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Glidden Picks Up First NHRA Pro Mod Victory at Summernationals

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Bill Glidden raced to his first career victory Sunday in the NHRA J&A Service Pro Mod Drag Racing Series portion of the Toyota NHRA Summernationals.

This weekend’s Pro Mod competition at Old Bridge Township Raceway Park is co-presented by Smithfield Foods and Western Beef and is the fourth of 10 events in the season.

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155-BillyGlidden-SundayCelebration-EnglishtownGlidden powered his Mickey Thompson Ford 2010 Mustang to a 5.923-second pass at 243.24 mph to beat Don Walsh’s 5.897 at 252.33 in his Precision Turbo/Walsh Motorsports Chevy Camaro on a holeshot. This was a rematch of the final in Houston earlier this year in which Walsh was victorious.

Glidden entered eliminations as the No. 13 qualifier and raced past Steve Matusek, Troy Coughlin and No. 1 qualifier Mike Janis to make it to the final round. Glidden, the son of 10-time NHRA Pro Stock world champ Bob Glidden, is second in championship points.

Walsh, the No. 2 qualifier, sprinted past Mike Knowles, Kevin Fiscus and Gainesville winner Bob Rahaim to make it to his second final round appearance of the season. Walsh remains the leader in the points category.

The NHRA Pro Mod Drag Racing Series heads to Bristol, Tenn., for the NHRA Thunder Valley Nationals June 19-21. The event is the fifth of 10 races in the 2015 Pro Mod season.

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