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

FORMER CHAMPION RETURNS?

The popular question floating around in some circles is which former champion may be returning in 2007 with a top-notch Top Fuel dragster ride. This one may not be among the usual suspects but will be entertaining nonetheless.

UPDATED - DOWNSIZING NHRA ALCOHOL DIV. PARTICIPATION?

From what we are hearing, the NHRA Lucas Oil divisions that has seven events are being asked to volunteer at least two tracks to drop the alcohol classes. Reportedly, this is to increase the profit margin of these events.

GILLIG DONE AFTER 2006?

Tony Gillig may be done after this season's championship run in the
Torco's CompetitionPlus.com Pro Stock division. Gillig's team owner Tim
Huston is said to be calling it quits after Rokcingham. The multi-time
national event winner is going to return to the family business, our
sources said.

DAN'S THE MAN?

A strong source tells Torco's CompetitionPlus.com that longtime nitro tuner Dan Olson will soon be named to fill the void left by Ray Alley as NHRA nitro liaison.

KRISHER'S PERSONNEL ROLLER COASTER

The hottest rumor floating around the pits at Virginia Motorsports Park is that longtime Ron Krisher crewman Tim Freeman left the team prior to the event and is reportedly headed over to the Allen Johnson - Don Schumacher team. That departure was said to have been precipitated by the planned hiring of Bob Glidden. A source close to the Glidden camp says that isn't going to happen. Our source likewise said Glidden was contact and serious discussions transpired - but the end result is Glidden will likely stay at home and listen to the races via the Internet. But...you never know.

DUPUY'S RETURN GIG?

The rumor circulating Virginia Motorsports Park is that Funny Car driver Frankie Pedregon has acquired enough backng to compete in Las Vegas and Pomona. He is reportedly planning to drive the flopper he purchased from John Lawson. What is not widely known is that Wayne Dupuy will be the tuner. 

CEASE AND DESIST LETTER?

File this one in the cease and desist department. Sources indicate the NHRA sent a letter to Texas Raceway in Kennedale, Texas, advising them to not run this weekend's ADRL event. The cause for this letter was the reported use of nitromethane in doorslammers and the lack of a supercharger overdrive rules. The sticking point is said to be insurance regulations. The event went forward as scheduled on Friday so time will tell on this situation.

BAZEMORE AND VMP

UPDATE: Frank Pedregon has been named to drive Bob Gilbertson's Funny Car at VMP.

PRO MODIFIEDS RETURNING TO NHRA IN 2007?

Torco's CompetitionPlus.com has learned a conglomeration of backers have joined together with AMS Staff Leasing's Dave Wood in a bid to preserve to the series next season. While this is a major breakthrough for the series, the deciding factor remains the NHRA and their willingness to work with the program organizers.

FOUR-CAR PRO STOCK TEAM?

Sources close to the situation have told Torco's CompetitionPlus.com that Pro Stock team owner Ken Black has expressed an interest to expand his operation to include four Pro Stockers. An unsubstantiated rumor floating around the Virginia Motorsports Park pits suggests the new NHRA point championship and the tier that narrows down to four is the focus of his interest.  Reportedly, we are told that one existing team owner has already offered their operation as one willing to join their group. This team is one of the front-running operations in the class.

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