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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.

Jules Bianchi Hospitalized After Serious Crash During Grand Prix of Japan

Sunday’s Formula One Grand Prix of Japan, held in very wet conditions due to rain bands from incoming Typhoon Phanfone, was red-flagged and declared complete after 46 laps due to a savage crash involving the Marussia of Jules Bianchi in turn 7.  Previous to Bianchi’s crash, the Sauber of Adrian Sutil had aquaplaned, spun out and crashed at the same turn.  While the removal crew was attending to Sutil’s Sauber, Bianchi reportedly spun off and hit the recovery vehicle (a ... Read More »

Slugger Labbe to Take RCR R&D Job; Justin Alexander Becomes Menard’s Crew Chief at Talladega

Slugger Labbe to Take RCR R&D Job; Justin Alexander Becomes Menard’s Crew Chief at Talladega

On Wednesday, Richard Childress Racing (RCR) announced that Richard “Slugger” Labbe, crew chief of the No. 27 Menards Chevrolet driven by Paul Menard, will assume a new role in RCR’s Research and Development department. For the next two races, Labbe will continue to serve as Menard’s crew chief, but he will leave the post following the Bank of America 500 at Charlotte Motor Speedway. When Labbe leaves the road, current Team Engineer Justin Alexander will replace Labbe as Menard’s crew ... Read More »

Regan Smith Will Return to JR Motorsports In 2015

Regan Smith Will Return to JR Motorsports In 2015

JR Motorsports co-owner Dale Earnhardt, Jr. is not necessarily the most formal car owner on earth. On Wednesday, Earnhardt Jr. chose to forego an official press release and announced on Twitter that Regan Smith has reached an agreement with the Nationwide organization to return to the No. 7 Chevrolet for the 2015 XFINITY Series season. Smith is very happy to be back in the No. 7 full-time for the third consecutive year. “Can’t wait!,” Smith tweeted after the deal was ... Read More »

NTS Motorsports Loses Chicagoland Appeal

NTS Motorsports Loses Chicagoland Appeal

On Wednesday, the National Motorsports Appeals Panel heard an appeal of the ten point penalty levied upon NTS Motorsports’ No. 20 team, in addition to the $7,500 fine and one-race suspension levied upon crew chief Chris Rice. The penalties stemmed from the No. 20 Chevrolet driven by Austin Dillon in the Lucas Oil 225 at Chicagoland measuring too low in the front end after Dillon drove to a third-place finish. Following the deliberation of panel members Bill Lester, Dale Pinilis ... Read More »

Couch Potato Tuesday: How An Elimination Race Turned Irritating

Couch Potato Tuesday: How An Elimination Race Turned Irritating

Eliminations are a big part – perhaps, save for the actual title itself, the biggest – of the Chase for the Sprint Cup from 2014 to whenever NASCAR decides to change the format again. That much is certain; watch a NASCAR commercial these days and you know full well. But as has been outlined here in the past and pointed out by commenters on NASCAR articles, social media and the like, a race in the Chase can be an irritating ... Read More »

Tony Stewart Takes Questions From Media For First Time Since Ward Incident

Tony Stewart Takes Questions From Media For First Time Since Ward Incident

On Monday morning, Tony Stewart spoke to the assembled media (writers, and cameras from multiple media outlets including FOX Sports and ESPN) for the first time since he was cleared of any wrongdoing in the wake of the death of Kevin Ward, Jr. at Canandaigua Motorsports Park.  It was also the first time that Stewart took questions from media members since before the fateful night in Canandaigua.  While relieved that the potential criminal issues are over, Stewart clearly came off ... Read More »

Yuengling Extends Partnership With RCR; Will Make Cup Debut In 2015

Yuengling Extends Partnership With RCR; Will Make Cup Debut In 2015

On Wednesday, Richard Childress Racing (RCR) announced that they have extended their partnership with D. G. Yuengling & Son, Inc, a Pennsylvania-based beer manufacturer.  As a result, the Yuengling Light Lager brand will continue to serve as a primary sponsor of Ty Dillon’s No. 3 Chevrolet Camaro in the soon-to-be Xfinity Series.  In addition, Yuengling will make their Sprint Cup debut next season, sponsoring the 22-year old at Pocono Raceway in a fourth RCR entry, the No. 33, in cooperation ... Read More »

Couch Potato Tuesday: More of the Same from ESPN; Fox Sports 1 Achieves Despite Technical Issues

Couch Potato Tuesday: More of the Same from ESPN; Fox Sports 1 Achieves Despite Technical Issues

The second race in the Chase for the Sprint Cup would undoubtedly bring a new feature – who’s in and who’s out – into the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series broadcasts on ESPN, and the Sylvania 300 didn’t disappoint. For those watching the race for the Chase, the addition may have been welcome, helping them pick out where their driver stands as the first round of eliminations approaches. For others, it’s yet again a point of contention as coverage is dedicated ... Read More »

Richard Petty Motorsports Plans Full Two-Car Sprint Cup Assault For 2015

Richard Petty Motorsports Plans Full Two-Car Sprint Cup Assault For 2015

There was a clear loser on Wednesday from Joe Gibbs Racing’s announcement that Stanley Black & Decker will sponsor Carl Edwards and Matt Kenseth next season.  That loser was Richard Petty Motorsports.  Stanley Black & Decker’s Stanley and DeWalt brands shared primary sponsorship space on the No. 9 Ford for the entire season.  In addition to having to find a new driver to replace Marcos Ambrose, the team must also find primary sponsorship for nearly the entire season. After JGR ... Read More »

NTS Motorsports Penalized For Height Violation At Kentucky

NTS Motorsports Penalized For Height Violation At Kentucky

After Saturday night’s running of the Camping World Truck Series Lucas Oil 225 at Chicagoland Speedway, the No. 20 Rheem-sponsored Chevrolet driven by Austin Dillon failed the post-race height check.  A penalty was nearly certain to be announced and NASCAR came through on Wednesday. Crew chief Chris Rice has been fined $7,500 for the height violation and has been suspended from NASCAR through September 24.  As a result, Rice will miss this weekend’s UNOH 175 at New Hampshire Motor Speedway. ... Read More »