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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: 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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NASCAR News for Tuesday, February 10, 2009

Owner Points Shakeup in the Nationwide Series Just like in the Sprint Cup Series, there are plenty of changes in the teams that will contest races this season. For example, the No. 2 Chevrolet of RCR and the No. 9 Dodge of Gillett-Evernham Motorsports (now Richard Petty Motorsports) are now …

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Talking NASCAR TV: Verizon Uses FOX To Work Around Sponsorship Ban

Well, we’re through pole qualifying for the Daytona 500 and the Budweiser Shootout. As your TV critic, it is my duty to look everything over and pass some judgment on it; and starting this week and throughout all of 2009, I plan on doing just that. With the departure of the Daly Planet from the NASCAR scene last week (see Matt McLaughlin's "column":https://frontstretch.com/mmclaughlin/22292/ for more), this column remains one of a select few that touches on television's role with NASCAR -- and I’ll do my best to meet that challenge head on. As I grow into this role, I hope to be what LeAnne Schreiber is for ESPN, someone that people can come to about their issues with TV coverage and get them addressed (although Schreiber is also on the verge of leaving her post). Of course, my duties are limited to covering just NASCAR TV programming ... but I hope to have the same type of effect.

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Kevin Harvick Battles Back from Losing the Draft to Win the 2009 Budweiser Shootout

Sometimes, history can, in fact, repeat itself. In a scenario very similar to the one that allowed Kevin Harvick to win the Daytona 500 back in 2007, a lane opened up on the high side at the end of the backstretch on the final lap. Harvick took advantage of the …

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Talking NASCAR TV: Four Big Offseason Changes For 2009

After a long offseason -- seemingly made even longer due to SPEED Channel’s near complete lack of off-season motorsports programming (which is another rant for another day), we’re coming up to the beginning of the season. Now, most of what viewers will see this year in NASCAR telecasts will be similar, if not the same as in past years. However, there will be a few changes.

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NASCAR News Recap for the Week of January 26, 2009

Earnhardt-Ganassi Racing announces their fourth car for the Daytona 500 On Thursday, Earnhardt-Ganassi Racing announced that John Andretti will drive their fourth car in the Daytona 500. In addition, it was announced that the team has entered into a brief partnership with Front Row Motorsports for the car. The car …

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NASCAR News Recap for the Week of January 19, 2009

Tire Testing at Atlanta Last week, Goodyear held a two-day tire test at Atlanta Motor Speedway, designed to develop a proper tire compound for the Kobalt Tools 500 on March 8, and prevent a repeat of last year’s spring race. Last year, the tires wore enough that the cars could …

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