Pro Stock icon Bob Glidden, one of the most dominant forces in the history of NHRA Drag Racing, died Dec. 17. He was 73. In a star-studded career that spanned more than 25 years in the class, Glidden won 85 events and 10 season championships and was voted No. 4 on the list of Top 50 racers from NHRA’s first 50 years in 2000. A Ford campaigner from the beginning, Glidden’s success in Pro Stock stemmed from his apprenticeship in Stock and Super Stock. He was inducted into the Motorsports Hall of Fame of America in 1994.
In the summer of 1978, he embarked on one of the sport’s legendary winning streaks that included nine straight national event victories. He also qualified No. 1 at a record 23 consecutive races, including all 14 events in 1987.
When asked to what he attributed his success, Glidden once said, “Common sense and the will to survive. I know that I have to hustle to win and that I have to go all out to afford to race.”
“Everyone in the NHRA community is saddened to learn the news of Bob’s passing,” said NHRA President Peter Clifford. “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.”