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Happy Hour: Kevin Harvick Stole Our Idea

On this week’s Happy Hour — the Frontstretch podcast, not the podcast that Kevin Harvick just started — regular hosts Trey Lyle and Michael Massie are joined by Frontstretch‘s Tom Bowles and Mike Neff to discuss a wild and wet Daytona 500 weekend.

The quartet discuss whether Daytona International Speedway is a great equalizer or not and whether it’s better for an underdog like Ricky Stenhouse Jr. to win the Daytona 500 or one of the elite drivers like William Byron. They also get into whether FOX and NASCAR made the right call postponing the race so early or not.

And of course, they give an in-depth analysis of the finish and debate whether it was Byron or actually Alex Bowman who won the Daytona 500.

See also
Stat Sheet: Will There Ever Be a Normal Daytona 500 Finish?

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.

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.

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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There are doubts that Ray Haroun won the first Indy 500.


I have tons of doubts about Nascar

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