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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.
Couch Potato Tuesday: Inclusivity Is Needed — Badly

Couch Potato Tuesday: Inclusivity Is Needed — Badly

In what’s becoming more and more of a common sight in NASCAR, all three of the sport’s national series were hard at work this past weekend, the Sprint Cup and Nationwide series hitting up Michigan International Speedway while the Camping World Truck Series returned to Gateway Motorsports Park. With a new-ish track on the schedule, combined with TNT’s second broadcast of the season, it was sure to be a weekend with its share of storylines. Drivin’ For Linemen 200 Saturday ... Read More »

Justin Marks To Drive For Turner Scott Motorsports In Two Races

Justin Marks To Drive For Turner Scott Motorsports In Two Races

Turner Scott Motorsports announced Monday that former Camping World Truck Series racer Justin Marks will drive their No. 31 Chevrolet in the road races at Road America and Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course.  As both races are standalone events, regular driver Dylan Kwasniewski will move over to the No. 42 in order to replace regular driver Kyle Larson, who will not make the trip.  Sponsorship will be provided by SOL Republic, a company that manufactures headphones, along with Casamigos Tequila. Marks is happy ... Read More »

Former Sprint Cup Series Car Owner Junie Donlavey Passes Away

Former Sprint Cup Series Car Owner Junie Donlavey Passes Away

NBC affiliate WWBT (Richmond, VA) is reporting that former Sprint Cup Series car owner Wesley Christian Donlavey, better known as “Junie” Donlavey, passed away Monday night at the age of 90, according to family members.  Donlavey had been suffering from the effects of Alzheimer’s Disease in recent years. Donlavey was the principal owner of Donlavey Racing, a team that competed in what is now the Sprint Cup Series for over 50 years.  Over 863 starts, Donlavey’s team had only one victory, the 1981 Mason-Dixon ... Read More »

Biffle Likely To Stay At Roush

Biffle Likely To Stay At Roush

The Charlotte Observer’s Jim Utter is reporting that both Greg Biffle and 3M will re-sign with Roush Fenway Racing for at least the 2015 season.  The move came as a small surprise for many as multiple reports in recent weeks (including our own Amy Henderson) had Biffle’s contract negotiations suddenly turning cold, leading the veteran to look elsewhere.  Michael Waltrip Racing was considered to be a popular landing spot for the veteran, with Darrell Waltrip even announcing the likelihood of that ... Read More »

Couch Potato Tuesday: TNT’s Decisions & Technical Issues Hinder Pocono Broadcast

Couch Potato Tuesday: TNT’s Decisions & Technical Issues Hinder Pocono Broadcast

Last weekend marked a jam-packed few days of racing across multiple tracks, with Pocono Raceway and Texas Motor Speedway sharing the brunt of the attention. However, Pocono may have been the winner in terms of intrigue — it featured the return of TNT to NASCAR for its six-race summer series, currently the final time the network will broadcast the sport since its contract dries up after 2014. With TNT back in the fold, FOX wasn’t the only one covering stock ... Read More »

Beyond the Cockpit: Ryan Eversley on Balance of Power, Kenzie Ruston and Introducing Fans to Sports Cars

Beyond the Cockpit: Ryan Eversley on Balance of Power, Kenzie Ruston and Introducing Fans to Sports Cars

At age 30, Ryan Eversley is a mainstay in sports car racing here in the United States. While he has never raced full-time at the top level of sports car racing (either TUSC,ALMS, or Grand-Am’s Rolex Sports Car Series), Eversley has been a regular competitor in all three series. Eversley currently races full-time in the IMSA Continental Tire SportsCar Challenge for Compass360 Racing, an Ontario-based team that primarily races Honda Civic Si’s in the Street Tuner class. However, at Lime Rock Park, host ... Read More »

Couch Potato Tuesday: NASCAR On FOX’s Final 2014 Broadcast And Evaluation

Couch Potato Tuesday: NASCAR On FOX’s Final 2014 Broadcast And Evaluation

This past weekend of racing brought the end of life as we know it for the Sprint Cup Series. Or maybe, just the season as we know it. Either way, FOX broadcast its final race of 2014 for the Sprint Cup Series, meaning a brief new regime is imminent for TNT’s Sprint Cup coverage. But before we get there, it’s of course worth looking into how FOX fared in its final race of 2014, along with ESPN’s and Fox Sports ... Read More »

Couch Potato Tuesday: Deadspin Moments Derail ESPN Racing Coverage

Couch Potato Tuesday: Deadspin Moments Derail ESPN Racing Coverage

This past weekend was basically holiday season for race fans — and not just because of the Memorial Day weekend. The Sprint Cup and Nationwide series were at Charlotte Motor Speedway; meanwhile, the Verizon IndyCar Series ran their crown jewel, the Indianapolis 500. Of course, all of it was on TV, meaning plenty of reasons for all you couch potatoes out there to hang out in your natural habitat. Before we start, there are a couple of loose ends that ... Read More »

Couch Potato Tuesday: FOX Strategy Passable For All-Star Race But Not Normal Events

Couch Potato Tuesday: FOX Strategy Passable For All-Star Race But Not Normal Events

Hello, race fans. Welcome back to another edition of Couch Potato Tuesday here at Frontstretch. The Sprint Cup and Camping World Truck Series were both in action at Charlotte Motor Speedway. Meanwhile, the Nationwide Series made the haul out to Iowa Speedway for its first standalone race of the season. Before we start, we have a bit of good news for IndyCar. ABC’s overnight ratings from Indianapolis 500 qualifying are in, and they’re not bad. Sunday’s coverage earned a 1.2 ... Read More »

IndyCar Driver Profile: Justin Wilson

Editor’s Note: Open Wheel Wednesday has been pushed back one day for this week only. You can see your favorite IndyCar writers debate the latest topics in the sport on Thursday. Driver: Justin Wilson 2014 Primary Ride: No. 19 Dale Coyne Racing Dallara DW12 2014 Primary Sponsor: Boy Scouts of America Career Verizon IndyCar Series Statistics: 100 starts, 3 wins (Detroit, 2008; Watkins Glen, 2009; Texas, 2012), 11 podium finishes, 2 poles, 271 laps led. Career ChampCar World Series Statistics: 54 starts, 4 wins (Toronto, ... Read More »