Dallas Glenn has been racing a Pro Stock car for seven months but its not too soon to include him in the conversation regarding the class’ best drivers. Glenn has now won three races in what many consider to be the sport’s most competitive class after defeating reigning world champ Erica Enders in the final of the Dodge//SRT NHRA Nationals in Las Vegas.
Glenn cut a perfect .000 light when he won his second race in Topeka and he just about duplicated that feat with a .001 against Enders, who wasn’t exactly slacking with a .005 of her own. After that, horsepower decided the final with Glenn taking his KB Racing powered RAD Torque Systems Camaro to a 6.660 to hold off Enders’ 6.684.
“In the final, I tried to do all I could; I have all the faith in [crew chiefs] Rob Downing, Dave Connolly and Jason Line. I knew we’d be good as long as I could do my job and hit my shifts. When I left, I knew I hit the Tree, but I didn’t know how good Erica was until I saw the time slip.”
Glenn was third-quickest in qualifying with a 6.677 and made his way to the final with wins over two-time Factory Stock champ Aaron Stanfield, Kenny Delco, and Mason McGaha.
“I knew the first round would be a memorable moment because of the way the ladder was stacked. Aaron [Stanfield] has gotten me twice this year including a final. When I got past him, I started clicking them off. I think my reputation with the clutch pedal helped me out today.”
Glenn still has a lot of work to do if he expects to pass his teammate Greg Anderson in the battle for the Camping World championship, but with three wins in five finals, he’s likely got the upper hand in the ongoing battle with Top Fuel’s Josh Hart for the Rookie of the Year award. Glenn now has four wins, including his first title in Super Gas at the 2011 Spring Las Vegas event.
“My goal [for Pomona] is to do the exact same job. If I can do that, don’t care about the Rookie of the Year. I just want to get as many race wins and road wins as I can. I’ll let everything else take care of itself.”
For Enders, the news wasn’t all bad as she gained a lot of ground in her battle with Anderson for the championship. The pieces nearly feel into place perfectly as Anderson lost in the first round to Elite driver Troy Coughlin Jr. while Enders topped Bo Butner, Matt Hartford, and Coughlin to reach the final and cut Anderson’s lead from 92 to 32 points with only the Auto Club NHRA Finals remaining on the schedule. Glenn is also in the championship picture, 107 points back with 187 available at the season finale.