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

HOUSTON GONE FROM ADRL SCHEDULE?

The silly season isn't limited to race teams and drivers. Reportedly at least one of the tracks on the ten-race ADRL tour will not return for the group's 2013 season. Word has it the ADRL will announce their schedule by next week.

Royal Purple Raceway, located outside of Houston, Texas, is rumored out as a series track. The facility regularly hosted the season-opening event.

FIREBIRD'S LEASE NOT RENEWED?

The word floating in certain circles high up in the NHRA is the 2013 NHRA event at Firebird Raceway will be the last for the facility located outside of Phoenix, Az. Reportedly, the track recieved word the lease will not be renewed causing the track to cease to exist after April of 2013.

R2B2 PRO MOD TEAM PARKING AT END OF SEASON

Apparently disgusted with the direction the Pro Modified class has taken, CompetitionPlus.com has learned Roger Burgess will park his Pro Modified team in the series he sponsors at the end of the season. As it stands now, unless a new series sponsor is procured, 2013 will likely be the final season for the Pro Modified class in the NHRA after a storied 12-year run.

SIMPSON TO ACQUIRE HANS PERFORMANCE PRODUCTS

Could there be a big coup on the safety products horizon? CompetitionPlus.com has learned through multiple sources on Friday, Simpson Performance Products will announce they have acquired Han's Performance Products, the well-known head and neck restraint system.

THE NEXT DRIVER FOR DOTE RACING?

Three-time champion Larry Dixon, for three events in 2012, has been named as the interim driver for Dote Racing. Word comes to us the team is considering, but has not finalized, a new driver already for 2013. We are told the new driver is expected to test during the Monday Morning Nationals following the Charlotte event.

THE TIRE-SHAVING NATIONALS?

NO MORE FULL THROTTLE? WE'RE GETTING MELLO-YELLO

Next week the NHRA is expected to announce the 2013 national event schedule. But will there be more? Word has it from insiders the series sponsor Coca-Cola will shift their marketing approach from the Full Throttle brand. Could the replacement be Fuze? This is a brand they will soon put a major marketing push behind. Instead of 'Go Full Throttle', will we hear 'Light the Fuze?' 8-27 update - The Sports Business Journal confirmed what CompetitionPlus.com reported on 8-23.

A FAMILIAR NAME RETURNS TO PRO STOCK

Not sure how long the lettering on a certain red Pro Stock Ford has been there. At a recent test session in St. Louis, word has it the name Lewis Worden was spotted on this unnamed Mustang.

TJ DRIVING IN INDY

Top Fuel driver Tommy Johnson Jr. plans to pull double duty at the NHRA U.S. Nationals. Word has it TJ has been given blessings by team owner Don Schumacher to drive a second Rapisarda Top Fuel dragster in addition to conducting his normal track duties with DSR.

AN ENGINE BUILDER CHANGE IN PRO STOCK?

More details continue to be revealed regarding the reason Rodger Brogdon and Steve Kent opted out of the NHRA's Western Swing. A source close to the situation said the team has severed ties with engine builder Cagnazzi Racing and will soon announce plans for an in-house engine program. Word has it the team could add a third licensed Pro Stock driver to their roster, as well.

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