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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 Throws Kitchen Sink At NASCAR In Final Season

Couch Potato Tuesday: ESPN Throws Kitchen Sink At NASCAR In Final Season

ESPN has been part of the 2014 season due to its year-long tenure as the broadcaster of the NASCAR Nationwide Series, but last weekend, the network hit the true beginning of the end with the start of its final season of NASCAR Sprint Cup Series coverage. But how, exactly, did ESPN fare as it expanded to two broadcasts over a weekend? Put simply: there were some encouraging points, but improvement is needed even in a lame duck season. Lilly Diabetes ... Read More »

Ragan, Dillon Lead Nationwide Practices

Ragan, Dillon Lead Nationwide Practices

The 42 Nationwide Series teams were on track bright and early on Friday morning for their practice sessions for Saturday’s Lilly Diabetes 250 at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway.  Practicing at 8:30 AM may not be the best preparation for a race that starts just shy of 5 PM EDT, but the teams did their best to prepare. The fastest driver in the session was David Ragan, driving the No. 98 Shelby Engines/DenBeste Heavy Equipment Rental Ford with a time of ... Read More »

Stewart Dreams of More NASCAR Races at Eldora

Stewart Dreams of More NASCAR Races at Eldora

Prior to Wednesday night’s 1-800 CarCash Mudsummer Classic, track owner Tony Stewart was in the Media Center to unveil a new multipurpose building that will be constructed in Eldora Speedway’s infield beginning in October.  It will house a new Media Center, infield hospitality, Infield Care Center and concessions. However, that was not the only topic of discussion during Stewart’s press conference.  While there, Stewart was asked about the feasibility of additional NASCAR series racing at Eldora.  Stewart was honest. “I’d ... Read More »

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 »