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

DAN'S THE MAN?

A strong source tells Torco's CompetitionPlus.com that longtime nitro tuner Dan Olson will soon be named to fill the void left by Ray Alley as NHRA nitro liaison.

KRISHER'S PERSONNEL ROLLER COASTER

The hottest rumor floating around the pits at Virginia Motorsports Park is that longtime Ron Krisher crewman Tim Freeman left the team prior to the event and is reportedly headed over to the Allen Johnson - Don Schumacher team. That departure was said to have been precipitated by the planned hiring of Bob Glidden. A source close to the Glidden camp says that isn't going to happen. Our source likewise said Glidden was contact and serious discussions transpired - but the end result is Glidden will likely stay at home and listen to the races via the Internet. But...you never know.

DUPUY'S RETURN GIG?

The rumor circulating Virginia Motorsports Park is that Funny Car driver Frankie Pedregon has acquired enough backng to compete in Las Vegas and Pomona. He is reportedly planning to drive the flopper he purchased from John Lawson. What is not widely known is that Wayne Dupuy will be the tuner. 

CEASE AND DESIST LETTER?

File this one in the cease and desist department. Sources indicate the NHRA sent a letter to Texas Raceway in Kennedale, Texas, advising them to not run this weekend's ADRL event. The cause for this letter was the reported use of nitromethane in doorslammers and the lack of a supercharger overdrive rules. The sticking point is said to be insurance regulations. The event went forward as scheduled on Friday so time will tell on this situation.

BAZEMORE AND VMP

UPDATE: Frank Pedregon has been named to drive Bob Gilbertson's Funny Car at VMP.

PRO MODIFIEDS RETURNING TO NHRA IN 2007?

Torco's CompetitionPlus.com has learned a conglomeration of backers have joined together with AMS Staff Leasing's Dave Wood in a bid to preserve to the series next season. While this is a major breakthrough for the series, the deciding factor remains the NHRA and their willingness to work with the program organizers.

FOUR-CAR PRO STOCK TEAM?

Sources close to the situation have told Torco's CompetitionPlus.com that Pro Stock team owner Ken Black has expressed an interest to expand his operation to include four Pro Stockers. An unsubstantiated rumor floating around the Virginia Motorsports Park pits suggests the new NHRA point championship and the tier that narrows down to four is the focus of his interest.  Reportedly, we are told that one existing team owner has already offered their operation as one willing to join their group. This team is one of the front-running operations in the class.

THE BERNSTEIN - WORSHAM CONNECTION

Multiple sources have confirmed that Kenny Bernstein will begin his licensing procedures behind the wheel of a Del Worsham Funny Car soon. Bernstein confirmed during last months press conference that he would more than likely "borrow" a Funny Car during a late-season test session, most likely in Las Vegas, to reacclimate himself.

DISGUSTED BY VAGUENESS

Mike Castellana has already had two Pro Modified body styles shot down by rulemakers and he's fed up with it. From what we're hearing, his Toyota Solara body style (not legal for Pro Stock) will not be legal under the new non-Pro Stock body rule and he had initially planned to build a late model Mustang Shelby GT but that was given the boot for the 2008 season.

TURBO IN ROCKINGHAM

From a solid source, we are hearing that Troy Coughlin will be testing his turbo GTO later this month at National Trail Raceway in Columbus, Ohio. If all goes well, Coughlin will bring the car to Rockingham and enter as a Top Sportsman entry. Much has been said about the car's late-model body style and according to the IHRA Pro Modified rules, they will get at least one season to run it. If you're wondering which direction Coughlin will go, we're hearing the 1967 Camaro is high on his list.

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