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TOYOTAS IN IHRA PRO STOCK

Mike Castellana confirmed with Torco's CompetitionPlus.com that the Awesome Motorsports team were indeed planning to field a Toyota Solara in 2007. That idea has already reportedly been shot down by the IHRA's tech department before it even began. Castellana was told the body style was unacceptable because it can be easily confused with a Dodge Stratus and the body style is a legal Pro Stock version. That's when the questions immediately began to fly.

REHER-MORRISON PM ENGINES?

One of our sources tells us that a prominent nitrous team's engine program has been moved to
Reher-Morrison Racing engines. Since Reher-Morrison is no longer developing Pro
Stock power plants and have a great deal of untapped potential, word has it this team jumped at the chance to move there entire engine
program to Reher-Morrison. Word has it they are currently building about five newly designed power plants as well
as over hauling and updating the power plants the team currently has.

STEVE "O" AT VMP

Sources indicate that defending Top Alcohol Dragster champion Steve "O" Torrence will make his Top Fuel debut at the Torco Nationals hosted my Virginia Motorsports Park. He will be piloting a second Dexter Tuttle dragster.

COMBINING FORCES IN PRO STOCK

The question being asked in the Pro Stock is which two team owners are combining resources next year.  One is currently running
Dodge engines, and the other GM engines. Let the speculation begin.

THE ICEMAN'S TOYOTA

Shannon Jenkins and Mike Castellana were going to build late model cars for the 2007 season. Jenkins was banking on a GTO and Castellana was going to have a Mustang GT. After the IHRA made their adjustment banning Pro Stock legal bodies, the duo planned to run a pair of 1963 Corvettes. Apparently that plan has changed and now Jenkins is reportedly planning to field a brand new Toyota Solara. Even though this car is a late-model, it is legal because the rule stipulates the bodies cannot be legal for Pro Stock. Pro Stock rules mandate that all bodies must be domestic. 

KRISHER IN A MOPAR?

Ron Krisher in a Mopar? That's what we're hearing and it will happen for next
season. Apparently, as our source tells us, Krisher will begin leasing engines
from Larry Morgan. We'll just have to see how this one plays out. UPDATE - While Krisher confirmed that he has had talks with Morgan, he's elected to remain with his Chevrolet program for 2007.

CANNON IN A 1967 CAMARO

Word has it that Scotty Cannon is already making the adjustment for the body
style rules that limit Pro Stock style bodies in Pro Modified. Reportedly,
Cannon has already sold his new Pontiac GTO and will do battle in a new
Vanishing Point Race Cars 1967 Camaro utilizing one of the new Cynergy
Composites bodies. If what we're hearing is true, this will be one of the
slickest Pro Modifieds to hit the track next year.

GLIDDEN AND MASKIN PART WAYS?

Torco's CompetitionPlus.com has learned from a reliable source that Bob Glidden
and Dick Maskin have parted ways after a little over a month of working
together. The word we are getting is the two just didn't see eye-to-eye on some
things. We'll have more on this story as news becomes available.

RACING FOR PINKS AT NORWALK?

A source tell us that Bill Bader Jr. informed racers at the
Norwalk Raceway Park Bracket Finals pre-meeting that he is strongly considering
letting some racers from the Detroit/Cleveland area use the track for an hour or
two to race for pinks at the upcoming Halloween Classic XXXIII. This
one ought to be interesting.

TOP DRAGSTER IN NHRA?

Word has it that Top Dragster will soon be added to the NHRA Division 2 line-up.
For those not familiar with this classification, this eliminator is an
open-bodied equivalent to Top Sportsman - quick cars that run on a dial-in. Top
Sportsman was added a few seasons ago to the Division 2 format and ran at the
national event this year in Atlanta. The sponsor of this new addition is said to
be Jeff Pittman's Hickory Trailer sales.

 

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