NHRA Story
Mike Dunn's Bristol Power Rankings
Tuesday, June 10, 2014


Doug Kalitta, Cruz Pedregon, and Jeg Coughlin Jr. are the top picks in ESPN2 analyst Mike Dunn's Power Rankings heading into the Ford NHRA Thunder Valley Nationals presented by Tri-Cities Area Ford Dealers in Bristol. 

TOP FUEL
Rank Driver Plus/minus
1. Doug Kalitta NR
2. Tony Schumacher NR
3. Richie Crampton NR
Mike's notes: Schumacher is in the rankings because his car has gotten a little bit better at each of the last three races and he has five wins in Bristol. It was great to see Crampton get his first win and become the 100th driver to win in Top Fuel. He definitely had his best car of the season but also got a couple of lucky breaks in eliminations. I left Kalitta out of the rankings last race, and he made me pay for it. He really does have the best car right now. Just needs to seal the deal in the final round.
 
FUNNY CAR
Rank Driver Plus/minus
1. Cruz Pedregon NR
2. Jack Beckman NR
3. Del Worsham NR
Mike's notes: This class is crazy! If I stick with my formula, Robert Hight would be first. But it is a three-race formula, and his numbers have steadily gone down. Pedregon seems like an obvious choice: No. 1 qualifier, quickest run in history, and wins the race. Problem is his car was awful on race day. He did not get down the track the first three rounds and still got the Wally! He gets the No. 1 pick because that car makes us go WOW when it's right. Beckman and Worsham seem to be hitting their strides, so I like their chances.
 
PRO STOCK
Rank Driver Plus/minus
1. Jeg Coughlin Jr. NR
2. Erica Enders-Stevens -1
3. Allen Johnson -1
Mike's notes: Enders-Stevens still has the best car by far. Both Coughlin and Johnson have the horsepower but have a problem with consistency on the setup. Coughlin struggled with that the last three races and still got two wins and a runner-up, with A.J. getting the other win in Topeka. Coughlin was struggling the beginning of the season, but he has looked like the Jeg of old, never giving up and doing the job behind the wheel and putting the team in a position to win. That's why he's a champion!