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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.
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 »

Thinkin’ Out Loud – Quaker State 400 – Kentucky Speedway

Thinkin’ Out Loud – Quaker State 400 – Kentucky Speedway

Key Moment – With 25 laps to go, Joey Logano’s car lost a cylinder in his engine. Logano was the only car on the track that had shown any potential to challenge Brad Keselowski for the win. Once his car no longer had all its ponies, the only worry left for the eventual winner was whether or not his power plant would suffer the same fate. In a Nutshell – Brad Keselowski started the race on the pole. He led at ... Read More »

Alex Labbe Rolls to PASS Super Late Model Win at Autodrome Montmagny

Alex Labbe Rolls to PASS Super Late Model Win at Autodrome Montmagny

By Dick Thierren Canadian speedster, Alex Labbe scored an impressive victory this past Saturday night at Autodrome Montmagny in Montmagny, Quebec, as he held off a race long challenge from Cassius Clark to secure the win. One of the biggest stories of the night was just as DJ Shaw pulled onto the starting grid for the main event, something broke on the potent #60 and the oil pump seized up. Fortunately they made a quick deal with Michael Lavoie and ... Read More »

Danny Dietrich kicks off Speed Week with narrow win over Brian Montieth in Williams Grove thriller

Danny Dietrich kicks off Speed Week with narrow win over Brian Montieth in Williams Grove thriller

By Jeremy Elliott “Now, that’s exciting.” Those were the words of Danny Dietrich when he rolled his car into Victory Lane and pulled off his helmet on the frontstretch at Williams Grove Speedway. He wasn’t lying. Dietrich and his crew were a little weary entering the opening night of Pennsylvania Sprint Car Speed Week. He was coming off a grueling trip in Ohio and didn’t get back to the midstate until early Friday morning. But there were no tired arms ... Read More »

Brian Birkhofer Outduels Billy Moyer for First Victory of 2014 DIRTcar Summer Nationals Season at Federated Auto Parts Raceway at I-55

Brian Birkhofer Outduels Billy Moyer for First Victory of 2014 DIRTcar Summer Nationals Season at Federated Auto Parts Raceway at I-55

By Jordan Morris PEVELY, Mo. — June 28, 2014 — Brian Birkhofer recorded his first win of the 2014 DIRTcar Summer Nationals season on Saturday night after sliding past Billy Moyer with four laps left to secure the $10,000 checkered flag at Federated Auto Parts Raceway at I-55. Birkhofer and Moyer dominated the front row to start the 40-lap feature event, with the latter sitting on the pole. Moyer looked to continue his dominance of the 1/3 mile oval, rolling ... Read More »

Donnie Wilson Walks Away From Montgomery With Third Southern Super Series Win

Donnie Wilson Walks Away From Montgomery With Third Southern Super Series Win

Oklahoman Inherits Lead After Grill’s Crash and Cruises to Montgomery Victory Lane From Southern Super Series Donnie Wilson is using the 2014 season to prove that the past year’s bad luck is far in his rear-view mirror. After being shut out of victory lane for a variety of bad-luck reasons in 2013, Wilson, of Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, earned his second-straight and third overall Southern Super Series presented by Sunoco victory Saturday night at Alabama’s Montgomery Motor Speedway. When Augie Grill ... Read More »

Dale Blaney Closes Out Dominant Ohio Sprint Speedweek with Fremont Speedway Victory

Dale Blaney Closes Out Dominant Ohio Sprint Speedweek with Fremont Speedway Victory

First Five-Time Champion Takes $10,000 Payday at The Track That Action Built By Brian Liskai FREMONT, Ohio – Coming into the 32nd Annual Ohio Sprint Speedweek Dale Blaney had only one University of Northwestern Ohio All Star Circuit of Champions win, that coming in April. Now he wishes every week could be speedweek. “The Low Rider” took the lead from James McFadden on lap 42 and drove to his fourth win of speedweek and a $10,000 payday at Fremont Speedway ... Read More »