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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.
Donnie Wilson Stops Bubba Pollard’s Streak with Mobile Southern Super Series Victory

Donnie Wilson Stops Bubba Pollard’s Streak with Mobile Southern Super Series Victory

Wilson’s Dominant Performance Ends Four-Race Win Streak for Bubba Pollard From Southern Super Series Saturday night’s Miller Lite 125 brought about the end of two streaks. The 125-lap Southern Super Series presented by Sunoco event saw Bubba Pollard’s four-race win streak snapped when Donnie Wilson drove his No. 2 to victory lane at Mobile International Speedway in Irvington, Alabama. Wilson’s victory also ended a streak where he had not won a race on the track in nine years. Wilson was ... Read More »

Bubba Pollard Outduels Augie Grill for Fourth-Straight Southern Super Series Victory

Bubba Pollard Outduels Augie Grill for Fourth-Straight Southern Super Series Victory

Pollard, Grill Battle Side-by-Side Throughout Final 25 Circuits at Five Flags From Southern Super Series The Southern Super Series presented by Sunoco has been Bubba Pollard’s personal playground in 2014. After a sluggish first two races, Bubba Pollard has run a streak together of four wins, with the most recent coming Friday night in the Rubber & Specialties 125 Presented by RE Suspension at Five Flags Speedway in Pensacola, Florida. Friday’s win did not come easy for Pollard, however. The ... Read More »

Jimmie Johnson Wins the Pole for the Coca-Cola 600

Jimmie Johnson Wins the Pole for the Coca-Cola 600

Knockout qualifying at Charlotte Motor Speedway saw a few different storylines unfold. In the end it was Jimmie Johnson who wrote the best fairy tale, as he put the No. 48 Lowe’s Patriotic Chevrolet on the pole for the 55th running of the Coca-Cola 600. Ryan Newman and Jeff Gordon are tied for the most poles at Charlotte, among active drivers, and neither of them made it out of the first round of qualifying. Danica Patrick turned the fastest lap ... Read More »

Bubba Pollard Conquers Montgomery for Third-Straight Southern Super Series Win

Bubba Pollard Conquers Montgomery for Third-Straight Southern Super Series Win

Bubba Pollard Earns Sixth Career SSS Victory From Southern Super Series Bubba Pollard became the first driver in Southern Super Series presented by Sunoco history to score three straight victories Saturday night by taking the Rumble by the River 125 at Alabama’s Montgomery Motor Speedway. Pollard out-dueled Oklahoman Donnie Wilson by taking the lead with 10 laps remaining and holding Wilson off to the checkered flag. “We just had to dig down deep and sometimes you just have to drive ... Read More »

Tech Talk: “Bono” Manion Explains How To Tackle Kansas Under The Lights

Tech Talk: “Bono” Manion Explains How To Tackle Kansas Under The Lights

Kevin “Bono” Manion is working hard to gain some experience for Michael Annett and his No. 7 Tommy Baldwin Racing team. A 16th-place finish at Talladega was a much-needed, solid run for the group, which is now ready to hit Kansas with some momentum. The organization may have few amenities compared to its bigger rivals, like Hendrick Motorsports but they’re able to still go toe-to-toe every week, these “Davids” of the NASCAR garage coming within tenths of a second per lap of ... Read More »

Beyond the Cockpit: Doug Yates on Horsepower Reduction

Beyond the Cockpit: Doug Yates on Horsepower Reduction

NASCAR Vice President Steve O’Donnell made a statement at Iowa Speedway last month that the sport will make an announcement soon about their plans to reduce horsepower in the Cup Series. As the details have been hashed out, the engine builders for all manufacturers have been involved in the process, ensuring the final solutions work for all major sides. Frontstretch took some time at Talladega this past weekend to sit down with Doug Yates from Roush Yates Racing Engines to hear ... Read More »

Thinkin’ Out Loud – Talladega

Thinkin’ Out Loud – Talladega

Key Moment – On lap 137, Brad Keselowski, who was already six laps down thanks to an incident with Danica Patrick on lap 14 while going for the lead, spun in front of the field while trying to get his lap back the old fashioned way. At the time he andJamie McMurray were the only two cars not on the lead lap and they were both six laps down, so getting a lap back would have set him up to benefit from multiple Lucky Dogs ... Read More »

Nationwide Breakdown: ToyotaCare 250

Brian Scott has come close to winning at Richmond twice before. Starting on the pole Friday night made it look like he might be poised to get the monkey off of his back and grab the checkered flag. Unfortunately for Scott and the rest of the field, the race was longer than 47 laps. Scott led the first 43 circuits, surrendered the lead for two laps under caution to Jeremy Clements and then lost it to Kevin Harvick when the ... Read More »

Bubba Pollard Completes the Gulf Coast Double with Mobile Southern Super Series Victory

Bubba Pollard Completes the Gulf Coast Double with Mobile Southern Super Series Victory

Pit Strategy Leads Georgia Racer to Second Win in as Many Nights From Southern Super Series Strategy was the name of the game for Bubba Pollard Saturday night at Mobile International Speedway in Alabama. Instead of taking advantage of a series pre-season rule change like many of his competitors did, Pollard made a later pit stop that proved to be the winning plan for victory in the Southern Super Series presented by Sunoco and Miller Lite Super Late Model Series ... Read More »

Bubba Pollard Rallies for Southern Super Series Victory at Five Flags Speedway

Bubba Pollard Rallies for Southern Super Series Victory at Five Flags Speedway

Pollard Collects Fourth SSS, Eighth Blizzard Series Win in Combination Event From Southern Super Series Bubba Pollard may have had the fastest car in qualifying and the dominant car in the Mountain Dew Kickstart 125 presented by JRi Shocks Friday night at Pensacola, Florida’s Five Flags Speedway, but winning the event come night’s end was far from easy. Pollard, 27, led the majority of the 125-lap combination event between the Southern Super Series presented by Sunoco and the Five Flags’ ... Read More »