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: Focus Hurts ESPN Once Again at Texas

Hello, race fans. You know what time it is. Time to take another look at the race telecasts that we all watch. This past weekend, the Sprint Cup, Nationwide and Camping World Truck Series were all at Texas Motor Speedway. Before I start, Texas also marked a first for SPEED. Krista Voda was in the broadcast booth, doing play-by-play for the two Saturday morning Sprint Cup practice sessions. How did she do? It was a little similar to watching a college football game on ESPN2 that Pam Ward is in the booth for. Even though Voda has been working on NASCAR broadcasts for years, like Ward had with football, it still takes a little getting used to having a female voice in the booth. Still, Krista did a good job up there, impressive for her first time making the switch. But acquitting herself well in the booth creates a conundrum. What does SPEED do with their practice session broadcasts? Do they rotate their on-air personalities in the booth, or do they designate a specific group to do all practice sessions from there, no questions asked? SPEED management will have to determine their direction over the offseason.

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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 for Thursday, October 1, 2009

Penske Deal to Purchase Saturn Officially Off On Wednesday, General Motors announced the dissolution of its Saturn brand after talks to sell the brand off failed. As part of GM’s bankruptcy restructuring, the company pledged to sell off the Hummer, Opel, Saab and Saturn brands while dissolving Pontiac and focusing …

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NASCAR News for Wednesday, September 30, 2009

George Gillett Enters Partnership with the Saudi Royal Family NASCAR Examiner is reporting that George Gillett, currently the majority owner of Richard Petty Motorsports, has entered into what is being called an “exclusive commercial collaboration” with a member of the Saudi Royal Family. This collaboration will see Gillett’s stake in …

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Talking NASCAR TV: Dover A Repeat of Past Issues For ABC/ESPN

Hello, race fans. Last weekend, the Sprint Cup and Nationwide Series were each racing in Dover, De. Neither race was adversely affected by weather, although it was a potential issue on both Saturday and Sunday. Meanwhile, the Truck Series raced at Las Vegas Motor Speedway for the Las Vegas 350k. However, before I get into my critiques of those races, a little news piece. Auto Club Speedway (Fontana, Ca.) has announced a fan vote to determine the start time of next year's Auto Club 500. As you might remember, this year's race coverage started at 2 p.m. local time (5 p.m. Eastern) with a one hour pre-race show. The green flag fell around 3:15 p.m. (6:15 p.m. et).

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NASCAR News for Thursday, September 24, 2009

NASCAR announces testing policy for 2010 On Wednesday, NASCAR announced that the testing ban instituted for this season will continue in the 2010 season; however, there are a couple of changes that should be noted. Like this season, race teams participating in the NASCAR Sprint Cup, Nationwide, Camping World Truck, …

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NASCAR News for Wednesday, September 23, 2009

NASCAR Seeks Expert Analysis of Mayfield, Offers New Evidence The AP is reporting that on Monday, representatives of NASCAR asked federal judge Graham Mullen to force suspended former racer Jeremy Mayfield to report for a “psychiatric, neuropsychological and physical examination” sometime in the month of November. NASCAR has already chosen …

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Talking NASCAR TV: ESPN… Chase… Overload

September brings about the beginning of the Chase for the Sprint Cup. This is something that I have generally not been a fan of in the past, for multiple reasons. Most of those reasons are not really pertinent to this article, so I won’t get into it here. However, there is one thought that does relate to the TV telecasts. I’ll get into it a little while later. New Hampshire’s September Sprint Cup weekend was inherited by the track as a result of the joint purchase of North Wilkesboro Speedway by Burton Smith and former NHMS owner Bob Bahre in 1996. As part of that deal, the two owners shut down the 49 year old short track and split the track’s two Winston Cup dates. New Hampshire claimed the fall date, the former Tyson Holly Farms 400.

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Big Six: 2009 Sylvania 300 at Loudon

Who… gets my Shout-out of the Race My shout-out for this week goes to TRG Motorsports. They came into the weekend lacking the necessary funding to actually compete on Sunday. However, after Bobby Labonte qualified the No. 71 in a season-best eighth spot, the team convinced a series of small …

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NASCAR News for Thursday, September 17, 2009

Red Bull to stick with Toyota On Wednesday, the Red Bull Racing Team announced that they have extended their partnership with Toyota for 2010 at the minimum (the actual length of the extension was not announced). This officially puts to an end rumors that the team was looking to switch …

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