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GANN DOWN FOR THE COUNT?

Torco’s Competitionplus.com has heard that Pro Stock Motorcycle standout
Shawn Gann was injured in a recent pit bike  accident, and may be forced to
miss this coming weekend’s NHRA Summit  Racing Equipment Southern Nationals
in Atlanta.  Gann reportedly  received only minor injuries, but they may
still be severe enough to keep him off one of those six second quarter mile
burners.

STEWART'S NEW GIG

Expect an official announcement soon regarding the employment status for John Stewart. The former tuner is said to be headed to the Clay Millican team to work with Mike Kloeber as early as Commerce. Our source tells us that he will also make the rounds at some IHRA events assisting Scotty Cannon.

THE NEXT PONTIAC PS?

We’re hearing that the
first of the Pro Stock  Pontiac G6s will be wind tunnel
tested on Tuesday of next week.  That’s the model that will
replace the current line of GTOs next season.

PAST WORLD CHAMPION TESTING?

What past multi-time world champion was testing in a top-tier Funny Car today in Vegas? Could this be the start of something in the future?

JR TODD'S FC ASPIRATIONS

JR Todd made his first runs in a Funny Car while serving as a crew member for Bob Gilbertson's team. Todd, and his father Mario, have made overtures that a Funny Car ride in the future will be something that the Rookie of the Year winner would be interested in. John Force was put on the spot during Sunday's NHRA telecast with that very question. His response was an evasive one (understandably so) and listed Todd at the top of a list.

From what we are hearing, that "list" includes a well known TAFC driver. We'll see how this one pans out.

THE SCELZI ANNOUNCEMENT

On Tuesday popular Gary
Scelzi will reportedly announce that this will be his final year of competition
behind the wheel of the Mopar Oakley Dodge Funny Car.  Although we’ve been unable to confirm this, we are
hearing that this will not be a retirement announcement.  Scelzi will apparently leave the door open for a
possible return, as his departure is not the result of anything more than his
desire to spend more time with his kids and in operating the family business,
which has apparently grown to the point where he can no longer “afford” to spend
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JOINT NHRA-FORCE ANNOUNCEMENT?

As they say, this is a
totally unsubstantiated rumor, so take it with that proverbial grain of
salt.  Hey, forget the grain of salt, take this one with a 50
lb. bag of rock salt, but someone allegedly overheard a radio conversation on a
supposedly secure channel in which plans were being discussed for some type of
joint announcement from John Force and NHRA, with the association’s
representative allegedly being Graham Light.  If we find out more, so will you!

ANOTHER ENERGY DRINK IN THE MIX?

Here's a hot tip for you to watch. Jon Capps, whose brother Ron leads the NHRA Funny Car points presently, is poised to announce a new sponsor this weekend in Las Vegas. A reliable source indicates he will join the likes of Kenny Bernstein and Jerry Toliver by announcing a new energy drink as his major sponsor. Stay tuned.

UPDATED: JOHN FORCE ANNOUNCEMENT

NHRA has just
announced a national teleconference for tomorrow, Tuesday, April 10th featuring 14-time champ John Force,
during which the sport’s most popular competitor will discuss his team’s plan
for this coming weekend’s Summitracing.com Nationals at The Strip at Las Vegas
Motor Speedway.
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DICK ARONS RETURNS?

You might recall hearing the name Dick Arons aligned with former AMC standout Wally Booth. Look for a reunion with another former Arons associate. A source indicates that Arons will join the staff at Dart Machinery and work closely with Dick Maskin.

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