It’s been a tremendous rookie season for Dallas Glenn, but the rising star has the chance to make it an even bigger finish heading to Las Vegas for this weekend’s Dodge//SRT NHRA Nationals presented by Pennzoil at The Strip at Las Vegas Motor Speedway. Glenn has picked up two Pro Stock wins in his debut season in the NHRA Camping World Drag Racing Series season and with two chances remaining, he has the opportunity to cash in on his first career Countdown to the Championship victory as well.
That would be a meaningful finish for Glenn, who is in the heat of the NHRA Rookie of the Year battle and is also still alive in the championship hunt with two playoff races remaining. After a terrific season in his RAD Torque Systems Chevrolet Camaro, Glenn is eager to end his year on a bright note. He advanced to a final round in St. Louis a month ago and currently sits third in Pro Stock points, but a late-season victory is what he is really after in Las Vegas.
“To get a win in the Countdown would be something special and be a major confidence booster going into the off-season,” Glenn said. “It would be a major boost to come through and succeed at the toughest moments of the season. The added pressure of the playoffs adds another level of enjoyment to all this, so we just want to keep pushing forward. I’ve learned how difficult it is to win the Countdown and you have to take advantage of every opportunity you get.”
It is the fifth of six races in the Countdown to the Championship in Pro Stock and Glenn is currently 183 points behind KB Racing teammate and points leader Greg Anderson.
Catching him will be difficult, as Anderson, who picked up his 98th career win in Dallas to become the all-time wins leader in Pro Stock history, is also trying to hold off defending world champ Enders. She won her fourth world title in Vegas last year, but Anderson has the advantage at the moment as he seeks to claim his fifth championship. He leads Enders by 81 points heading into Vegas, with Glenn and Kyle Koretsky sitting in third and fourth place, respectively. It’s been the first experience in the Countdown to the Championship as a driver for Glenn and as the intensity has ratcheted up in crunch time, he has done his best to raise his game with the hopes it pays off with some late-season success.
“I feel like I’m in a good spot to perform well at these next two races,” said Glenn, who has four finals appearances in 2021. “I feel like the car is the best it’s ever been. I just need to do my job and everything will work out. Overall, I feel pretty good about my first season. I had really high expectations because I know what I’m capable of, but it’s extremely difficult to win races in this class and especially in the Countdown. You have to be perfect in every aspect and everything has to fall into place on that particular weekend.”