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Phil Allaway
Newsletter Editor for Frontstretch since mid-2008, Phil is responsible for the site’s Monday-Friday FREE e-newsletter that keeps fans up-to-date with the latest racing news, along with exclusive features and commentary. Our head news writer, Phil also doubles as our broadcast critic, keeping broadcasts honest for years with his Couch Potato Tuesday column. A writer for the Troy (NY) Record, Phil is also one of the lead reporters at Lebanon Valley Speedway in Pennsylvania every weekend during short track season.

NASCAR Announces Changes For Soon-to-be XFINITY Series, Camping World Truck Series

On Wednesday, NASCAR announced a series of changes for the XFINITY and Camping World Truck Series that will take effect at the start of the 2015 season. The overall result will be that the two lower-tier series will resemble the Sprint Cup Series a little more in its operation. First off, both the XFINITY and Camping World Truck Series will drop the locked-in positions in qualifying. In the current Nationwide Series, the top-30 teams in owners’ points are locked into ... Read More »

Stewart-Haas Racing Announces Crew Swap

On Wednesday afternoon, Stewart-Haas Racing officially announced a substantial shake up for the final three races of the season. The crew chiefs and road crews for the No. 10 of Danica Patrick and the No. 41 of Kurt Busch will switch teams. As a result, Tony Gibson is now the crew chief for Kurt Busch, while Daniel Knost is the crew chief for Patrick. The pit crews will not swap. The new rule changes set to go in effect as ... Read More »

Former NASCAR, NHRA Owner Raymond Beadle Dead at 70

On Monday morning, former NASCAR, NHRA Drag Racing and Sprint Car team owner Raymond Beadle passed away.  Beadle had suffered a heart attack in July and died of complications arising from the attack.  He was 70. After news of Beadle’s passing was announced, NASCAR released its own statement. “Raymond Beadle had a brief, but prolific, career in NASCAR,” the statement reads.  “A true competitor whose love of auto racing led him to ownership in a variety of motorsport disciplines, his 1989 ... Read More »

Couch Potato Tuesday: ESPN Erases “Everyone” At ‘Dega For Chasers

Couch Potato Tuesday: ESPN Erases “Everyone” At ‘Dega For Chasers

Race weekends at Talladega Superspeedway make my stomach churn. I’m nervous the whole weekend, just hoping that nothing terrible happens. The sad truth is, terrible things have been happening at Daytona International Speedway and Talladega with an increasing frequency in recent years. It’s truly sad, and since almost all of the bad things happen in or around the very end of the races, there’s next to nothing that anyone can do about it. Thankfully, we didn’t have that last weekend. ... Read More »

Ryan Newman Fails Post-Race Inspection at Talladega

Ryan Newman Fails Post-Race Inspection at Talladega

Ryan Newman came out of Sunday’s GEICO 500 looking very good.  He had just finished fifth and qualified for the Eliminator round of the Chase for the Sprint Cup easily. Then came post-race inspection. In the “Room of Doom,” Newman’s car was found to be too low on both sides.  Normally, that would be considered a big enough infraction to see Newman being docked points.  Due to the ruling potentially affecting the driver lineup for the Eliminator round, NASCAR has ... Read More »

Daytona Rising Project Reaches Halfway Point

Daytona Rising Project Reaches Halfway Point

On Wednesday, Daytona International Speedway held a special ceremony to commemorate the halfway point of the track’s $400 million renovation, dubbed “Daytona Rising.”  For the Daytona Rising project, the halfway point entailed the installation of the highest steel beams for the project.  In a special ceremony, a plaque was placed onto the beam, while the construction team responsible signed their names with Sharpies. International Speedway Corporation (ISC) CEO Lesa France Kennedy (the mother of Camping World Truck Series rookie Ben ... Read More »

Bully Hill Vineyards To Sponsor Joe Nemechek in fred’s 250

Bully Hill Vineyards To Sponsor Joe Nemechek in fred’s 250

NEMCO Motorsports announced Wednesday that Hammondsport, NY-based Bully Hill Vineyards will serve as the primary sponsor of the No. 8 Toyota Tundra driven by Joe Nemechek in Saturday’s fred’s 250 Powered by Coca-Cola at Talladega Superspeedway. Car chief Austin Pollack hinted at the partnership on Tuesday afternoon with a tweet that featured a small portion of the paint scheme. A sneak peak at @FrontRowJoe87 @NASCAR_Trucks for @TalladegaSuperS this weekend pic.twitter.com/dFOyiqG1Jk — Austin Pollak (@AustinPollak8) October 14, 2014 Nemechek is very ... Read More »

Couch Potato Tuesday: How ESPN Can Be a Victim of… Itself?

Couch Potato Tuesday: How ESPN Can Be a Victim of… Itself?

The fall race week at Charlotte Motor Speedway is the NASCAR equivalent of homecoming week. Heck, we even had a Powder Puff event (the Better Half Dash) on Thursday night. With that in mind, putting on a good show at home is crucial for NASCAR. By extension, it’s important for NASCAR’s TV partners to be on task as well. Unfortunately, ESPN effectively screwed itself over by trying to be too many things at once. With everything that happened Saturday night, ... Read More »

Ryan Reed, Lilly Diabetes and American Diabetes Association Renew With Roush Fenway Racing

Ryan Reed, Lilly Diabetes and American Diabetes Association Renew With Roush Fenway Racing

On Wednesday, Roush Fenway Racing announced that they have reached a multi-year contract extension with Lilly Diabetes and the American Diabetes Association.  As a result of the agreement, driver Ryan Reed will continue to drive the No. 16 Ford Mustang in the Nationwide Series (soon to be XFINITY Series) full-time.  In addition, the Drive to Stop Diabetes program that Reed is spearheading will continue as well. Reed is very pleased to continue his relationship with Roush Fenway Racing, while also ... Read More »

Sam Hornish, Jr. To Replace Ambrose at RPM in 2015

Sam Hornish, Jr. To Replace Ambrose at RPM in 2015

On Wednesday, Richard Petty Motorsports (RPM) announced that Sam Hornish, Jr. will drive the No. 9 Ford Fusion full-time in the Sprint Cup Series in 2015.  Hornish will be replacing Marcos Ambrose, who is returning to Australia to race in the International V8 Supercar Championship in a joint venture between Dick Johnson Racing and Team Penske. Hornish is very pleased to return to the Sprint Cup Series on a full-time basis. “This is a great opportunity to join Richard Petty ... Read More »