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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: Bono Breaks Down Weather Impact On Racing, Watkins Glen

Tech Talk: Bono Breaks Down Weather Impact On Racing, Watkins Glen

The No. 7 team of Tommy Baldwin Racing, armed with a rookie driver and a revamped program continues to improve as the season progresses. Tech Talk has followed along as Michael Annett and the team have matured, logging laps while gaining experience. Kevin Manion, the crew chief, has given us insight all year about the team’s mindset and we see more of that this week along with some great technical answers as Watkins Glen approaches. Manion revisits Pocono and the ... Read More »

Austin Dillon to Drive Spraker Racing Car in NASCAR K&N Series Race at Watkins Glen International

Austin Dillon to Drive Spraker Racing Car in NASCAR K&N Series Race at Watkins Glen International

Spraker Racing Enterprises Inc. announced that NASCAR Sprint Cup Series driver Austin Dillon will drive the team’s No. 37 Chevrolet in the NASCAR K&N Pro Series East, Bully Hill Vineyards 125 at Watkins Glen International on August 8th. Dillon, a regular in NASCAR’s Sprint Cup Series where he pilots the No. 3 Richard Childress Racing Chevrolet SS will make his first K&N start since Iowa Speedway in 2009. The 24-year-old hopes to gain some extra road course experience with the ... Read More »

Thinkin’ Out Loud: GoBowling.com 400

Thinkin’ Out Loud: GoBowling.com 400

Key Moment – Dale Earnhardt, Jr. and Clint Bowyer pitted when the pits opened after the Big One with 39 laps to go. That decision by Steve Letarte put Earnhardt in position to take a splash of gas to make it to the finish of the race. Earnhardt made that final stop to top off with fuel on lap 132 and that move put him out in front of all of the teams who waited to pit after that caution. ... Read More »

Racing Schedule for the Week of August 1st through August 7th

Racing Schedule for the Week of August 1st through August 7th

Friday 08/01/14 Sunny South Raceway Grand Bay AL Bandoleros Friday 08/01/14 Sunny South Raceway Grand Bay AL Legends Friday 08/01/14 Sunny South Raceway Grand Bay AL Mighty Mites Friday 08/01/14 Sunny South Raceway Grand Bay AL Modifieds Friday 08/01/14 Sunny South Raceway Grand Bay AL Stingers Friday 08/01/14 Batesville Motor Speedway Batesville AR Bad Boy Super Stars Friday 08/01/14 Batesville Motor Speedway Batesville AR Hobby Stocks Friday 08/01/14 Batesville Motor Speedway Batesville AR Nesmith Crate Late Models Friday 08/01/14 Batesville ... Read More »

NASCAR Tech Talk: Air Flow, Pit Strategy And Driver Comfort

NASCAR Tech Talk: Air Flow, Pit Strategy And Driver Comfort

Matt Puccia is on the pit box for his fourth year in the Cup Series with Greg Biffle. They have been in the mix all season for a Chase spot, and while they haven’t scored a win to “lock” themselves in, the team is keeping close to the “points bubble” in order to make the postseason either way. After some rough times this season, a down year for Roush Fenway Racing the duo appears to be making progress. After a ... Read More »

Beyond the Cockpit with Tyler Reddick – Trucks, Super Dirt Late Models and Mini Outlaw Sprint Karts

Beyond the Cockpit with Tyler Reddick – Trucks, Super Dirt Late Models and Mini Outlaw Sprint Karts

Tyler Reddick has been making the transition to asphalt for a couple of years. At 16, he made his first NASCAR start in the K&N East Series at Rockingham Speedway. He came home with the win. He also had a top 10 in one of the two ARCA series races he ran that year. The transition has been slow, but this season he is running several races for Brad Keselowski Racing. Last Wednesday, he was in the Mudsummer Classic at ... Read More »

Thinkin’ Out Loud – Brickyard 400

Thinkin’ Out Loud – Brickyard 400

Key Moment – The Brickyard 400 saw multiple fuel strategies jumble the field early in the race. A long green flag run from lap 25 through lap 69 had some teams pit and return to the track, while others were not quite in the window they were hoping for. When the yellow flag flew for Danica Patrick’s car stopping in turn one after having a failure in the rear of the car leaving her pit stall, the caution period caught ... Read More »

Kyle Busch wins the pole for the Lilly Diabetes 250

Kyle Busch wins the pole for the Lilly Diabetes 250

For the second year in a row Kyle Busch will be starting on the pole for the Nationwide race at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway. He was one of the last cars to cross the start/finish line in the final segment of qualifying and shot to the top of the chart with a lap of 50.031 seconds at a speed of 179.888 miles per hour. Busch’s time is a new track record for the Nationwide cars, breaking his one year-old track ... Read More »

NASCAR Summary for Friday at Indianapolis Motor Speedway

NASCAR Summary for Friday at Indianapolis Motor Speedway

Friday was the first day of on-track activity for the NASCAR Nationwide and Sprint Cup teams. The Nationwide cars were on track for their only two practice sessions of the weekend while the Cup teams hit the track just once. When the red and black flags waived a the end of the sessions, David Ragan was quickest in the first session for the Nationwide series while Ty Dillon was at the top of the charts in the final session. On ... Read More »

David Byrne Triumphs in Rich Vogler Classic

David Byrne Triumphs in Rich Vogler Classic

David Byrne wins the J.D. Byrider 100 Rich Vogler Classic at Lucas Oil Raceway Indianapolis. Byrne led the final quarter of a lap to score the win and become the 100th winner in USAC Silver Crown history.Tanner Swanson started on the pole and led the first 99 laps before losing the lead in the final corner. Kody Swanson rounded out the podium while Ryan Newman and Bobby Santos completed the Top 5. Chris Windom, Jacob Wilson, Bobby East, Jaret Andretti ... Read More »