Dallas Glenn had already displayed impressive potential through the first three races of his burgeoning Pro Stock career.
But apparently, the future is now, as the promising rookie won the NGK NTK NHRA Four-Wide Nationals at zMAX Dragway on Sunday, going 6.540-seconds at 209.88 mph in his Rad Torque Systems Chevrolet Camaro.
The suspense was initially drawn out when the win light didn’t immediately come on in Glenn’s lane, but the celebration soon ensued after he was officially declared the winner, holding off fellow young guns Mason McGaha and Troy Coughlin Jr.
It was a final quad that also included Fernando Cuadra Jr., who went red, and featured four young talents looking for their first Pro Stock win. In the end, it was Glenn who delivered from start to finish to become the 69th different winner in Pro Stock’s illustrious history, allowing him to enjoy a moment he won’t soon forget.
“To be honest, I don't even think it's hit me yet," Glenn said. "I'm just trying to enjoy everything I can. I've never experienced it on this side. It's super emotional. This is a whole new perspective for me and these cars are so much fun, but they're hard to drive. The results just came a little sooner than we were expecting."
Glenn’s first victory in his first career final round continued the strong start for KB Racing, giving the team all four wins in 2021. Of course, the first three all came from points leader Greg Anderson, but Glenn made major improvements over the course of the weekend.
He lost in the opening round at the most recent race in Atlanta and the team made a number of changes afterward. Glenn qualified 10th and then made the quickest pass of his opening-round quad, going 6.535 at 210.64.
A round later, he again made the quickest run of the quad with a pass of 6.547 at 209.52 to advance to his first career final.
Glenn was a solid .030 on the starting line there, but it was McGaha who left first with a stellar .018, continuing his incredible day on the starting line. Glenn had enough to track him down, with McGaha finishing second after going 6.558 at 209.23.
It was the second final-round appearance for McGaha, with both coming at the four-wide events this year. He advanced on a holeshot in the first round and a double holeshot in the semifinals.
Coughlin finished third in his third final round appearance, going 6.545 at 210.80. It was also Coughlin’s second final in 2021. It was the first final-round appearance for Cuadra, who dynamite on the starting line all day as well, advancing to the final on a double holeshot.
In all, the four Pro Stock competitors have just 48 starts in the class between them, indicating a bright future not only for them but the rest of the class as well. On Sunday, though, the day belonged to Glenn.
"I think Pro Stock is extremely healthy," Glenn said. "Pretty much half the field is under the age of 35. There's a lot of young guns driving right now, and it's absolutely tough out there. Anybody in the top 16 can win a race out there. Anything can happen right now. You know you're going to have to be good on the tree."