Commentary

NHRA Power Rankings: Englishtown

Originally Published: May 22, 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 Toyota NHRA Summernationals at Old Bridge Township Raceway Park in Englishtown, New Jersey.

Top Fuel

1. Shawn Langdon
2. J.R. Todd
3. Spencer Massey

Langdon is the defending champion and is coming off an impressive performance in Topeka. Todd is there because he has a very good car right now. Massey, 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 that team keeps going down the track, and Spencer is doing his job, so they keep getting wins. It doesn't hurt that he holds both ends of the Englishtown track record, either.

Funny Car

1. Robert Hight
2. Courtney Force
3. Ron Capps

The same three drivers as Topeka. Even though Hight 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 because you would win 95 percent of the time. Hight didn't win, but that's what makes 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

1. Erica Enders-Stevens
2. Allen Johnson
3. Vincent Nobile

The KB Racing team has a great record in Englishtown. It has won eight times in the past 12 years with Greg Anderson getting five wins and Jason Line collecting three. So, because of that, I put Nobile  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

1. Eddie Krawiec
2. Andrew Hines
3. John Hall

The Harleys were about as good as you could get at Atlanta. Hines was a little bit better in qualifying and Krawiec 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.

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