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

FOLEY'S SECOND CAR TO RUN IN 2007?

A source indicates that a second driver for the Foley & Lewis Top Fuel team has been selected but hasn't been officially announced. The car will run the entire IHRA tour with a few stops on the NHRA POWERade tour. Expect an announcement within the next two weeks and from what we hear, this is an accomplished driver.

 

RICKIE SMITH ROLLERCOASTER, PT. 2

It was announced earlier this week that Rickie Smith would tune Pro Stock newcomer Rodger Brogdon in Pomona. Barely a day later, the statement was made this wasn't going to happen. If your head is still swimming after last year's Team Mopar Pro Stock - Maskin debacle, it might smart a little after this go-round. Brogdon leases motors from Enders Racing and it just so happens that Enders and Jerry Haas are partners on the team.

NEW LIFE FOR IHRA ALCOHOL FUNNY CAR?

The rumors regarding the demise of the IHRA's Alcohol Funny Car class after the 2007 season may have been unfounded, at least in light of the word we're getting from sources close to the situation. From what we're hearing, a new sponsorship deal is about to be signed which would keep the alcohol class a viable part of the IHRA roster.   

SKUZA - THE TEST PILOT?

Could Dean Skuza have a driving gig this season? Today, the popular pilot from Ohio was in Phoenix making some laps for Mike Ashley who returned to New York to tend to the demands of his fast-growing Lend-America mortgage banking firm. We were unable to obtain confirmation from anyone in Ashley's camp, but we are hearing that Skuza's test driving could extend beyond this weekend's outing.

ANOTHER FEMALE PRO STOCK DRIVER?

Lindsey Wood has aspirations beyond her recent licensing in the Darien & Meadows Top Alcohol Dragster and it isn't necessarily Top Fuel either.Multiple sources say the Super Comp standout has made it known that she'd love to be a Pro Stock driver. From what we are hearing, she has put in some time at the Roy Hill Drag Racing School learning the ropes of driving a Pro Stocker.

COASTAL PLAINS HEADED IHRA?

One of our sources close to the situation tells us that Coastal Plains Dragway will soon be announcing a defection from NHRA sanction to IHRA.

DUAL ELEMENT MAKES THE DIFFERENCE?

The hottest rumor floating around the Pro Modified community is that the 2007 Pro Modified Mustangs and GTOs to be run this season will be allowed to compete in 2008 despite the rule limiting body styles to those not Pro Stock legal. Apparently the reasoning is said to be a dual-element wing.

HAAS AND ENDERS?

In this world of strategic alliances, word has it that veteran chassis builder Jerry Haas and Enders Racing will soon be making a significant announcement.

THE BRAD JETER COMEBACK

Sources have indicated that former NHRA Pro Stock car, Pro Stock Truck and Pro Modified standout Brad Jeter will return to the professional ranks in 2007. Reportedly, the Greenville, SC-based driver has maintained his competitive edge by racing in the sportsman ranks but will drive the former Jason Collins Mustang for an unnamed owner within the IHRA Torco's CompetitionPlus.com Pro Stock ranks.

IS THE SKY(TEL) THE LIMIT FOR PRUDHOMME?

Torco’s Competitionplus.com has heard from several sources that Don Prudhomme may have already signed, or is on the brink of signing a major sponsorship agreement with SkyTel for two-time POWERade Top Fuel champion Larry Dixon.  Our sources report that Dixon’s car and rig are painted bright orange at present, but no corporate logos have been applied.  The team will reportedly test in Phoenix in a couple of weeks, skipping the initial testing in Las Vegas this coming weekend.

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