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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.
Tech Talk with Tony Gibson: Taking Stock Of Danica Patrick In Year Two

Tech Talk with Tony Gibson: Taking Stock Of Danica Patrick In Year Two

A week off is a very rare gem for NASCAR crew chiefs. This past week, Danica Patrick head wrench Tony Gibson took full advantage of the hole in the schedule to get away and get dirty. He spent time with family and friends riding off-road vehicles in Georgia, time off the grid which helped him recharge the batteries. He’s now ready to take on the next three months with no break until before Indianapolis in July. This week in Tech Talk, Gibson ... Read More »

Thinkin’ Out Loud – The Off Week Season Review

Thinkin’ Out Loud – The Off Week Season Review

Key Moment – The key moment of the 2014 season came during the Media Tour in Charlotte, when Brian France came to the podium and announced more changes to the Chase. NASCAR’s tried in vain, for years to emphasize winning, and it never came to fruition… until that very speech. The adjustments announced that cold day in January, ever since have seemed to heat up both the fans and the teams. The “win and you’re in” mantra was heard loud and clear by each ... Read More »

Tech Talk With “Bono” Manion: Has NASCAR’s Track Too Tough To Tame Gone… Too Nice?

Tech Talk With “Bono” Manion: Has NASCAR’s Track Too Tough To Tame Gone… Too Nice?

Tommy Baldwin racing continues to chase the dream on a fraction of the budget of the big race teams. A strategy call that goes wrong can cost them half a dozen positions on the race track and that can drop them into the perilous ‘must qualify on time’ area of the point standings. However, the little team that could is still comprised of racers who are in this business for the right reasons. As they continue to chase the dream, ... Read More »

Thinkin’ Out Loud: Duck Commander 500 Texas Race Analysis

Thinkin’ Out Loud: Duck Commander 500 Texas Race Analysis

Key Moment – As Joey Logano came out of Turn 4, heading to the flagstand for the white flag, Kurt Busch’s car that had lost a left rear tire began spreading debris on the track and race control called for a caution. The ensuing pit stops saw Jeff Gordon take two tires, along with Brian Vickers. Brad Keselowski was caught speeding off of pit lane and had to go to the back of the field, leaving the final duel between cars ... Read More »

Kissing Your Sister, Race Control Style

Kissing Your Sister, Race Control Style

The single most depressing thing to see at a race track is rain. It halts everything, it puts people in a bad mood, it prevents events from running on time and it pushes back all the other plans that fans and competitors have as they wait for activities they came for to take place. When the time comes that an event is officially postponed, fans have to decide if they are going to stay for the next day or simply ... Read More »

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 »