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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.

NO THIRD CAR FOR CAGNAZZI IN POMONA

From what we are hearing, Cagnazzi Pro Stock driver Tom Lee will not be driving a third team car at the beginning of the season. Lee replaced Erica Enders last season as the driver on the SLAMMERS entry. He will remain with the team as a test driver and will remain on the crew.

PAWUK SITTING OUT 2007?

Torco’s Competitionplus.com is hearing that Ohio Pro Stock veteran Mark
“Cowboy” Pawuk may sit out the 2007  NHRA season.  Pawuk has competed for 21
straight years, and is reportedly considering sitting out due to the
advancing years of his  parents, the increasing after school activities of
his two kids, and  the belief that he needs to spend more time with Empaco
Equipment Corporation, his service station refurbishment operation.

LARRY MEYER TO VANDERGRIFF?

A source close to Bob Vandergriff, Jr.'s UPS Top Fueler has revealed the team has added noted tuner Larry Meyer to join Jim Dupuy. From what we are hearing, the addition has already produced performance gains.

NITRO BUNNY?

Bunny Burkett spent 31 of
her 42 years as a drag racer earning the reputation as the Queen of Alcohol
Funny Car. Word has it that she recently received a phone call from a “Mystery
Man” offering her dream opportunity – to drive a nitro Funny Car. If this pans
out, it would be a fitting conclusion for one of drag racing’s most likeable
personalities.

MACH 1 AIR SERVICES TO JOHN FORCE RACING?

David Baca confirmed last week that he will not run 2007 unless a major sponsor is secured following the departure of MACH 1 Air Services. What we find interesting is a reliable source is telling us that MACH 1 will soon announce their involvement with John Force Racing. We'll see how this one pans out.

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