Charles (Chargin’ Charlie) Glotzbach crossed the finish line on Friday, April 23, 2021.
Born June 19, 1938, in Edwardsville, Ind., he was preceded in death by his mother and father, Alphonse and Beatrice Sarles Glotzbach, as well as a son, Joel Lee Reisert.
Early in life, driving his father’s tractor through peach orchards, Charlie developed a love for all things with wheels. He made his mark early in his career at local tracks such as Clarksville’s Sportsdome Speedway, Louisville Fairgrounds Speedway and Salem Speedway. He achieved fame when he began racing the NASCAR circuit; he won the first restrictor plate race at Michigan, was a record holder at Darlington and still holds the record for the fastest race at Bristol in 1971. He was also a regular winner at ARCA races across the country.
Off the track, Charlie stayed busy with his trucking and heavy equipment business. He was an avid pilot and loved his farm, especially bulldozing new ponds and trails on the property. In later years, he enjoyed showing his classic cars at various shows and attending the car auctions and racing reunions. Still receiving daily fan mail, he signed and answered every single one.
Charlie is survived and missed dearly by his children, Terry Glotzbach (Beth), Lana Graham (Brad) and Connie Sturgeon (Robert), and grandsons, Matthew Glotzbach, Cody Johnson and Jason Johnson, as well as two great-grandchildren. He is also survived by his brother, Ronald Glotzbach (Janice).
He will be dearly missed by his group of friends who would congregate for breakfast, motorcycle rides, car shows and the weekly auctions at Manheim Auctions in Clarksville.
Thanks to all the kind people who have reached out to offer condolences. To the rest of the world, he was Chargin’ Charlie, but we will always remember him as our dad. His unexpected passing will forever leave an empty space in our heart. Every time “You Are My Sunshine” is played (the only song he played on the guitar) we will think of him.
Anyone wishing to commemorate his legacy may donate in Charlie’s name to Kyle Petty’s Victory Junction Charity, 4500 Adam’s Way, Randleman, NC 27317 or at www.victoryjunction.org.