Billy Glidden isn’t so sure he’d like a longer season, but he sure would like to be able to back this one up a few months for a couple of “do overs” now that he’s hit his stride with a new tune-up in his nitrous-fed, Mickey Thompson-backed 2010 Mustang. Glidden, from Whiteland, IN, dominated Extreme 10.5 (XTF) at the ADRL World Finals VIII presented by CarSafe Oct. 19-20, in Ennis, TX.
“I’m working with a new combination this season, the motor, clutch, gearing, everything, and it’s definitely a better setup, but it takes time to figure it all out,” Glidden explained after winning the race, but finishing second to Alan Pittman and his screw-blown ’09 Mustang in the season-long points chase.
After qualifying number one among only five entries with a 3.915 blast at 190.59 mph, Glidden repeated with a 3.919 solo pass at 189.26 mph, then beat Todd Moyer and his twin-turbocharged ’63 Corvette with a 3.945 at 187.18 in the semis. That set a pairing with fifth-place starter Dan Myers in his third final of the year, but the first in his supercharged ’57 Chevy Cameo pick-up.
Myers left with an ever-so-slim, one-thousandth of a second advantage of the start, but it wasn’t nearly so close an eighth of a mile later, as Glidden ran 3.946 at 187.11 mph to secure his ADRL-leading 15th event win, while Myers crossed the line in 4.501 seconds at 142.58 mph.
“This stuff has kicked us in the butt so many times that I approached the final just like I would for anyone,” Glidden said. “I don’t ever take anybody for granted; we just go up there and try to do our best every time.”
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