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Phil Allaway

Phil Allaway
Phil Allaway has three primary roles at Frontstretch. He's the manager of the site's FREE e-mail newsletter that publishes Monday-Friday and occasionally on weekends. He keeps TV broadcasters honest with weekly editions of Couch Potato Tuesday and serves as the site's Sports Car racing editor. Outside of Frontstretch, Phil is the press officer for Lebanon Valley Speedway in West Lebanon, N.Y. He covers all the action on the high-banked dirt track from regular DIRTcar Modified racing to occasional visits from touring series such as Tony Stewart's Arctic Cat All Star Circuit of Champions.

How Do TNT’s Commercials and Peter Griffin Compare?

Hello, race fans. Welcome back to Couch Potato Tuesday, where TV critiques are the name of the game. I'm back after a one week hiatus, which was brought on due to my trip to Daytona to cover the Coke Zero 400. This week, we'll be reviewing the Sprint Cup and Nationwide Series race telecasts from New Hampshire Motor Speedway, and the Camping World Truck Series telecast from Iowa Speedway. *Before we start*, I want to mention a couple of things. Firstly, as you are likely well aware of, ESPN's Jamie Little is currently eight months pregnant and is now officially on maternity leave. However, this leave might not be as long as you think. On her Twitter page Sunday night, Little tweeted that she's "...sad I'll miss some races but I'll be back for [the] final 11!" This means that she plans on returning to pit road at Richmond in September. Until then, Shannon Spake will likely take her place in the pits.

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Couch Potato Tuesday: KFC Overload Masks Substandard TNT Coverage

Hello, race fans. Welcome back to Couch Potato Tuesday, where overall race telecast critiques are the name of the game. Its been a tough couple of weeks, unfortunately. First, we had the Junior-centric coverage at Michigan, then whatever you guys want to call TNT's coverage at Sears Point (Note: Yes, I know it is Sonoma Raceway now, but the hill that the track is built into is actually called Sears Point, therefore, I am not in the wrong for calling it Sears Point). Just to add to the stink from Northern California, "this fan video":http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_tLtdeQoy0c#t=2m55s captured a couple of instances that were never mentioned on TNT's broadcast in Turn 2.

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Couch Potato Tuesday: TNT Lost the Bleeps, Sweeps and Creeps

Hello, race fans. Welcome back to Couch Potato Tuesday, where race telecast criticism is the name of the game. Oh boy, do we have a doozy this week. *Iowa Corn Indy 250* Saturday night saw the Izod IndyCar Series return to action at Iowa Speedway. Unfortunately, like last weekend in Milwaukee, rain played a role in the telecast, delaying the start by 40 minutes. While the rain game was played, NBC Sports aired more interviews than typical. There were 17 driver interviews, plus interviews with Randy Bernard, Rusty Wallace (track designer, fresh from Road America) and John Barnes (J.R. Hildebrand's Engineer).

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Couch Potato Tuesday: TNT Focuses Too Much on Earnhardt Jr.

Hello, race fans. Welcome back to Couch Potato Tuesday, where TV criticism (and praise) is the object of the day. This past weekend, the Sprint Cup and Nationwide Series raced at the newly-repaved Michigan International Speedway. Meanwhile, the IZOD IndyCar Series raced at The Milwaukee Mile in West Allis, Wisconsin. *Before we begin,* there's some news to mention. Sports Business Daily reported on Monday that "FOX Sports is most definitely interested in continuing to cover the Sprint Cup Series":https://www.sportsbusinessdaily.com/Daily/Issues/2012/06/18/Media/Fox-NASCAR.aspx beyond the end of their current deal. In fact, they've already started serious negotiations with NASCAR a full year early on an extension. Such a move would allow FOX to avoid a likely bidding war with NBC that would drive up costs. For reference purposes, FOX's current deal to cover the Sprint Cup Series is through the 2014 season.

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Couch Potato Tuesday: A Tale Of Two TNTs In 2012 NASCAR Debut

Hello, race fans. Welcome back to Couch Potato Tuesday, where race telecast criticism is the name of the game. This past weekend, the Sprint Cup Series made their first trip of the season to Pocono Raceway for the newly shortened Pocono 400. This race also marked the return of Turner Sports (via TNT) for their 30th season of covering Sprint Cup races (yes, they've been around since 1983). Meanwhile, the Camping World Truck Series and Izod IndyCar Series took on the high banks of Texas Motor Speedway.

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Couch Potato Tuesday: The End of the Season for FOX

Hello, race fans. Welcome back to Couch Potato Tuesday, that one article here at Frontstretch where we take a look at the broadcasts that we are provided on a weekly basis. This past weekend, all three of NASCAR's top series were at Dover International Speedway in Dover, Delaware. It also marked the last race weekend of the 2012 season for NASCAR on FOX and the final race on pit road for Dick Berggren.

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Coca-Cola 600: FOX’s Commercials Bite Them Again

Hello, race fans. Welcome back to Couch Potato Tuesday, where race critique is the name of the game. For those of us who just cannot get enough racing on television (like myself), this past weekend was likely pretty sweet for you. The action was fast and furious in Indianapolis, while NASCAR's Sprint Cup and Nationwide Series were in Charlotte. *Before we start,* a couple of big announcements pertaining to TV were made last weekend. First, Dick Berggren announced that he is leaving NASCAR on FOX after next weekend's race in Dover, ending a 31-year career on telecasts. He claims that he's not retiring, but that he's stepping back and relaxing a little more for now. Good luck to Dick in his relaxation.

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SPEED Showcased with Mixed Results on All-Star Weekend

Hello, race fans. Welcome back to Couch Potato Tuesday. We've got a pretty busy weekend of racing to cover. The Sprint Cup and Camping World Truck Series were both at Charlotte Motor Speedway as part of Sprint All-Star Weekend, while the Nationwide Series was at Iowa Speedway, with a combination K&N Pro Series East and West race for support which still hasn't aired, yet. *Before we start:* Firstly, I was somewhat unsatisfied with NBC Sports Network's coverage of Indianapolis 500 Pole Day Qualifying on Saturday. In the past, they have had on-screen graphics depicting position as they run and time behind. For some reason, that didn't come out during the entire first segment of qualifying (Over three hours). I have no clue why. All I know is that its weak.

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Commercials Hurt NASCAR on FOX Again; Edwards OK in TV Debut

*VFW Sport Clips Help A Hero 200* On Friday night, the Nationwide Series returned to action at Darlington Raceway. With Travis Pastrana coming back for his second try in the No. 99, ESPN expanded what was supposed to be a 45-minute edition of _NASCAR Countdown_ into a full hour. During that time, the primary feature shown was yet another piece on Pastrana. This time, the focus was on his upbringing and family in particular.

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Couch Potato Tuesday: Commercials Hurt a Decent FOX Broadcast

Hello, race fans. Welcome back to Couch Potato Tuesday, where breaking down broadcasts is the name of the game. Last weekend was Talladega, oh, that large bowl of restrictor plate goodness (or badness, depending on who you ask). The Sprint Cup Series was joined by the ARCA Racing Series and the Nationwide Series. *International Motorsports Hall of Fame 250* Friday evening brought the ARCA Racing Series back to SPEED for their second telecast of the year from Talladega Superspeedway. Between Daytona and Talladega, there have been two races run (Mobile, Alabama and Salem, Indiana). These races were effectively glossed over.

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