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BID TO BRING SCREW BLOWERS TO NHRA PRO MOD?

CompetitionPlus.com has learned from multiple sources that a behind-the-scenes movement is underway to bring screw superchargers into the NHRA's Pro Modified division. Our sources tell us the movement is spearheaded by multiple teams currently running on the eighth-mile drag racing scene. A source close to the situation has said one of the teams has even offered sponsorship of an NHRA event as an incentive for pushing through the legislation. Could this mean these teams are losing faith in the eighth-mile drag race series?

SNAKE, THE SPOKESMAN?

The word floating to us suggests Don "The Snake" Prudhomme will be at this year's NHRA GM Performance U.S. Nationals in Indianapolis. While the legendary nitro racer is there, we are told, he will serve as a Chevrolet spokesperson. Prudhomme last ran a Chevrolet Funny Car in 1970s, when he ran a Chevrolet Monza.

ERICA WILL RACE BRAINERD?

Erica Enders-Stevens fans can relax. We've caught wind Pro Stock's only female winner will return to competition during the NHRA Lucas Oil Nationals in Brainerd, Minn.

Enders-Stevens name has remained on the NHRA's entry lists this season in hopes a last minute deal can be procured but we are told by a source close to the situation says she will indeed drive a Charter Communications sponsored car for Victor Cagnazzi.

ANNOUNCEMENTS FORTHCOMING FROM AL-ANABI RACING?

This is the final year on the Al-Anabi contract with Alan Johnson Racing. Could there be some big announcements forthcoming?

SCELZI IN THE RUMOR MILL

A rumor was making the rounds at Bandimere Speedway suggesting four-time NHRA series champion Gary Scelzi could be making a return to driving as part of a well-funded, part-time nitro operation. We'll keep our fingers crossed and hope this one pans out.

A SECOND TORRENCE DRAGSTER FORTHCOMING?

The word floating round the pro pits in Denver suggests Steve Torrence could be fielding a two-car team as his father and Super Comp racer, Billy, takes over a second car which will be tuned by Donnie Bender. We are told the car will bear a marked resemblance to Torrence’s current ride, and is slated to make its competitive debut at the U.S. Nationals in Indy over Labor Day.

TJ GOING INTERNATIONAL AGAIN?

Tommy Johnson Jr. is said to be racing internationally for the first time since his FIA debacle. A source has told CompetitionPlus.com, TJ will apparently drive the Rapisarda Racing dragster in Sydney, Australia during their Nitro Champs event in May. He will be filling in for Dixon who had previous commitments on the same weekend. Dixon is expected back for the ANDRA Winternationals the following event.

SCELZI ON ESPN2 CREW?

While the parties involved are remaining tight-lipped, CompetitionPlus.com keeps hearing mumblings that multi-time nitro champion Gary Scelzi will return to few NHRA reces this season as a pit reporter for ESPN. Details are sketchy at this moment, but we are hearing the most solid event will be Sonoma.

NEW TIMING BELLS AND WHISTLES

Back in 1984, Bob Brockmeyer introduced the CompuLink Timing Systems at Bandimere Speedway in Morrison, Colo. CompuLink remains NHRA’s official timing equipment provider.

TOMMY JOHNSON JR. RESIGNS FROM DSR?

Don Schumacher Racing's announcement former driver Spencer Massey would be rehired isn't the only personnel decision the team has had to deal with. A source close to the situation has told us track specialist/test driver Tommy Johnson Jr. tendered his resignation from the team. We'll have more on this developing situation as it unfolds.

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