In Poker, a bad beat is when you have one of the statistically strongest poker hands possible but it still turns out to be the losing hand.
A bad beat jackpot is a secondary jackpot prize that’s awarded to a player who has a bad beat. Not all casinos or poker rooms offer bad beat jackpots, but they do help take the sting out of your unexpected loss.
At the Route 66 Nationals, Dallas Glenn was the beneficiary of a bad beat jackpot on the dragstrip.
On Friday, Glenn, the No. 1 qualifier for the inaugural NHRA Pro Stock All-Star Callout, earned the first selection and called out No. 7 seed Erica Enders. Thinking he had the best hand, he accepted a side bet in which the driver defeated in their meeting would pay the other $2,500.
That bet did not work out well for Glenn as Enders ended up winning the match up after "Double O" Dallas red-lighted by jumping the start. While Glenn may have been knocked out of the All-Star Callout, he made a heck of a pass that moved him to the number one spot for Sunday's main event.
On Sunday, Dallas was on a mission to capture his 3rd Wally of the season and to replace that $2,500 back to the bank account.
He did just that. The Pro Stock points leader just kept right on truckin' at the Route 66 NHRA Nationals, picking up win No. 3 in his fourth final round of the season, just six races in. Driving the RAD Torque Systems Chevrolet Camaro out of the KB Titan Racing stable, Glenn was sharp at the tree in the first round and recorded the quickest winning elapsed time of the round to defeat Chris McGaha, 6.537 to 6.582. The quickest time clocked in eliminations belonged to the defending and five-time Pro Stock champion, Erica Enders, who forfeited the win light on a holeshot to Elite Motorsports teammate Aaron Stanfield.
Holeshots were the theme of the day for two of the most successful currently competing Pro Stock drivers, as Glenn utilized one of his own to eliminate the most winning driver in the class – and Glenn's boss – Greg Anderson. Glenn's .023 and 6.576 got the job done over Anderson's .060 and 6.554. It was not an easy victory for Glenn, however.
"I came up for round two against Greg, and when I left, the car wanted to leave – and then it did not," said Glenn. "It took a hard left, and that's when my day got kind of wacky. But I managed to drive through it and hold him off. Then the crew chiefs made a lot of changes for the third round; they basically turned the Pro Stock car into a Super Stocker for the size of the wheelstands it was doing."
Glenn, an accomplished Sportsman racer, handled the unique changes with deft skill, powering to a 6.563, 210.05 to defeat a tire-chattering first-time semifinalist Jerry Tucker to gain entry to the final, where he was matched with Deric Kramer. Charlotte winner Kramer, who sent Mason McGaha and Cristian Cuadra home empty-handed in the first two rounds in Chicago, made his way to a second consecutive final round by defeating Stanfield in a compelling semifinal round. Kramer was .041 at the tree to Stanfield's .044, and the two powered down the track together. Kramer won by just a hundredth of a second, 6.567 to 6.574.
The KB Titan teammates met in the final round, and Glenn had lane choice. It came in handy as Kramer shook the tires hard and had to shut off. Glenn sailed straight down the track and won on a 6.562.
"I'm feeling great right now," said Glenn, who now has a 168-point lead over second-place Matt Hartford. "I'm worn out – it's a lot of work when you go to a final. But I'm definitely enjoying every bit of this. This day started out how I wanted it to, just go up there, stay relaxed and make nice, smooth, clean runs. Rob Downing, Dave Connolly, and Nate VanWassenhove [crew chiefs] did a great job making sure this car got down four clean runs today. Even though I didn't do the best job driving in my last two runs, it was good enough to get the job done."
The NHRA Camping World Drag Racing Series season continues June 2-4 with the NHRA New England Nationals at New England Dragway in Epping, N.H.
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Content: Chris Bishop | NHRA (Kelly Wade)
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