NASCAR Q&A: Joey got lucky at Talladega; and another long-ago hot-rodder is gone

The Daytona Beach News-Journal

You agree with Joey Logano?

Joey is just the latest in a very long line of drivers who realize pack-racin’ at Talladega and Daytona puts them in harm’s way — and that there’s gotta be a better way of keeping the cars at a relatively sane speed. Watch the replay. If Bubba Wallace hadn’t quickly veered left, Joey would’ve taken the same type of driver’s-side hit Ryan Newman took last year at Daytona. Surely there’s a better way to slow them down without creating additional messes … all while maintaining a big audience.

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Joey Logano (22) goes airborne and flips on the track during the GEICO 500 at Talladega Superspeedway.

Was Chargin’ Charlie underrated?

Charlie Glotzbach

Charlie Glotzbach died last week at 82 in his native Indiana. He would’ve enjoyed more fame if LeeRoy Yarbrough hadn’t passed him on the final lap of the 1969 Daytona 500. But as it was, Glotzbach had four wins, 12 poles and 38 top-fives in just 128 starts as a part-timer, primarily in the late-’60s and early-’70s. He was particularly good at Daytona in the pre-plate days — he won a Twin 125 in 1970 and was also second in the 1972 Daytona 500. In the early 1990s, after reaching his 50s, he returned for several ARCA races and won four times in 16 starts — three of them at Talladega. He also ran “Charlie’s Truck Sales” and, by all accounts, was the type of guy you’d definitely by a used truck from.

Ken Willis