Rumor Mill

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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.

SUPER BOWL CHAMPION PRO STOCKER?

The hot tip for Indy's multi Pro Stock announcements this weekend is that a NFL Super Bowl champion will announce ownership of a Pro Stock team. Immediately, that brought visions of Jim Yates and Joe Gibbs to mind. However, our source tells us that it's Pittsburgh Steelers running back Duce Staley who will make the jump from Pro Modified to Pro Stock.

ROD SHOP TRIBUTE CAR?

There will be another tribute car appearing during the U.S. Nationals weekend. We're hearing the Larry Morgan's Mopar will roll to the line at Indy with a retro Rod Shop Dodge scheme. This will be a one-race deal, but will be one that will spark many memories of drivers like former team members Don Carlton and Butch Leal.

OCALA, FLORIDA TRACK

Rumors are afloat that a new eighth-mile drag strip will be built in the Ocala,
Florida area, and it should be open and ready for racing by Spring of 2007.
We've heard of at least one event that was postponed for later this year and
rescheduled for April 2007 at this new Ocala track. More news will be available
as we listen and learn.

WEDGE NOT DEAD IN IHRA PRO STOCK

It appears the 'wedge' motors are back. Ron Miller Racing engines has apparently
found the problem that has been ailing his 'wedge' style motors for the last two
years. Dwayne Rice and Ron Miller will have the updated engines in their cars at
Norwalk.

FAST JACK IN BAZE CAR?

Speculation surrounding Jack Beckman's return to the fuel ranks has suggested it
will be in a Top Fuel dragster. What has not been publicized is that Beckman
will be making a few test laps behind the wheel of the DSR Funny Car driven by
Whit Bazemore during the Indy session next week. Bazemore is unsigned for next
season and this scenario ought to have the rumor mill jumping.

KALITTA TOYOTA?

Multiple sources have confirmed that Scott Kalitta will have his Funny Car
cloaked in a Toyota shell during the upcoming Indy test session. We have
attempted to contact Kalitta throughout the morning and will have confirmation
or denial by this afternoon.

WELD BANKRUPT?

The rumors are flying and a few local newspapers in the Kansas City area have
reported the news concerning a major manufacturer in drag racing. Here's a link
to the article - Weld Wheels.

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