Commentary

Does Schumacher still own Indy?

Originally Published: August 29, 2013
By Mike Dunn | ESPN

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 prestigious NHRA U.S. Nationals at Lucas Oil Raceway in Indianapolis.

Top Fuel

1. Tony Schumacher
2. Shawn Langdon
3. Spencer Massey
4. Morgan Lucas
5. Clay Millican

Schumacher has a record nine Indy trophies, so how do you not put him at the top? The fact that he tested well last week doesn't hurt, either. The way Millican has run this year, I do think it would be fitting for him to get his first NHRA trophy at the Big Go!

Funny Car

1. Matt Hagan
2. John Force
3. Ron Capps
4. Robert Hight
5. Courtney Force

John Force Racing has dominated Indy since 2008, but I think the boss has his best shot at winning since his last Indy win in 2002. Jimmy Prock has done a great job with Force's car, and if John can step up on the tree, watch out! Hagan and Capps have very good cars and have a great chance at getting their first Indy Wally.

Pro Stock

1. Mike Edwards
2. Allen Johnson
3. Greg Anderson
4. Vincent Nobile
5. Jeg Coughlin

I like Edwards' chances to get his first Indy trophy since 1998. Anderson had a great car in Brainerd and it's great to have him back in the rankings for the first time since Englishtown. He might have been at the top if the forecast wasn't calling for warm weather until Monday, since the Summit cars seem to run better in cool conditions.

Pro Stock Motorcycle

1. Matt Smith
2. Hector Arana Jr.
3. Michael Ray
4. Hector Arana
5. Eddie Krawiec

The motorcycle fields are tightening up. Based purely on performance, these are the best five of the past three races. But they are close, and like most events it will probably be decided on the starting line.

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