Glanville having fun in a truck Shawn A. Akers WEST ALLIS, Wis. (July 3, 1998) Every so often, Jerry Glanville decides to "crawl out of the woodwork," so to speak, and make a start in the NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series. Not just to...
Glanville having fun in a truck Shawn A. Akers
WEST ALLIS, Wis. (July 3, 1998) Every so often, Jerry Glanville decides to "crawl out of the woodwork," so to speak, and make a start in the NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series.
Not just to quench his thirst for racing, mind you. No, the former head coach of the NFL's Houston Oilers and Atlanta Falcons gets plenty of that in the other three series he drives in.
It's just that the high profile that the NASCAR series carries holds a huge attraction for him, not to mention driving against great competitors such as Jack Sprague, Ron Hornaday and Joe Ruttman.
Glanville will his first attempt to qualify for a NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series event Saturday morning at the The Milwaukee Mile. Qualifying for the DieHard 200 was postponed Friday due to rain.
Glanville has made 21 previous career starts in the NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series. He's made over $85,000 in those starts, but is without a top-10 finish.
"I just love racing the trucks," said Glanville, driver of the No. 81 Unifirst Ford. "It's a tough series just to make the races. It's one of my favorite series to race in because the competition is unbelievable. It's just a pleasure to get out here with the rest of these guys and run."
Glanville was scheduled to race in the Chevy Trucks Desert Star Classic in Phoenix back in April, but was injured in a crash during qualifying for the companion NASCAR Winston West even there and did not get to attempt to qualify for the NCTS event. He injured his ankle and broke five ribs, as well as injuring his right wrist and right elbow.
He said was originally scheduled to drive in 28 or 29 races in various series this season, but due to his injuries, he missed events at Richmond and Fontana (Winston West) and some Hooters Pro Cup Series races. After Milwaukee, he's scheduled to run in three more NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series events in 1998 -- at Fontana, Colorado Springs and Nashville -- before the NFL season sets in come September. That's when he gets back to his other job -- broadcasting football games for the FOX Television Network and working for HBO.
Glanville's injuries have now healed, as evidenced by his victory recently in Southern All-Star cars race in his Ford Thunderbird at Peach State Speedway in Jefferson, Ga. His rehabilitation period including jogging five miles a day and lifting weights.
"When we were in Phoenix, they asked to do surgery on the left ankle, and I asked how long I would be there if they operated. And they said 10 days. And I said, 'don't operate. Put a cast on it.' Going home I could tell it wanted to swell. I rode home in the trailer. We cut the cast off after 12 hours, and it hasn't bothered me since."
Glanville's NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series team is comprised of four regular members, three from the same family. His son, Justin, also works on the team when school is not in session.
Source: NASCAR Online