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Happy Hour: Just How Far in the Playoffs Does Bubba Wallace Go?

On this week’s episode of the Happy Hour podcast, Trey Lyle, Tom Bowles, Dalton Hopkins and Bryan Nolen give their predictions on how far Bubba Wallace can go in his first career NASCAR Cup Series playoff appearance.

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Also, the gang reminisces about the legacy of Kurt Busch, reacts to Ryan Preece‘s crash and Chase Elliott‘s first career non-playoff appearance.

Finally, in this week’s YouTube portion, the crew reveals their 2023 Cup Series playoff brackets and championship predictions.

Listen here or on all podcast platforms.

About the author

Dalton Hopkins began writing for Frontstretch in April 2021. Currently, he is the lead writer for the weekly Thinkin' Out Loud column and one of our lead reporters. Beforehand, he wrote for IMSA shortly after graduating from Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University in 2019. Simultaneously, he also serves as a First Lieutenant in the US Army.

Follow Dalton on Twitter @PitLaneLT

The author of Did You Notice? (Wednesdays) Tom spends his time overseeing Frontstretch’s 40+ staff members as its majority owner and Editor-in-Chief. Based outside Philadelphia, Bowles is a two-time Emmy winner in NASCAR television and has worked in racing production with FOX, TNT, and ESPN while appearing on-air for SIRIUS XM Radio and FOX Sports 1's former show, the Crowd Goes Wild. He most recently consulted with SRX Racing, helping manage cutting-edge technology and graphics that appeared on their CBS broadcasts during 2021 and 2022.

You can find Tom’s writing here, at CBSSports.com and Athlonsports.com, where he’s been an editorial consultant for the annual racing magazine for 15 years.

Bryan Nolen is the Podcast Manager for Frontstretch.com. He also hosts the Frontstretch Podcast with Bryan Nolen and occasionally makes appearances on The Happy Hour Podcast. He has a Sportscasting degree from the Dan Patrick School of Sportscasting. He resides in Boise, Idaho, with his wife and two rabbits.

Follow him on Twitter @TheBryanNolen

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Echo

Who cares ! Wake up guys, very few care besides you. No wonder so few listen to y’all.

DoninAjax

Bubba is getting the Danica treatment!

Bill B

Even though Bubba is on my list to not make it out of the 1st round (along with Chastain, McDowell and Stenhouse), he has a chance to make it to the next round. It hinges on Kansas. Kurt Busch won there and Bubba won there, both in 23XI cars. And of course if he makes it, the next round has the total crapshoot race at Talladega. So there is a path for him to at least make it to the 3rd round of eight, but I don’t see him moving on without winning those two races.

Carl D.

I agree. Also, if bad luck strikes some of the top seeds early, it improves the chances for the lower seeds (like Wallace). In a crap-shoot, crap usually happens. Don’t get me wrong… I think Wallace is a better driver than his detractors will admit, but if he makes it to the championship race still in contention for the title, it’s gonna surprise us all, but with the crap-shoot nature of the playoffs, not that much.

Bill B

“In a crap-shoot, crap usually happens.”

LOL awesome LOL

Jeremy

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I kinda want to see him win it all just to watch people’s heads explode!

Bubba or Denny? Who would you rather see win it all?

BUBBA!

Bill B

Anyone but Denny. So yes, if they are my only choices, Bubba.

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