Bob Glidden
American racing driver
Bob Glidden
Bob Glidden is an American drag racer. He was retired from Pro Stock racing in 1997 and returned in 2010. Glidden retired as the driver with the most wins in National Hot Rod Association (NHRA) history at that time (a feat recently topped by 15 time Funny Car champion John Force), and he is currently the third most successful drag racer (85 National Event wins) in the history of the NHRA behind Warren Johnson (97) and John Force (132).
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Without future Hall of Fame quarterback, the Colts' season may be done before ... - Indianapolis Star
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Schumacher stayed tied with "Big Daddy" Don Garlits for the most US Nationals titles in Top Fuel, one behind Pro Stock legend Bob Glidden's record nine. "I almost didn't want to pass him. Being tied with 'Big Daddy' is pretty cool," Schumacher said
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Worsham wants Top Fuel win at NHRA US Nationals - Indianapolis Star
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A win today would break a tie with "Big Daddy" Don Garlits for most US Nationals Top Fuel titles and tie Pro Stock legend Bob Glidden for most overall. "We've won championships all kinds of ways, when we won 15 races and when we won one race,"
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2011 NHRA: Historic Lucas Oil Raceway Dragstrip Named Bob Glidden Drive - PaddockTalk
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"To this day, Bob still holds the record for most wins at this event, the world’s largest and most prestigious drag racing event, and it is only fitting that this hallowed drag strip be aptly named Bob Glidden Drive." Glidden won an incredible nine
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Unknown trio leaps into spotlight at NHRA's main event - USA Today
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Legends who will be honored are Shirley Muldowney and Bob Glidden. ..... In last year's US Nationals, track records were set for all pro categories. ..... Since 2000, two drivers — Tony Schumacher and Larry Dixon — have won the US Nationals in Top
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Rick Teverbaugh: Kick the tires and light the fires at Nationals - The Herald Bulletin
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Bob Glidden will be honored as what he has been for a long time — a legend. He is the lone nine-time winner of the event, all of those in the Pro Stock class. Tony Schumacher has yet to win this season in Top Fuel, but he is an eight-time winner at
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2011 NHRA: Kalitta Feels His Team Is 'On The Verge Of Something Good' - PaddockTalk
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... next to the biggest legends of NHRA drag racing who have won the Mac Tools US Nationals, the world's most prestigious drag race: Don “The Snake” Prudhomme, Shirley Muldowney, “Big Daddy” Don Garlits, Bob Glidden and Tom “The Mongoose” McEwen
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DRAG RACING: Maple Grove to host NHRA Legends - The Mercury
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29-Oct. 2 race at Maple Grove will be treated to four more of the sport's biggest stars – Don Garlits, Shirley Muldowney, Bob Glidden and Connie Kalitta -- each of whom will be inducted into Maple Grove Raceway's Wall of Fame Sunday morning
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2011 NHRA: Free Childrens Ticket In High Demand For Mac Tools US Nationals - PaddockTalk
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Bob Glidden, the legendary Pro Stock driver whose 85 wins are third on NHRA's all-time wins list, and whose 10 championships are second on NHRA's all-time championships list. Glidden has an amazing nine wins at the event ('73, '74, '78, '79, '83,
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2011 NHRA: Full Throttle Drag Racing Series Results Saturday From Infineon Raceway - PaddockTalk
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“When you can be put in the books with people like Warren Johnson and Bob Glidden from years ago it makes you feel good,” Force said. “But I am still chasing them in my mind. It's what gets me up each day and keeps me going
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John Force leader absolu des poles position - US RACING
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En décrochant samedi sa 139ème pole position en carrière, le vétéran de la NHRA, John Force s'est assuré une nouvelle place dans le livre des records de la discipline, devant des légendes comme Warren Johnson et Bob Glidden
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F1, Formula 1, NASCAR, IndyCar, MotoGP, ALMS, And More! - PaddockTalk
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Twelve Moments, including Bob Glidden's Calendar-Year Winning Streak in 1975, “Big Daddy” Don Garlits blowover in Englishtown in 1986, Kenny Bernstein's 300-mph-breaking run in Gainesville in 1992, and Tony Schumacher's “The Run” in 2006 are already
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Motorsports Brands - Storied Legacy Of Ford Customer Service Division Brands ... - Autochannel (press release)
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FCSD and its associated brands have raced to the winner's circle for generations in a story that stretches back decades, to the early days of NHRA Pro Stock world champion Bob Glidden, now a crew chief, Mark Oswald and Kenny Bernstein, a team owner,
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Records fall in American Drag Racing League weekend action at US 131 ... - MLive.com
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Other winners Saturday included Frankie Taylor of Dickinson, Texas, who took first in 10.5 Extreme after beating Billy Glidden, the son of legendary driver Bob Glidden. Taylor also ran in Pro Extreme, but he lost on a holeshot to Todd Tutterow in the
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2011 NHRA: Legends, Family-Friendly Ticket Offers Spur Early Buzz For 2011 Mac ... - PaddockTalk
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Bob Glidden, the legendary Pro Stock driver whose 85 wins are third on NHRA's all-time wins list, and whose 10 championships are second on NHRA's all-time championships list. Glidden has an amazing nine wins at the event ('73, '74, '78, '79, '83,
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Speed is not the answer for NASCAR - San Bernardino Sun
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Previous K&N Horsepower Challenge winners include Darrell Alderman, Bruce Allen, Dave Connolly, Jeg Coughlin, Bob Glidden, Kurt Johnson, Warren Johnson, Larry Morgan and Jim Yates. 3 Very quietly, and without the fanfare of fellow IndyCar Series
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2011 NHRA: Lucrative K&N Horsepower Challenge Offers Bonus Cash For Pro Stock ... - PaddockTalk
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... winner Anderson will meet veteran driver Ron Krisher. Other past winners of the K&N Horsepower Challenge include Darrell Alderman, Bruce Allen, Dave Connolly, Jeg Coughlin, Bob Glidden, Kurt Johnson, Warren Johnson, Larry Morgan and Jim Yates
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Timeline
Learn about memorable moments in the evolution of Bob Glidden
    LATE_ADULTHOOD
  • 2005
    Age 61
    He was inducted into the International Motorsports Hall of Fame in 2005.
    More Details Hide Details In 2001, a panel ranked him fourth in the National Hot Rod Association Top 50 Drivers, 1951-2000. The Motorsports Hall of Fame of America inducted Glidden in 1994. Glidden is married to Etta Glidden, and the couple has sons Rusty and Billy. Etta was Bob's long time crew chief and all three were part of his team. Members of the family have made numerous appearances on the Car Craft Magazine All-Star Drag Racing Team. Etta and their sons were named to the Team six times. Bob has appeared on the team eleven times, including two times as Person of the Year and once as the Ollie Award winner for his career-long contributions to the sport. Glidden's son, Billy, once raced against his father in a race in 1996, with the son beating the father.
  • FIFTIES
  • 1998
    Age 54
    He returned to the driver's seat for Steve Schmidt's team at the 1998 U.S. Nationals, but he failed to qualify for the event that he won nine times.
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  • 1995
    Age 51
    He won his 85th and final national event at the Mopar Nationals in 1995, after missing most of the 1995 season due to open heart surgery during the off season.
    More Details Hide Details Glidden retired after two events in the 1997 season. He was dissatisfied with his sponsorship arrangement. After retiring, he worked on Ford's motor program for its Winston Cup program. He has been the crew chief for numerous drivers since his retirement.
  • FORTIES
  • 1989
    Age 45
    Glidden dominated to win his tenth and final championship in 1989.
    More Details Hide Details He started the season on a strong note, winning five of the first seven events and seven out of the first eleven. He won nine times that season, ending the 1980s with 49 wins. Glidden won three events in 1990, one event in 1991, two events in 1992, and two events in 1993.
  • 1988
    Age 44
    His 1988 season was similar to 1987.
    More Details Hide Details After struggling early in the season, he won five of the last seven races en route to his fourth straight title. He retired his Thunderbird after 19 national victories in favor of a Ford Probe at the Supernationals. The cars set a national e.t. record at 7.277 seconds, the quickest Pro Stock run in NHRA history. He used the Probe to win at the Fallnationals, which was his 67th career victory.
    His two season streak ended at the 1988 Gator Nationals with 22 straight top qualifiers.
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  • 1987
    Age 43
    In 1987 Glidden won eight races including his 60th national win.
    More Details Hide Details He ended his season with five straight wins and his eighth Pro Stock championship. He reached the finals ten times that season, winning a record 42 rounds of competition. He qualified number one in all 14 events.
  • 1985
    Age 41
    Glidden's ten Pro Stock championships included five in a row beginning in 1985.
    More Details Hide Details Among his numerous accomplishments, Glidden won nine straight NHRA national races in 1979 and was the No. 1 qualifier 23 times in a row, including the entire 1987 season. At one point, he won 50 eliminations rounds in a row. Glidden almost became the first driver in a doorslammer to reach 200 miles per hour when he ran 199.11 miles per hour at an International Hot Rod Association (IHRA) race in Darlington, South Carolina. However, a Top Sportsman car driven by Bill Kuhlmann ran 202 miles per hour later that evening. He has won several IHRA races and won one IHRA championship. Glidden began his drag racing career in the 1960s in a Ford 427 Fairlane. He is most closely associated with Ford cars, a manufacturer that he used throughout his career.
  • 1984
    Age 40
    Glidden received a new Ford Thunderbird in the middle of the 1984 season, and it quickly became the dominant car on the Pro Stock circuit.
    More Details Hide Details Glidden led the 1985 points standings from start to finish, winning five national events. It was his sixth Pro Stock championship. Glidden started the 1986 season out slowly. His Winternationals and Gatornationals ended in early round loses. After winning the semifinals of the Southern Nationals in April, his parachute was caught by a gust of wind. His Thunderbird spun, hitting the opposite guardrail. The car did six barrel rolls as it was destroyed. Glidden was unhurt. He returned at the Cajun Nationals with a different car. His first victory of the season came in July at the Mile-High Nationals. It was the first of his three straight victories. He won six of the last seven events to win his seventh Winston title.
  • THIRTIES
  • 1981
    Age 37
    Shepherd won the 1981 to 1984 Pro Stock championships.
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  • 1979
    Age 35
    Glidden retired his undefeated Ford Fairmont in 1979 in favor of a Plymouth Arrow.
    More Details Hide Details He opened the season with a victory at the Winternationals, and did not lose a round until June. The streak ended after 14 races and 50 rounds when he fouled in the second round at the Mile-Hile Nationals. He won seven national events, earning the maximum points at four events by setting low e.t., qualifying number one, and setting the top speed at each event. He also earned maximum points in his four divisional events. Glidden chased Lee Shepherd for the 1980 Winston title all season, leading the points standing only after the final race. He won his fifth overall and third straight championship at the final event. He caught a break when Shepherd broke his transmission in the second round. Glidden set the low e.t. and top speed in his final round win to earn the maximum points and the season championship.
  • 1978
    Age 34
    Glidden returned for his third Winston title in 1978.
    More Details Hide Details He started the season in his Ford Pinto, winning at the season opening Winternationals and at the Cajun Nationals. The end of the season was in his Ford Fairmont, which took event wins at races including the Summernationals. The car finished the season undefeated in five national competitions. He had seven national victories that season, tying Don Prudhomme for the most that year. The seven wins broke the previous Pro Stock single season record of six wins set by Jenkins. He earned a record 16,035 points and lower the national e.t. record time to 8.59 seconds.
  • 1977
    Age 33
    He finished second in 1977 behind Don Nicholson.
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  • 1974
    Age 30
    While in a midseason slump, he reacquired his 1974 Pinto.
    More Details Hide Details His seven events wins (including the Winternationals, World Finals, Gatornationals, and Fallnationals) helped propel him to his second straight Winston title. He set low e.t. six times. Glidden had an off year in 1976, finishing sixth in the points.
    He beat Gapp in the event finals. 1974 was his second full season in Pro Stock.
    More Details Hide Details He won three events including the Springnationals and U.S. Nationals. That season he set the record for the lowest elapsed time (e.t.) and the highest speed (8.83 seconds and 154.90 mph respectively) at a Division 3 event at Bowling Green, Kentucky. The feat earned him 400 bonus points towards the championship. He had an 8.81 second qualifying run at the U.S. Nationals to lower his e.t. record, and he beat Gapp in the event finals. These wins contributed to his come-from-behind win to beat rivals Gapp and Wally Booth for the season championship. Glidden followed with a banner year in 1975. He had five top qualifier runs and eight top speeds during the season. He used three cars during the season.
  • TWENTIES
  • 1972
    Age 28
    In his first Pro race, he finished second to Bill Jenkins at the final Supernationals of the 1972 season.
    More Details Hide Details Glidden had his first national win the following season at the U.S. Nationals. His 9.03 second run at a national record 152.54 miles per hour (mph) was fastest qualifying time in the fastest Pro Stock field.
    He sold his two Super Stock Mustangs late in the season 1972, and purchased a Pinto Pro Stock from Jack Roush and Wayne Gapp.
    More Details Hide Details He quit his job at Ed Martin Ford to race full-time.
    He was a frequent winner in Division 3 before turning Pro in 1972.
    More Details Hide Details In those days, the series included participation in both national and divisional races.
  • 1968
    Age 24
    In 1968 he changed to a 428 Cobra Jet Mustang.
    More Details Hide Details He started out in Stock and moved up to Super Stock. He was sponsored by Ed Martin Ford, where he worked as a mechanic.
  • CHILDHOOD
  • 1944
    Age 0
    Born in 1944.
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