Tricky tipster chicago favorites are millican, force, enders, and krawiec nhra database implementation

Tricky Tipster, NHRA National Dragster’s resident odds-maker, is feeling spunky after correctly picking Courtney Force and Rickie Smith as the Topeka winners in Funny Car and Pro Mod, respectively. This week, Force maintains the top spot and is joined by Clay Millican, Erica Enders, and Eddie Krawiec. TOP FUEL

Going to give the top spot to the Stringer Performance team this week because they’ve earned it. Not only is this car capable of setting low elapsed time or top speed at any event, it’s finally got the consistency to win races. He’ll be a handful from here on out.

He no longer lives in Chicago, but lives for this race and after five wins in seven final rounds, why shouldn’t he? With the exception of Indy, this is easily his best track so there would be no better place to get his first win of the season.


Another driver who gets a nice bump in this week’s power rankings and deservedly so. After three final rounds in the last four races, maybe its time to stop referring to the Amalie team as underdogs. They are legit threats to win any event on the tour, including this one.

As a whole, the Don Schumacher Racing organization did not have a memorable race in Topeka and that includes the Papa John’s team. On the bright side, she’s still ranked in the top five in the standings and they’re very much in the championship picture.

It’s not an exaggeration to say that her most recent win in Topeka was the most impressive of her career. Not only is the Advance Auto Chevy cranking out big numbers, but her driving has never been better. Her second round win over Hagan was a work of art.

So much for that whole all or nothing deal. A semifinal finish in Topeka was good medicine coming off a round one loss in Atlanta but this is a team that can easily go the distance and their driver is perhaps the one guy best suited to deal with the new track prep.

After a handful of sub-par qualifying outings, she started from the No. 2 spot in Topeka and went straight to the final. If the Elite team can maintain that sort of performance, she’ll take care of the rest. Hard to find fault in a final round loss when opponent was almost perfect.

Is there anyone out there who didn’t see his Topeka win coming? He’s always been a capable driver and crew chief Michael Hiner is a capable tuner. Now that they’ve got competitive power, the results are there. Won’t be long before he wins again.

Qualified in the top four in Topeka but didn’t make it out of the first round which is very uncharacteristic for a team that is usually very consistent. With four races in four weeks on the horizon, he’s going to want to get off to a good start here.

Three-time Chicago winner and a four-time finalist, he’s set to appear in his 250th career race, and he’s been to the final round in 93 of the first 249 starts, which is a pretty darn good average. Also eager to atone for holeshot loss to Angelle Sampey at the last race in Atlanta.

It’s still early in the season, especially as far as NHRA’s Pro Stock Motorcycle teams are concerned, but there is little doubt that this is the most improved entry in 2018. It should not be the least bit surprising if he’s NHRA’s next first-time pro winner.

The early season turmoil that forced a switch from Suzuki to Victory V-twin should have died down by now which should allow the two-time champ to focus on winning races and getting back into the points picture. He’s also a three-time Chicago finalist.

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