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David Glidewell Wins the American Speed Association Pro-4 Championship

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Glidewell's last minute gear change improved his cars handling enough to allow him to win the title.
Glidewell's last minute gear change improved his cars handling enough to allow him to win the title.
After discovering that his car wasn't running up to its full rpm potential during practice at Orange Show Speedway (OSS), David Glidewell made a couple of quick gear changes. "Man what a difference that made," said the K&N sponsored Pro-4 Late Model racer. The cog alteration allowed Glidewell to glide to victory in the abbreviated 15-lap main, and to his first ever ASA Pro-4 Championship.
This is K&N sponsored David Glidewell's first ever ASA Pro-4 Championship.
This is K&N sponsored David Glidewell's first ever ASA Pro-4 Championship.


"Winning my first championship is bittersweet," remarked Glidewell. We fought hard against some good cars and did a lot of work to make our car handle and be fast. Our class has had low car count due to the economy and a lot of the classes at OSS have been down this season."

"After getting with Eddie Secord of Fastrack engineering and going over the car for the first time since its completion we found that the rear end was out of square. Eddie worked his magic on the car, and we got it all back in tune. I have to blame myself for the gearing being wrong."
The Glidewell31 team now plans on taking their state-of-the-art car up north to see how they fair in the Northwest Pro-4 Alliance Series.
The Glidewell31 team now plans on taking their state-of-the-art car up north to see how they fair in the Northwest Pro-4 Alliance Series.


"After looking at the recall on the tech I discovered that it was only turning 7900 rpms and the motor needs to turn 8400 to 8600 rpm. I ordered the wrong gear and looked at the wrong gear chart. It wasn't until race day morning that I figured out I had misread the gear chart. So I rushed to Harold at Racing Plus and picked up a new 6-splines 21 gear set. It was amazing how much that few hundred rpm changed the way the car handled going into the turns and improved our exit speeds."

The Riverside, California driver and his Glidewell31 team won three of their six races, they were the number one qualifiers and won some of their trophy dash races, their clear frustration stems from the fact that the scheduled awards banquet for 2010 was canceled and that they wouldn't be receiving anything for winning the championship. "We looked forward to it for our sponsors as well as for ourselves," said Glidewell. "We're very disappointed with best in the west racing and their decision with the Pro-4 class."

The Glidewell31 team plans on going up north to race in the Northwest Pro-4 Alliance Series now. Glidewell feels that the change of venues and challenges for himself and his state-of-the-art car will be good. They also want to see what their Fastrack built car is capable of doing on bigger tracks.

"We will not race at OSS as long as best in the west is in control," declares Glidewell. "Eddie Secord has raced up north for some time now and I look forward to being able to race with him - he's a mentor and friend. I'm trying to learn as much as possible, but it's not always easy, having Eddie on our side just helps make it a little easier."

"This year has been a hard one for us financially. Getting ready for the August 7th race Mike Williams of Keller Williams Reality stepped up and made it possible to get fuel and paid our entry fee to race. This is the first race he attended and we ended up sweeping the whole night with a top qualifier win, we won the trophy dash and the main event, it was a very good night for the Glidewell31 team. A lot of hard work and having good equipment paid off with us in winning this championship."

"I think our car is the best looking car out there by far," adds Glidewell. "It has the paint job that Dale Jr raced with for Mt Dew and it stands out. Long time friend Phil Rogers of Body systems has done all the work to make this thing shine, it's just amazing how the whole car turned out."

Glidewell expressed his sincere thanks to all the aforementioned people that made it possible for him to continue racing this year and to bring in the championship, including a special thank you to Bob Harris at K&N filters for his continuing support. Glidewell also wanted to be certain to thank his fiancée, Susan Hansen, "She doesn't really like racing but she's always been there to support me, and she's even done the job of spotting for me when my regular spotter Dwayne Blay wasn't able to make it."

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