their schedule for next season.


Mar. 16-17: Desert Diesel Nationals, Phoenix, AZ

Apr. 13-14: NorCal Diesel Nationals, Sacramento, CA

Apr. 27-28: Texas Diesel Nationals, Dallas, TX

May 18-19: Oklahoma Diesel Nationals, Tulsa, OK

June 9: Diesels on the Mountain, Denver, CO

June 22-23: Bluegrass Truckin’ Nationals, Clay City, KY

Aug. 11: Canadian Diesel Shootout, Nisku, Alberta

Aug. 24-25: Big Sky Truck Fest, Acton, MT

Oct. 12-13: NHDRA World Finals, Dallas, TX  

Summit Motorsports Park to be all-concrete

A $1.6M track reconstruction project is in the works at Summit Motorsports Park in Norwalk, OH.


The staging lanes will be new asphalt and the head of the staging lanes through 100 feet past the finish line will be concrete with new asphalt from that point to the sand trap at the end of the track.


Armed with input from car owner Jim Head, who is a concrete paver, track president Bill Bader Jr. and the track’s project manager, Matt Welsh, chose to work with Miller Brothers Construction.


Reconstruction is scheduled to begin next February and will be completed in time for the 37th Annual Spring Warm-Up on April 28-29. 

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