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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 Rains On Nationwide’s Parade

Couch Potato Tuesday: ESPN Rains On Nationwide’s Parade

Hello, race fans. Welcome back to Couch Potato Tuesday, where race telecast criticism and/or praise is the primary objective. This past weekend, the Sprint Cup and Nationwide Series were both in Phoenix, Arizona. In between showers, we got in 480 miles of action. Blue Jeans Go Green 200 (shortened to 168) On Saturday (March 1), the Nationwide Series was supposed to be completely washed out. Drivers were going to spend the entire day twiddling their thumbs, having petty Twitter arguments ... Read More »

Couch Potato Tuesday: Daytona Brings Change, Teething, FOX Fan Confusion

Couch Potato Tuesday: Daytona Brings Change, Teething, FOX Fan Confusion

Hello, race fans. Welcome back to Couch Potato Tuesday, where race telecast criticism is the primary objective. Last weekend, the Sprint Cup, Nationwide and Camping World Truck series were all in action on the high banks of Daytona International Speedway. NextEra Energy Resources 250 On Friday night, the Camping World Truck Series began its 12th season as part of the FOX family of networks. Because of weather issues, NASCAR moved up the start of the race by a half-hour. In ... Read More »

Starting Lineup for the Budweiser Duels at Daytona

Starting Lineup for Budweiser Duel No. 1 (Start time approximately 7:20pm) Row 1: 3 Austin Dillon 16 Greg Biffle Row 2: 31 Ryan Newman 88 Dale Earnhardt, Jr. Row 3: 17 Ricky Stenhouse, Jr. 9 Marcos Ambrose Row 4: 43 Aric Almirola 22 Joey Logano Row 5: 20 Matt Kenseth 5 Kasey Kahne Row 6: 18 Kyle Busch 4 Kevin Harvick Row 7: 10 Danica Patrick 47 AJ Allmendinger Row 8: 36 Reed Sorenson 38 David Gilliland Row 9: 30 ... Read More »

Couch Potato Tuesday: FOX Replaces Scroll With Quagmire

Couch Potato Tuesday: FOX Replaces Scroll With Quagmire

Hello, race fans. Welcome back to Couch Potato Tuesday, where race telecast critiques are the primary objective. I’m back for my sixth season of critiquing and hope to have good things to say about all of the various TV partners this year. Before we start, there is some news to report. FOX Sports is currently operating with a couple of their personalities on the disabled list. Pit reporter Matt Yocum had back surgery shortly after the Rolex 24 at Daytona ... Read More »

Couch Potato Tuesday: NASCAR Finishes Up In Homestead

Couch Potato Tuesday: NASCAR Finishes Up In Homestead

Hello, race fans. Welcome back to Couch Potato Tuesday, where race telecast critiques are the primary objective. We’ve reached the final races of 2013 for NASCAR’s National Series. The Camping World Truck, Nationwide and Sprint Cup Series each crowned champions in Homestead. Honestly, I can’t believe that it’s already over. Granted, I’m used to writing over 70 critiques a year about various forms of motorsports, but regardless of how angry I get with telecasts, it still bites when the season ... Read More »

Couch Potato Tuesday: Phoenix Penultimate Recap For FOX, ESPN

Couch Potato Tuesday: Phoenix Penultimate Recap For FOX, ESPN

Hello, race fans. Welcome back to Couch Potato Tuesday, where TV criticism is the name of the game. This past weekend, the Sprint Cup, Nationwide and Camping World Truck Series were all in action at Phoenix International Raceway. The K&N Pro Series West teams were as well. However, that race has not aired on TV, yet. All three series visited Phoenix International Raceway this week. Were FOX and ESPN able to show ALL the action?   Lucas Oil 130 Friday ... Read More »

Couch Potato Tuesday: NASCAR’s Chase Coverage Versus The Invisible Field

Couch Potato Tuesday: NASCAR’s Chase Coverage Versus The Invisible Field

Hello, race fans. Welcome back to Couch Potato Tuesday, where race telecast critiques are the name of the game. This past weekend, the Sprint Cup, Nationwide and Camping World Truck Series were all in action at Texas Motor Speedway. Did the dreaded cobwebs knock anyone out of the races? I don’t know. Before we start, Nicole Briscoe announced on Saturday that this past weekend was her final race weekend of the season. She’s taking the last two weekends of the ... Read More »

Couch Potato Tuesday: FOX’s Yearly Bout With Amnesia

Couch Potato Tuesday: FOX’s Yearly Bout With Amnesia

Hello, race fans. Welcome back to Couch Potato Tuesday, where race telecast breakdowns are the primary interest. This past weekend was a very long and arduous one at Talladega Superspeedway, where the Sprint Cup, Nationwide and ARCA Racing Series were all in action. I have never had to go through as much content for three regular length races as I had to for this critique because of the weather in Talladega. Before we start, I have a couple of jeers to hand out. First off, NBC Nightly News showed footage of what they claimed was David Ragan's run to victory on Sunday. Unfortunately, someone in New York cued the wrong video. As a result, viewers saw the crash-marred finish of Saturday's Aaron's 312. Read More »

Trivia Questions and Answers for April 29-May 3, 2013

by Phil Allaway April 29 Q: For many years, the International Motorsports Hall of Fame in Talladega had a Pontiac Le Mans that Phil Parsons crashed in the 1983 Winston 500 on display. What happened to make that Le Mans into a museum piece? April 29 A: Parsons had contact with Darrell Waltrip exiting the tri-oval. Both cars overcorrected and went into the wall head-on. The force of the hit resulted in Parsons’ car recoiling off the wall and entering ... Read More »

Couch Potato Tuesday: Drawing The Line Between Sports Coverage And E!

Couch Potato Tuesday: Drawing The Line Between Sports Coverage And E!

Hello, race fans. Welcome back to Couch Potato Tuesday, where race telecast discussion and critique is the main object of affection (or derision). This past weekend was relatively light, with only the Sprint Cup and Nationwide Series in action in Richmond. *ToyotaCare 250* On Friday night, the Nationwide Series returned to action on the three-quarters of a mile "D-Shaped" oval at Richmond International Raceway. Carl Edwards was back in the booth for his second race of the year. How did it go? Let's take a look. Read More »