Negotiations continue between Team 4 officials and young Tanner Klingele, the 15-year-old, second-year hobby stock driver. Well, actually, most of the negotiations are with Tanner’s parents, former track champ Jeff Klingele and mom Teresa.
Team 4 patriarch Tony Dunker said he would eventually like to put Tanner in a third modified, but 2011 might see the youngster in a stock car as a stepping stone.
Nothing is firm at this point, but this will be one of the off-season stories worth watching. Tanner’s family might want him to spend one more season in a hobby stock and there would be nothing wrong with that.
Team 4 expanded in 2009 when it added Justin Reed as its second modified driver and he won the track championship that season. Dunker has two track titles to his credit and is one of four drivers to win 100 races in his career at 8000 Broadway since 1999.