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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: TNT’s Decisions & Technical Issues Hinder Pocono Broadcast

Couch Potato Tuesday: TNT’s Decisions & Technical Issues Hinder Pocono Broadcast

Last weekend marked a jam-packed few days of racing across multiple tracks, with Pocono Raceway and Texas Motor Speedway sharing the brunt of the attention. However, Pocono may have been the winner in terms of intrigue — it featured the return of TNT to NASCAR for its six-race summer series, currently the final time the network will broadcast the sport since its contract dries up after 2014. With TNT back in the fold, FOX wasn’t the only one covering stock ... Read More »

Beyond the Cockpit: Ryan Eversley on Balance of Power, Kenzie Ruston and Introducing Fans to Sports Cars

Beyond the Cockpit: Ryan Eversley on Balance of Power, Kenzie Ruston and Introducing Fans to Sports Cars

At age 30, Ryan Eversley is a mainstay in sports car racing here in the United States. While he has never raced full-time at the top level of sports car racing (either TUSC,ALMS, or Grand-Am’s Rolex Sports Car Series), Eversley has been a regular competitor in all three series. Eversley currently races full-time in the IMSA Continental Tire SportsCar Challenge for Compass360 Racing, an Ontario-based team that primarily races Honda Civic Si’s in the Street Tuner class. However, at Lime Rock Park, host ... Read More »

Couch Potato Tuesday: NASCAR On FOX’s Final 2014 Broadcast And Evaluation

Couch Potato Tuesday: NASCAR On FOX’s Final 2014 Broadcast And Evaluation

This past weekend of racing brought the end of life as we know it for the Sprint Cup Series. Or maybe, just the season as we know it. Either way, FOX broadcast its final race of 2014 for the Sprint Cup Series, meaning a brief new regime is imminent for TNT’s Sprint Cup coverage. But before we get there, it’s of course worth looking into how FOX fared in its final race of 2014, along with ESPN’s and Fox Sports ... Read More »

Couch Potato Tuesday: Deadspin Moments Derail ESPN Racing Coverage

Couch Potato Tuesday: Deadspin Moments Derail ESPN Racing Coverage

This past weekend was basically holiday season for race fans — and not just because of the Memorial Day weekend. The Sprint Cup and Nationwide series were at Charlotte Motor Speedway; meanwhile, the Verizon IndyCar Series ran their crown jewel, the Indianapolis 500. Of course, all of it was on TV, meaning plenty of reasons for all you couch potatoes out there to hang out in your natural habitat. Before we start, there are a couple of loose ends that ... Read More »

Couch Potato Tuesday: FOX Strategy Passable For All-Star Race But Not Normal Events

Couch Potato Tuesday: FOX Strategy Passable For All-Star Race But Not Normal Events

Hello, race fans. Welcome back to another edition of Couch Potato Tuesday here at Frontstretch. The Sprint Cup and Camping World Truck Series were both in action at Charlotte Motor Speedway. Meanwhile, the Nationwide Series made the haul out to Iowa Speedway for its first standalone race of the season. Before we start, we have a bit of good news for IndyCar. ABC’s overnight ratings from Indianapolis 500 qualifying are in, and they’re not bad. Sunday’s coverage earned a 1.2 ... Read More »

IndyCar Driver Profile: Justin Wilson

Editor’s Note: Open Wheel Wednesday has been pushed back one day for this week only. You can see your favorite IndyCar writers debate the latest topics in the sport on Thursday. Driver: Justin Wilson 2014 Primary Ride: No. 19 Dale Coyne Racing Dallara DW12 2014 Primary Sponsor: Boy Scouts of America Career Verizon IndyCar Series Statistics: 100 starts, 3 wins (Detroit, 2008; Watkins Glen, 2009; Texas, 2012), 11 podium finishes, 2 poles, 271 laps led. Career ChampCar World Series Statistics: 54 starts, 4 wins (Toronto, ... Read More »

Couch Potato Tuesday: FOX Kansas Concerns While Cheever Confounds

Couch Potato Tuesday: FOX Kansas Concerns While Cheever Confounds

Hello, race fans. Welcome back to Couch Potato Tuesday. This week, we’ve got Cup and Truck action from Kansas Speedway, along with the Verizon IndyCar Series from Indianapolis Motor Speedway’s road course. Seems like quite the doozy. Let’s get started. Grand Prix of Indianapolis On Saturday afternoon, the Verizon IndyCar Series made history. The first 200 mile IndyCar race on the infield road course at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway. ABC (viaESPN), which has aired every IndyCar race at IMS since 1963, was on hand ... Read More »

Couch Potato Tuesday: FOX’s Action Adjustment Problem In Talladega

Couch Potato Tuesday: FOX’s Action Adjustment Problem In Talladega

Hello, race fans. Welcome back to Couch Potato Tuesday, where race telecast breakdowns are the primary objective. This past weekend, the Sprint Cup, Nationwide and ARCA Racing Series were all in action at Talladega Superspeedway. Over 1,000 miles of restricted action took place. However, before we start, I’ve got some news to talk about. Last Monday, FOXSports announced the cancellation of the Crowd Goes Wild, FOX Sports 1’s daily, laid-back sports/pop culture show meant to compete with ESPN2’s SportsNation. Ultimately, the show never really found ... Read More »

Couch Potato Tuesday: FOX Serves Up A Plothole

Couch Potato Tuesday: FOX Serves Up A Plothole

Hello, race fans. Welcome back to Couch Potato Tuesday, where race telecast breakdowns are par for the course. This past weekend, the Sprint Cup and Nationwide series were back in action after a week off at Richmond International Raceway. In addition, the Verizon IndyCar Series had to deal with adverse weather in Alabama. We’ll get to those races in a bit. Last week, it was announced that a deal had been reached to televise this past Thursday night’s Denny Hamlin Short ... Read More »

Couch Potato Tuesday: Picking The Best IndyCar On-Air Personalities

Hello, race fans. Welcome back to Couch Potato Tuesday, where we usually have race telecast critiques. However, Easter weekend is a tough weekend if you want to watch races. There was essentially nothing American-based that ran and broadcast their races on television. There was Formula 1 on NBC Sports Network, but I can’t get an entire critique column for the site off of just one race. There was also the European Le Mans Series and the World Endurance Championship from Silverstone. I ... Read More »