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Mike Dunn's Pomona NHRA Power Rankings
Wednesday, November 06, 2013

Antron Brown (Top Fuel), John Force (Funny Car), Allen Johnson (Pro Stock), and Matt Smith (Pro Stock Motorcycle) are the top picks in ESPN2 analyst Mike Dunn's Power Rankings heading into the Auto Club NHRA Finals in Pomona.

Here’s a look at his standings after 23 events, listing position and improvement or decline from the previous ranking (NR = not previously ranked).

Rank Driver Plus/minus
1. Antron Brown +4
2. Shawn Langdon Even
3. Tony Schumacher NR
4. Clay Millican NR
5. Morgan Lucas -1
Mike's notes: Brown has a shot at the championship, and it all starts in qualifying with him being 102 points out. That is six rounds, and if he can pick up a round on Shawn in qualifying, that would put him five rounds out and give him an outside chance. If not, Brown is out of it. Watch out for Tony Schumacher. He does well at this race.
Rank Driver Plus/minus
1. John Force Even
2. Courtney Force NR
3. Jack Beckman +2
4. Matt Hagan -1
5. Robert Hight -1
Mike's notes: Courtney's car the last three races has been getting better and better, so I like her chances. Even though "Fast Jack" has lost his crew chief, Todd Okuhara coming in for now makes me think he won't miss a beat!
Rank Driver Plus/minus
1. Allen Johnson Even
2. Mike Edwards +1
3. Jeg Coughlin Jr. +1
4. Jason Line -2
5. Shane Gray NR
Mike's notes: I went with performance numbers only from the last three races with the contenders. Interesting that A.J. is first and Edwards is second based on that. Gray is on there because he is a contender. He won in Vegas with a little luck and some great driving, something you have to have more than in any other class to win a race and to win a championship.
Rank Rider Plus/minus
1. Matt Smith Even
2. Michael Ray Even
3. Hector Arana Sr. +2
4. Hector Arana Jr. Even
5. Jerry Savoie NR
Mike's notes: Motorcycles have been pretty unpredictable this year, so I thought it was interesting the top four in order came up that way with the performance formula (it doesn't usually happen that way). The only exception is fifth place. Even though he has only raced part time, Jerry Savoie makes it based on his performance in Vegas. He was very impressive.