Lewis Bloom, "Stat Man" to Mike Dunn and Paul Page with the NHRA's ESPN2 broadcast, returned to the public-address announcing booth Saturday at Old Bridge Township Raceway Park during The Shakedown Nationals.
Of course, talk turned from the fact Bloom began his announcing career at Englishtown, N.J., to who is going to replace Bob Frey as lead announcer when the NHRA's Mello Yello era kicks off next February at the Winternationals at Pomona, Calif.
Shakedown P.A. announcer Al Tucci asked Bloom, "You probably know, but you won't tell, right?"
Bloom replied, "It's pretty obvious if you're paying attention."
That would mean longtime NHRA national-event announcer, Lucas Oil Drag Racing Series authority, and radio personality Alan Reinhart would get the nod. However, Joe Castello of WFO Radio has provided some on-mike work at several Full Throttle Drag Racing Series races this season.
Despite his comment, Bloom clarified that his remarks were his own, and he vowed that he has not heard any official decision about Frey's replacement.
He did say he's not in the mix of candidates.
"I want to see the cars go down the track. That's why I love drag racing. That's why I love my job," Bloom said.
The NHRA has neither named a replacement nor indicated when it will make that announcement.
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