Cup Series winner Charlie Glotzbach passes away at 82

Chargin’ Charlie Glotzbach, who made his label with stunning certifying speed throughout the height of NASCAR’s speedway boom and aero wars, passed away Friday. He was 82.

WAVE, a Louisville-based NBC affiliate, initially reported the news, mentioning Glotzbach household sources.

Glotzbach won 4 races in what is now called the NASCAR Cup Series, driving for a who’s who of Hall of Famers in his profession — Junior Johnson and Cotton Owens amongst them. He was two times a runner-up in the Daytona 500, and likewise declared 12 lead, developing a bulk of those certifying marks at stock-car racing’s biggest, fastest tracks.

“That’s how he got his name. He stood on the gas,” A.J. Foyt as soon as stated of Glotzbach, who declared to have actually lapped the Chelsea (Mich.) Showing Premises at 243 miles per hour in the late 1960s.

Glotzbach burglarized NASCAR with a handful of starts as a 22-year-old novice in the 1960-61 seasons. After attaining minimal success, he returned into ARCA, USAC and other regional competitors near his Edwardsville, Indiana, house.

The sport was not as inviting to motorists from outdoors its Southern origins at that time, and Glotzbach stated he was considered as something of an outsider. One quality that assisted him suit was a nation drawl. “I’m from Southern Indiana,” he informed press reporters with a laugh in 1969. “You go on upstate, about 200 miles north of me, they talk a lot different.”

His go back to NASCAR visited opportunity in 1967. While working for cars and truck owner Nord Krauskopf, Glotzbach was provided the chance to make a number of starts in Bobby Isaac’s backup cars and truck. The cars and truck broke in 4 of his 9 looks that year, however each of his 5 staying starts netted top-10 surfaces.

Those efforts drew the eye of Owens, who worked with Glotzbach to drive his No. 6 Dodge the list below year after the departure of David Pearson to the Ford camp at Holman-Moody. Glotzbach scored his very first win with Owens that fall at Charlotte Motor Speedway, however lead at Daytona, Darlington and Charlotte made him his “Chargin’ Charlie” label.

Glotzbach’s 1969 season was amongst his most eventful. He lost the Daytona 500 by a car-length, handed down the last lap by LeeRoy Yarbrough. Months later on, Glotzbach set a world certifying record for the opening race at Talladega Superspeedway at 199.466 miles per hour on Sept. 10.

“It was the biggest thrill of my career. It almost takes your breath away,” Glotzbach informed journalism after leaving his Ray Nichels-owned Dodge. A day later on, he published an informal lap of 199.827 miles per hour in practice, however a group of motorists boycotted after the tires stopped working to hold up under the high-speed conditions and Glotzbach was amongst those who withdrew.

He returned for the 1970 season, however just after recuperating from 2 gunshot injuries suffered the previous November after a difference with a previous worker. He won two times and protected 4 poles as the producers’ arms race for horse power and aerodynamic benefits reached its peak as track sizes grew.

Glotzbach’s last Cup Series triumph in 1971 set a record that still stands. Glotzbach left his No. 3 Chevrolet on a searing July day at Bristol Motor Speedway on the 351st lap, and relief chauffeur Friday Hassler managed it the rest of method an unusual caution-free occasion. The 101.074 miles per hour typical speed is still a 500-lap standard for the .533-mile Tennessee track.

Though the bulk of his driving profession was total by the mid-1970s, Glotzbach continued racing — even with spaces of a number of years in his Cup Series period. Most especially, he returned for a seven-race Cup stint with cars and truck owner Junie Donlavey, the last of those looks coming at age 54. 2 years later on, he was amongst the 43 motorists who stopped working to get approved for the very first Brickyard 400 at Indianapolis.

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Glotzbach won 4 ARCA Menards Series races after turning 50. Among his last driving looks came back at Bristol in 2010 in an exhibit race for racing legends, however ended in several injuries after a crash that likewise seriously harm Larry Pearson. He later on made a complete healing.

Glotzbach never ever ran over half the races in an offered NASCAR season, however his profession record of 50 top-10 surfaces in 124 starts was exceptional, specifically in a period when attrition ran high.

“I‘m proud to have run in NASCAR,” Glotzbach informed the (Jeffersonville, Ind.) News and Tribune in 2011. “I was proud just to do it, but I‘m also proud of the races I won. Plus I had a good percentage of finishing in the top five or top 10 of the races I ran.”

Jobber Wiki author Frank Long contributed to this report.