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.

Blackdog Speed Shop Taps Andy Pilgrim, Michael Cooper for GTS SprintX

On Thursday, Blackdog Speed Shop announced that in addition to their two full-time Pirelli World Challenge GTS sprint race entries, they’ll field their two Chevrolet Camaro GT4.Rs in the GTS SprintX races as well.  In order to do that, the team has tapped Andy Pilgrim and Michael Cooper to drive. …

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Garrett Smithley Returning to JD Motorsports’ No. 0 in 2018

Garrett Smithley will return to JD Motorsports’ No. 0 Chevrolet full-time in the NASCAR XFINITY Series in 2018, the team announced Wednesday, Feb. 7. Smithley enters his third season with the Gaffney, S.C.-based team. “I’m so excited to be back with JD Motorsports with Gary Keller this season,” Smithley said …

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Corey LaJoie, Cole Whitt to Split TriStar Motorsports No. 72 in 2018

TriStar Motorsports  will return to the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series in 2018 on a full-time basis, the team announced Tuesday, Feb. 6. Corey LaJoie and Cole Whitt will share the No.  72 Chevrolet as Whitt has requested a lighter load for the season.  In addition, TriStar Motorsports has obtained …

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Martin Fuentes Returns to PWC, Caesar Bacarella Joins for Sprint-X

On Friday afternoon, Squadra Corse Garage Italia Americas announced that they will compete full-time in Pirelli World Challenge in 2018.  Friday saw the unveiling of their new No. 07 Ferrari 488 GT3.  For the Sprint races, the car will be driven by Martin Fuentes, 2016 GTA class champion.  For the …

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ST Racing Moves Up to GTS Sprint-X, Adds Aurora Straus, Connor Bloum

On Thursday, ST Racing announced that they will move up from Pirelli World Challenge’s TC class to the new GTS Sprint-X class for 2018 with two new BMW M4 GT4s.  Samantha Tan and Nick Wittmer will drive one of the cars while Connor Bloum and Aurora Straus, teammates from last season …

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Alegra Motorsports to PWC, Michael Christensen, Spencer Pumpelly to Drive

On Thursday, Alegra Motorsports announced that they will move to Pirelli World Challenge full-time in 2018.  They will field the same No. 28 Porsche 911 GT3 R that competed full-time in the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship in 2017.  Porsche factory racer Michael Christensen will drive full-time in both the Sprint …

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Fernando Alonso Joins Toyota GAZOO Racing for 2018-2019 WEC Super Season

Last weekend in Daytona, Fernando Alonso stated that his chances of racing at Le Mans this year was “50/50.”  Those chances are now nearly 100/0 as Toyota GAZOO Racing announced Monday that Alonso will be part of the team as often as his Formula One commitments allow him to be. …

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Action Express Overcomes Overheating to Claim Rolex 24 1-2

On Sunday afternoon, Action Express Racing’s No. 5 Cadillac shared by Filipe Albuquerque, Joao Barbosa and Christian Fittipaldi overcame significant overheating issues to win the Rolex 24 at Daytona.  For 2018, the Cadillac DPi teams have new 5.5-liter engines, replacing last year’s 6.2-liter units.   Reliability was a question, and in …

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