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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.
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 »

Milka Duno Signs Deal to Drive for RAB Racing Part-Time

Catchfence.com is reporting that 42-year old Milka Duno, most recently of the ARCA Racing Series presented by Menards, has signed a contract that will see her drive in a limited schedule of races in the Nationwide Series in RAB Racing’s No. 29 Toyota.  When she qualifies for her first race, Duno would be the first South American female racer in the history of the Nationwide Series. Duno is very excited to make her move up to the Nationwide Series. “I’m ... Read More »

Kurt Busch Fastest in Opening Sprint Cup Practice

Kurt Busch Fastest in Opening Sprint Cup Practice

On Friday morning, the Sprint Cup Series teams took to the 2.5 mile scalene triangle known as Pocono Raceway for 90 minutes of practice ahead of this afternoon’s qualifying session. Speeds were a bit slower than in June, but still quite fast. Kurt Busch turned in the fastest lap of the session at 49.902 seconds (180.353 mph) in his No. 41 Haas Automation Chevrolet. That lap was half of a tenth of a second faster than Team Penske’s Brad Keselowski. ... Read More »

Goodyear Tire Test Announced for Homestead…With Caveats

Goodyear Tire Test Announced for Homestead…With Caveats

On Wednesday, Goodyear announced an upcoming tire test that will be held on August 26th (after Bristol) at Homestead-Miami Speedway, site of the final race of the season. However, with the race now a winner-take-all affair for the championship, NASCAR has insisted upon special ground rules as to who can participate. NASCAR has ruled that any team that has a driver in the Chase after Bristol can send a team to participate in the tire test. As of now, that ... Read More »

Thrivent Financial to Sponsor Leavine Family Racing

Thrivent Financial to Sponsor Leavine Family Racing

On Wednesday, Leavine Family Racing announced that Thrivent Financial, an Appleton, WI and Minneapolis, MN-based financial services company, has signed on to serve as the primary sponsor of the No. 95 Ford and driver Michael McDowell in the Irwin Tools Night Race at Bristol Motor Speedway on August 23rd. In addition, Thrivent Financial will serve as an associate sponsor in four additional races to be named later this season. Representatives of Thrivent Financial, a faith-based company that specializes in offering ... Read More »

Greg Ives to Serve as Dale Earnhardt, Jr.’s Crew Chief in 2015

Greg Ives to Serve as Dale Earnhardt, Jr.’s Crew Chief in 2015

On Wednesday, Hendrick Motorsports announced that Greg Ives, currently the crew chief for Chase Elliott’s No. 9 NAPA Auto Parts Chevrolet in the Nationwide Series for JR Motorsports, will serve as crew chief of Dale Earnhardt, Jr.’s No. 88 National Guard Chevrolet in the Sprint Cup Series starting in 2015. Ives will be replacing Steve Letarte, who will be in the broadcast booth starting next season as an analyst on NBC’s NASCAR telecasts. Hendrick Motorsports owner Rick Hendrick is very ... Read More »

Couch Potato Tuesday: ESPN Throws Kitchen Sink At NASCAR In Final Season

Couch Potato Tuesday: ESPN Throws Kitchen Sink At NASCAR In Final Season

ESPN has been part of the 2014 season due to its year-long tenure as the broadcaster of the NASCAR Nationwide Series, but last weekend, the network hit the true beginning of the end with the start of its final season of NASCAR Sprint Cup Series coverage. But how, exactly, did ESPN fare as it expanded to two broadcasts over a weekend? Put simply: there were some encouraging points, but improvement is needed even in a lame duck season. Lilly Diabetes ... Read More »

Ragan, Dillon Lead Nationwide Practices

Ragan, Dillon Lead Nationwide Practices

The 42 Nationwide Series teams were on track bright and early on Friday morning for their practice sessions for Saturday’s Lilly Diabetes 250 at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway.  Practicing at 8:30 AM may not be the best preparation for a race that starts just shy of 5 PM EDT, but the teams did their best to prepare. The fastest driver in the session was David Ragan, driving the No. 98 Shelby Engines/DenBeste Heavy Equipment Rental Ford with a time of ... Read More »