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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.
Greg Hodnett fights off flat tire and competition to collect Grandview Speedway Speed Week bounty

Greg Hodnett fights off flat tire and competition to collect Grandview Speedway Speed Week bounty

By Jeremy Elliott Greg Hodnett was the fourth or fifth fastest car at Grandview Speedway Tuesday night. Maybe worse. But when you are a driver the caliber of Hodnett, you can make up for shortcomings. Things like a car lacking speed, a flat left front tire with five laps to go and competition breathing down your neck. Hodnett had to deal with all three during Night 4 of Pennsylvania Sprint Car Speed Week. Still, the Thomasville driver overcame all obstacles ... Read More »

Jason Feger Dominates Jacksonville Speedway for Second Win of 2014 DIRTcar Summer Nationals

Jason Feger Dominates Jacksonville Speedway for Second Win of 2014 DIRTcar Summer Nationals

By Jordan Morris JACKSONVILLE, Ill. — July 2, 2014 — 2010 DIRTcar Summer Nationals champion Jason Feger led flag-to-flag en route to claiming the $5,000 victory Wednesday night at Jacksonville Speedway, his second win in six DIRTcar Summer Nationals starts this year. Feger, making his first start since rolling his car Sunday night at Lincoln Speedway, started the 40-lap feature on the outside of pole-sitter Billy Moyer Jr. At the drop of the green flag, Feger shot around Moyer Jr. ... Read More »

Mike Harrison Goes Back-to-Back with 2014 DIRTcar Summit Racing Equipment Modified Nationals Victory at Jacksonville Speedway

Mike Harrison Goes Back-to-Back with 2014 DIRTcar Summit Racing Equipment Modified Nationals Victory at Jacksonville Speedway

By Jordan Morris JACKSONVILLE, Ill. — July 2, 2014 — Mike Harrison found himself in a familiar place Wednesday night at Jacksonville Speedway, as he scored his fifth win of the 2014 DIRTcar Summit Racing Equipment Modified Nationals season in dominating fashion. Harrison started the 25-lap feature event on the outside of pole-sitter Jeff Curl. Curl nosed Harrison on the first lap, but using the momentum of the outside line, Harrison would rocket past the leader and claim the top ... Read More »

Tech Talk with Bono Manion: Daytona – Splitters, Tires and Engine Cooling

Tech Talk with Bono Manion: Daytona – Splitters, Tires and Engine Cooling

The No. 7 team of Tommy Baldwin Racing is continuing to show improvement most every week. This past weekend the teamy scored an 18th-place finish at Kentucky Speedway with driver Michael Annett. It was the team’s fourth Top 20 finish of the season and their best non-restrictor plate finish of the season. Crew Chief Kevin ‘Bono’ Manion has been quite candid about the goals of the team this year, and notes to Mike Neff this week in Tech Talk that ... Read More »

Bobby Pierce Grabs First Win of 2014 DIRTcar Summer Nationals at Belle-Claire Speedway

Bobby Pierce Grabs First Win of 2014 DIRTcar Summer Nationals at Belle-Claire Speedway

By Jordan Morris BELLEVILLE, Ill. — July 1, 2014 — Bobby Pierce was one of three different drivers to control the top stop Tuesday night at Belle-Claire Speedway, as he made a daring pass on Shannon Babb with four laps to go to claim the lead and the $5,000 checkered flag, his first of the 2014 DIRTcar Summer Nationals season. 2014 DIRTcar Summer Nationals champion Brandon Sheppard captured the pole position, with Randy Korte starting on his outside. Bobby Pierce ... Read More »

Harrison Scores Fourth Win of 2014 DIRTcar Summit Racing Equipment Modified Nationals Victory at Belle-Claire Speedway

Harrison Scores Fourth Win of 2014 DIRTcar Summit Racing Equipment Modified Nationals Victory at Belle-Claire Speedway

By Jordan Morris BELLEVILLE, Ill. — July 1, 2014 — In what’s shaping up to be a seesaw battle for wins between Mike Harrison and Jacob Poel, Harrison claimed his fourth DIRTcar Summit Racing Equipment Modified Nationals victory Tuesday night at Belle-Claire Speedway, just two nights after Poel’s fourth victory at Lincoln Speedway. A thundering 38 DIRTcar Summit Racing Equipment Modifieds stormed into Belleville, Ill., but Mike Harrison, who last won at Federated Auto Parts Raceway at I-55 on Saturday, ... Read More »

Brady Bacon looks right at home in Path Valley Pennsylvania Speed Week march

Brady Bacon looks right at home in Path Valley Pennsylvania Speed Week march

By Jeremy Elliott Brady Bacon had this one circled on his calendar. When the Broken Arrow, Okla., ace decided to return to Pennsylvania Sprint Car Speed Week, he couldn’t wait to get to Path Valley Speedway Park. The tight quarter-mile track was right in his wheelhouse. Bacon has seen the place. He competed in a micro sprint at the Spring Run facility, and it was as close to neutral ground as he was going to get against the central Pennsylvania ... Read More »

Kyle Moody hits Speed Week paydirt, collects first career Sprint Car win in Kevin Gobrecht Memorial

Kyle Moody hits Speed Week paydirt, collects first career Sprint Car win in Kevin Gobrecht Memorial

By Jeremy Elliott Kyle Moody remembers sitting in the stands at Lincoln Speedway as an eight year-old kid. He watched legendary drivers like Steve Smith, Steve Siegel and Fred Rahmer dice around the Abbottstown facility. All the while, Moody dreamed of someday sitting on the fronstretch having a Victory Lane celebration. There were some near misses in Moody’s short career. He’s finished second a few times and has a slew of top fives but couldn’t get over the hump. Until ... Read More »

Brady Smith Scores Thrilling DIRTcar Summer Nationals Victory at Lincoln Speedway

Brady Smith Scores Thrilling DIRTcar Summer Nationals Victory at Lincoln Speedway

By Jordan Morris LINCOLN, Ill. — June 29, 2014 — Brady Smith captured his second career DIRTcar Summer Nationals victory on Sunday night at Lincoln Speedway after leader Chase Junghans spun with 15 laps to go while trying to navigate through lapped traffic. Smith grabbed the pole for the 40-lap feature with Saturday night winner, Brian Birkhofer, starting on his outside. Smith secured the lead and an early advantage on the opening lap as Birkhofer came under fire from the ... Read More »

Jacob Poel Captures Fourth Victory of 2014 DIRTcar Summit Racing Equipment Modified Nationals Season at Lincoln Speedway

Jacob Poel Captures Fourth Victory of 2014 DIRTcar Summit Racing Equipment Modified Nationals Season at Lincoln Speedway

By Jordan Morris LINCOLN, Ill. — June 29, 2014 — One night after Mike Harrison tied his 2014 DIRTcar Summit Racing Equipment Modified Nationals win total at three, Jacob Poel responded Sunday night by passing Harrison on the final lap to claim his fourth victory of the season at Lincoln Speedway. Nick Hoffman, of Mooresville, NC, and Mike Harrison occupied the front row, with Jacob Poel starting right behind them in the third position. Hoffman and Harrison battled for the ... Read More »