Will Tony Schumacher rule Bristol?
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? The NHRA Thunder Valley Nationals at Bristol Dragway in Bristol, Tenn.
1. Shawn Langdon
2. Tony Schumacher
3. Khalid alBalooshi
4. Doug Kalitta
5. Clay Millican
Khalid moved into the rankings at the last event for the first time and went to the finals. That moved him up to third, and it probably would have been second if not for Schumacher's record of five wins in Bristol.
1. Johnny Gray
2. Jack Beckman
3. Matt Hagan
4. Cruz Pedregon
5. Courtney Force
Hagan was not in the rankings last race (obviously, he should've been since he won), but is still behind his teammates. Courtney comes in based on having a good car in qualifying, but like Kalitta in T/F she has struggled on race day. I think that will change this week (just a hunch!).
1. Mike Edwards
2. Allen Johnson
3. Jeg Coughlin
4. Shane Gray
5. Jason Line
Edwards was low for every qualifying session and round of eliminations in Englishtown on his way to the win. Add in the fact that he has won in Bristol the past four years and everybody else is probably racing for second place.
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