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Author Archives: Mike Neff

Mike Neff
What is it that Mike Neff doesn’t do? The writer, radio contributor and racetrack announcer coordinates the site’s local short track coverage, hitting up Saturday Night Specials across the country while tracking the sport’s future racing stars. The writer for our signature Sprint Cup post-race column, Thinkin’ Out Loud (Mondays) also sits down with Cup crew chiefs to talk shop every Thursday with Tech Talk. Mike works as track announcer for Millbridge Speedway and East Lincoln Speedway, local bullrings based outside of Charlotte, and pops up everywhere from Athlon Sports to SIRIUS XM Radio.
Racing Schedule for August 29th through September 4th

Racing Schedule for August 29th through September 4th

Friday 08/29/14 Sunny South Raceway Grand Bay AL Bandoleros Friday 08/29/14 Sunny South Raceway Grand Bay AL Legends Friday 08/29/14 Sunny South Raceway Grand Bay AL Mighty Mites Friday 08/29/14 Sunny South Raceway Grand Bay AL Modifieds Friday 08/29/14 Sunny South Raceway Grand Bay AL Stingers Friday 08/29/14 Batesville Motor Speedway Batesville AR Bad Boy Super Stars Friday 08/29/14 Batesville Motor Speedway Batesville AR Hobby Stocks Friday 08/29/14 Batesville Motor Speedway Batesville AR IMCA Modifieds Friday 08/29/14 Batesville Motor Speedway ... Read More »

NASCAR Tech Talk: Matt Puccia “Labors” Through Atlanta And Life On The Bubble

NASCAR Tech Talk: Matt Puccia “Labors” Through Atlanta And Life On The Bubble

It all comes down to the next two weeks for crew chief Matt Puccia, his No. 16 team and driver Greg Biffle. Their Roush Fenway Racing car is teetering on the “bubble” of making the Chase, winless but holding the last spot on points. A victory by another driver, or two bad finishes the next two weeks and they’ll spend this postseason on the outside looking in. It’s a precarious position, turning strategy into a delicate balance come Atlanta and ... Read More »

Beyond the Cockpit: Corey LaJoie on Looking for Sponsors, Learning from the King and Concord Speedway

Beyond the Cockpit: Corey LaJoie on Looking for Sponsors, Learning from the King and Concord Speedway

Corey LaJoie is a development driver for Richard Petty Motorsports. He is the son of Randy LaJoie, two-time Nationwide series Champion. LaJoie has worked his way through the ranks of racing, winning at every stop along the way. He won three Late Model Stock Car races at Rockingham Speedway. He scored a victory at the K&N East series race at Bowman-Gray Stadium and four other races in the series. He took the checkered flag first at Atlanta Motor Speedway in 2010 ... Read More »

Thinkin’ Out Loud: Irwin Tools Night Race

Thinkin’ Out Loud: Irwin Tools Night Race

Key Moment - With 67 laps to go the caution flag flew for what ended up being the final time on Saturday night. Matt Kenseth stayed on the track with four other cars while Joey Logano headed to pit lane and bolted on four fresh bolognas. When the race restarted, Logano took the green in sixth position and quickly sliced through the cars in front of him. He worked his way past Kenseth on lap 456 and never lost the lead again. In a Nutshell ... Read More »

The Racing Schedule for August 22nd through August 28th.

The Racing Schedule for August 22nd through August 28th.

Friday 08/22/14 Castrol Raceway Edmonton ALB World of Outlaws Sprint Cars Friday 08/22/14 Silver Dollar Speedway Chico CA 410 Winged Sprint Cars Friday 08/22/14 Silver Dollar Speedway Chico CA Limited Late Models Friday 08/22/14 Silver Dollar Speedway Chico CA Modifieds Friday 08/22/14 Silver Dollar Speedway Chico CA Street Stocks Friday 08/22/14 Silver Dollar Speedway Chico CA Wingless Sprints Friday 08/22/14 Five Flags Speedway Pensacola FL Bombers Friday 08/22/14 Five Flags Speedway Pensacola FL Pro Late Models Friday 08/22/14 Five Flags ... Read More »

Tech Talk: Tony Gibson Sets Up Bristol, Danica, And Updates 2015 NASCAR Testing

Tech Talk: Tony Gibson Sets Up Bristol, Danica, And Updates 2015 NASCAR Testing

Tony Gibson continues to guide the ship for the No. 10 team at Stewart-Haas Racing, navigating the waters of a sophomore slump for driver Danica Patrick. Outside the top 25 in points, the Chase has become a longshot, but with 13 races left in the season this team has set specific goals that focus on continually improving, making the most of rough luck situations while strengthening their ability to persevere. Last weekend at Michigan was a perfect example, as the ... Read More »

Thinkin’ Out Loud: Pure Michigan 400

Thinkin’ Out Loud: Pure Michigan 400

Key Moment - On the penultimate restart of the day, Kurt Busch was alongside Joey Logano when the green flag flew. Busch laid it all on the line trying to get past the car of his former employer but broke loose and bounced his car off of the wall. His rear tire ultimately failed, bringing out the final caution of the race. That restart led to the dramatic moment of the race. In a Nutshell - The majority of the race ... Read More »

Weekly Racing Schedule for August 15 through August 21st

Weekly Racing Schedule for August 15 through August 21st

Friday 08/15/14 Sunny South Raceway Grand Bay AL Bandoleros Friday 08/15/14 Sunny South Raceway Grand Bay AL Legends Friday 08/15/14 Sunny South Raceway Grand Bay AL Mighty Mites Friday 08/15/14 Sunny South Raceway Grand Bay AL Modifieds Friday 08/15/14 Sunny South Raceway Grand Bay AL Stingers Friday 08/15/14 Batesville Motor Speedway Batesville AR Comp Cams Super Dirt Series Late Models Friday 08/15/14 Batesville Motor Speedway Batesville AR Lucas Oil Dirt Super Late Models Friday 08/15/14 Western Speedway Victoria BC Dwarf ... Read More »

Tech Talk: Jason Ratcliff Talks Shocks, Drafting And Setup At Michigan

Tech Talk: Jason Ratcliff Talks Shocks, Drafting And Setup At Michigan

As the Sprint Cup series heads back to Michigan International Speedway, the tires and aerodynamics of the race cars will be the big topics of discussion this week. The speeds at Michigan earlier this year were the highest we’ve seen all season. The tires used have been heavily scrutinized due to the repaving of the track, and issues encountered with the tires last season with the high speeds and lack of heat dissipation in the tires. The skins and the ... Read More »

Thinkin’ Out Loud: Watkins Glen A Mix Of Tony’s Tragedy, AJ’s Triumph

Thinkin’ Out Loud: Watkins Glen A Mix Of Tony’s Tragedy, AJ’s Triumph

Key Moment – On lap 78, Josh Wise stopped in the grass on the inside of the exit of the Bus Stop. Rather than throw a local caution to give Wise an opportunity to refire the car and continue on, NASCAR threw a full-course caution. As a result, AJ Allmendinger and Marcos Ambrose drew immensely closer to being able to stretch their fuel to the finish. The resulting chaos on the restart brought another caution flag and the two leaders were assured ... Read More »