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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: Picking The Best IndyCar On-Air Personalities

Hello, race fans. Welcome back to Couch Potato Tuesday, where we usually have race telecast critiques. However, Easter weekend is a tough weekend if you want to watch races. There was essentially nothing American-based that ran and broadcast their races on television. There was Formula 1 on NBC Sports Network, but I can’t get an entire critique column for the site off of just one race. There was also the European Le Mans Series and the World Endurance Championship from Silverstone. I ... Read More »

Couch Potato Tuesday: Moving NASCAR Coverage Onto The Web

Couch Potato Tuesday: Moving NASCAR Coverage Onto The Web

Hello, race fans. Welcome back to Couch Potato Tuesday, where race telecast critique is the main objective. This past weekend, the Sprint Cup and Nationwide series were both in action at Darlington Raceway. Meanwhile, the Verizon IndyCar Series made its 2014 debut on the NBC Sports Network in Long Beach. Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach On Sunday afternoon, NBC Sports Network began its 2014 Verizon IndyCar Series coverage from the Streets of Long Beach, Calif. It also welcomed two ... Read More »

Couch Potato Tuesday: Raining On FOX’s NASCAR Parade

Couch Potato Tuesday: Raining On FOX’s NASCAR Parade

Hello, race fans. Welcome back to another edition of Couch Potato Tuesday, where race telecast breakdowns are par for the course… that is, when the weather allows the races to take place. This week, we’ll look at the Sprint Cup and Nationwide Series telecasts from Texas. Also, as a funny aside, my mom decided to chip in with her thoughts about the Formula One telecast from Bahrain on Sunday. She seems to think that the broadcast team of Leigh Diffey, ... Read More »

Couch Potato Tuesday: ESPN’s Race It Didn’t Cover

Couch Potato Tuesday: ESPN’s Race It Didn’t Cover

Hello, race fans. Welcome back to Couch Potato Tuesday, where race telecast opinion is the primary objective. The Sprint Cup and Camping World Truck series had an unplanned doubleheader on Sunday at Martinsville, while the Verizon IndyCar Series held its season opener on the streets of St. Petersburg, Fla. Firestone Grand Prix of St. Petersburg Sunday (March 30) saw IndyCar launch a new era with the introduction of Verizon as the series’ title sponsor, as well as an ESPN return to St. ... Read More »

Couch Potato Tuesday: If You Make TMZ, It’s Never A Good Sign

Couch Potato Tuesday: If You Make TMZ, It’s Never A Good Sign

It’s hard to imagine, but today marks the 350th TV article I’ve written for Frontstretch, including both the website and our newsletter. To ring in the celebration, let’s delve into this past weekend, during which the Sprint Cup and Nationwide Series were both in Fontana, California. Spoiler: despite racing at the same track, we got two completely different events due to the tire situation. However, before we start, check out an interesting ranking conducted last week: Sporting News’ Bob Pockrass ... Read More »

Couch Potato Tuesday: Why Did FOX Play NASCAR TV Roulette At Bristol?

Couch Potato Tuesday: Why Did FOX Play NASCAR TV Roulette At Bristol?

Hello, race fans. Welcome back to Couch Potato Tuesday, where we break down race broadcasts in detail. This past weekend, the Sprint Cup and Nationwide Series were both in action at Bristol Motor Speedway. I don’t know about you, but I’m still a little tired from Sunday’s marathon… the second one in less than a month for NASCAR. Drive to Stop Diabetes 300 Saturday brought the Nationwide Series back to Bristol Motor Speedway for more action. When “Thunder Valley” lengthened the ... Read More »

Couch Potato Tuesday: Independent Thinking Working Into Race Coverage

Couch Potato Tuesday: Independent Thinking Working Into Race Coverage

Hello, race fans. Welcome back to Couch Potato Tuesday, where race telecast critiques are our primary objective. This past weekend, the Sprint Cup and Nationwide Series were both in action at Las Vegas Motor Speedway. However, before we start, there are a couple of newsy bits to mention. Starting on Wednesday, there will be a new website dedicated to streaming of lower level racing. FansChoice.tv will provide free streams of various classes of motorsports including NASCAR. On paper, you might ... Read More »

Couch Potato Tuesday: ESPN Rains On Nationwide’s Parade

Couch Potato Tuesday: ESPN Rains On Nationwide’s Parade

Hello, race fans. Welcome back to Couch Potato Tuesday, where race telecast criticism and/or praise is the primary objective. This past weekend, the Sprint Cup and Nationwide Series were both in Phoenix, Arizona. In between showers, we got in 480 miles of action. Blue Jeans Go Green 200 (shortened to 168) On Saturday (March 1), the Nationwide Series was supposed to be completely washed out. Drivers were going to spend the entire day twiddling their thumbs, having petty Twitter arguments ... Read More »

Couch Potato Tuesday: Daytona Brings Change, Teething, FOX Fan Confusion

Couch Potato Tuesday: Daytona Brings Change, Teething, FOX Fan Confusion

Hello, race fans. Welcome back to Couch Potato Tuesday, where race telecast criticism is the primary objective. Last weekend, the Sprint Cup, Nationwide and Camping World Truck series were all in action on the high banks of Daytona International Speedway. NextEra Energy Resources 250 On Friday night, the Camping World Truck Series began its 12th season as part of the FOX family of networks. Because of weather issues, NASCAR moved up the start of the race by a half-hour. In ... Read More »

Starting Lineup for the Budweiser Duels at Daytona

Starting Lineup for Budweiser Duel No. 1 (Start time approximately 7:20pm) Row 1: 3 Austin Dillon 16 Greg Biffle Row 2: 31 Ryan Newman 88 Dale Earnhardt, Jr. Row 3: 17 Ricky Stenhouse, Jr. 9 Marcos Ambrose Row 4: 43 Aric Almirola 22 Joey Logano Row 5: 20 Matt Kenseth 5 Kasey Kahne Row 6: 18 Kyle Busch 4 Kevin Harvick Row 7: 10 Danica Patrick 47 AJ Allmendinger Row 8: 36 Reed Sorenson 38 David Gilliland Row 9: 30 ... Read More »