Iconic NHRA Pro Stock drag racer Bob Glidden passed away on Dec. 17. The 85-time national event winner and 10-time series champion was 73.
Over the course of a career that spanned 25+ years, Glidden and KB Racing's Greg Anderson crossed paths many times. In 2017, Anderson achieved a monumental accomplishment, and one he says he never imagined achieving, when he surpassed Glidden's 85 career victories in the class.
Following the death of Glidden, Anderson reflected on what it was like to watch the driver nicknamed Mad Dog race – and to compete against him.
"I didn't just get to watch Bob Glidden race, I got to race against him when I worked for Warren Johnson as a crew chief. Watching from the sidelines, Bob was about the most impressive thing you ever saw. When I got to race against him with Warren, he was absolutely the toughest racer there's ever been.
"There were times Warren could run as well as him – and Bob was winning 80% or more of the races – but Bob would do something on the starting line. I would consider it unfair and get so mad, but now I understand that Bob was the complete racer. If he couldn't gain an advantage on the racetrack, he could gain an advantage psychologically. He knew how to win, whether he had you covered in e.t. or not, and he did not like to lose. He really was a 'Mad Dog.'
"By the time I finally got the chance to drive a car, I had learned by watching Bob Glidden, and of course Warren Johnson, that there is more to it than making your car go fast. It's the people you surround yourself with, the way you race, and being able to have a take-no-prisoners attitude.
"Just as you do in any sport, you watch the guy who is the best and try to learn from that. Bob taught us all a few lessons about how to get it done, and he's been a great inspiration to me from before I got to drive and all the way through my career."
KB Racing extends our heartfelt condolences to the Glidden family.