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Mike Dunn's Gainesville Power Rankings
Wednesday, March 12, 2014


Antron Brown, John Force, Allen Johnson, and Matt Smith are the top picks in ESPN2 analyst Mike Dunn's Power Rankings heading into the Amalie Motor Oil NHRA Gatornationals in Gainesville. 

TOP FUEL
Rank Driver Plus/minus
1. Antron Brown NR
2. Doug Kalitta -1
3. Brittany Force NR
Mike's notes: With Antron coming off an impressive win in Phoenix and being the defending Gatornationals champion, he is at the top. If I went with just the numbers from the first two races, Shawn Langdon would be third, but Brittany had a car that went down the track all eight passes in Phoenix, and even though she was not running the big numbers, she kept getting better as the race went on.
 
FUNNY CAR
Rank Driver Plus/minus
1. John Force Even
2. Tommy Johnson Jr. NR
3. Alexis DeJoria NR
Mike's notes: John is still on top based on the numbers. The fact that he got to the semi's while only getting down the track two times while qualifying No. 1 tells you the competition still fears that car, and I don't expect him to be that inconsistent in Gainesville. Tommy has had a very good car the first two races and is getting more comfortable every pass he makes. Alexis had everything come together in Phoenix and has a good chance to go back to back.
 
PRO STOCK
Rank Driver Plus/minus
1. Allen Johnson NR
2. Jason Line Even
3. Vincent Nobile -2
Mike's notes: Allen has had a very good car at both races. A miscue on the starting line in Pomona cost him, but he obviously recovered from that right away with the win in Phoenix. A driver to watch is V. Gaines. He had a good car in Pomona and a decent car in Phoenix, and even though he does not have numbers based on my formula to be in the top three, he still has two runner-ups, which is impressive.
PRO STOCK MOTORCYCLE
Rank Driver Plus/minus
1. Matt Smith NR
2. Michael Ray NR
3. Eddie Krawiec NR
Mike's notes: I went with the top-three finishers last year. They did have the best bikes toward the end of the season. A couple of things. The Aranas should be right in there, and the Harley-Davidsons probably had the most to gain in the off-season, so it will be fun to watch the first outing for the bikes! Eddie loves this race having won here three years in a row from 2010-12 and holding both ends of the track record.