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UPDATED (2/22, 12:30 AM, EST) - BILLY GLIDDEN TRANSPORTED TO HOSPITAL AFTER ACCIDENT WHILE TESTING

Drag racing champion Billy Glidden has crashed during a test session at the Orlando Speed World Dragway.

Glidden was making a test run in his 2010 Mustang when he encountered severe tire shake while running in the right lane. The car then turned right and impacted the right retaining wall before crossing the track where it struck the left retaining wall. The car came to a stop in the right lane.

DID YOU MISS THIS WEEK'S WFO RADIO?

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Matt Hagan previews the NHRA Arizona Nationals on WFO Radio NHRA Nitro. Lucas Oil Series racer Ed Olpin talks about his historic double at the Circle K Winternationals. NHRA National Dragster’s Kevin McKenna discusses his latest column “The Sports Report”. Seth Angel, from RaceDayScore.com, helps listeners set their NHRA fantasy teams for this week’s action. The NHRA’s Alan Reinhart and host Joe Castello get ready for Wild Horse Pass Motorsports Park.

 

 

 

 

 

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PRO STOCK CHAMPIONS DISAGREE WITH MORGAN’S DIAGNOSIS

 

Are Larry Morgan’s comments about the demise of NHRA Pro Stock racing greatly exaggerated?
 
Allen Johnson and Greg Anderson said they think so.
 
Morgan will revive his drag-racing career at next month’s Gatornationals as a 62-year-old rookie in the J&A Service Pro Modified Series driving Brad Anderson’s brand-new supercharged Chevy Camaro. He wasn’t denigrating the class when he said, “Even though I love it, it’s done. I don’t know how it can survive.”

A MANUFACTURER'S MIDWAY WHICH DELIVERS OLD SCHOOL RESULTS

 

One of the staples of the Lights Out 8 events is the success and popularity of its Manufacturers Midway from those attending the popular drag radial event at South Georgia Motorsports Park located outside of Valdosta, Ga.

During the four-day event, as many as 75 vendors are set up and doing business, with less than one-third of those participating peddling apparel and souvenirs.

Quartermax and RJ Race Cars are two of those major companies involved in drag racing who use the more targeted venue to display their products and services. 

SNEAK PEEK - JIM WHITELEY'S NEW PRO MOD CAMARO

Jim Whiteley is making the switch over to a Camaro from his trusty Chevelle. Here's a sneak peak of the new ride fresh out of the Jerry Bickel race car emporium in Missouri.

WELD RACING ADDS VIC WOOD AS SENIOR DIRECTOR OF SALES

WELD Racing is pleased to announce the appointment of Vic Wood as its new Senior Director of Sales. Vic will assume the role of managing WELD Racing’s top accounts providing leadership over many of its strategic sales initiatives.
 
“We are extremely honored to welcome Vic to our team,” said Norm Young, President and CEO of Weld Racing. “Vic brings more than 40 years of experience from his previous roles with leading performance aftermarket manufacturers, and also as a highly active member of the performance aftermarket community.”

NFL'S FLETCHER COX USES DRAG RACING AS HIS DIVERSION

Even beastly NFL defensive linemen need a break from beast mode. 

Philadelphia Eagles defensive tackle Fletcher Cox has a diversion which is a beast of another sort. 

Cox, drafted 12th overall in 2012 out of Mississipi State, fields a high-performance Mustang driven by Shawn Ayers, and covers the eighth-mile drag strip in four seconds. 

ALBRECHT REDEEMS HIMSELF WITH LIGHTS OUT 8 VICTORY

 

Joe Albrecht proved one doesn't need to grab all the headlines to be the headliner in the end.

Albrecht, who made the long haul from Bellmore, NY to Valdosta, Ga., traveled a little further by racing through four grueling rounds of competition in the Radial vs. The World division to beat top speed runner Mark Woodruff in the final round.

"The winner of this race is the one who will be able to keep their car together throughout the whole week," Albrecht explained. "You don't have to be the one consistently setting the records, but you do have to be consistently quick.

BILLY GLIDDEN TO BRING OUT FAMILY'S TRADITIONAL STARS & STRIPES ON MICKEY THOMPSON MUSTANG

 

A lot of classic Pro Stock fans will be happy next month, and they can thank second-generation drag racer Billy Glidden and his sentimental gesture.

Glidden will enter the 2017 NHRA J&A Pro Modified Series with the same Mustang he's run for nearly a decade, but with a new look.

Glidden, who is sponsored by Mickey Thompson Tires, has his seasoned nitrous-injected Mustang adorned in the same red, white and blue stars his father Bob Glidden made famous in the 1970s.

MIKE COUGHLIN SHINES FOR FAMILY AT POMONA

The intriguing graduation of Troy Coughlin, the J&A Service Pro Modified Series’ 2015 rookie of the year, to Top Fuel dominated NHRA news during the offseason and through the recent Circle K Winternationals.
     
Pro Stock fans were watching to see how his uncle Jeg Coughlin Jr., a five-time class champion, would fare in his return to a Chevrolet Camaro.

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