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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.
Beyond the Cockpit: Greg Biffle Talks Everything From Extension To Animals

Beyond the Cockpit: Greg Biffle Talks Everything From Extension To Animals

Greg Biffle has been with Roush Fenway Racing since he broke into the Cup Series full-time in 2003. During his 12 full years of competing at NASCAR’s top level, he’s finished top 5 in points three times, as recently as 2012 but has yet to win the series championship. Though he is off to a slow start, this year Biffle feels like his team truly has what it takes to not only make the Chase but take that next step. At ... Read More »

Donnie Wilson Scores First Southern Super Series Victory at Nashville

Donnie Wilson Scores First Southern Super Series Victory at Nashville

Oklahoman Inherits SSS 125 Presented by Crane Cams Win Following Nemechek’s Disqualification From Southern Super Series It might not have been delivered to him the way he hoped, but Donnie Wilson left Nashville Saturday night with a trademark guitar as a trophy for winning at Fairgrounds Speedway Nashville. Wilson was awarded his first Southern Super Series presented by Sunoco victory in the 125-lap event after unofficial winner John Hunter Nemechek, who led the final 106 laps of the Southern Super ... Read More »

Mirror Driving: Rivalries, Hot Trucks, and a 48 Backslide?

Mirror Driving: Rivalries, Hot Trucks, and a 48 Backslide?

Welcome to “Mirror Driving.” Every week, your favorite columnists sit down and give their opinion about the latest NASCAR news, rumors and controversy. Love us or hate us, make a comment below and tell us how you feel about what we’ve said! This Week’s Participants: Amy Henderson (Mondays / The Big Six & Wednesdays / The Frontstretch Five & Fridays / Holding A Pretty Wheel & Frontstretch Managing Editor) Phil Allaway (Tuesdays / Couch Potato Tuesday & Frontstretch Newsletter Editor) Mike Neff (Mondays / Thinkin’ ... Read More »

Tech Talk: Matt Puccia On Martinsville, Aero, And Tires For Texas

Tech Talk: Matt Puccia On Martinsville, Aero, And Tires For Texas

Matt Puccia has been on the pit box for Greg Biffle since the middle of 2012. He’s had success on Intermediate tracks with recent car configurations, and the team seems to be getting their hands around the new ride height rules and the myriad of options that opens up for them. He wasn’t as aggressive at Martinsville as some but he was able to put his driver at the point for several laps early in the race, which hasn’t happened ... Read More »

Beyond the Cockpit: Matt Kenseth On Qualifying And Coming Up Through The Ranks

Beyond the Cockpit: Matt Kenseth On Qualifying And Coming Up Through The Ranks

Matt Kenseth is 11 years removed from his Winston Cup Championship. A decade from that impressive achievement, he led the series in wins in 2013 and was in contention until the very end for the title. He has had strong runs so far this season, to follow that up but hasn’t been first to the checkered flag just yet. Kenseth’s partnership with crew chief Jason Ratcliff has been very successful thus far, however, and looks to be continuously growing stronger ... Read More »

Thinkin’ Out Loud: STP 500

Thinkin’ Out Loud: STP 500

Key Moment – The caution flew with 40 laps to go. Teams came to pit road with Clint Bowyer in the lead, but Jimmie Johnson had it when the pit stops completed, a slow stop on the right-rear dooming the No. 15 Toyota to mid-pack. Kurt Busch came out in the third spot, which let him start on the bottom, and as a result, the battle for the race win was set between Johnson and Busch. In a Nutshell – ... Read More »

Beyond the Cockpit with Ben Rhodes

Beyond the Cockpit with Ben Rhodes

Ben Rhodes is a shining star rising quickly through the ranks of stock car racing. He is working his way up the ladder, but he’s doing it at a very rapid pace. He burst onto the national scene with two strong runs in Denny Hamlin’s Short Track Shootout. He has worked for Marcos Ambrose and with well known NASCAR crew chief Lee McCall on his way to the K&N Series. He is making his Truck Series debut this weekend in ... Read More »

Tech Talk: Tony Gibson Tackles The Tire Story, Danica, And Brakes For Martinsville

Tech Talk: Tony Gibson Tackles The Tire Story, Danica, And Brakes For Martinsville

Fontana last Sunday was a challenge for most Cup teams, as soft tires had to be managed in order for them to successfully compete. It was very reminiscent of the late 1990s, when drivers had to baby the cars to make them last for full fuel runs and keep their equipment in one piece until the end. Tony Gibson was there in the ’90s, as a fast-rising mechanic and he knows the difference between quality wear and simply a high ... Read More »

Casey Roderick Triumphs in 38th Annual Rattler 250 at South Alabama Speedway

Casey Roderick Triumphs in 38th Annual Rattler 250 at South Alabama Speedway

From South Alabama Speedwy While the pre-race hype centered on the names Pollard, Grill, Hemric, Smith, and Nemechek, none of the “experts” were mentioning the name Roderick. But at the end of an exciting 252 laps, it was Lawrenceville, Georgia’s Casey Roderick kissing the surface of South Alabama Speedway’s Victory Lane after the 38th Annual Hardee’s Rattler 250. The race was the first of the 2014 Southern Super Series schedule. Roderick was near the bottom of the speed charts in ... Read More »

Tech Talk: Jason Ratcliff On Toyota Troubles And Tire Management

Tech Talk: Jason Ratcliff On Toyota Troubles And Tire Management

The No. 20 Joe Gibbs Racing team led the Sprint Cup Series in victories in 2013. Over the first four races of the season, they have shown some flashes of their brilliance from last year, including leading the most laps this past weekend at Bristol. While they haven’t broken into Victory Lane yet, they are still in the top 10 in points and a threat for the championship simply based off of their 2013 success. For this week’s Tech Talk ... Read More »