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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’s Race It Didn’t Cover

Couch Potato Tuesday: ESPN’s Race It Didn’t Cover

Hello, race fans. Welcome back to Couch Potato Tuesday, where race telecast opinion is the primary objective. The Sprint Cup and Camping World Truck series had an unplanned doubleheader on Sunday at Martinsville, while the Verizon IndyCar Series held its season opener on the streets of St. Petersburg, Fla. Firestone Grand Prix of St. Petersburg Sunday (March 30) saw IndyCar launch a new era with the introduction of Verizon as the series’ title sponsor, as well as an ESPN return to St. ... Read More »

Couch Potato Tuesday: If You Make TMZ, It’s Never A Good Sign

Couch Potato Tuesday: If You Make TMZ, It’s Never A Good Sign

It’s hard to imagine, but today marks the 350th TV article I’ve written for Frontstretch, including both the website and our newsletter. To ring in the celebration, let’s delve into this past weekend, during which the Sprint Cup and Nationwide Series were both in Fontana, California. Spoiler: despite racing at the same track, we got two completely different events due to the tire situation. However, before we start, check out an interesting ranking conducted last week: Sporting News’ Bob Pockrass ... Read More »

Couch Potato Tuesday: Why Did FOX Play NASCAR TV Roulette At Bristol?

Couch Potato Tuesday: Why Did FOX Play NASCAR TV Roulette At Bristol?

Hello, race fans. Welcome back to Couch Potato Tuesday, where we break down race broadcasts in detail. This past weekend, the Sprint Cup and Nationwide Series were both in action at Bristol Motor Speedway. I don’t know about you, but I’m still a little tired from Sunday’s marathon… the second one in less than a month for NASCAR. Drive to Stop Diabetes 300 Saturday brought the Nationwide Series back to Bristol Motor Speedway for more action. When “Thunder Valley” lengthened the ... Read More »

Couch Potato Tuesday: Independent Thinking Working Into Race Coverage

Couch Potato Tuesday: Independent Thinking Working Into Race Coverage

Hello, race fans. Welcome back to Couch Potato Tuesday, where race telecast critiques are our primary objective. This past weekend, the Sprint Cup and Nationwide Series were both in action at Las Vegas Motor Speedway. However, before we start, there are a couple of newsy bits to mention. Starting on Wednesday, there will be a new website dedicated to streaming of lower level racing. FansChoice.tv will provide free streams of various classes of motorsports including NASCAR. On paper, you might ... Read More »

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 »