The National Hot Rod Association announced today that first-year Pro Stock driver Dallas Glenn has been nominated for the 2021 Rookie of the Year award. The Mooresville, North Carolina-resident has had an extraordinary debut season with four final round appearances, two national event wins in Charlotte and Topeka, a No. 1 qualifier in Houston, and 23 round wins so far.
“To be nominated and in the chase for the Rookie of the Year is a huge honor, especially when looking at the long list of racers that have won it in the past,” Glenn said. “There’s two races left this season and I feel like I’m in two different battles that are really close. I’m still mathematically in the championship battle, which will go down to the wire, and this Rookie of the Year battle feels even closer than that.”
Glenn, who is No. 3 in the national Pro Stock point standings and very much still in the championship hunt, has been turning wrenches with the eight-time championship winning KB Racing since 2012. He became an early standout in the Rookie of the Year battle with a win in just his fourth raceday start, the Charlotte Four-Wide Nationals. Since then, the Mooresville, North Carolina-resident has proven that his spring Charlotte victory was no fluke with another victory lane appearance in Topeka, Kansas, a No. 1 qualifier in Houston, Texas, and 23 round wins.
“I feel pretty happy with my rookie season,” he added. “Many racers go years without getting their first win and I was able to get mine in my fourth race and that is a huge achievement that I don’t take lightly.”
“The amount of support I have gotten from the entire racing community has been incredible,” he grinned. “Even racers and crew members from different types of racing have reached out and congratulated me. To get the support from everyone all over the country has been a big part in my drive to succeed. There’s no way I could compete at this level without the support from my wife, Sadie, and my family. Racing has always been a family sport to me and the support from my family has been amazing.”
Glenn and Top Fuel’s Josh Hart, who is also in contention for Rookie of the Year, share a lot of similarities. Both drivers come from successful sportsman racing backgrounds, and both have inked two national event wins in their rookie season.
“I think it’s really cool to see another driver be successful in their rookie season like we have,” Glenn said. “It’s been fun battling with him all season for this Rookie of the Year honor and I look forward to seeing his future success.”
In addition to his two national event wins, Glenn ran his career-best elapsed time and mile per hour (6.535-seconds at 210.93 mph) at the spring Charlotte event. He has also qualified for all 15 national event this year and has an average qualifying position of sixth.
FAST FACTS: Dallas Glenn's 2021 Season [So Far]
23 round wins with two races left
FOUR final round appearances (Charlotte 1, Sonoma, Topeka, St. Louis)
TWO national event victories (Charlotte 1 + Topeka)
No. 1 qualifier in Houston
Avg. qualifying position: 6th
Avg. light overall this season: .022-seconds
Avg. light during NHRA Countdown: .021-seconds
3rd in Pro Stock points with mathematical shot at winning the world championship
Made it into Countdown to the Championship in rookie season
- SR Driven Media PR / Sadie Glenn -
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