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Mike Dunn's Englishtown Power Rankings
Wednesday, May 28, 2014


Shawn Langdon, Robert Hight, Erica Enders-Stevens, and Eddie Krawiec are the top picks in ESPN2 analyst Mike Dunn's Power Rankings heading into the Toyota NHRA Summernationals in Englishtown. 

TOP FUEL
Rank Driver Plus/minus
1. Shawn Langdon NR
2. J.R. Todd +1
3. Spencer Massey NR
Mike's notes: Shawn is the defending champion and is coming off an impressive performance in Topeka. J.R. is there because he has a very good car right now. Spencer on the other hand doesn't have a car good enough to be in the top five, much less the top three in performance, but they keep going down the track, and Spencer is doing his job, so they keep getting wins. It doesn't hurt that Spencer holds both ends of the Englishtown track record either.
 
FUNNY CAR
Rank Driver Plus/minus
1. Robert Hight Even
2. Courtney Force +1
3. Ron Capps -1
Mike's notes: The same three drivers as Topeka. Even though Robert went out in the first round, he still has a great car. If I were a crew chief, and I'm sure Mike Neff would agree, and I knew I was going to get an .081 light from my driver and run low e.t. of eliminations against the No. 14 qualifier, I would take that all day since you would win 95 percent of the time. Robert didn't win, but that's what makes NHRA Drag Racing so great. One to watch is Cruz Pedregon. If he truly does have his mechanical issues fixed, he could do well for the second race in a row.
 
PRO STOCK
Rank Driver Plus/minus
1. Erica Enders-Stevens Even
2. Allen Johnson NR
3. Vincent Nobile NR
Mike's notes: The KB Racing team has a great record in Englishtown. They have won eight times in the last 12 years with Greg Anderson getting five wins and Jason Line collecting three. So because of that, I put Vincent in the rankings since he had the best of the KB cars in Topeka, but watch for the Summit boys; I think they will run well this weekend.
PRO STOCK MOTORCYCLE
Rank Driver Plus/minus
1. Eddie Krawiec Even
2. Andrew Hines Even
3. John Hall NR
Mike's notes: The Harleys were about as good as you could get in Atlanta. Andrew was a little bit better in qualifying, and Eddie was a little bit better in eliminations on a run-per-run basis. Eddie is at the top because he has a ton of mojo at this race since he considers it his hometown track and holds both ends of the track record, and even though that was with the old engine setup, he should have a lot of confidence this weekend.