If you go back in the history books looking for results from the 1988 NHRA Mile High Nationals you will not find them. Instead you’ll find a blank spot and things kicking back up again with the 1989 NHRA Mile High Nationals. Why? Did it rain? Was there a boycott? Aliens? The answer is that the track effectively closed its doors for the majority of the 1988 season to undergo a massive $4-million upgrade. This is what brought the track to the style of facility as you will see it this weekend either in person or on the Fox broadcast network. The huge tower, the giant grandstand on the left side, the way that the pits and the lanes are laid out. All of that happened in the 1988 hiatus so when the 1989 race came around, everyone was pumped to see the “new” Bandimere Speedway and no one was happier than Bob Glidden.
Glidden is the undisputed king of the mountain currently with seven event victories there. Force trails him with six as does the legendary Joe Amato who was a streaky winner in the altitude. He also has six victories at the track to his credit. In this video we see two of the hottest pro stocks of the 1989 season as Eckman is in the bright yellow Pennzoil Firebird and Glidden is in his Motorcraft Ford Probe.
The broadcast team is Gary Gerould, Don Garlits, and Steve Evans and they ace this one big time. The in-car footage of Glidden grabbing gears rules as does the side view window look at the hole shot that Eckman strapped on the Ford. Evans excitedly makes mention of the fact that Eckman was so far out on Glidden all you could see was his parachute pack!
How does it end? Watch the video and find out!