Sunday night forecast for the Bullring:
1. Why do I think there might be some fireworks surrounding the hobby stock division? Barring engine problems, I’m picking Bobby Anders to win a third straight feature. Other than that, I have no idea what’s going to happen in this all-of-a-sudden volatile class.
2. We will be extremely lucky to not be rained out for the second straight week — judging by those extended weather forecasts — and for the third time in five tries.
3. If we are able to race, I doubt if the track will need watered.
4. If Tony Dunker makes his long-awaited late model debut, I predict the car will be in the running of this blog’s annual ZZ Top Sharp Dressed Man Award. Dunker always fields a sweet-looking ride. I’m predicting a black and green theme. (For the record, I have no idea, so if it shows up black and green I expect full credit for this prediction.)
5. Retired flagman Steve Blickhan will make an appearance and be heard to say at least once., “Yeah, I miss it.”
6. Jeff Mueller will win the stock car feature.
7. If all of the late model guys are on hand, my pick for the faeture is Jason Frankel — if he doesn’t lose another piece of that spoiler.
8. Justin Reed will win the modified main event.
9. The modified dash will grow to become one of the weekly schedule’s most anticipated events once fans get accustomed to what’s on the line. The top two or three in each heat (depending on the number of heats) qualify for the dash to determine the starting lineup for the first three (or four) rows of the feature. It’s a great idea.
10. There will be 17 late models in the pits, if my math is correct.