Charlie Glotzbach
"Chargin'" Charlie Glotzbach

Born: June 19, 1938
Hometown: Edwardsville, IN

Driver for Cotton Owens Garage: 1968-1972
Performance in COG cars:
Races: 28
Wins: 1
Top 5: 14
Top 10: 16
Poles: 3

View Charlie Glotzbach's career NASCAR driving statistics

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A Real Charger

"He was a charger," said three-time Indianapolis 500 winner Johnny Rutherford. "That's how he got his name," said four-time Indy 500 winner A.J. Foyt. "He stood on the gas."

Glotzbach drove in 124 NASCAR races and, remarkably, finished in the top 10 in 50 of them. His record includes 12 pole positions and four victories. Eight times he placed second, and he also had five thirds, 18 fourths and three fifths.

His first NASCAR Winston Cup race was in 1960. While never running a full Winston Cup schedule, he ran a partial schedule every year from 1967 to 1975. The most he ran in a single year was in 1968, when he raced in 22 of 48 events. In 1969 he finished second in the Daytona 500 after being passed on the last lap by LeeRoy Yarbrough.

Glotzbach piloted his Cotton Owens Dodge to victory at the 1968 National 500 at Charlotte. They also lost the Daytona 500 of 1969 by a mere .01 of a second to Ford-Mercury king LeeRoy Yarborough. After the Atlanta 500-miler in March, 1969, Glotzbach became fed up with NASCAR rules and quit, which opened the door for Buddy Baker to join up with Owens.

In late 1969, Glotzbach received broken ribs and was shot twice during an altercation with a former employee of his race team, Nichols Engineering. He returned the next season and continued to run competitively with one of the bullets still in his shoulder. (ABC Wide World of Sports Broadcast, 1970 Daytona 500.)

Glotzbach set a World Record of 199.466 mph in September 1969 at Talladega, driving the Chrysler Engineering #88 Dodge Charger Daytona. The car was the pole winner, but Glotzbach, along with most other drivers, sat out the race due to a tire boycott.

His last NASCAR Winston Cup race was in 1992, a season when he competed in seven events. He has four wins and 12 poles in NASCAR.

NASCAR Grand National (Cup) Career Wins Summary

Win # Date
1 10.20.1968 - Charlotte
2 2.19.1970 Daytona 125 (qualifier) Daytona
3 8.16.1970 Yankee 400 Michigan
4 7.11.1971 Bristol Bristol

NASCAR Career Poles Summary
(12 Pole Awards - incomplete listing)

Win # Date Race Track
1 October 26, 1969 American 500 Rockingham
2 May 9, 1970 Rebel 400 Darlington
3 August 16, 1970 Yankee 400 Michigan
4 October 11, 1970 National 500 Charlotte
5 October 15, 1970 American 500 Rockingham

NASCAR Career Track Summary

Track Poles Wins
Bristol 0 1
Charlotte 1 1
Darlington 1 0
Daytona 0 1
Michigan 0 1
Rockingham 1 0

Auto Racing 1971 article on Charlie Glotbach's win at Charlotte
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