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A FORMER MAJOR SPONSOR RETURNS IN 2015?

Could a former major sponsor be returning to the pits in 2015 with a leading team? This is the word floating around the pits at Bristol Dragway.

ZIZZO CLOSE TO NEW DEAL?

Popular Chicago fuel racer TJ Zizzo faced a bleak prospect of racing this season when title sponsor Peak chose not to renew contract. Word comes from one of our close sources that he's finalizing the details on a deal which will bring in a sponsor new to professional drag racing. We are told an announcement could come within the week.

BIKES GET CHECKED AFTER FOUR-WIDE

Two races ago, the NHRA confiscated heads from the leading Top Fuel and Funny Car teams to check against the initial submitted parts for approval. Word comes to us that three of the Buell Pro Stock Bike teams had heads taken by the NHRA technical department, and according to one of the teams, the heads might not be back in time for the next two events. Thus far this season, the Buell teams have qualified No. 1 at both events but on race day remain winless.

MORE NHRA TV DURING THE COUNTDOWN?

There's no doubt, in the sports television world, football broadcasting is gigantic. Unfortunately the king is most active during drag racing's championship season. We are told, the NHRA plans to announce more rebroadcasts of the off-peak qualifying shows this fall. Our sources tell us a second broadcast of the qualifying shows will air at 1 PM on Sundays in time slots likely not to be preempted by live television.

ASHLEY FORCE-HOOD TO MAKE NITRO RUNS?

Ashley Force-Hood fans, we have an update. Word has it the past NHRA national event champion plans to renew her fuel Funny Car license in the days following the NHRA Summitracing.com Nationals in Las Vegas. We are told there are no plans to return to competition but she does want to keep her license intact.

NHRA PULLS RANDOM CHECK AT GAINESVILLE

The NHRA is already making some moves to ensure the nitro teams are playing by the spirit of the rulebook. A source close to the situation told CompetitionPlus.com the NHRA confiscated cylinder heads from a few of the leading teams following the NHRA Amalie Oil NHRA Gatornationals. We are told this was merely to check those units in competition in comparison to the ones submitted for approval. All cylinder heads were found to be in compliance.

DARTING DOWN THE STRIP IN 2014?

We are told by multiple sources, coming as early as next year we could see the next generation of Mopar Pro Stockers. The word coming to us is the next car in Chrysler Pro Stock line-up will be the Dodge Dart to replace Dodge Avenger, winning of the last two NHRA championships.

NEW COFFEE TABLE BOOK FOR DRAG RACING?

NEW CHEVROLET CAMARO FC BODY FORTHCOMING?

Chevrolet Funny Car fans can rejoice because we hear a new Camaro is in the works. According to our source, the new body will be available by spring of 2014 for the Top Alcohol Funny Car division. A professional design is expected shortly thereafter.

THE SS/AH CYLINDER HEAD MEETING?

Sources indicate Mopar will be gathering up their SS/AH racers for a meeting on Thursday at Indy to discuss certain issues regarding the modifications being performed on the HEMI cylinder head. Over the past 12-16 months, certain engine builders have interpreted the rules much differently than what’s outlined in the NHRA Rule Book. Apparently these guys have machined the intake side of the head so much, they’re relocating the valve cover bolt holes.

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