Glen Cromwell’s leadership of NHRA praised by drivers, owners alike
Less than three weeks into his new job as NHRA president, Glen Cromwell faced his first crisis.
Old Bridge Raceway Park in Englishtown, N.J., announced in mid-January it was dropping its drag racing program but remaining open. Quite suddenly, the 49-year tradition of the Summernationals was history, replaced by an land-lease opportunity to park cars on raceway property.
The NHRA was forced to drop one of its 24 national event sites, a stunning development for the sport.
“The Summernationals have played an important part in our heritage and we hope that fans in the area will try to make it to another one of our events,” Cromwell said at the time. “Our focus remains on making the NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series a memorable experience for our fans, racers, sponsors, partner and tracks.”
Cromwell’s experience with NHRA kicked into high gear. An NHRA employee at various levels since 1997, the Ferris State University graduate and his NHRA staff worked quickly. Within two weeks, the Glendora-based sanctioning body announced Virginia Motorsports Park would return to the national circuit and be the new venue for the event.
“I’ve always been a fan of racing. When I was hired in 1997, I felt like I could make a difference and help to grow the sport,” Cromwell said. “I still feel that way today.
“While it is a last-minute addition, we want to provide a great experience for everyone there. It takes a lot of focus and coordination to pull off a large event when we start planning more than a year in advance. But I have full faith in our team and in the track. It’s going to be great!”
Cromwell’s appointment to succeed Peter Clifford was viewed as a positive by many. Among them was Dallas Gardner. the second NHRA president and chairman of the board.
“Glen takes the […]