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NHRA Power Rankings: Bristol

Richie Crampton posted a landmark win at Englishtown, becoming the 100th driver to win in Top Fuel. Mark J. Rebilas/USA TODAY Sports

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 Ford NHRA Thunder Valley Nationals at Bristol Dragway in Bristol, Tennessee.

Top Fuel

1. Doug Kalitta
2. Tony Schumacher
3. Richie Crampton

Schumacher is in the rankings because his car has gotten a little bit better at each of the past three races and he has five wins in Bristol. It was great to see Crampton get his first win and become the 100th driver to win in Top Fuel. He definitely had his best car of the season but also got a couple of lucky breaks in eliminations. I left Kalitta out of the rankings last race and he made me pay for it. He really does have the best car right now. Just needs to seal the deal in the final round.

Funny Car

1. Cruz Pedregon
2. Jack Beckman
3. Del Worsham

This class is crazy! If I stick with my formula, Robert Hight would be first. But it is a three-race formula and Hight's numbers have steadily gone down. Pedregon seems like an obvious choice -- No. 1 qualifier, quickest run in history, and wins the race. Problem is his car was awful on race day. He did not get down the track the first three rounds and still got the Wally! He gets the No. 1 pick because that car makes us go wow when it's right. Beckman and Worsham seem to be hitting their stride, so I like their chances.

Pro Stock

1. Jeg Coughlin Jr.
2. Erica Enders-Stevens
3. Allen Johnson

Enders-Stevens still has the best car by far. Both Coughlin and Johnson have the horsepower but have a problem with consistency on the set-up. Jeg struggled with that the past three races and was still able to get two wins and a runner-up, with Johnson getting the other win in Topeka. Coughlin was struggling at the beginning of the season, but he has looked like the Jeg of old, never giving up and doing the job behind the wheel and putting the team in a position to win. That's why he's a champion!