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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.
Kurt Busch Fastest in Opening Sprint Cup Practice

Kurt Busch Fastest in Opening Sprint Cup Practice

On Friday morning, the Sprint Cup Series teams took to the 2.5 mile scalene triangle known as Pocono Raceway for 90 minutes of practice ahead of this afternoon’s qualifying session. Speeds were a bit slower than in June, but still quite fast. Kurt Busch turned in the fastest lap of the session at 49.902 seconds (180.353 mph) in his No. 41 Haas Automation Chevrolet. That lap was half of a tenth of a second faster than Team Penske’s Brad Keselowski. ... Read More »

Goodyear Tire Test Announced for Homestead…With Caveats

Goodyear Tire Test Announced for Homestead…With Caveats

On Wednesday, Goodyear announced an upcoming tire test that will be held on August 26th (after Bristol) at Homestead-Miami Speedway, site of the final race of the season. However, with the race now a winner-take-all affair for the championship, NASCAR has insisted upon special ground rules as to who can participate. NASCAR has ruled that any team that has a driver in the Chase after Bristol can send a team to participate in the tire test. As of now, that ... Read More »

Thrivent Financial to Sponsor Leavine Family Racing

Thrivent Financial to Sponsor Leavine Family Racing

On Wednesday, Leavine Family Racing announced that Thrivent Financial, an Appleton, WI and Minneapolis, MN-based financial services company, has signed on to serve as the primary sponsor of the No. 95 Ford and driver Michael McDowell in the Irwin Tools Night Race at Bristol Motor Speedway on August 23rd. In addition, Thrivent Financial will serve as an associate sponsor in four additional races to be named later this season. Representatives of Thrivent Financial, a faith-based company that specializes in offering ... Read More »

Greg Ives to Serve as Dale Earnhardt, Jr.’s Crew Chief in 2015

Greg Ives to Serve as Dale Earnhardt, Jr.’s Crew Chief in 2015

On Wednesday, Hendrick Motorsports announced that Greg Ives, currently the crew chief for Chase Elliott’s No. 9 NAPA Auto Parts Chevrolet in the Nationwide Series for JR Motorsports, will serve as crew chief of Dale Earnhardt, Jr.’s No. 88 National Guard Chevrolet in the Sprint Cup Series starting in 2015. Ives will be replacing Steve Letarte, who will be in the broadcast booth starting next season as an analyst on NBC’s NASCAR telecasts. Hendrick Motorsports owner Rick Hendrick is very ... Read More »

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 »