Charlie Glotzbach was a NASCAR driver known as Chargin’ Charlie, who was active in the 1960s and ‘70s.
- Died: April 23, 2021 (Who else died on April 23?)
- Details of death: Died at his home in Jefferson, Indiana at the age of 82.
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A 50-year recordholder
Glotzbach began racing with NASCAR in 1960, though he left NASCAR after his debut year to race with ARCA and USAC. IN 1964, he was named ARCA’s Rookie of the Year. Glotzbach returned to NASCAR in 1967, and his speed at major races earned him his nickname. In 1969, he was the runner-up at the Daytona 500, repeating the feat in 1972. Later in 1969, he set a world qualifying record at the Talladega Superspeedway, at 199.466 miles per hour. But it was Glotzbach’s 1971 record that was truly notable. That year, he won the Volunteer 500 at Bristol Motor Speedway, setting an average speed record of 101.074 miles per hour. The record still stands today, 50 years later.
“I’m proud to have run in NASCAR. I was proud just to do it, but I’m also proud of the races I won. Plus I had a good percentage of finishing in the top five or top 10 of the races I ran.” —from a 2011 interview for the News and Tribune
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