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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.

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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NASCAR News for Wednesday, March 4, 2009

Todd Bodine to Attempt Kobalt Tools 500 Todd Bodine, who is splitting time in the Gunselman Motorsports’ No. 64 Toyota this season with his older brother, Geoff, will attempt this weekend’s Kobalt Tools 500 at Atlanta Motor Speedway, according to SceneDaily.com. This time, while older brother Geoff pilots the No. …

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Talking NASCAR TV: My Pre-Race Cup Runneth Over — How To Fix It, And Other Vegas Notes

Greetings, race fans! Las Vegas was the first NASCAR weekend of the season with only two of its top three series competing. While the Camping World Truck Series teams took the week off and dealt with the storm that blanketed most of North Carolina with a substantial amount of snow (I got about two inches here Monday afternoon), the Sprint Cup and Nationwide Series teams stayed out West for the Sam’s Town 300 and Shelby 427 events in Sin City. FOX telecasts from Las Vegas always seem to bring out some strange stuff, mainly as some kind of homage to the city's history as a center of entertainment.

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Kyle Busch Overcomes Early Weekend Engine Woes to Win at Home in Las Vegas

When Kyle Busch is really confident about his race car late in an event that typically equals serious trouble for his competitors. When Busch passed Jeff Burton for the lead late in the going, he cued his radio and said “Goodnight, Gracie” to his crew, a signal that it was …

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NASCAR News for Wednesday, February 25, 2009

Faulty Parts Cause Engine Troubles for Mark Martin, Dale Earnhardt, Jr. Concering HMS engine troubles that surfaced in Sunday’s Auto Club 500, ESPN reported on Tuesday that, according to Doug Duchardt, Vice President of Development for Hendrick Motorsports, “both cars had valve train failures that were related to a specific …

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Talking NASCAR TV: Race Coverage at Fontana Improves… But Digger Still Lurks In The Shadows

After the pomp and circumstance that is typical of the Daytona 500, NASCAR teams moved on to Auto Club Speedway in Fontana, California for a tripleheader weekend. Before we begin, as you may remember I was quite critical of FOX’s broadcast of the Daytona 500 -- most notably the lack of any mention of rain up until seemingly lap 85 or so. Well, I've had an email exchange with Mike Joy since then, and Joy’s take on the issue was that they didn’t want to jump to conclusions too quickly.

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Great Work in the Pits Guides Matt Kenseth to His Second Straight Victory

For years, it seems, Matt Kenseth’s pit crew, affectionately known as the “Killer Bees,” has been considered to be the best pit crew in the Sprint Cup Series. Tonight, they proved it. Kenseth greatly benefitted from the speed of the Killer Bees on pit road to gain the lead back …

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NASCAR News for Wednesday, February 18, 2009

Farmers Insurance to sponsor No. 28 at Fontana Yates Racing announced on Tuesday that Farmers Insurance Group will be the primary sponsor on the No. 28 Ford Fusion driven by Travis Kvapil this week at Auto Club Speedway for the Auto Club 500. “It’s another great opportunity for the No. …

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Talking NASCAR TV: SPEEDing Through 2009 Daytona 500 Week in 3,000 Words or Less

Now that Speedweeks at Daytona are over, it is time to look back and reflect upon what we have seen, and what we have been provided for our viewing pleasure by NASCAR’s media partners for Speedweeks (FOX, Speed, and ESPN 2). Before I begin, I should state this. Speedweeks is supposed to be the most important time of the year in NASCAR, at least for the television partners. This is because the races at Daytona during Speedweeks are the biggest events of the year for each series that races. This includes the ARCA Re/Max Series that had their season opener back on February 7, in addition to NASCAR’s three national series. As a result, telecasts of said races should be held to a greater standard. It is to this standard that I have to critique the broadcasts.

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