In the past are a 2013 suspension and fine for rough driving. In the future — the very, very near future — awaits what could be a classic duel for the sport mod track championship with the intimidating Tony Dunker.
“Intimidating” was Anders’ word of choice for Dunker, who enters the season with two straight track titles and 31 consecutive feature finishes of either first or second.
“I think a lot of the drivers (in the sport mods) are intimidated by him,” Anders said of Dunker — and his accomplishments. “I think they feel the pressure.”
Does that list of intimidate challengers include Anders?
First, there was a wry smile by Anders, who then looked out of the corner of his eye, paused for a moment and then answered.
“Me?” he asked. “No, … no I’m not intimidated.”
This year should be the strongest class of sport mod drivers since they became an official part of the weekly racing series at Quincy in 2012.
“There’s now at least five guys who could win on any Sunday night — Tony, Jeff DeLonjay, Tanner Klingele, Joey Gower and me,” Anders said.
In the first two full seasons (and four nights from 2011) of the sport mods, Dunker (54), Anders (15) and Jim Gillenwater (12) are the only drivers to reach double digits in total victories. Dunker has won 29 of the 42 sport mod features and finished second in nine others.
The 2014 season opens Sunday, April 6.