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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.

Couch Potato Tuesday: It’s Time To Preview Our NASCAR Telecasts

Hello, race fans. So, the offseason is officially over. Yee-haw. Welcome to year No. 4 (for me, at least) of race telecast critiquing. This year, there will be some slight changes, the first of which you've already seen. That's right, a brand new series title. While I'll admit that "Couch Potato Tuesday" is not something I came up with, I'm cool with it. I had inherited the Talking NASCAR TV title from my predecessor, Doug Turnbull, back in 2009 and wasn't really in love with it. However, there will be no change in focus. I'll still be here to criticize bad aspects of telecasts and praising good ones. The Critic's Annex in "the Newsletter":/notice/9557/ will be back as well, but it will not run every week. We have a new feature that will run in its place once a month that we will be announcing quite soon. Having said that, we're going to take a brief look at what NASCAR's TV partners have to offer for us this season. I'm going to hold off on covering TNT for now since they don't start their series until June.

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News Recap for the week of December 21, 2009

Jimmie Johnson named AP Male Athlete of the Year Last Monday, the Associated Press announced that 2009 Sprint Cup Series champion has been named the 2009 AP Male Athlete of the Year, a first for a racer in the award’s 78 year history. Johnson received 42 votes, beating out second …

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NASCAR News Recap for the Week of January 19, 2009

Tire Testing at Atlanta Last week, Goodyear held a two-day tire test at Atlanta Motor Speedway, designed to develop a proper tire compound for the Kobalt Tools 500 on March 8, and prevent a repeat of last year’s spring race. Last year, the tires wore enough that the cars could …

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News Recap for the Week of January 12, 2009

A Change to the lineup of the Budweiser Shootout On Friday, NASCAR announced an expansion of the field for the Budweiser Shootout on February 7. In addition to each manufacturer being allowed their top six teams (in owners’ points) from last season, there is now a Wild Card selection available …

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News Recap for the Week of January 5, 2009

Elliott Sadler to stay in the No. 19 for 2009 In a turn of events, it now appears that Sadler will, in fact, stay in the No. 19 Dodge for the 2009 Sprint Cup season. Our own Tom Bowles, reporting for Sports Illustrated, spoke with Tara Ragan, A.J. Allmendinger’s agent …

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2008 Driver Review: David Reutimann

*2008 Ride(s):* No. 00 Michael Waltrip Racing Toyota (first five events) No. 44 Michael Waltrip Racing Toyota (final 31 events) *2008 Primary Sponsor(s):* Aaron’s (No. 00), UPS (No. 44) *2008 Owner(s):* Michael Waltrip / Johnny Harris / Robert Kauffman (both cars) *2008 Crew Chief:* Ryan Pemberton (both cars) *Stats:* 36 Races, 0 Wins, 0 Top 5s, 4 Top 10s, 1 Pole, 22nd in points. *Best Finish:* Ninth - twice (Fontana and Richmond - Sept.) *Average Finish:* 23.3. *High Point:* For Reutimann, the best race of his season was the hurricane-delayed Chevy Rock & Roll 400 at Richmond International Raceway in September.

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2008 Driver Review: Paul Menard

*2008 Ride:* No. 15 DEI Chevrolet *2008 Primary Sponsor:* Menards *2008 Owner:* Teresa Earnhardt *2008 Crew Chief:* Doug Randolph *Stats:* 36 Races, 0 Wins, 1 Top 5, 1 Top 10, 1 Pole, 26th in points. *Best Finish:* 2nd (Talladega - Fall). *Average Finish:* 25.4. *High Point:* Definitely the AMP Energy 500 at Talladega in October, where Menard scored a career best second place finish.

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NASCAR News Recap for the Week of December 29, 2008

Speedway Motorsports completes purchase of Kentucky Speedway On Thursday (January 1), Speedway Motorsports, Inc. (SMI) officially completed its purchase of the 1.5 mile Kentucky Speedway from the Carroll family. News of the purchase, for $78 million dollars, was broken back in May. “We are extremely excited about the new opportunities …

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NASCAR News Recap for the Week of December 22, 2008

Sadler out of the No. 19 Multiple sources have reported that A.J. Allmendinger, who impressed while driving the No. 10 after replacing the fired Patrick Carpentier in October, has been hired to drive the No. 19 Dodge in 2009, replacing Elliott Sadler. The main issue with this move is that …

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NASCAR News Recap for the Week of December 15, 2008

Grant case officially settled On Thursday, NASCAR announced that they had reached an out-of-court settlement with former official Mauricia Grant on December 3rd. Grant had sued NASCAR for $225 million claiming racial discrimination and multiple instances of sexual harassment. NASCAR CEO Brian France was not at the mediation session in …

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