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Happy Hour: RCR Drama, Youth Movement & Denny Hamlin’s Last Chance

On this week’s episode of the Happy Hour podcast, Frontstretch‘s Trey Lyle, Michael Massie and Mike Neff are joined by TSJSports’ Peter Stratta and they discuss the improvements the Next Gen saw at Martinsville Speedway and whether it was enough.

They then dive into the feud between Sheldon Creed and Richard Childress Racing after the NASCAR Xfinity Series race at Martinsville saw Creed and teammate Austin Hill tangle late.

The quartet then talk the youth movement of the NASCAR Cup Series after four driver under the age of 35 made the Championship 4. Has there been a changing of the guard, or will the older drivers strike back? Which leads to the topic of whether or not this year was Denny Hamlin‘s last chance at that elusive championship.

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Finally, in the YouTube portion of the show, the four guys take a look at the 23XI Racing-Star Wars crossover that is happening this weekend at Phoenix Raceway, including a commercial featuring Bubba Wallace and Luke Skywalker himself, Mark Hamill. They then give what their dream crossover would be between NASCAR and pop culture.

Listen here or on all podcast platforms.

About the author

Michael Massie is a writer for Frontstretch. Massie, a Richmond, Va. native, has been a NASCAR superfan since childhood, when he frequented races at Richmond International Raceway. Massie is a lover of short track racing and travels around to the ones in his region. Outside of motorsports, the Virginia Tech grad can be seen cheering on his beloved Hokies.

What is it that Mike Neff doesn’t do? The writer, radio contributor and racetrack announcer coordinates the site’s local short track coverage, hitting up Saturday Night Specials across the country while tracking the sport’s future racing stars. The writer for our signature Cup post-race column, Thinkin’ Out Loud (Mondays) also sits down with Cup crew chiefs to talk shop every Friday with Tech Talk. Mike announces several shows each year for the Good Guys Rod and Custom Association. He also pops up everywhere from PRN Pit Reporters and the Press Box with Alan Smothers to SIRIUS XM Radio. He has announced at tracks all over the Southeast, starting at Millbridge Speedway. He's also announced at East Lincoln Speedway, Concord Speedway, Tri-County Speedway, Caraway Speedway, and Charlotte Motor Speedway.

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