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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.

Marcos Ambrose Successfully Defends His Crystal in the Zippo 200 at Watkins Glen

Marcos Ambrose is a forgetful person, apparently. As part of his prize last year for winning at Watkins Glen, he was presented with a golden lighter, courtesy of Zippo. He then proceeded to lose the lighter. It eventually popped up randomly a few months later. Now, he’s got a second …

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Talking NASCAR TV: Lack of Focus Hurts ESPN Broadcasts

Last weekend, there were four major races on the stock car racing calendar. The Sprint Cup Series and the ARCA Re/Max Series were at Pocono Raceway in Pennsylvania. Meanwhile, the Nationwide Series was in Newton, Iowa on Saturday for the inaugural U.S. Cellular 250, which was a rousing success. In addition, the Camping World Truck Series was in Nashville for the Toyota Tundra 200 at Nashville Superspeedway.

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NASCAR News for Wednesday, August 5, 2009

U.S. Chrome to Sponsor No. 08 Cup Car at the Glen Carter-Simo Racing announced Tuesday that U.S. Chrome will sponsor the No. 08 for in this weekend’s Heluva Good! Sour Cream Dips at the Glen. However, the press release issued puts in doubt just who is going to drive the …

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News Recap for Wednesday, July 29, 2009

Roush Fenway Racing Announces Kenseth’s New Sponsor Last Thursday, DeWalt announced that this year, their 10th season sponsoring the No. 17 in the Cup Series (and 11th overall) would be their last. This left Roush Fenway Racing scrambling to find a replacement sponsor. It didn’t take very long for them …

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Talking NASCAR TV: ORP Good, IMS Bad As ESPN Jumps Back Into Double-Duty

I know that the beginning of this week's title sounds like something out of the 2001 movie Zoolander, starring Ben Stiller (Martial Arts good; Prime Minister bad), but it essentially drives home my point in this critique. Indianapolis is likely the biggest race weekend for NASCAR in the second half of the season. As a result, the pressure is on everyone to put on a good show even more than normal. That goes all the way from the teams at the race tracks to the TV people and the tracks themselves. Of course, anything could have been better than last year’s insanity caused by the tires at Indianapolis Motor Speedway, but just because the tires could last longer than it takes the average person to drink a soda doesn’t mean that there aren’t things that could be better. This past weekend, the Indianapolis Motor Speedway played host to the Cup Series for the 16th running of the Allstate 400 at the Brickyard. Meanwhile, the Nationwide and Camping World Truck Series raced a few miles away at O’Reilly Raceway Park on their .686-mile oval. Were these telecasts up to snuff? It appears that the answer is yes and no -- as always.

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Talking NASCAR TV: Nationwide Shines, But SPEED Fails to Recognize Start and Park Presence

Hello, race fans. I hope you enjoyed your weekend. I certainly did. I had fun, not just critiquing races, but relaxing, sleeping in and hanging out with a group of employees at the local YMCA. Going into this weekend, I had planned on only covering the Truck and Nationwide Series races. However, I had not noticed that SPEED was covering the ARCA Re/Max Series race as well. I guess it was supposed to be tape delayed, but I’m not sure how much it was tape delayed by -- not by much. All I know is that this setup led me to critique three races over a period of 5 1/2 hours. Not really ideal, because of the constant switching back and forth.

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NASCAR News for Monday, July 20, 2009

Update on the Jeremy Mayfield saga Just to recap the past couple of weeks, back on July 1, Jeremy Mayfield won an injunction against NASCAR, which overturned his indefinite ban as a result of a failed drug test on May 9 in Richmond. As part of that injunction, Mayfield agreed …

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News Recap for Thursday, July 16, 2009

Report: Mayfield Fails Drug Test… Again The Associated Press is reporting that Jeremy Mayfield failed his drug test administered back on July 6. According to NASCAR, Mayfield once again tested positive for methamphetamines, just like back in May. They continued on to say that the level of meth found in …

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NASCAR News for Wednesday, July 15, 2009

Truex Penalized For Violation at Chicago On Tuesday, NASCAR announced penalties against the No. 1 team of Earnhardt-Ganassi Racing. The team was deemed to be in violation of Sections 12-1 (the standard “Actions Detrimental to the Sport of Stock Car Racing), 12-4-l (Part of the car failed to conform to …

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