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On Wednesday, we reported on drag racer Billy Glidden's crash during practice at Orlando Speed World Dragway, where he experienced severe tire shake from his Pro Mod Ford Mustang, sending him up on two wheels, then hard into the right-side barrier, then even harder into the left-side barrier.

Glidden was unconscious when the safety crew reached him, and he had to be cut from the car.

We're happy to report that Glidden, despite five broken ribs and a bruised lung, is doing well. Doctors decided not to perform surgery on his ribs, and Glidden, while sore, is up and around in his hospital room in Orlando. He is expected to be released by this weekend.

Glidden won the 2016 IHRA Northern Nationals Pro Mod championship at U.S. 131 Motorplex in Martin, Michigan. Billy's famous father, Pro Stock drag racer Bob Glidden, won an IHRA championship in 1988 at the Texas Motorplex in Ennis, Texas, and that's the subject of our Throwback Thursday feature.

It was one of the most historic weekends in drag racing history, highlighted by Eddie Hill's incredible 4.990-second run in his Top Fuel dragster – the first run ever under five seconds. The Funny Car final round was also a record-setter as the fastest side-by-side Funny Car race ever. It was won by Ed "The Ace" McCulloch, who narrowly edged out a long-haired driver named Mike Dunn – who is now the president of the IHRA.

 
 

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