The NHRA is dropping the Pro Stock Truck category from its professional classes beginning next season.
"This was not an easy decision," said NHRA president Tom Compton.
"This move puts the focus on the remaining professional categories, resulting in more television coverage and media exposure for their teams and sponsors. NHRA has responded to what our fans want to see onsite and watch on ESPN."
The trucks will be legal to compete in the Federal-Mogul division with no vehicle modification. With some modification, the trucks could run in the Super Gas and Super Comp categories.
NHRA also announced its 2002 schedule, featuring 23 national events and a return to all 2001 venues. All national events will be on ESPN or ESPN2.
BUSCH RIDE: Scott Riggs, the points leader in NASCAR's truck series, will move into Jeff Green's Busch series ride next season.
Green, the defending Busch champion and a contender again this year in the No. 20 Ford, will drive for Richard Childress Racing in the Winston Cup Series in 2002.
Riggs signed a two-year contract with ppc Racing, and crew chief Harold Holly and the rest of the team have agreed to remain aboard next season.
"I feel so fortunate to have this opportunity," Riggs said. "Drivers dream of becoming associated with a team that are proven winners. How could I turn down the chance to work with the reigning championship team?"
MISS WINSTON: Tobacco sponsorship legislation is ending Jackie Becke's four-year reign as the NHRA's Miss Winston.
"It's been a great run," said Becke, a part-time actress and massage therapist from Los Angeles. "
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