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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.
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 »

Stanley Black & Decker Moves to JGR In 2015

Stanley Black & Decker Moves to JGR In 2015

Joe Gibbs Racing announced on Wednesday that Stanley Black & Decker, a manufacturer of hand and power tools, along with accessories, will move to the soon-to-be four car operation starting with the 2015 season.  The Stanley Tools division will serve as the primary sponsor on Carl Edwards’ No. 19 Toyota in 12 races next season, joining up with ARRIS.  The DeWalt Tools division will serve as the primary sponsor of Matt Kenseth’s No. 20 for six races, joining Dollar General. ... Read More »

Couch Potato Tuesday: ESPN Shirking Other Responsibilities During Chase

Couch Potato Tuesday: ESPN Shirking Other Responsibilities During Chase

When you think of Chase for the Sprint Cup coverage on TV broadcasts, what do you think of? Coverage of the playoffs, sure, but how about the other 27 drivers racing for something other than the title? Surely you expect some coverage thrown their way, right? If the first race of the Chase, held last weekend at Chicagoland Speedway, is any indication, those who think ESPN will throw a bone to non-Chase competitors are very naive, indeed. The Sprint Cup ... Read More »

Parker Kligerman Tests Indy Lights Car At Indianapolis Motor Speedway

Parker Kligerman Tests Indy Lights Car At Indianapolis Motor Speedway

For Parker Kligerman, 2014 was supposed to be his rookie season in the Sprint Cup Series.  Kligerman had some momentum coming into the season after running well in a couple of starts at the end of 2013 for Swan Racing.  However, it didn’t take long for the entire effort to fall apart.  An incredible amount of misfortune on-track, plus a lack of sponsorship, essentially doomed Kligerman’s rookie campaign from the start.  After spending much of the season as an analyst ... Read More »

Team Penske Officially Partners With Dick Johnson Racing; Ambrose to Return to V8 Supercars

Team Penske Officially Partners With Dick Johnson Racing; Ambrose to Return to V8 Supercars

On Sunday evening, Team Penske announced the formation of a partnership between Team Penske and Dick Johnson Racing (DJR), a team with over 35 years of experience in the V8 Supercars, and its predecessor, the Australian Touring Car Championship. The new operation will race under the name of DJR Team Penske. Dick Johnson Racing has traditionally raced Fords and the partnership will not change that setup. DJR Team Penske will field Ford Falcons full-time in the V8 Supercar Championship Series ... Read More »

NASCAR Holds Chase Across North America Tour to Promote Chase

NASCAR Holds Chase Across North America Tour to Promote Chase

On Wednesday, the 16 drivers who qualified for the Chase for the Sprint Cup were dispatched all over the continent in order to help promote the upcoming 10-race battle.  For the first time, locations outside of the United States were chosen for drivers to travel to.  Jeff Gordon spent his day in Toronto, while Carl Edwards spent Wednesday in Mexico City. Most of the activities for Chasers were fan-oriented activities and local TV appearances, the types of appearances that are ... Read More »

Stewart-Haas Racing Signs ditech to Associate Sponsorship Deal for Kevin Harvick

Stewart-Haas Racing Signs ditech to Associate Sponsorship Deal for Kevin Harvick

Stewart-Haas Racing announced on Wednesday that they have signed Ditech Mortgage Corp. to serve as an associate sponsor on the No. 4 Chevrolets driven by Kevin Harvick. The deal is a multi-year deal that begins immediately. DT Holdings (parent company of ditech) President Patti Cook is very happy to be associated with NASCAR and Stewart-Haas Racing. “At ditech, we’re all NASCAR fans,” Cook said. “NASCAR is part of the fabric of America and so is ditech’s goal of securing home ... Read More »

Daniel Suarez to Race for RAB Racing at Chicagoland, Venturini Motorsports in Kentucky ARCA Race

Daniel Suarez to Race for RAB Racing at Chicagoland, Venturini Motorsports in Kentucky ARCA Race

On Wednesday, RAB Racing with Brack Maggard officially announced that current NASCAR Mexico Toyota Series points leader Daniel Suarez will be in the team’s No. 29 Toyota for this weekend’s Jimmy John’s Freaky Fast 300 at Chicagoland Speedway.  Provided that he qualifies on speed, Suarez would be making his second start in the series. Suarez is very happy to be returning to the Nationwide Series for another go. “I’m looking forward to racing in Chicago this weekend as part of ... Read More »

Couch Potato Tuesday: Narrow Focus on Chase Hopefuls Hurts ESPN

Couch Potato Tuesday: Narrow Focus on Chase Hopefuls Hurts ESPN

The Chase was the name of the game last weekend, which is probably how things should be. After all, regardless of one’s opinion of NASCAR’s playoffs, it’s certainly the focal point of the next 10 races, meaning the lead-in is just as important when it comes to determining who gets to play and who’s left out in the cold. But while that emphasis shone through on much of ESPN’s Sprint Cup Series coverage this weekend, one story in particular has ... Read More »