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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.

Talking NASCAR TV: ESPN Endures The Montreal Marathon

Hello, race fans. This past weekend was the last off weekend of the season for the Sprint Cup Series. But, that doesn’t mean that there was no action out there on the track. The ARCA Re/MAX and NASCAR Truck Series were at Chicagoland Speedway on Friday night to run support races to Saturday night’s IndyCar Series race. In addition, the Nationwide Series was in Montreal for their annual assault on the permanent road course that sort of drives like a street course. Were these telecasts great to watch, or was there something missing? Let’s find out. On Friday night, the ARCA Re/MAX Series had the Ansell Cut Protection 150 at Chicagoland Speedway. For reference, Ansell is a brand of work gloves sold exclusively through Menards Home Improvement Warehouse. This twilight race was quite interesting to watch on SPEED. Since the race was a doubleheader, Rick Allen and Phil Parsons, who were on site to commentate on the Truck Series race, commentated from the booth.

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Carl Edwards Takes Advantage of Marcos Ambrose’s Error to Win in Montreal

On Sunday, Carl Edwards ran up front for most of the race, running in the top 10 and generally staying out of trouble. However, he didn’t really have anything for Marcos Ambrose, who dominated the day. The last few laps changed that significantly. When the rains came on lap 58, …

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NASCAR News for Wednesday, August 26, 2009

Counterfeit HANS Device Parts Discovered Last week, HANS announced that they had discovered counterfeit post anchor parts on a helmet purchased from Impact Racing. Unlike the authentic parts, which are magnetic, the counterfeit post anchors are not. HANS sent employees to NASCAR races at Bristol and the NHRA Toyo Tires …

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Talking NASCAR TV: Strong Pre-Race Show At Bristol, But In-Race Improvements Needed For ESPN

Hello, race viewers. The infamous Bristol night races have historically featured close racing, wrecking, and tempers. However, the wrecking and tempers have decreased significantly since the track was re-configured in 2007, creating “graduated banking.” The races this past week lived up to the old ideals of Bristol, but with more competitive racing for position because of the banking allowing side-by-side racing. But, before we get into the critique, I have something that I need to address. Earlier this summer, I wrote about how it is generally wrong that the companies that sponsor the races are basically hit up for additional monies (via an ad package) in order to get their race name mentioned on TV more than once an hour.

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NASCAR News for Wednesday, August 19, 2009

Wally Rogers Named New Crew Chief of RPM No. 19 Richard Petty Motorsports announced on Tuesday that Kevin Buskirk will no longer be the crew chief/team manager of the No. 19 Best Buy/Stanley Dodge. Current car chief Wally Rogers will take over the crew chief role on an interim basis …

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Talking NASCAR TV: Backseat Drivers Bring Different Feel To ESPN’s Booth At Michigan

Hello, race fans. This past weekend, we had two races end with slightly unexpected outcomes at Michigan International Speedway. The Nationwide Series event ended with Brad Keselowski winning after Brian Vickers forced Kyle Busch down to the apron at the white flag lap, hurting both cars’ momentum enough for his No. 88 to pull alongside. Meanwhile, the Sprint Cup Series race saw Brian Vickers win his second career race after Jimmie Johnson ran out of fuel with slightly more than two laps to go. The races themselves were not the best affairs, however, filled with a dearth of actual racing for position. But how did ESPN’s TV telecasts hold up this week? Let’s find out.

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NASCAR News for Thursday, August 13, 2009

RPM Crew Switch Official In a move that has been rumored, confirmed, denied, and rumored once again over the past few weeks, Richard Petty Motorsports announced on Wednesday that the crews for the Nos. 43 and 44 will switch cars starting this weekend at Michigan. The result of this move …

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NASCAR News for Wednesday, August 12, 2009

Meyers’ Lawsuit Against Roush Fenway Racing To Federal Court The Virginian-Pilot is reporting that the lawsuit that Jason Meyers, former car chief for Carl Edwards’ No. 99 team, has filed against Roush Fenway Racing for wrongful termination and violation of the Family Medical Leave Act has been moved to Federal …

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