NHRA Power Rankings: Gainesville

Before every event of the NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series, ESPN analyst Mike Dunn will rank the top three drivers -- and riders on weekends the Pro Stock Motorcycle crew competes -- in each category. Up this week? The Amalie Motor Oil NHRA Gatornationals at Auto Plus Raceway in Gainesville, Fla.

Top Fuel

1. Antron Brown
2. Doug Kalitta
3. Brittany Force

With Brown coming off an impressive win at Phoenix and being the defending Gatornationals champion, he is at the top. If I went with just the numbers from the first two races, Shawn Langdon would be third. But Brittany Force had a car that went down the track all eight passes at Phoenix, and even though she was not running the big numbers, she kept getting better as the race went on.

Funny Car

1. John Force
2. Tommy Johnson Jr.
3. Alexis DeJoria

John Force is still on top based on the numbers. The fact that he got to the semis despite getting down the track only two times while qualifying No. 1 tells you the competition still fears that car, and I don't expect him to be that inconsistent in Gainesville. Johnson has had a very good car the first two races and is getting more comfortable with every pass he makes. DeJoria had everything come together at Phoenix and has a good chance to go back-to-back.

Pro Stock

1. Allen Johnson
2. Jason Line
3. Vincent Nobile

Johnson has had a very good car at both races. A miscue on the starting line in Pomona cost him, but he obviously recovered from that right away with a win at Phoenix. A driver to watch is V. Gaines. He had a good car in Pomona and an average car at Phoenix, and even though he does not have numbers based on my formula to be in the top three, he still has two runner-up efforts, which is impressive.

Pro Stock Motorcycle

1. Matt Smith
2. Michael Ray
3. Eddie Krawiec

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 Harleys probably had the most to gain in the offseason, so it will fun to watch the first outing for the bikes! By the way, Krawiec loves this race, having won there three years in a row from 2010 to 2012 and holding both ends of the track record.