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NHRA legend Bob Glidden dies

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By Anthony Caruso III | Publisher

Bob Glidden, who has been sick for the past several weeks, has died. The NHRA announced his death on Sunday night. He was 73.

He races for more than 25-years in the sport, as a Pro Stock driver. He won 85 events and 10 championships in his career.

Bob Glidden (Photo by the NHRA)

Bob Glidden (Photo by the NHRA)

In 2000, he was voted as the No. 4 driver on the Top 50 racers in NHRA’s first 50-years, according to

Glidden won championships in 1974 and 1975. He then won three in a row from 1978 through 1980, before winning five straight from 1985 through 1989.

“Everyone in the NHRA community is saddened to learn the news of Bob’s passing,” NHRA president Peter Clifford said. “He was a true competitor, who left a lasting legacy of excellence both on and off the track. Our thoughts, prayers and deepest condolences are with the Glidden family at this difficult time.”

Etta, his wife, was his long-time crew chief. Also, Billy and Rusty, his sons, were a part of his team.

His son Billy is a present-day Pro Mod driver. Glidden’s 85 wins are the seventh-most all-time.

John Force has the all-time most with a 148, then Frank Manzo is second with a 105. Dan Fletcher is third with a 102. Warren “The Professor” Johnson is fourth with 97 wins.

David Rampy has 96, then Greg Anderson is sixth with 89. Glidden is seventh with 85.

Glidden was inducted into the International Motorsports Hall of Fame in 2005. He was also inducted into the Motorsports Hall of Fame of America in 1994.


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