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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.
Logano Fastest in Opening Practice, 26 Over 200 mph

Logano Fastest in Opening Practice, 26 Over 200 mph

On Friday afternoon, the 43 Sprint Cup Series teams in attendance hit the track at Michigan International Speedway for their only practice session prior to qualifying. The track has been very fast since the recent repave, and the times turned in definitely show that. Joey Logano, on his final lap on-track, turned in the fastest lap of the session at 35.200 seconds (204.545 mph). That lap is just a couple of thousandths of a second slower than the track record ... Read More »

Kevin Ward, Sr. Goes On Record, Calls Out Stewart

Recently, Kevin Ward, Sr., the father of Kevin Ward, Jr., gave his first interview since his son’s fatal crash to the Syracuse Post-Standard. At the time of the initial crash, he was sitting in the grandstands at Canandaigua Motorsports Park with his wife, Pamela and saw his son crash into the wall.  Once that occurred, he hopped onto an ATV and raced to the Hot Pit so that he could assess the damage to the car with his race team ... Read More »

Martin Truex, Jr. To Miss Friday Action at Michigan after Girlfriend’s Cancer Diagnosis

Martin Truex, Jr. To Miss Friday Action at Michigan after Girlfriend’s Cancer Diagnosis

On Wednesday, Furniture Row Racing announced that driver Martin Truex, Jr. will sit out practice and qualifying at Michigan International Speedway on Friday.  Truex’s girlfriend, Sherry Pollex, was recently diagnosed with ovarian cancer and Truex is planning to stay back in North Carolina in order to spend more time with her. In Truex’s absence, defending Camping World Truck Series Champion Matt Crafton will practice and qualify the No. 78 Furniture Row Chevrolet.  Truex currently plans to be in Michigan on ... Read More »

Stewart-Haas Racing’s No. 4 Team Penalized for Bean Bags

Stewart-Haas Racing’s No. 4 Team Penalized for Bean Bags

On Wednesday, NASCAR announced penalties to Stewart-Haas Racing’s No. 4 Chevrolet team, driven by Kevin Harvick.  The incident stems from bean bags getting into the footwell of the car in the first couple of laps of Sunday’s Cheez-It 355 At The Glen. Those bean bags, used to help set up the car when the driver (Harvick) was not in the vehicle, constitute loose weight within the vehicle if they are left in the car for the race.  That is a ... Read More »

Mars, Incorporated Re-signs with Joe Gibbs Racing

Mars, Incorporated Re-signs with Joe Gibbs Racing

Early Wednesday morning, Joe Gibbs Racing announced that Mars, Incorporated has signed a new multi-year contract that will see their M&M’s brand remain as the primary sponsor on Kyle Busch’s No. 18 Toyota.  In addition, Mars, Incorporated also re-upped with NASCAR as well.  As a result, Mars, Incorporated candies will continue be known as the “Official Chocolate of NASCAR.” Officials from Mars, Incorporated are proud to maintain their relationship with Joe Gibbs Racing. “From connecting with fans to engaging our ... Read More »

Couch Potato Tuesday: ESPN’s Stewart, Ward Coverage Work In Progress

Couch Potato Tuesday: ESPN’s Stewart, Ward Coverage Work In Progress

Last weekend, the Sprint Cup and Nationwide series both traveled to Watkins Glen International – however, everything that happened there was overshadowed by what happened near Canandaigua, N.Y., Saturday night. Due to the Tony Stewart-Kevin Ward, Jr. accident that evening, after which the 20-year-old Ward lost his life, this article will only cover Sunday’s ESPN broadcast here because of the conundrum network producers faced in bringing a product to the air when many eyes were on NASCAR for the wrong ... Read More »

National Guard Leaving Motorsports At End of 2014

National Guard Leaving Motorsports At End of 2014

On Wednesday, the National Guard announced that they are making “substantial changes” in their approach to recruiting through sports sponsorships. The most visible change that will result from the move is the end of the National Guard’s sponsorships of Dale Earnhardt, Jr.’s No. 88 team in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series and Graham Rahal’s No. 15 team in the Verizon IndyCar Series. Current Director of the National Guard, Major General Judd H. Lyons, claims that the move is about fiscal ... Read More »

Chase Elliott May Run Selected Sprint Cup Races in 2015

Chase Elliott May Run Selected Sprint Cup Races in 2015

Hendrick Motorsports owner Rick Hendrick was a guest on SiriusXM NASCAR Radio’s Tradin’ Paint with Jim Noble and Chocolate Myers on Wednesday morning. While there, the question of whether or not current Nationwide Series points leader Chase Elliott will run Sprint Cup races in the near future was posed. Hendrick’s response to the query was essentially “not yet, but it’s likely.” “No, we haven’t arrived at a decision for sure, but I think you’ll probably see him run a few ... Read More »

Bully Hill Vineyards to Sponsor Cole Whitt at Watkins Glen

Bully Hill Vineyards to Sponsor Cole Whitt at Watkins Glen

BK Racing announced on Wednesday that Bully Hill Vineyards, a Hammondsport, NY producer of wine, will serve as the primary sponsor of the No. 26 Toyota Camry driven by Cole Whitt. It will be a one-race deal. Representatives of Bully Hill Vineyards are very happy to be involved with BK Racing. “We’re extremely excited to partner with BK Racing and driver Cole Whitt for the Cheez-It 355 at the Glen,” said Sean King, Marketing Director for Bully Hill Vineyards. “Being ... Read More »

Couch Potato Tuesday: A New Man In NASCAR’s Play-by-Play Chair

Couch Potato Tuesday: A New Man In NASCAR’s Play-by-Play Chair

Last weekend, all three series were back in action, though they were split up between Pocono and Iowa. ESPN continues their “lame duck” season covering the Nationwide and Sprint Cup series, while FOX Sports 1 continued their longtime coverage of Camping World Trucks. U.S. Cellular 250 On Saturday night, the Nationwide Series was back in action at Iowa Speedway for 250 laps of competition. With the Sprint Cup Series in action at Pocono Raceway, it meant a second production crew ... Read More »