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

WHERE IS MIKE ASHLEY GOING?

Multiple sources have indicated that NHRA Funny Car driver Mike Ashley
will make his long-awaited announcement regarding his future in the
class during the first day of qualifying in Pomona. The announcement is
expected to detail his departure from Don Schumacher Racing, who has
managed the team since July. The popular rumor is that Ashley will
field his own team with backing from Evan Knoll and Knoll will dissolve
his ownership of the Funny Car team.

THE FORMER CHAMPION?

Multiple sources have confirmed that Scotty Cannon will return to competition in 2007 behind the wheel of Evan Knoll's Top Fuel dragster. The word is that he will run the full IHRA schedule with a few stops on the NHRA tour. No word yet on the tuner yet, but most likely it will be a current established runner. We'll have more on this as it develops.

ADRL IN NORWALK

Sources indicate that the American Drag Racing League will host an event in Norwalk, Ohio. The kicker, from what we hear, is this event will be hosted on the weekend previously reserved for the World Nationals - August 24 - 25.

NEW TV SHOW FOR TJ AND MELANIE?

The word floating around is that ESPN2 will soon announce plans for a show that will be hosted by Tommy Johnson Jr., and Melanie Troxel. This is said to be ESPN's equivalent to PINKS on Speed. The car owners will race for titles and have the ability to bring their winnings back the next week. The show will be called "King of the Streets." The action will be filmed at Bristol Dragway.

HARKER TO DRIVE FOR CONWAY?

A reliable source has confirmed that newly christened TAD licensed driver Kate Harker will drive for veteran team owner Tom Conway during this weekend's NHRA divisional in Las Vegas. Lee Callaway will return in Pomona as the driver.

NORWALK NATIONAL EVENT SPONSOR

Sources have indicated that the NHRA will announce a new sponsor for the event in Norwalk, Ohio. The event was previously hosted by National Trail Raceway in Columbus, Ohio with Pontiac and General Motors as the title sponsor. Now that title will be held by Summit Racing Equipment.

We reported a little over a month that tensions were strained between the sanctioning body and a GM representative over the way the switch was handled. This move should confirm many suspicions.

 

COWIN OUT AT GRIFFIN?

Don't expect Andrew Cowin to be using the Serta Sheep line anymore. The second-generation Aussie driver was relieved of his duties by team owner Scott Griffin following the IHRA season-ending event in Rockingham. If what we've been told by reliable sources is true, a full-time driver on the NHRA tour will drive Griffin's car in the non-conflicting events.

PAUL PAGE FOR 23 IN 2007?

Those that we asked close to ESPN2 are keeping quiet, but the reliable
word that we are hearing is that former Indy 500 announcer turned drag
racing commentator Paul Page will return for all 23 NHRA races in 2007.

DARIEN & MEADOWS OPEN IN 2007?

An unsubstantiated rumor suggests the Darien & Meadows ride could be open next season. Sources indicate that John Force has yet to renew for daughter Ashley for 2007.

CARRIER BOYS MERGE?

The word floating around the Top Fuel pits in Las Vegas suggests the Carrier Brother, Andy and Mark, will team with an existing one-car operation for 2007. We approached the Carrier Brothers who declined comment on the matter.

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