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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.
Tony Stewart Speaks

Tony Stewart Speaks

For the first time since the incident with Kevin Ward Jr. at Canandaigua Motorsports Park, Tony Stewart took questions from the media. He did not answer questions about the accident directly, the investigation by the Ontario County Police Department is the definitive document on the crash. Stewart still looks gaunt and tired but there were glimpses of the feisty personality that has been suppressed by this tragedy. The press conference was solely about answering what questions could be answered by ... Read More »

Thinkin’ Out Loud – Dover – Chase Race No. 3 – The field is trimmed to 12

Thinkin’ Out Loud – Dover – Chase Race No. 3 – The field is trimmed to 12

Key Moment – The pass for the lead by Jeff Gordon over Brad Keselowski with 95 laps to go was the difference in the race. Keselowski was in the top 3 all day long and looked to be the driver to beat once Kevin Harvick’s car had issues with an inner liner going flat. Gordon ran down Keselowski and passed him on lap 305 and never looked back. In a Nutshell - The drama of the first ‘Richmond moment’ of the ... Read More »

Racing Schedule for the Week of September 26th through October 2nd

Racing Schedule for the Week of September 26th through October 2nd

Friday 09/26/14 Sunny South Raceway Grand Bay AL Bandoleros Friday 09/26/14 Sunny South Raceway Grand Bay AL Legends Friday 09/26/14 Sunny South Raceway Grand Bay AL Mighty Mites Friday 09/26/14 Sunny South Raceway Grand Bay AL Modifieds Friday 09/26/14 Sunny South Raceway Grand Bay AL Stingers Friday 09/26/14 Cocopah Speedway Somerton AZ IMCA Hobby Stocks Friday 09/26/14 Cocopah Speedway Somerton AZ IMCA Modifieds Friday 09/26/14 Cocopah Speedway Somerton AZ IMCA Sport Mods Friday 09/26/14 Cocopah Speedway Somerton AZ Pro Stocks ... Read More »

Tech Talk: “Bono” Manion on Pushing the “Gray Area” of Dover’s Concrete

Tech Talk: “Bono” Manion on Pushing the “Gray Area” of Dover’s Concrete

The past weekend’s race at Loudon was less than spectacular for many of the teams in the garage. While the No. 7 of Michael Annett didn’t get caught up in any of the wrecks it managed to go a couple of laps down during the early green flag runs and they were unable to get back on the lead lap thanks to some unfortunate timing of caution flags. While it wasn’t the finish they wanted it was a day where ... Read More »

Beyond the Cockpit: Driver or Crew Chief, Mike Neff Knows Speed

Beyond the Cockpit: Driver or Crew Chief, Mike Neff Knows Speed

Mike Neff has been in racing since the early 90s. He won a NHRA title with Gary Scelzi before joining John Force racing in 2007 to be a fourth driver. He became the seventh person in history to win a race as a driver and a crew chief. He was the first to actually win as a crew chief first and then a driver. He’s currently the crew chief for Robert Hight. During the Carolina Nationals he sat down with ... Read More »

Thinkin’ Out Loud: Sylvania 300 – Joey Logano Punches His Ticket While Others Punch the Wall

Thinkin’ Out Loud: Sylvania 300 – Joey Logano Punches His Ticket While Others Punch the Wall

Key Moment – On the penultimate restart with 29 laps to go, Brad Keselowski started on the inside of leader Kevin Harvick. As they raced through turns one and two, Keselowski slipped up and made slight contact with Harvick, moving him up and out of the groove. Joey Logano pounced on the opportunity and swept to the inside at the exit of turn two and grabbed the lead, not relinquishing it for the rest of the race. In a Nutshell ... Read More »

Tech Talk: Tony Gibson on Making it Turn, Driving it Off & Tires that Give Up

Tech Talk: Tony Gibson on Making it Turn, Driving it Off & Tires that Give Up

Tony Gibson and the No. 10 team are headed to New Hampshire Motor Speedway without playing a part in the Chase. They and driver Danica Patrick are still working on their own agenda to attempt to improve over last season and to try and be in contention to win a race. At the very least, certainly hope to score their first top 5 of the year. Their average starting position is up by almost nine positions over last season and their ... Read More »

Short Track Racing Schedule for September 19th through September 25th.

Short Track Racing Schedule for September 19th through September 25th.

  Friday 09/19/14 Batesville Motor Speedway Batesville AR Street Stocks Mid-America Championship Friday 09/19/14 Canyon Speedway Park Peoria AZ AMA Modlites Friday 09/19/14 Canyon Speedway Park Peoria AZ Dwarf Cars Friday 09/19/14 Canyon Speedway Park Peoria AZ IMCA Modifieds Friday 09/19/14 Canyon Speedway Park Peoria AZ Pure Stocks Friday 09/19/14 Canyon Speedway Park Peoria AZ Renegades Friday 09/19/14 Five Flags Speedway Pensacola FL Bombers Friday 09/19/14 Five Flags Speedway Pensacola FL Southern Super Series Super Late Models Friday 09/19/14 Five ... Read More »

Thinkin’ Out Loud: Chicagoland – Brad Keselowski Threads the Needle to the Second Round of the Chase

Thinkin’ Out Loud: Chicagoland – Brad Keselowski Threads the Needle to the Second Round of the Chase

Key Moment – Brad Keselowski was running in second when he made a yellow flag pit stop on lap 183. His team felt they did not properly secure the right rear tire to the car on the stop so they returned to pit lane and changed the tires again. As a result, Keselowski restarted behind all of the other lead lap cars and had to race his way back to the point. In a Nutshell – The harsh winters of ... Read More »