By BILL FOLEY
Sportsman driver Glenn Forward didn’t have a thought of being at the season opening Fulton Speedway High Banks Hold Up.
So much to his surprise he was indeed there, and not only present, but celebrating in Victory Lane.
A time on the injured list was anticipated when the 2017 campaign commenced.
Forward said, “I tore my MCL, ACL and lateral meniscus on February 18th in a snowmobile accident. I had surgery on March 30th for an ACL reconstruction and to repair my meniscus. I have been going to physical therapy twice a week and working hard based on my physical therapists’ instructions at home in between appointments.”
Continuing he explained, “We weren’t anticipating starting the season on time after my injury. I was thrilled to get released back to work and to be able to get in my car in time to start the season at Fulton.”
Fulton Speedway hasn’t always been kind to the driver of the 7c. Looking back on his experiences he noted, “I was surprised to bring home the win on Saturday as we had never finished a race at Fulton until the night before.”
Continuing Glenn noted, “We’ve always qualified good there, but always had bad luck. I was happy with the ninth place finish on Friday night in the DIRTcar Sportsman Series race and I was happy to bring the car home in one piece.”
It wasn’t an easy trek to be at the season opener as he said, “I would like to thank my father for all his hard work and getting the cars ready to race as I was out of commission for a couple of weeks. I have to also thank my wife and mother for their support during a tough time.”
There was also other credit to go along as Forward continued, “We couldn’t be doing this without our incredible sponsors Hutching’s Tree Service, Ted’s Body Shop, J&R Fuller Trucking, HR Refuse, Rather Brother’s BBQ, Kirley’s Septic and Sewer and Mid York Chimney Sweep.”
With a quick start he indicated that he plans on running the Brewerton and Fulton Speedways on a weekly basis this year.
Glenn Forward has been a relatively well-known driver in the Utica area as well as the Southern Tier, but hadn’t ventured to Central New York.
In his 15th year of racing he has progressed from Street Stocks and Pro Stocks to Sportsman.
Looking back at his career he explained, “We won the Pro Stock title at Utica-Rome in 2015. We had decided to quit racing at Utica on Sunday night as it is just too rough with my father and my work schedules.”
He felt last year was pretty good. Glenn said, “I was surprised at our accomplishments at Brewerton last year. I was going to be happy if we got one win, but we had three and also two more at Skyline and finished fourth in points at Brewerton which really exceeded our expectations.”
His Friday night venture at Brewerton came by almost accident. Explaining he said, “We ended up at Brewerton last year on a whim. Utica-Rome had several rain outs delaying the start of the season and I was itching to go racing. One Friday we decided around 3:30 p.m. that we were going to go to Brewerton. I had always wanted to race there and hadn’t had the opportunity until then. It took quite a bit of adjustment since it is so different from Utica, but I realty liked the track the first time I went on it. It seems to fit me well. I just plain have fun there when I race.”
Well in 2017 Glenn Forward will be having “fun” at Fulton and Brewerton on a weekly basis.
He’s already overcome a major obstacle and though still not 100%, he is rarin’ to go if only Mother Nature would cooperate.
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