A year ago at Heartland Park Topeka, Billy Glidden thought he was done for the season.
The Extreme 10.5 legend had a nasty wreck at the track thatâ€™s the site of this weekendâ€™s Kansas National Guard Independence Drags V, which he thought would end his 2010 season.
But thatâ€™s not even on his mind as Glidden, currently the points leader in XTF, returns to the track.
â€œThatâ€™s obviously where we crashed, but Iâ€™ve got no reservations or thoughts about it,â€ Glidden said. â€œItâ€™s just something that happened. I donâ€™t think about it, honestly.
There were some amazing positives that came from it.
Remarkably, Glidden returned to racing just three weeks later in Baytown, winning a double-race weekend at Royal Purple Raceway.
It ended up being an incredible moment and display of adversity, carrying Glidden to No. 2 in the points race in 2010.
But like Glidden said, heâ€™s only focused on the now and that means working on constant improvements with his car.
He has one win and one runner-up finish this year, but he struggled at Maple Grove Raceway in May.
Since then, Glidden has worked hard on a number of items and the end result was a solid test session in Indianapolis.
He hopes that carries over to Topeka this weekend.
â€œWeâ€™ve made some significant changes. Itâ€™s nothing visually you see with your eyes, but weâ€™ve made quite a few changes,â€ Glidden said. â€œWe only made two runs at Indy, but weâ€™re very pleased with how the car acted.
â€œIt seems like our consistency could get a little better now.â€
(Photos by ADRL/Richards)