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Capps powers Funny Car

5/17/2013

Before every event of the NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series, ESPN analyst Mike Dunn will rank the top five drivers -- and riders on weekends the Pro Stock Motorcycle crew competes -- in each class. Up this week? Topeka.

Top Fuel

1) Shawn Langdon
2) Antron Brown
3) Doug Kalitta
4) Brandon Bernstein
5) Dave Grubnic

It seems crazy not to have the points leader, Tony Schumacher, in the rankings, but the math is not adding up right now. Other than a strong pass in the first round, he was mediocre at best in Atlanta. Team Kalitta has always done well here with 10 wins over the years, including "Grubby" being the defending champion.

Funny Car

1) Ron Capps
2) Cruz Pedregon
3) Johnny Gray
4) Tim Wilkerson
5) Matt Hagan

Johnny Gray probably should be at the top based on an outstanding performance in Atlanta, but he has been up and down this year on a race-to-race basis. I like Capps because he has three wins here and was in the finals last year, losing only because he was late off the line.

Pro Stock

1) Mike Edwards
2) Jeg Coughlin
3) Shane Gray
4) Jason Line
5) Allen Johnson

Shane Gray would not be in the rankings based on the performance numbers from Atlanta, but since he went to his third straight final (mostly on his driving), I think third is a good spot for him, and he won here in 2011.