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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: 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 »

Couch Potato Tuesday: Where Are The Drivers? NASCAR Analysis Gone Overboard

Couch Potato Tuesday: Where Are The Drivers? NASCAR Analysis Gone Overboard

Hello, race fans. Welcome back to Couch Potato Tuesday, where race telecast critique is the object of discussion here. This past weekend, the Sprint Cup and Camping World Truck Series were at Kansas Speedway for some ultra-fast action. Meanwhile, the IZOD IndyCar Series took to the streets of Long Beach. *Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach* On Sunday afternoon, the IZOD IndyCar Series returned to action on the 1.968-mile street course in Long Beach, California. How did the NBC Sports Network do with their coverage of one of the series’ crown jewels? Let’s find out. With NBC Sports Network having multiple racing commitments last weekend, the decision was made to have Leigh Diffey stay in Connecticut in order to do play-by-play commentary for the Grand Prix of Bahrain. With Bob Varsha also busy at Road Atlanta, occupied with Grand-Am racing, the NBC Sports Network tapped Brian Till to replace Diffey for the weekend. Read More »

Couch Potato Tuesday: Edwards Improves, But Still A Work In Progress

Couch Potato Tuesday: Edwards Improves, But Still A Work In Progress

Hello, race fans. Welcome back to Couch Potato Tuesday, where we critique all kinds of different race telecasts. This past weekend, the Sprint Cup and Nationwide Series were at Texas Motor Speedway. Meanwhile, the Camping World Truck Series made their annual trip to Rockingham for some action on a cheese grater masquerading as a racetrack. *North Carolina Educational Lottery 200 at the Rock presented by Cheerwine* On Sunday afternoon, the Camping World Truck Series returned to Rockingham Speedway for their second assault on the tricky, high-banked tri-oval. Honestly, the race was quite similar to last year's. Turner Scott just plain dominated. Read More »

Couch Potato Tuesday: Edwards Alters ESPN While FOX Delivers “Up Close”

Couch Potato Tuesday: Edwards Alters ESPN While FOX Delivers “Up Close”

Hello, race fans. Welcome back to Couch Potato Tuesday, where race telecast critique is our primary concern. Today, we're covering the Sprint Cup and Camping World Truck Series from Martinsville and the IZOD IndyCar Series from Barber Park. *Before we start,* we've got quite a bit of news to cover. First off, ESPN announced on Monday that Carl Edwards will be returning to the broadcast booth as an analyst for three Nationwide Series races, starting with Friday night's O'Reilly Auto Parts 300 at Texas Motor Speedway. Afterwards, Edwards will be in the booth for Richmond (airing on ESPNEWS) and Talladega as well. Edwards will be replacing Rusty Wallace as the driver analyst. Read More »

Couch Potato Tuesday: Rating The Top 3 Active NASCAR TV Analysts

Couch Potato Tuesday: Rating The Top 3 Active NASCAR TV Analysts

Hello, race fans. Hope you enjoyed Easter Weekend. For me, it was relatively boring. Ended up spending much of my Easter watching Indianapolis 500s from the 1990s on YouTube. Well, this week in Couch Potato Tuesday, you won't be bored here; we're going to broach new ground. Most of the hundreds of critiques that I've written for Frontstretch involve me watching race telecasts and breaking them down, piece by piece. Even though I am not wholly negative in my critiques of broadcasts, I have definitely earned a reputation from some as a "Negative Nancy." Read More »