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.

Jimmie Johnson Comes Back From a Bad Late Pit Stop to Win 2009 Autism Speaks 400 at Dover

In the Sprint Cup Series, you can win races in many different ways. David Reutimann won the Coca-Cola 600 by using a Waltrip-esque pit call to stay out when the leaders pitted, hoping for rain. Others totally dominate and win. Then, there is how Jimmie Johnson won on Sunday. Johnson …

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NASCAR News for Wednesday, May 27, 2009

NASCAR Holds Mandatory Meeting for Cup Drivers, Owners On Tuesday, NASCAR held a mandatory meeting for all Sprint Cup drivers and owners at the NASCAR Research and Development Center in Concord, NC. The summit was designed to be an open forum for drivers and owners to ask questions of NASCAR …

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Talking NASCAR TV: Impartiality Needs To Be Worked On Across All Fronts

Hello race fans. The Memorial Day weekend is traditionally the busiest racing weekend of the year. In addition to the Cup Series’ Coca-Cola 600, the IndyCar Series has their revered Indianapolis 500 on the same day, or at least they normally do. Because of rain in Charlotte, the Sprint Cup race was pushed to Monday at noon. There is also the Grand Prix of Monaco, Formula One’s most prestigious and glamorous event. Also, it’s quite possibly the toughest track to pass on in the series, in addition to the narrowest and the slowest. There’s a reason why the Grand Prix of Monaco is only 260km instead of 305km (standard length for a Formula One race).

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NASCAR News for Wednesday, May 20, 2009

Jeff Gordon Undergoes Back Procedure Jeff Gordon received injections to his ailing back on Monday in an attempt to help soothe near constant pains he has been suffering from. Gordon appears hopeful that this will help him alleviate his back issues. “I had a facet block procedure done on my …

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Talking NASCAR TV: 2009 All-Star Race Not The Best Showcase For SPEED

Hello, fans. While the All-Star Race highlights the best drivers the Cup Series has to offer, the rest of the weekend itself has always been relatively lean on actual official racing. The Nationwide Series took the weekend off, along with Formula 1, while the Camping World Truck Series raced a support race Friday night. But the best television story in what was a rough weekend had to be the IndyCar Series, which finished qualifying for the Indianapolis 500 this past weekend. I just want to take the next few sentences and talk about this just a little before moving on.

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NASCAR News for Wednesday, May 13, 2009

Changes Made to No. 41 Cup Team Following Mayfield Suspension After Jeremy Mayfield’s indefinite suspension for a failed drug test at Richmond was announced last weekend at Darlington, Mayfield Motorsports has had to make serious changes to continue running in the Sprint Cup Series. Since Mayfield is an owner/driver, his …

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Talking NASCAR TV: Some Thoughts About In Car Cameras In Between Spotty Darlington Coverage

Hello, race fans. Hope you enjoyed this weekend’s racing from Darlington Raceway. I thought it was pretty good as well. Maybe a few too many cautions for my taste, but that’s okay. I cannot control that facet of races. I'm still kind of surprised that Sam Hornish’s spin late in the race did not cause a caution despite the fact that he slid nearly the entire length of the front stretch. Oh well. Enough about that stuff, let’s get to the review. Normally, I just critique the TV coverage of the races themselves, but I’ll start this weekend with coverage of Sprint Cup pole qualifying. I have two issues that I want to address here.

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Mark Martin Gambles on Fuel Mileage to Win 2009 Southern 500 at Darlington

Ever since Darlington Raceway was repaved, races can be run to different rules as compared to the past. Saturday night was no different. Mark Martin and a few other teams gambled on fuel mileage Saturday night. While the rest of the leaders pitted for four tires and gas on lap …

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NASCAR News for Wednesday, May 6, 2009

RPM to Begin Using New Dodge Engine ESPN is reporting that Richard Petty Motorsports will begin using the current spec Dodge engine, the R6P8, at Dover in three weeks. The team has stuck with the older, proven R5P7 engine while Penske Championship Racing’s three teams have run all season with …

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Talking NASCAR TV: FOX Forgets Important Pit Road Injury During Kyle Busch Coronation

Hello, race fans. Hope you all enjoyed the action last week from Richmond. I enjoyed the racing, that much is clear, but did the coverage do justice to the race? Let’s find out. Friday night was the Lipton Tea 250 for the Nationwide Series from Richmond, televised on ESPN 2. Our own Bryan Davis Keith watched the race Friday night and generally liked the telecast. My thoughts on the coverage are that ESPN 2 is slowly improving. For the sake of this argument, we’ll consider Phoenix to be the “nadir” of the season. The nadir is defined as the lowest of the low. Talladega represented an improvement over Phoenix, but then again, anything’s an improvement over Phoenix. Richmond’s telecast was about the same as Talladega’s.

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