Charlie Glotzbach

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Charles "Charlie" Glotzbach
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Glotzbach, picture taken in 1969
Born (1938-06-19) June 19, 1938 (age 78)
Edwardsville, Indiana, U.S.A.
Awards 1964 ARCA Rookie of the Year
NASCAR Sprint Cup Series career
124 races run over 15 years
Best finish 19th (1968)
First race 1960 National 400 (Charlotte)
Last race 1992 DieHard 500 (Talladega)
First win 1968 National 500 (Charlotte)
Last win 1971 Volunteer 500 (Bristol)
Wins Top tens Poles
4 50 12

Charles "Charlie" Glotzbach (born June 19, 1938 in Edwardsville, Indiana) is a former ARCA and was a NASCAR Sprint Cup driver. Charlie holds one of the oldest race records in NASCAR. He has the record for fastest pace at Bristol Motor Speedway for a NASCAR race. He was also known as "The Chargin' Comet" and "Chargin' Charlie".

Bristol race record[edit]

In 1971 Glotzbach won the caution-free Volunteer 500 at Bristol Motor Speedway in a record pace that still stands. The race was completed with an average speed of 101.074 mph (two hours, 38 minutes) at the .533-mile track. Glotzbach required relief during the middle of the race from Friday Hassler. The track is known for a high number of cautions.

NASCAR history[edit]

His first NASCAR Winston Cup race was in 1960. While never running a full Winston Cup schedule, he ran a partial schedule every year from 1967 to 1975. The most he ran in a single year was in 1968, when he raced in 22 of 48 events. In 1969 he finished second in the Daytona 500 after being passed on the last lap by LeeRoy Yarbrough.

In late 1969, Glotzbach received broken ribs and was shot twice after firing an employee of his trucking company. He returned the next season and continued to run competitively with one of the bullets still in his upper arm. (ABC Wide World of Sports Broadcast, 1970 Daytona 500.)

Glotzbach set a World Record of 199.466 mph in September 1969 at Talladega, driving the Chrysler Engineering #88 Dodge Charger Daytona. The car was the pole winner, but Glotzbach, along with most other drivers, sat out the race due to a tire boycott.

His last NASCAR Winston Cup race was in 1992, a season when he competed in seven events. He has four wins and 12 poles in NASCAR and his last attempt was in 1994 for the inaugural Brickyard 400 when he did not qualify.

Other racing[edit]

Glotzbach was named the 1964 ARCA series Rookie of the Year. He also attempted to qualify for the 1969 and 1970 Indianapolis 500 races, but failed to qualify for both.

Glotzbach now runs a truck sales business named "Charlie's Truck Sales" in Sellersburg, Indiana.

In a charity legends race on March 20, 2010, Glotzbach was involved in a horrifying crash at Bristol Motor Speedway. He T-boned the drivers' side of Larry Pearson at near full speed after Pearson spun. Both drivers were injured, but none are life-threatening.[1]

Motorsports career results[edit]

NASCAR[edit]

(key) (Bold – Pole position awarded by qualifying time. Italics – Pole position earned by points standings or practice time. * – Most laps led.)

Grand National Series[edit]

Winston Cup Series[edit]

Daytona 500[edit]
Year Team Manufacturer Start Finish
1961 Melvin Black Pontiac 22 15
1967 K&K Insurance Racing Dodge 17 33
1968 Friedkin Enterprises Plymouth 21 32
1969 Owens Racing Dodge 4 2
1970 Nichels Engineering Dodge 4 4
1972 Owens Racing Dodge 6 2
1974 Ellington Racing Chevrolet 13 36
1989 AAG Racing Buick DNQ
1990 Pontiac DNQ

ARCA Hooters SuperCar Series[edit]

(key) (Bold – Pole position awarded by qualifying time. Italics – Pole position earned by points standings or practice time. * – Most laps led.)

References[edit]

  1. ^ Scary moments in old-timers' race as legends return to high banks of Bristol
  2. ^ "Charlie Glotzbach – 1960 NASCAR Grand National Results". Racing-Reference. Retrieved April 29, 2016. 
  3. ^ "Charlie Glotzbach – 1961 NASCAR Grand National Results". Racing-Reference. Retrieved April 29, 2016. 
  4. ^ "Charlie Glotzbach – 1967 NASCAR Grand National Results". Racing-Reference. Retrieved April 29, 2016. 
  5. ^ "Charlie Glotzbach – 1968 NASCAR Grand National Results". Racing-Reference. Retrieved April 29, 2016. 
  6. ^ "Charlie Glotzbach – 1969 NASCAR Grand National Results". Racing-Reference. Retrieved April 29, 2016. 
  7. ^ "Charlie Glotzbach – 1970 NASCAR Grand National Results". Racing-Reference. Retrieved April 29, 2016. 
  8. ^ "Charlie Glotzbach – 1971 NASCAR Winston Cup Results". Racing-Reference. Retrieved April 29, 2016. 
  9. ^ "Charlie Glotzbach – 1972 NASCAR Winston Cup Results". Racing-Reference. Retrieved April 29, 2016. 
  10. ^ "Charlie Glotzbach – 1973 NASCAR Winston Cup Results". Racing-Reference. Retrieved April 29, 2016. 
  11. ^ "Charlie Glotzbach – 1974 NASCAR Winston Cup Results". Racing-Reference. Retrieved April 29, 2016. 
  12. ^ "Charlie Glotzbach – 1975 NASCAR Winston Cup Results". Racing-Reference. Retrieved April 29, 2016. 
  13. ^ "Charlie Glotzbach – 1976 NASCAR Winston Cup Results". Racing-Reference. Retrieved April 29, 2016. 
  14. ^ "Charlie Glotzbach – 1981 NASCAR Winston Cup Results". Racing-Reference. Retrieved April 29, 2016. 
  15. ^ "Charlie Glotzbach – 1989 NASCAR Winston Cup Results". Racing-Reference. Retrieved April 29, 2016. 
  16. ^ "Charlie Glotzbach – 1990 NASCAR Winston Cup Results". Racing-Reference. Retrieved April 29, 2016. 
  17. ^ "Charlie Glotzbach – 1992 NASCAR Winston Cup Results". Racing-Reference. Retrieved April 29, 2016. 
  18. ^ "Charlie Glotzbach – 1994 NASCAR Winston Cup Results". Racing-Reference. Retrieved April 29, 2016. 
  19. ^ "Charlie Glotzbach – 1987 ARCA Permatex SuperCar Series Results". Racing-Reference. Retrieved April 29, 2016. 
  20. ^ "Charlie Glotzbach – 1988 ARCA Permatex SuperCar Series Results". Racing-Reference. Retrieved April 29, 2016. 
  21. ^ "Charlie Glotzbach – 1990 ARCA Permatex SuperCar Series Results". Racing-Reference. Retrieved April 29, 2016. 
  22. ^ "Charlie Glotzbach – 1991 ARCA Permatex SuperCar Series Results". Racing-Reference. Retrieved April 29, 2016. 
  23. ^ "Charlie Glotzbach – 1992 ARCA SuperCar Series Results". Racing-Reference. Retrieved April 29, 2016. 
  24. ^ "Charlie Glotzbach – 1993 ARCA Hooters SuperCar Series Results". Racing-Reference. Retrieved April 29, 2016. 

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