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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.
Hendrick Motorsports Breaks Silence on National Guard Sponsorship Situation

Hendrick Motorsports Breaks Silence on National Guard Sponsorship Situation

Back on Aug. 6, the National Guard announced that due to budget cuts in their marketing division, they would be leaving motorsports at the end of 2014.  The cuts affect both Hendrick Motorsports‘ No. 88 team in the Sprint Cup Series and Rahal Letterman Lanigan’s No. 15 team in the Verizon IndyCar Series.  At the time, Hendrick Motorsports stated that they had a signed contract through 2015. On Friday morning, Hendrick Motorsports gave a very brief update on the situation. ... Read More »

Haas Chooses Ferrari as Engine Supplier for Formula 1

On Wednesday morning, the newly-renamed Haas F1 Team announced their power unit supplier for their 2016 entry into the Formula One World Championship.  Based on previous press releases from the team, it is not much of a surprise. Haas F1 Team announced that Scuderia Ferrari will serve as a technical partner to the new outfit.  Through this technical partnership, Haas F1 Team will use Scuderia Ferrari-built power units (the terminology now used to describe the engine, the kinetic energy and ... Read More »

Couch Potato Tuesday: Tony Stewart Overshadows Atlanta Telecasts

Couch Potato Tuesday: Tony Stewart Overshadows Atlanta Telecasts

Tony Stewart: one of the year’s biggest stories across NASCAR, not just his Sprint Cup home base. Smoke’s story has permeated not just stock car racing coverage, dominating chatter with the usual suspects but mainstream media as a whole. It’s a phenomenon that shows no signs of stopping, even though in some areas it should… especially when NASCAR folk have full control. Example? A race, within a prevalent NASCAR series where Stewart is clearly not a part of both. Yet ... Read More »

Snap-on Signs Contract Extension with Team Penske

Snap-on Signs Contract Extension with Team Penske

On Wednesday morning, Team Penske announced that they have reached a multi-year contract extension with Snap-on that will continue their partnership.  As a result, Snap-on will serve as an associate sponsor of all Team Penske NASCAR and IndyCar entries.  Currently, that numbers six full-time cars (Nos. 2, 3 and 12 in the Verizon IndyCar Series, the Nos. 2 and 22 in the Sprint Cup Series and the No. 22 in the Nationwide Series).  In addition, Snap-on will continue to serve ... Read More »

Chaos Reigns at Turner Scott Motorsports? UPDATE: Harry Scott, Jr. Releases Statement

Chaos Reigns at Turner Scott Motorsports? UPDATE: Harry Scott, Jr. Releases Statement

On Wednesday afternoon, reports surfaced stating that Turner Scott Motorsports will shut down their Camping World Truck Series operations, effective immediately.  The organization’s three Truck teams were en route to Canadian Tire Motorsports Park for this weekend’s Chevrolet Silverado 250 at the time that the news became public. As the team has not officially commented on the news, the situation is still quite fluid.  SiriusXM NASCAR Radio’s Dave Moody stated on Sirius Speedway that he had contacted all parties involved ... Read More »

Couch Potato Tuesday: ESPN Sidesteps Stewart Bristol Salute

Couch Potato Tuesday: ESPN Sidesteps Stewart Bristol Salute

This past weekend, the Sprint Cup, Nationwide and Camping World Truck series were all in action at Bristol Motor Speedway, but don’t be looking for the latter here. I will be covering the Camping World Truck Series UNOH 200 presented by Zloop later this week in the Critic’s Annex, along with the ARCA race from Wisconsin – because last weekend, it made much more sense to focus on ESPN’s coverage of the Cup and Nationwide broadcasts on Saturday and Friday ... Read More »

Watkins Glen Looking at Safety Upgrades in Wake of Huge Crash

Watkins Glen Looking at Safety Upgrades in Wake of Huge Crash

In an interview with FOX Sports’ Jay Pennell, Watkins Glen International President Michael Printup noted that the track is looking at potential safety improvements in the wake of the huge crash involving Ryan Newman and Michael McDowell that red flagged the Cheez-It 355 At The Glen for 90 minutes.  However, figuring out what those changes would entail will take quite a while. After the race, Printup traveled to International Speedway Corporation’s headquarters in Daytona Beach, FL and spent days with ... Read More »

Stewart Officially Out for Bristol; Jeff Burton Will Sub Again

Stewart Officially Out for Bristol; Jeff Burton Will Sub Again

On Wednesday afternoon, Stewart-Haas Racing made another announcement pertaining the status of driver and co-owner Tony Stewart.  Earlier this week, unofficial reports had been put out indicating that Stewart would not be in Bristol, but they were just that, unofficial.  Stewart-Haas Racing officially confirmed those reports. Stewart will not be in the No. 14 Bass Pro Shops/Mobil 1 Chevrolet this weekend in Bristol, the third consecutive race that the three-time Sprint Cup Series Champion will have missed in the wake ... Read More »

Couch Potato Tuesday: ESPN Makes A Few Michigan Mistakes

Couch Potato Tuesday: ESPN Makes A Few Michigan Mistakes

All three NASCAR national series took to the track last weekend, just a mere state border – and then some – away from each other. The Sprint Cup and Camping World Truck series battled at Michigan International Speedway while the Nationwide Series took its second trip to Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course. Unfortunately, having everything in one region of the United States didn’t eliminate the problems that have plagued NASCAR broadcasts throughout the season. Nationwide Children’s Hospital 200 Fuel strategy played ... Read More »

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 »