Justin Humphreys Adds Pro Stock Legend Bob Glidden to Knoll-Gas Energy Team Operating on the theory that three solid Pro Stock minds are better than two, Justin Humphreys Wednesday officially added Bob Glidden, one of the category's greatest ...
Justin Humphreys Adds Pro Stock Legend Bob Glidden to Knoll-Gas Energy Team
Operating on the theory that three solid Pro Stock minds are better than two, Justin Humphreys Wednesday officially added Bob Glidden, one of the category's greatest performers, to his RaceRedi Motorsports/Knoll-Gas Energy Pontiac GTO team.
Glidden -- who amassed 85 career Pro Stock wins, won 10 championships and was chosen No. 4 in NHRA's top 50 drivers from its first 50 years -- joined the team during Monday and Tuesday testing sessions at Martin, Mich.
"I'm excited," said Humphreys, in his first season of NHRA Pro Stock competition. "Bob worked with Richard (Maskin, the team's veteran engine builder) and Eric (Luzinski, crew chief) during testing and things went well. They were making little changes here and there to the engine, chassis and tune-ups. "
Humphreys and his new line-up will make their POWERade Series debut Friday when the Lucas Oil Nationals get underway at Brainerd International Raceway. It marks the driver's first appearance at the racing facility located northwest of the Twin Cities. But this stop is nothing new for Glidden, Maskin and Luzinksi.
"Eric is the crew chief, Richard builds the engines and Bob will be overseeing everything from the driver to the car to the engine tune-up . . . the whole picture," added Humphreys. "We had two smart minds and now we added a third. There's a lot of (Pro Stock racing) history there between the three of them. I definitely think this is for the better."
Humphreys now hopes to begin piling up some history of his own. The former Sport Compact and Nopi series driver has qualified for seven of the first 15 events, with a best start a No. 8 at Denver last month.
"The car ran well during testing," reported Humphreys, "but there was only one other car there so we really didn't have much to compare it with. We'll find out Friday afternoon when qualifying begins."