Commentary

NHRA Power Rankings: Charlotte

Originally Published: April 10, 2014
By Mike Dunn | ESPN

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 SummitRacing.com NHRA Nationals at The Strip at Las Vegas Motor Speedway.

In honor of the Four-Wide Nationals, I thought I would pick the top four 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.

Top Fuel

1. Spencer Massey
2. Doug Kalitta
3. Antron Brown
4. Tony Schumacher

Spencer gets No. 1 on his record at the Four-Wide and pretty much nothing else. He has won the past two years and is the only active Top Fuel driver to have won twice. 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.

Funny Car

1. Robert Hight
2. Alexis DeJoria
3. Matt Hagan
4. John Force

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.

Pro Stock

1. Erica Enders-Stevens
2. Allen Johnson
3. Jeg Coughlin
4. Jason Line

No surprises here. The top four based on performance the past 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 finals last year.

Pro Stock Motorcycle

1. Hector Arana Jr.
2. Scotty Pollacheck
3. Steve Johnson
4. Matt Smith

After the first race of the season the motorcycles are all over the place. The finalists from Gainesville did not even make the top four based on performance. When I factored in reaction times with performance, this is what we get. With the crazy way four bikes are run at this event, RT's will definitely play into it.

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