Motorsports Industry, Open Wheels — March 17, 2018 at 4:47 pm

EARHoF 2018: Glenn Borden Jr.

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EARHoF inductee Glenn Borden Jr.

By Andrew Kunas

Our final inductee is a third generation racer, who admits to being surprised to be getting this honor at the age of 44, even though he had hung up his fire suit several years ago now. He saw his father race as a kid and he decided he wanted to race also.

He ended up spending $600 to buy a bomber and raced that for a time before being a force to contend with in the super stocks. A man name Richard Kufal later bought a sprint car from Don Fry and decided to put this inductee behind the wheel with assistance from Dave McClendon, and soon he was on the track racing sprint cars with his dad, dad running car number 72 and his son the 67. When dad retired, his son took over the number 72 and raced with for the rest of his driving days.

A modest but still competitive man, he admits to being a little disappointed at times with his career, noting that mistakes on his part and some bad luck had cost him some big race wins and even championships over the years. He accomplished much still despite a lack of support at times and being incredibly busy with his work and his family. While he did a little bit of traveling for special events most years, including racing at Knoxville, he’s best remembered for being a force to be reckoned with in a sprint car at Grays Harbor Raceway.
In 2001, just as his dad was retiring, he won his first sprint car track championship at Grays Harbor Raceway. It was a well-earned title as he won it on championship night and did it all in equipment he put together himself.
At the time also, he was developing a number of fun rivalries that would last for years, one of them being with Randy Van Aagten. One big and sometimes fierce rivalry that involved several championship battles was with several time track champion and future Hall of Famer Jay Cole. They exchanged a number of blows, taking turns winning titles but they respected each other.

Additional titles came for the No. 72 car in 2003, 2007 and 2009 bringing his total to four, and there were a few near misses in there also, including the memorable four-way championship night showdown in 2008 that involved Cole, Shawn Rice and Henry Van Dam. He, by his own admission, felt that he had more than his share of cold spells and found consistency to be difficult to come by at times, resulting in those near misses, but fans always knew well enough that the 72 sprint car was worth keeping an eye on every night.

One night he surprised a number of people when he found himself starting up near the front of the field in an ASCS National Tour event at the Fred Brownfield Classic in 2009.

As his kids started racing quarter midgets and eventually cage karts, the time crunch was getting to be much. With too much on his plate he felt he longer had the ability to field a sprint car for himself and put in the necessary time to competitive, electing to retire in 2010 while still in his 30’s. It was time to focus on his kids’ racing efforts.

He was most proud that he was able to accomplish what he did despite below low on resources and support at times. He had worked hard enough with what and who he had helping him and it resulted in him being one of the most decorated sprint car racers in the history of Grays Harbor Raceway, and now he is hoping to transfer that ability and instinct to his sons and fourth generations drivers Devon and Carson, Devon having already found success in cage karts and late this past season himself climbing into a sprint car for the first time. It would surprise no one if Devon and Carson continue the family legacy on the track in Elma.

Please join me in welcoming this 2018 inductee to the Elma Auto Racing Hall of Fame, the one and only Glenn Borden Jr.

 

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