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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.
NASCAR Tech Talk: Kevin “Bono” Manion On Mastering Martinsville

NASCAR Tech Talk: Kevin “Bono” Manion On Mastering Martinsville

Kevin ‘Bono’ Manion has been around the sport for years and has a very educated insight into the ways of the sport and the garage. He continues to guide the No. 7 team for Tommy Baldwin Racing with rookie driver Michael Annett. This week, in Tech Talk, he looks back at Talladega and clears up some of the confusion about qualifying. He also explains how Ryan Newman might have had his car end up being too low in post race ... Read More »

Thinkin’ Out Loud: GEICO 500 – Brad Keselowski Lives to Fight Another Day

Thinkin’ Out Loud: GEICO 500 – Brad Keselowski Lives to Fight Another Day

Key Moment – The caution flag flew with four laps to go for a piece of metal on the race track. The No. 22 of Joey Logano had it on his grill under caution and rubbed it off when the yellow flag was in the air. The end result was a green-white-checkered finish that brought on the dramatic moment of the race. In a Nutshell – Coming into Talladega, there was no consensus on how the race would unfold. For ... Read More »

The Shrub Sprouts

The Shrub Sprouts

The Busch’s are bringing along some competition for Cash Bowyer. In a post on Facebook, Samantha Busch broke the news with a retro themed picture featuring the pink Ford Thunderbird that Kyle purchased for her at the Scottsdale Barrett-Jackson auction. The couple is wearing 50s era clothing, standing in front of the Thunderbird and a l1956 Chevrolet. There is a 50s Chevy inspired pedal car in front of the couple who are holding a sign that says “Racing at you ... Read More »

Short Track Racing Schedule for the Week of October 17th – October 23rd

Short Track Racing Schedule for the Week of October 17th – October 23rd

Friday 10/17/14 Hagerstown Speedway Hagerstown MD 4-Cylinders Friday 10/17/14 Hagerstown Speedway Hagerstown MD Crate Late Models Friday 10/17/14 Hagerstown Speedway Hagerstown MD Dirt Late Models Friday 10/17/14 Hagerstown Speedway Hagerstown MD Hobby Stocks Friday 10/17/14 Hagerstown Speedway Hagerstown MD Pure Stocks Friday 10/17/14 Southern New Mexico Speedway Las Cruces NM Legends Friday 10/17/14 Southern New Mexico Speedway Las Cruces NM Modifieds Friday 10/17/14 Southern New Mexico Speedway Las Cruces NM Street Stocks Friday 10/17/14 Southern New Mexico Speedway Las Cruces ... Read More »

Tech Talk with Brett Bodine: More to Driving the Pace Car Than Meets the Eye

Tech Talk with Brett Bodine: More to Driving the Pace Car Than Meets the Eye

One car gets to lead the field around the track before every race and on every restart and that is the pace car. Brett Bodine has been the pace car driver for the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series since 2004. A quick look at the numbers means that very early next season he’ll be setting the pace for his 400th NASCAR points race. The duties of the pace car driver are much more than just keeping the field in check while ... Read More »

Beyond the Cockpit with Andy Seuss, 2014 Whelen Southern Modified Tour Champion

Beyond the Cockpit with Andy Seuss, 2014 Whelen Southern Modified Tour Champion

Andy Seuss grew up in New Hampshire just a short drive from the heart of Modified country. He grew up running go-karts and progressed to Modifieds but didn’t have the resources to contend for the Tour in the North. He raced in the South because it was more affordable and caught the eye of some owners who saw that he had the talent to be successful in the very powerful, open-wheeled cars. Seuss relocated to the South this year and ... Read More »

Thinkin’ Out Loud – Charlotte Chase race 5 – Wrestlemania 31

Thinkin’ Out Loud – Charlotte Chase race 5 – Wrestlemania 31

Key Moment – On lap 328, Brian Vickers‘ No. 55 done blowed up. The cleanup from the oil laid down lasted until lap 332. Rodney Childers, crew chief for Kevin Harvick, decided to leave his driver on the track. Several other cars also stayed out, so the two-lap dash to the trophy was a battle among cars with used tires. Harvick grabbed a big lead at the drop of the final green and held on to score his third win of ... Read More »

Kevin Harvick Wins Charlotte Race, Post Race Tempers Flare

Kevin Harvick Wins Charlotte Race, Post Race Tempers Flare

Kevin Harvick was the strongest car at Charlotte Motor Speedway Saturday night. For the first time since Darlington in the Spring, Harvick was unencumbered by misfortune and came home with the win. The talk of the race didn’t focus on Harvick however. During the cool down lap, Brad Keselowski and Denny Hamlin made contact. That was followed by pit lane shenanigans between Keselowski and Matt Kenseth, which ended with Tony Stewart being pulled into the fracas as well. The melee ... Read More »

Burt Myers Wins Southern Slam 150, Andy Seuss Takes Whelen Southern Modified Tour Title

The Southern Slam 150 was the final race of the 2014 Whelen Southern Modified tour. The 15th and final race took place on the infield quarter mile at Charlotte Motor Speedway. Andy Seuss entered the race 17 points ahead of George Brunnhoelzl III so he only had to finish 12th to secure the championship. When the checkered flag flew, Burt Myers scored the win for the second consecutive year and third time in the five years that it has been ... Read More »

Tech Talk with Gene Stefanyshyn, Part II: A Look Inside the 2015 Rules Package

Tech Talk with Gene Stefanyshyn, Part II: A Look Inside the 2015 Rules Package

What follows is part two of Frontstretch’s visit with Gene Stefanyshyn, the Vice President of Innovation and Racing Development for NASCAR. Last week, we learned about the attempts to reduce horsepower, decrease downforce and driver adjustments. Stefanyshyn’s vision is to improve the racing while also improving the experience for fans and teams at the race track. This week, we explore the implementation of digital gauges and dashboards, automated officiating, and the elimination of testing. Stefanyshyn worked with more than just ... Read More »