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.

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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Talking NASCAR TV: Lack of On-Track Action Hurts All Broadcasts at Chicagoland

Hello, race fans. Chicagoland Speedway brought us some more rain on Friday, but thankfully, it did not cancel any sessions. Instead, the racing Friday and Saturday night suffered from a different problem: it was rather spread out and kind of boring. In fact, there hadn’t been so much as a spinout all weekend until 55 laps remained in the Cup race. How did the lack of racing on the track affect the TV coverage itself? Let’s see...

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Talking NASCAR TV: Punch Mails In The Nationwide Race While TNT Shines

Welcome, race fans. For nearly 50 years, the 4th of July weekend at Daytona has marked the ceremonial, and in the case of this season, the physical halfway point. The Truck Series took the week off, so it was the Cup and Nationwide Series competing at the World Center of Racing this weekend. The Cup Series’ Coke Zero 400 is the centerpiece of TNT’s Summer Series, so they roll out some extra stops for the race. As you may already know, TNT refers to the near-commercial free broadcast as their “Wide Open Coverage.” More on this a little later... for now, in keeping with the chronological order, we’ll start with the Nationwide Series’ Subway Jalapeno 250 on Friday night.

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Big Six: 2009 Coke Zero 400 at Daytona

Who… gets my shout out of the race? Tony Stewart‘s pit crew: Smoke came down pit road seven times and on each and every occasion, his pit crew’s speed and efficiency saw him drive across the exit line in position Numero Uno. Sure, he had the favored first pit box …

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NASCAR News for Friday, July 3, 2009

Mayfield cannot find ride for Coke Zero 400 On Wednesday, the big news story in NASCAR was that Jeremy Mayfield had received an injunction from a Federal judge which allowed him to attempt to qualify for this weekend’s Coke Zero 400 at Daytona International Speedway. However, there are some problems …

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Talking NASCAR TV: Loudon Telecasts Marked By Bill Weber’s Departure In The Booth

Greetings, race fans. This past weekend, all three of NASCAR’s major series were in action. The Truck Series was in Millington, TN at the Memphis Motorsports Park for the MemphisTravel.com 200 presented by O’Reilly Auto Parts. Meanwhile, the Sprint Cup and Nationwide Series were both in Loudon, NH for the Lenox Industrial Tools 301 and Camping World RV Sales 200 presented by Turtle Wax, respectively. The NASCAR Camping World East Series and NASCAR Whelen Modified Series also provided additional support; but unfortunately, those races didn’t get the coverage they deserved this past weekend. I should say that the Camping World East Series was televised on HDNet, but there were still a whole a lot of people who didn't get a chance to see it.

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Joey Logano’s Pit Strategy Pays Off Big Time at Loudon, Wins 2009 Lenox Industrial Tools 301

In NASCAR, anything can happen during races. On lap 180, Joey Logano blew out a left rear tire in turn 3. He had to make multiple pit stops under the caution (during one stop, the crew had to remove part of the tire that had wrapped itself around the left …

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NASCAR News for Wednesday, June 24, 2009

Kahne’s Switch to Toyota Put On Hold? Yesterday, Sirius Speedway reported that Kasey Kahne’s No. 9 would be switching to Toyota in the near future. Now, it seems this may not be the case, as on Tuesday, Sirius Speedway reported that in the past few days there has been an …

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