:::::: Rumor Mill ::::::

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.

 

MILAN TO GET IHRA WORLD NATIONALS?

A source close to the situation has said that the IHRA may not be banking on the
new Mansfield strip being done in time for the 2007 season. With that said, we
are hearing that Milan, Michigan could most likely take over the World Nationals
and its traditional date. We are hearing the IHRA's 2007 schedule will be
released soon.

FORREST LUCAS - EVAN KNOLL TEAM?

Have you ever wondered what would happen if Forrest Lucas or Evan Knoll were to
combine forces on a fuel team? It could very well happen. Our source indicate
that in 2007 the two could bring to the table a front-running team with some
well-known names involved in the mix. This one ought to get interesting.

HAMMONDS SNAGS KRISHER ENGINE MAN

Tom Hammonds may have a fast-break to start his Pro Stock program. Word has it
that Ron Krisher's engine man Jimmy Oliver will be heading up the program for
Hammonds. Our source close to the situation tells us that Krisher only found out
about when a member of the media asked him his opinion.

STEVE TORRENCE IN SECOND CAR?

Look for Steve Torrence to be running Top Fuel before the season is complete. If
what we are hearing pans out he will be the second car on a possible Dexter
Tuttle expansion.

THE FUSS ABOUT RAY ALLEY

Ray Alley had tendered his resignation over the Indy weekend and while many had
expected him to vacate the position, he offered the NHRA his services for the
balance of the season.

DIGGER OFFERS FOR CAPPS?

While much of the talk lately has focused on Whit Bazemore and his possible
appointment as driver of a second Top Fuel car fielded by the David Powers
Motorsports operation. What is not being widely circulated is that his teammate
Ron Capps has already received two offers to drive a dragster. He's admittedly
not a fan of the dragsters but could be convinced. We'll see how this one plays
out.

AUGUST 2006 - RUMORS

• Ray Alley had tendered his resignation over the Indy weekend and while many
had expected him to vacate the position, he offered the NHRA his services for
the balance of the season. The fact Alley has had visual knowledge of many of
the team's innovative ideas (all new parts and pieces required Alley's approval)
didn't set well with many of the them including one prominent conglomeration who
reportedly commented, "This guy lived in our compound." The apparent deciding
factor in not allowing Alley to work out his notice can be traced to a lengthy
conversation between one well known team owner and the NHRA's Graham Light over
the course of the Indy weekend. A second was the fact Alley was denied access to
a new part the team had developed and was subsequently asked to leave their pit
area. (9-7-2006)

• While much of the talk lately has focused on Whit Bazemore and his possible
appointment as driver of a second Top Fuel car fielded by the David Powers
Motorsports operation. What is not being widely circulated is that his teammate
Ron Capps has already received two offers to drive a dragster. He's admittedly
not a fan of the dragsters but could be convinced. We'll see how this one plays
out. (9-4-2006)

IHRA PURSE INCREASE?

Evan Knoll remains tight-lipped regarding his plans for involvement with the
IHRA but has hinted of some major improvements in purse to be put in place with
the sanctioning body. The popular rumor is that he's planning to double the
purses for the IHRA's Top Fuel and Funny Car divisions. His generosity won't
stop there we are told. Reportedly, he's working to double the purse of the Pro
Modified and Pro Stock shootouts which would reward $40,000 to win and $18,000
runner-up. Knoll's only comment is, "Wait until after Indy."

JIM YATES - NEW TEAMMATE?

Torco's CompetitionPlus.com has confirmed through a source close to Staley that former Alcohol Funny Car racer Billy Gibson will be the driver. It is believed this program will begin in 2007. Gibson will be teammates with Jim Yates and also utilize Bill Jenkins horsepower.

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