Go ahead, admit it. Some of the best entertainment on Sunday nights at the Bullring is when two of your favorite drivers start a little extracurricular bangin’ on the backstretch. We like to call those little mano-a-mano, driver-to-driver flare-ups “feuds” — as in Hatfields and McCoys.
Steve Carlin vs. Jim Powell, Steve Carlin vs. Bobby Anders, Bobby Anders vs. Jim Powell: It’s no secret there have been some heated words — or at least lukewarm exchanges — in recent seasons involving all three of these hobby stock drivers. I look for more of the same this summer, although in conversations with Bobby and Jimbo at the recent banquet they both vowed they would be trying to avoid any sort of royal rumble this season. I appreciate their candor and intent, but I’m betting on the first fireworks well before Mother’s Day.
Kevin Tomlinson vs. Jeff Mueller (stock cars): Tomlinson, who is one of the easyiest-going fellas off the track, is not afraid to use the chrome horn on the track. He picked up the nickname “Bulldozer” from some of the boys up north, including Mueller, the 2008 track champ. Tomlinson and Mueller should both be championship contenders in 2011 if Jeff opts to race full-time at 8000 Broadway. This little feud-in-waiting could be our own version of Michigan-Ohio State.
Tony Dunker vs. the world: I’ll admit it — Tony Dunker is my favorite driver. There is never a dull moment when he is wheeling his modified around the .29-mile cathedral of commotion. My eyes are always on that No. 4 car. I love his passion, although that passion sometimes gets the best of his on-track choices. He migh be the reigning villain of the Bullring, but our Sunday night world would be a much duller place without the man they call Bone. At one time, Tony said he would not be driving full-time at Quincy in 2011, but I think we’ll see him quite a bit.