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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.
Couch Potato Tuesday: ESPN Gives Nationwide Regulars Rare Respect

Couch Potato Tuesday: ESPN Gives Nationwide Regulars Rare Respect

Last weekend, the Sprint Cup Series had their final off-weekend of the season. While some drivers took the week off and went off on vacation, others were still on the track. And some writers, like myself, were even busier than on a normal weekend with a Cup race. That’s because Chicagoland Speedway hosted a doubleheader on Saturday, with the ARCA Racing Series serving as support to a 300-mile Nationwide Series race. FOX Sports 2 and ESPN were the sites of ... Read More »

RTA To Speak to NASCAR via Lawyers Only

Last Monday, the creation of the Race Team Alliance (RTA) was announced.  It was said to be a way for owners to band together to lower the prices for essentials for their operations (plane tickets, rental cars, hotel rooms, materials, etc.).  However, it already appears to be involving into more than that. NASCAR President Mike Helton stressed during a media availability last weekend at New Hampshire Motor Speedway that NASCAR has no animosity towards the RTA and reinforced the idea ... Read More »

NASCAR to Test Potential 2015 Rule Changes at Michigan

MRN’s Dustin Long is reporting that NASCAR has scheduled an open test at Michigan International Speedway for August 18th, the day after the Sprint Cup Series’ Pure Michigan 400. The goal will be to evaluate potential changes to the rules ahead of next season. According to a statement from NASCAR, the test is just another step in the ongoing evolution of technical regulations. “The test at Michigan International Speedway will be a great opportunity to gather more information, help us ... Read More »

Ross Chastain: Beyond the Watermelon

Ross Chastain: Beyond the Watermelon

To many of our readers, and many insiders in the sport, the first that they saw of Ross Chastain was when the then 18-year-old made his Camping World Truck Series debut at Lucas Oil Raceway in 2011. Chastain qualified 15th and finished a very impressive tenth. The debut led to Michael Waltrip’s rather irritating obsession (for TV viewers) with watermelons that culminated with a piece that aired during an episode of NCWTS Setup where Chastain took Waltrip to a watermelon farm ... Read More »

JR Heffner to Race Mudsummer Classic for MB Motorsports

JR Heffner to Race Mudsummer Classic for MB Motorsports

Race Pro Weekly is reporting that J.R. Heffner, the current Big Block Modified points leader at Lebanon Valley Speedway in West Lebanon, NY, will attempt next Wednesday night’s 1-800 CarCash Mudsummer Classic at Eldora Speedway for MB Motorsports.  The effort will have some similarities to last year’s effort, but also some differences. Last year, Heffner drove a No. 44 Chevrolet sponsored by A. Colarusso & Sons and Park East Sales (pictured above) that Robert Colarusso, Heffner’s car owner for his ... Read More »

Couch Potato Tuesday: TNT’s Swan Song Exposes More Cost Cutting?

Couch Potato Tuesday: TNT’s Swan Song Exposes More Cost Cutting?

It was the end of an era Sunday afternoon in Loudon, N.H. The Sprint Cup Series ran a race at New Hampshire Motor Speedway, as it does twice a year. But Sunday wasn’t just the final race for TNT’s 2014 Summer Series — it was also the final scheduled race for TNT in NASCAR broadcasting, period. The network and Turner Sports will not air a race in 2015, for the first time in over 30 years. As such, there was ... Read More »

Axxess Pharma to Sponsor Cole Whitt, BK Racing

Axxess Pharma to Sponsor Cole Whitt, BK Racing

BK Racing announced on Wednesday that Axxess Pharma, through wholly-owned subsidiary AllStar Health Brands, has signed on to be the primary sponsor on the No. 26 Toyota driven by Cole Whitt (pictured above at Kansas) in this weekend’s Camping World RV Sales 301 at New Hampshire Motor Speedway. The sponsorship will spotlight the company’s TapouT Muscle Recovery product. In addition, the company will return as the primary sponsor at Phoenix in November. Cole Whitt is happy to have Axxess Pharma ... Read More »

Newberry to Make Nationwide Series Debut at New Hampshire

Newberry to Make Nationwide Series Debut at New Hampshire

NTS Motorsports announced on Wednesday that Brennan Newberry, who currently competes full-time in the K&N Pro Series East and part-time in the Camping World Truck Series, will drive the No. 55 Chevrolet Camaro in Saturday’s Nationwide Series Sta-Green 200 at New Hampshire Motor Speedway for Viva Motorsports/SS-Green Light Racing. Newberry, who will be locked into the race on owners’ points, will be making his Nationwide Series debut.  Sponsorship will be provided by Qore-24, a brand of hand sanitizer that sponsors ... Read More »

Beyond the Cockpit: Landon Cassill on NASCAR Sponsorship And Home Renovation

Beyond the Cockpit: Landon Cassill on NASCAR Sponsorship And Home Renovation

Landon Cassill has had an up-and-down career in NASCAR’s top three National Series. Seven years ago, Cassill was an 18-year-old prodigy in Hendrick Motorsports’ driver development program. In 2007, he started six then-Busch Series races for Hendrick Motorsports in either their Nos. 5 or 24 Chevrolets, sponsored by the National Guard. The results showed a green driver without a lot of experience, someone who was learning on the job. However, Hendrick Motorsports gave Cassill more seat time, fielding cars for ... Read More »

Brian France Addresses Media in Daytona

Brian France Addresses Media in Daytona

NASCAR Chairman and CEO Brian France doesn’t often address the media at events.  However, he likes to come to Daytona International Speedway each year and give an update on NASCAR.  France’s State of the Sport address has since become an annual part of the Coke Zero 400 weekend. On Saturday, France did not make any big announcements during his roughly 30 minutes of media availability, but he did talk about a number of topics pertainent to the Sprint Cup Series ... Read More »