Bob Glidden had every reason to believe he wouldn’t win the 1980 NHRA Pro Stock crown.
Already a four-time champion, Glidden’s follow-up to an incredible seven-win 1979 season, got off to a bad start through a series of misfortunes, not of his own making.
First, Glidden’s major sponsor and factory supporter for the 1979 season, Chrysler, filed for bankruptcy leaving him to run the new season on his own dime.
Secondly, by the third event of the 1980 season Glidden was forced to return back to a Ford Fairmont, a car he admitted was not very good.
Thirdly, Glidden was forced to deal with a race team, in a Chevrolet Camaro, intent on dethroning him.
Facing such enormous obstacles, a lesser man might have given up. In that era or any era, Glidden has never been a lesser man.