Humphreys, Glidden Bradenton test wrap-up/unutf

Humphreys, Glidden Ride Excellent New-car Test Results into Gatornationals Bob Glidden sounded like a very happy man. "I am," the 10-time NHRA Pro Stock champion and 85-race winner said Wednesday evening. "We got finished early and I'm ...

Humphreys, Glidden Ride Excellent New-car Test Results into Gatornationals

Bob Glidden sounded like a very happy man.

"I am," the 10-time NHRA Pro Stock champion and 85-race winner said Wednesday evening. "We got finished early and I'm already in my hotel room (in Gainesville, Fla.)."

What he and the crew of Justin Humphreys' RaceRedi Motorsports Pro Stock team finished was testing their new Pontiac GXP following a busy three days at Bradenton, Fla. The car's performance elicited an "outstanding" description from the veteran crew chief, enabling the team to head up I-75 to Gainesville in time for dinner.

Now the GXP's racing debut unfolds Friday in the 39th annual ACDelco Gatornationals at Gainesville Raceway.

"Things went real good," said Glidden, who was determined to get enough practice laps on the new chassis to get to know its characteristics. "We made 18 or 19 runs, and, of those, the last dozen were very good runs and everyone was happy with the way we ran.

"We ran three different motors and tried a lot of things. I think this car is really going to be good for us. Justin looked confident and was really driving good."

"Our best time was 6.62 (seconds)," added a very satisfied Humphreys. "That was pretty good. The car (from builder Rick Jones) seems to be working good. I like it. We were running (elapsed times comparable) with the other cars that were testing."

That is a good omen. The second-year pro from Monrovia, Md. got the 2008 POWERade Series season started on a good note. After two of 24 races, Humphreys is 10th with 85 points.

It was here a year ago that Humphreys qualified for his first POWERade Series event. Much has changed since then. He has a different engine supplier (Richard Maskin), the aforementioned GXP and Glidden -- who joined the team for the final six 2007 races. The two became fast friends, with the expert tutoring Humphreys on the finer points of Pro Stock racing.

Humphreys was runner-up at the 2007 Finals at Pomona, Calif., losing by seven thousandths of a second. Will this new ride be the catalyst that leads to the winner's circle on Sunday?

Glidden refuses to speculate. "You never know how good your test results are until you can compare it to other cars on the track," he pointed out.

-credit: jls

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Drivers Bob Glidden , Justin Humphreys