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MCMILLEN PULLING DOUBLE DUTY AGAIN?

From what we are hearing, the recent announcement of the Alcohol Funny Car class in the IHRA for 2007 means one thing for veteran pilot Terry McMillen. It means that he will be pulling double-duty in 2007. Word has it that next week he will be named as the driver of the second Doug Foley Top Fueler. 

THE ROCK STAR'S GIG?

Jerry Toliver is planning to debut his new "Rock Star" energy drink at Gainesville, but from what we hear his plans are sketchy beyond that point. An unsubstantiated rumor suggests that a major secondary backer that Toliver was counting on reportedly backed out at the last minute. We'll have to see how this one works out. UPDATE: Toliver contacted Torco's CompetitionPlus.com to convey that he has acquired associate backing and plans to run the full length of his three-year deal.

MORE EXOTIC PART RULES FOR NHRA PS

A heated discussion during a meeting of Pro Stock team owners in Pomona led to a second, and more calm gathering in Phoenix, may lead the NHRA rule makers to make certain rule clarifications to eliminate the gray areas in the rulebook. Several low-budgeted teams have lobbied for clarification, but it may be at the suggestion of an influential figure within the community that leads the NHRA in the direction of clearing up the uncertain areas.

OH, NO YOU DIDN'T!

Here's one from the No Good Deed Goes Unpunished Department. At the NHRA season opener at Pomona veteran Funny Car competitor Jerry Toliver announced his return to the class behind the wheel of a Toyota-bodied machine. Toliver was to make his comeback at this weekend's Checker Schuck's Kragen Nationals at Firebird International Raceway, but his plans appeared to be in jeopardy when the chassis builder who was to mount the Toyota body was backed up with work and unable to complete the job on time.

FOLEY'S SECOND CAR TO RUN IN 2007?

A source indicates that a second driver for the Foley & Lewis Top Fuel team has been selected but hasn't been officially announced. The car will run the entire IHRA tour with a few stops on the NHRA POWERade tour. Expect an announcement within the next two weeks and from what we hear, this is an accomplished driver.

 

RICKIE SMITH ROLLERCOASTER, PT. 2

It was announced earlier this week that Rickie Smith would tune Pro Stock newcomer Rodger Brogdon in Pomona. Barely a day later, the statement was made this wasn't going to happen. If your head is still swimming after last year's Team Mopar Pro Stock - Maskin debacle, it might smart a little after this go-round. Brogdon leases motors from Enders Racing and it just so happens that Enders and Jerry Haas are partners on the team.

NEW LIFE FOR IHRA ALCOHOL FUNNY CAR?

The rumors regarding the demise of the IHRA's Alcohol Funny Car class after the 2007 season may have been unfounded, at least in light of the word we're getting from sources close to the situation. From what we're hearing, a new sponsorship deal is about to be signed which would keep the alcohol class a viable part of the IHRA roster.   

SKUZA - THE TEST PILOT?

Could Dean Skuza have a driving gig this season? Today, the popular pilot from Ohio was in Phoenix making some laps for Mike Ashley who returned to New York to tend to the demands of his fast-growing Lend-America mortgage banking firm. We were unable to obtain confirmation from anyone in Ashley's camp, but we are hearing that Skuza's test driving could extend beyond this weekend's outing.

ANOTHER FEMALE PRO STOCK DRIVER?

Lindsey Wood has aspirations beyond her recent licensing in the Darien & Meadows Top Alcohol Dragster and it isn't necessarily Top Fuel either.Multiple sources say the Super Comp standout has made it known that she'd love to be a Pro Stock driver. From what we are hearing, she has put in some time at the Roy Hill Drag Racing School learning the ropes of driving a Pro Stocker.

COASTAL PLAINS HEADED IHRA?

One of our sources close to the situation tells us that Coastal Plains Dragway will soon be announcing a defection from NHRA sanction to IHRA.

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