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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.

NASCAR News for Wednesday, April 1, 2009

McMurray’s Assets Frozen The Dallas Morning News reported on Monday that Jamie McMurray, driver of the No. 26 Crown Royal Ford, is currently locked in a battle to have his investment assets unfrozen. McMurray’s accounts were frozen as they were set up through the Stanford Financial Group, currently under investigation …

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Talking NASCAR TV: FOX Needs To Cover More Than Just The Cars Up Front

Martinsville is an old school type of track, a place where the ideals of aerodynamics really don’t apply all that much (although having smooth sheet metal does give some benefits on short tracks). And, most importantly, it's a place where far more rudimentary methods than normal are considered acceptable for passing. Sunday’s race saw Jimmie Johnson use a very brash maneuver to root Denny Hamlin out of the way to win -- and face no retribution for it at all. As for the Truck Series event, originally scheduled for Saturday afternoon, it was completely rained out and rescheduled for Monday afternoon at noon.

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Jimmie Johnson Claims Yet Another Victory at Martinsville for Hendrick Motorsports

On Sunday, Hendrick Motorsports celebrated the 25th Anniversary of their first victory in the then-Winston Cup Series. Back then, the team, then known as All-Star Racing, fielded the winning No. 5 for Geoff Bodine. Today, Jimmie Johnson capped off the anniversary celebration in the best way possible for Hendrick Motorsports. …

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NASCAR News for Tuesday, March 24, 2009

Front Row Motorsports to Run Full Season SceneDaily is reporting that Front Row Motorsports is planning on running their No. 34 Chevrolet for the full season. To that end, the team has hired Steve Lane as the full time crew chief. Lane was the crew chief farmed out to Front …

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Talking NASCAR TV: Digger’s Bristol Disappearance, Lazy Legends Coverage, And Screwy Scrolls

Hello, race fans. After a week off, both the Sprint Cup and Nationwide Series were back in action this past weekend at Bristol Motor Speedway in the mountains of Eastern Tennessee for both the Food City 500 and Scotts Turf Builder 300. In addition, a special "Saturday Night Special" charity event featuring legends of the past and celebrities in late model stock cars was held after the Nationwide race on Saturday. How did all these broadcasts stack up? Let’s find out. To start with, let's take a look at an issue that continues to bug me for practice and qualifying. As you may remember, I’ve talked about SPEED’s inability to get the on-screen scroll right in past critiques. This past weekend, I did not notice any number issues like they had at Atlanta. However, they did have some issues with letters bunching together in the space where driver names are typed in.

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Kyle Busch Dominates at Bristol Once Again, Wins 2009 Food City 500

Once again, the Busch family has staked their claim to Victory Lane, reducing the act of winning a Sprint Cup race to a simple activity where the brothers take turns, like the game of Memory. At Las Vegas, Kyle Busch claimed the victory. Two weeks ago at Atlanta, older brother …

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Race Season is Upon Us: Please Do Your Part

Well, fans, it’s already St. Patrick’s Day. We’re four races into the Sprint Cup Series season, and we’ve had three races each in the Nationwide and Camping World Truck Series seasons. The American Le Mans Series starts up this weekend with the 12 Hours of Sebring, Formula One’s Grand Prix …

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NASCAR News for Wednesday, March 18, 2009

Toyota Will Not Decrease Support of NASCAR On Tuesday, Toyota Motor Company put out a press release indicating that they will continue to fully support their NASCAR program despite the sagging economy. Toyota outlined the teams that they are going to support in the release. In the Sprint Cup Series, …

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Talking NASCAR TV: Grading NASCAR Smarts On SPEED… With This Week In NASCAR Thrown In

Greetings, race fans, and welcome to this week’s TV critique. Unfortunately, all three of NASCAR’s major touring series took the week off last weekend. This leaves me to give my opinions on some of the magazine shows on television. However, the buildup to the NCAA Basketball tournaments (Men’s and Women’s) has gotten in the way of rendering any kind of opinion on ESPN2’s NASCAR Now. This is because the show did not air in its normal time slot all week due to preemptions for live games. As a result, the critique of NASCAR Now will have to be pushed back -- possibly to Easter Weekend. With that said, I still have some things to say about some of the other NASCAR-themed shows that have cropped up this season on SPEED Channel. First of all, there’s NASCAR Smarts, the trivia show that SPEED tapes at the track during race weekends. I talked briefly about the show back during the first critique of Speedweeks at Daytona, then mentioned that I was going to give a full review of the show in the post-Daytona 500 critique. Well, if any of you readers saw my critique for the Daytona 500 weekend, you would understand why it got pushed back.

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Talking NASCAR TV: Aching Over FOX’s Graphical Gremlins In Atlanta

Atlanta brought us two races with tight finishes. This type of action is definitely pleasing for race fans to watch on television -- but were the race telecasts up to par? Let’s find out. Often times, the first thing I do on Friday afternoons is click on SPEED to check out either Cup Pole Qualifying or practice -- whatever is actually on. This past Friday was like the start of any other NASCAR weekend; but the minute I turned on the television, I immediately saw a graphical error scrolling across the screen.

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