Making the Trip from Berthoud, COadmin
Mark Neff will be making the trip from Berthoud, CO to the Bullring @ Las Vegas Motor Speedwayfor the $10,000-to-win “Retro Custom Metals 150″ on May 4th. It will be Neff’s first start in the Spears Srl Southwest Tour Series. Neff was a regular at Colorado National Speedway in 2018, finishing third in the Super Late Model Championship Standings, just four markers behind track champion Darren Robertson. Neff was the 2015 Late Model, and 2013 Pro Truck Champion, also at CNS.
Despite Neff’s impressive finish, in the 2018 Super Late Model season, the team is still relatively new to the division. At the end of the 2018 season, the team stepped out to compete in the Senators Cup Fall Classic, at the Bullring. A 21st place effort, and a DNF was a disappointment, but the team gained valuable experience. The team put that experience to good use, and finished 7th in the 2019 Chili Willy at Tucson Speedway.
They now turn their attention back to the Bullring, and to the next step in their progression as a team.
“As a newer Super Late Model program, starting to run some SRL races is the next step for our team”, Neff told the SPEARS Southwest Tour Series. “We felt like we had a top 10 car at the Bullring, during the Fall Classic last October, so we figured Vegas would be a good place to cut our teeth.”
Neff, and the Rocky Mountain Motorsports Team, are looking forward to the challenge of competing in the SRL, and to advancing their racing program over the next several months.
“I couldn’t be more excited”, Neff explained. “The talent in the SRL is top notch throughout the field. That level of competition forces us to execute at the highest level. I am positive we will become a better race team, regardless of the outcome. Also, in order to compete at this level, we are in the process of partnering with VanDoorn Racing Development, with a brand new VDR car on its way to Rocky Mountain Motorsports. That should debut in the next few months!”
Neff chose this event, to make his Southwest Tour Series debut, because of his previous experience at the Bullring. He hopes to finish the event, and compete for a top 10 result.
“Considering we had a mechanical DNF, our first go at the Bullring, finishing all 150 laps will be our highest priority”, Neff stated. “From there, our hope is to reel in a top 10 finish.”
To make the trek to Las Vegas, Neff is appreciative to the people who have made it possible, as well as the sponsors that support their program.
Neff began, “A huge thank you to Kevin Steinkeand Melissa Thompson Steinke, whom own and run our entire Rocky Mountain Motorsports program. None of this would be possible without them! All of RMM; Dave Neff, DJ NEFFf, Rich Allbee, T Mathisen, Randy Jorgensen, girl friend LoRi PiTz and all of our family!”
Photo Credit: Michele Martin