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Happy Hour: Clash Cures & Speedweeks Solutions

Frontstretch‘s Happy Hour squad is back for season 2.

In this season-opening edition, full-time hosts Trey Lyle and Michael Massie are joined by Frontstretch’s Bringing the Heat host Bryan Nolen and the site’s Editor-in-Chief Tom Bowles.

The quartet discusses what should be done with the Busch Light Clash after three years in Los Angeles as well as whether changes should be made to the current format of Speedweeks at Daytona International Speedway. The guys then get into whether Chevrolet will struggle to keep up after Ford and Toyota enter 2024 with new cars.

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The gang then previews the upcoming season before doing a draft — no, not the type you’ll see in this weekend’s Daytona 500. They each draft a team of drivers for a contest they’ll keep tabs on all season long.

Watch the whole show below or listen to the audio version wherever you get your podcasts.

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.

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

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.

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