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Happy Hour: Welcome to Talladega, Half Throttle & Full Commercials

On this episode of Happy Hour, hosts Trey Lyle, Caleb Barnes and Tom Bowels are joined by Speedway Digest Senior Staff Writer Kaleb Vestal.

The guys debate how much NASCAR and Speedway Motorsports should invest back into their tracks, whether it’s lights, scoring pylons or better internet.

All four guys share some thoughts on if Michael McDowell threw away his best chance at a win this year and if he is wasting what could be the best season of his career. Also, the guys try to solve the fuel-saving racing that gets interrupted by commercials.

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At the end of the show, the quartet drafts their NASCAR basketball starting fives.

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

About the author

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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Yes, between the constant rule changes, commercial festivals and the Hendrick & Gibbs domination this year, I’m getting closer every weekend to saying to heck with Nascar. By the looks of the grandstands most weekends, they can’t afford to lose a whole lot more fans either.

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