Lucas Oil NHRA Nationals
Neff focused with three races left before Countdown
Brainerd, pre-race: Rookie Mike Neff and the Old Spice Ford Mustang team are continuing to keep their season goals in focus. It may sound like a broken record to some but Neff and his team know that what some people might call “broken record” they call attention to detail and staying focused.
Neff sits in ninth position 54 points in front of
“I feel like we have a legitimate chance every time we pull into the track. I expect us to win and I know we are good enough to win so that is what makes it frustrating that we didn’t win. I don’t want to be down there bouncing around fighting for that tenth spot. I’d like to get away from that and get ourselves solidly into the Countdown. That is the goal right now. I believe we’ll get better and I’ll get better. Hopefully we make the countdown and then be hitting our stride about that point and have a legitimate chance at it,” said Neff.
With the Western Swing behind him Neff would have liked to have put some more distance between his team and the fringes of the bubble spot. A win over teammate and icon John Force in the first round of the Mopar Mile High Nationals and a critical first round win over Bob Tasca III at Seattle were the only round wins he picked up on the Western Swing but they were enough to keep his pursuers at bay.
Neff has enjoyed a solid rookie season to date with three final round appearances (
The former world champion crew chief for Gary Scelzi is quickly getting accustomed to feeling the acceleration of his 8,000 hp Ford Mustang. Neff enjoys the experience of driving but by his own admission driving has not replaced the satisfaction of tuning a Funny Car.
“People ask me which do I like better driving or being a crew chief and I can’t answer that question. I didn’t pick being a driver over being a crew chief. It is like if someone asked you to pick which one of your kids is your favorite. You can’t do that,” said Neff.
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