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Mike Dunn's Charlotte Power Rankings
Wednesday, April 09, 2014

In honor of the NHRA Four-Wide Nationals, I thought I would pick the top 4 in the rankings instead of three. After all, there will be four cars on the track in the finals, so let's see who they should be.

Rank Driver Plus/minus
1. Spencer Massey NR
2. Doug Kalitta -1
3. Antron Brown -2
3. Tony Schumacher NR
Mike's notes: Spencer gets No. 1 on his record at the Four-Wide and pretty much nothing else. He has won the last two years and is the only active Top Fuel driver to have done so; Cory McClenathan and Del Worsham are the other two. Spencer's team knows how to win here and have good notes on the track. Once again, Steve Torrence is one to watch. He should probably be in the top three.
Rank Driver Plus/minus
1. Robert Hight NR
2. Alexis DeJoria NR
3. Matt Hagan NR
3. John Force -3
Mike's notes: Courtney Force should probably be on this list, but she has struggled at the Four-Wide and Matt is the defending champion, so he makes the list.
Rank Driver Plus/minus
1. Erica Enders-Stevens +1
2. Allen Johnson -1
3. Jeg Coughlin Jr. NR
3. Jason Line -1
Mike's notes: No surprises here. The top four based on performance the last three races. The only surprise is how strong Erica's car is with the quality of teams in the class this season. One to watch would be Shane Gray. He went to the final last year.
Rank Driver Plus/minus
1. Hector Arana Jr. NR
2. Scotty Pollacheck NR
3. Steve Johnson NR
3. Matt Smith -3
Mike's notes: I went with the top-three finishers last year. They did have the best bikes toward the end of the season. A couple of things. The Aranas should be right in there, and the Harley-Davidsons probably had the most to gain in the off-season, so it will be fun to watch the first outing for the bikes! Eddie loves this race having won here three years in a row from 2010 to 2012 and holding both ends of the track record.