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MORE GAINESVILLE SAFETY CONCERNS?

Sources indicate that the NHRA's Gainesville Raceway has been petitioned by local racers over the
lack of emergency equipment on hand during non-national events following a recent serious sportsman accident. The people involved also cited Eric Medlen's
crash and are said to be meeting with track management and the NHRA this week to
discuss how to remedy the situation.

PHIL BURKART'S RETURN

Torco's CompetitionPlus.com has learned that Phil Burkart will return to competition at the Toyo Tire NHRA Nationals in
Reading , PA, later this month. Once again driving the Funny Car owned and tuned
by veteran Paul Smith. As in Gainesville earlier this season, we understand that Burkart will
receive support form FX Caprara KIA.

A FORCE FUELER IN THE FUTURE?

Torco’s
CompetitionPlus.com has learned from an unimpeachable source that Brittany and
Courtney Force’s foray into Top Alcohol Dragster is a precursor for Top Fuel.
In years past, Ford had no qualms about declining a Top Fuel team because,
simply put, dragsters didn’t sell Ford cars. The key to this scenario is Force’s
development of the Ford motor for nitro racing. Reportedly, the highly
anticipated Ford motor will run in the A/Fuel Dragsters.

EDDIE H. MEETING WITH THE TROOPS?

Torco's CompetitionPlus.com has learned that Eddie Hartenstein (HD Partners) will be in Sonoma to meet with the professional team owners and drivers. The sole purpose of this meeting, from what we hear, is to have a face-to-face meeting with the drivers, something that hasn't happened yet since the proposed acquisition of the NHRA assets.

SHUMACHER'S SPONSOR SHUFFLE?

Torco's CompetitionPlus.com has learned that a major sponsor shuffle will go down next season in the Don Schumacher Racing camp. Sources tell us that a current major sponsor will scale back to major associate status to pave the way for a new sponsor to come into the team. This one should be very interesting.

COHEN'S RETURN

A source tells Torco's CompetitionPlus.com that Connie Cohen is still nursing injuries from her Englishtown Pro Stock Motorcycle accident but is doing considerably better. We are told that she could be ready to return as early as the NHRA U.S. Nationals in Indinapolis.

EVAN KNOLL DRIVING AGAIN?

A source close to the situation tells Torco's CompetitionPlus.com that Evan Knoll, once a competitive Top Alcohol Dragster before headed Top Fuel, will drive at the forthcoming Torco Race Fuels Northern Nationals at Knoll Gas Motorsports Park. From what we hear, his car will be a clone to the one driven by Scotty Cannon and his tuning will be done by a multi-time champion within his his camp. If you will recall, Knoll licensed for Top Fuel in his first outing and missed qualifying at the 2004 event in Martin, Michigan, by .01.

 

DAN OLSON'S LOBBY

Dan Olson's rumored proposal for a nitromethane increase from 85% to 90 %
is something that has good intentions but won't happen overnight. Our sources
tell us this is something that is being lobbied more by the team owners than the
crew chiefs. The main objective is to reduce engine costs.
 
The largest obstacle is the Professional Racer Organization, who must vote
on it and then present to Graham Light if the change is approved.

THE REINHART RUMOR

One had to be in a cave to not hear the Alan Reinhart rumor floating around Bristol. This is strictly in the rumor stage and while no one is confirming, they aren't denying -- just smiling. Could Reinhart end up driving for Jim Head with sponsorship from a current NHRA sponsor in place? If this one pulls off, it would set a new precedent for those trasferring from the announcing deck to the drivers seat.

KALITTA MYTH BUSTING

Ever hear the tale that a 747 jet could blow a car away with the thrust of its engines? Evidently someone did and who better to test it that our buddy Connie Kalitta with the crew of Mythbusters on the Discovery Channel. Torco's CompetitionPlus.com is in the process of confirming the facts involved and should have the full story soon.

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