Rumor Mill

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AN UPGRADE FOR A NITRO TEAM AND SPONSOR?

This is the kind of news we like to hear. A rumor making its way around the mill suggests an associate sponsor on one major team will soon announce an upgrade from associate status to major sponsorship for at least 12-events for 2015. We hear this announcement could come as early as Indy weekend.

WHAT WE'RE HEARING ABOUT THE FORMER NHRA UNLEASHED SERIES

A highly placed source close to the situation tells CompetitionPlus.com the NHRA will reportedly no longer license their Unleashed  series to the NMCA. We are told this will mean the revered Wally trophies will no longer be presented to winners and the event held in Pomona is quite possibly in serious jeopardy of not happening in 2015.

FORTUNE 500 COMPANY AND PRO STOCK?

CompetitionPlus.com has learned a Fortune 500 Company will be on the door of a major Pro Stock team starting in Indy and continuing through the Countdown. At a time when there's talk of Pro Stock's health, this will serve as a positive move in the right direction.

WAS TJ ZIZZO SENDING A HINT WITH PRE-RACE PR?


TJ Zizzo, we are told, will unveil his new sponsor at the NHRA U.S. Nationals. If you will recall, Zizzo and his team made their 2014 debut in Joliet and proclaimed the outing as "Knocking off the Rust." Our sources tell us the nickname was actually a hint of their forthcoming sponsorship with a major household brand.

CONNOLLY WILL DRIVE BVR TOP FUELER NEXT SEASON

 

THIS MONKEY WILL RUN LOOSE IN 2014?

There's a reality show presence coming to NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing. We are told the driving force behind the Discovery Channel's Fast & Loud show Richard Rawlings will be putting his endorsement on the Top Fuel dragster campaigned by Kebin Kinsley. The dragster will feature the Drag Monkey clothing line. We are told they will run a limited schedule to finish out 2013 but initial plans are headed toward a full schedule next year,

ANOTHER FACTORY HOT ROD DRIVER CONSIDERED FOR TF?

While there has been much speculation about the one Pro Stock driver headed to Top Fuel, word has it a second factory hot rod driver has also received serious consideration. Is Pro Stock becoming the new training ground for future Top Fuel stars?

PRO STOCK DRIVER HEADED TO BVR FOR TWO-CAR TEAM?

Just days after we published our report on Bob Vandergriff Jr.'s uncertain future in drag racing, comes word the picture is getting clearer. Reportedly, Vandergriff will not only run a C&J sponsored entry  but a second one full-time as well. A third car hangs in the balance with either full-time or part-time status.

POINT LEADER SITTING OUT TWO-THIRDS OF WESTERN SWING?

Point leader Erica Enders-Stevens' name is no longer on the entry list for the NHRA events in Sonoma and Seattle, lending to speculation to the time will skip two-thirds of the Western Swing. There's no official statement yet, but with the reality of the team sitting two races, there's still enough of a point lead they will still have a lofty lead if they return in Brainerd.

CREW CHIEF CHANGE FOR CONNOLLY FOLLOWING NORWALK?

Sources have confirmed with CompetitionPlus.com that a crew chief change on the Gray Motorsports Camaro driven by Dave Connolly transpired following the NHRA Summit Racing Equipment Nationals in Norwalk as well as another personnel change. The team had no comment on the issue.

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