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: Action Overload for TNT

Greetings, race fans. This past weekend brought two fairly interesting races at the Milwaukee Mile, and one very racy 350 kilometer event at Infineon Raceway. I, for one, thought that the double-file restarts were going to create chaos on Sunday since this was completely uncharted territory for restarts on road courses. However, this actually was somewhat sane. There were no pile ups at the uphill Turn 2 like everyone predicted that there would be. Now, obviously, you’re not necessarily reading this to get my views on the races. You’re reading this because you watched the races and want to know my thoughts on the broadcasts. Well, that’s what I’m going to do. Sticking with the normal routine, I’ll go in chronological order and start with the Truck Series’ race, the Copart 200 at the Milwaukee Mile.

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NASCAR News for Wednesday, June 16, 2009

Goodyear Returns to Indianapolis for Testing Once again this week, Goodyear returned to the Indianapolis Motor Speedway to test tire compounds for July’s Allstate 400 at the Brickyard. This is at least the fifth time that Goodyear has tested tires in Indianapolis since last year’s debacle. It appears that this …

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Talking NASCAR TV: Bill Weber, You Lied To Us

Hello, race fans. Last weekend was a busy weekend, with the ARCA RE/MAX Series, Sprint Cup, and Truck Series at Michigan while the Nationwide Series raced in front of a near-sellout crowd in Kentucky. However, I’ll keep things relatively brief with the support series to start, because I’m going to bring on the vitriol towards TNT. Let's get right to it.

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Mark Martin Wins 2009 Lifelock 400 at Michigan, Thanks to Fuel Mileage

Sometimes, motorsports can be cruel. You could completely dominate a race, only to lose badly at the end, either through a crash, or by mechanical means. However, sometimes, other factors can cost you a race. Sunday brought on one of those “other factors.” Jimmie Johnson, in his No. 48 Lowe’s …

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NASCAR News for Wednesday, June 10, 2009

Report: Mayfield Tested Positive for Methamphetamine ESPN’s Ryan McGee reported on Tuesday that there was a hidden third drug found on Jeremy Mayfield’s failed drug test in Richmond on May 1st. That drug has been identified as methamphetamine, often referred to as “crystal meth.” Methamphetamines are stimulants that can be …

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Talking NASCAR TV: TNT’s First Effort of the Year Promising, But Issues Remain

*HEY FANS! I’VE GOT GOOD NEWS FOR YOU TODAY! THERE ARE NO GOPHERS IN THIS REVIEW! THAT’S RIGHT, NO STINKIN’ GOPHERS IN THIS REVIEW!* _Note: This is a reference to a YouTube video by the user, UrinatingTree. It is adapted from his review of NHL Stanley Cup for the Super Nintendo. The video can be found "HERE":http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vjEZtBlXZ7g. I do warn you, though. The video contains naughty language. (You know which words I’m talking about.) Since FOX’s portion of the season is now over, the computer animated creature is now in hibernation. I’m sure that you guys were not only sick of FOX’s persistent usage of the creature, but probably of me going on about it too._

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Tony Stewart Brings Home Maiden Victory for His Own Team, Wins 2009 Pocono 500

In the Sprint Cup Series, it has become incredibly rare for owner-drivers to win. In fact, it had been over 10 years since the last time it had happened (Note: Dale Earnhardt does not count here because he was not driving one of his own cars). On Sunday, Tony Stewart …

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NASCAR News for Wednesday, June 3, 2009

Carl Long Loses Appeal Following All-Star Race Infractions ESPN is reporting that Carl Long, owner-driver of the No. 46 Romeo Guest Construction Dodge, has lost his appeal. The 200 driver and owner point penalties were completely upheld, along with the $200,000 fine. The 12 race suspension was also upheld, but …

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Talking NASCAR TV: Grading FOX’s 2009 Season, And… What’s Stopping The Scrolls?

Greetings, readers. The three races held at Dover International Speedway were quite interesting in their own ways. I enjoyed the races, especially that race to the finish between Jimmie Johnson and Tony Stewart on Sunday. Sunday also marked the 13th and final points race on FOX’s schedule for the season. This might be a relief to many of you out there. Since Sunday was FOX’s last NASCAR go-around for the season, I’d figure that I would give them a grade for the season after I finish the Sprint Cup race telecast critique. Now, as many of you have come accustomed to since I took over this critique full time from Doug Turnbull at the beginning of the season, I like to keep the critique in chronological order. I just find it easier that way. This would have meant that the Camping World Truck Series race would be first. However, since the truck race was postponed to Saturday evening due to rain, it will come after the Nationwide race critique.

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