Dec 23, 2021
EP 121 - Clint Bowyer:
Our guest today is my very good friend Clint Bowyer. He is an honored and retired NASCAR Driver, and we were teammates. If you don't know who Clint is, you are going to want to get to know him. Clint is a fun guy. In fact if he wasn't such a talented race car driver, he should have been a comedian. We had so much fun telling old stories about growing up racing, what it was like racing professionally, and our favorite memories at the track. Clint is now commentating for Fox NASCAR, and getting to spend quality time with his beautiful family. I know all you NASCAR fans love Clint as much as I do, and I hope you enjoy our talk as much as I did.
Clint Bowyer enjoyed a successful NASCAR career with some of the sport’s most prestigious teams, notching 10 NASCAR CUP SERIES victories, as well as the 2008 NASCAR XFINITY SERIES championship, eight Xfinity wins and three NASCAR CAMPING WORLD TRUCK SERIES victories. Bowyer first made his mark in NASCAR at Richard Childress Racing, competing in 17 NASCAR XFINITY SERIES races in 2004 before campaigning a full season in 2005 and 2006. Bowyer initially caught the eye of Childress during a 2003 ARCA MENARDS SERIES race at Nashville Superspeedway, in which he led 47 laps and finished runner-up. Childress, watching the race from home, offered Bowyer a ride soon thereafter, and the driver left his Kansas car dealership job for North Carolina and the NASCAR XFINITY SERIES. After three Xfinity wins and ending the season second and third in points in 2005 and 2006, respectively, RCR named Bowyer as a fulltime NASCAR CUP SERIES driver in 2006. His first career Cup Series victory came in September 2007 at New Hampshire Motor Speedway on his way to a third-place finish in the point standings. Bowyer continued to compete in both series simultaneously for RCR and won the 2008 NASCAR XFINITY SERIES title. While at RCR from 2004-2011, Bowyer posted eight Xfinity Series and five NASCAR CUP SERIES wins. In 2012, Bowyer moved to Michael Waltrip Racing (MWR), where he posted wins at Sonoma Raceway, Richmond Raceway and Charlotte Motor Speedway and finished second in the point standings in his first year. In 2013, Bowyer notched 10 top-five finishes en route to a seventh-place finish in the standings. Bowyer drove for HScott Motorsports in 2016 before joining Stewart-Haas Racing (SHR) in 2017 behind the wheel of the coveted No. 14 in the NASCAR CUP SERIES, replacing three-time champ and team co-owner Tony Stewart upon his retirement. On the strength of three runner-up, six top-five and 13 top-10 finishes, Bowyer finished the season 11th, just one spot shy of a berth in the NASCAR Playoffs. His sophomore year at SHR saw Bowyer break through with a win at Martinsville Speedway and a second victory at Michigan International Speedway. Before wheeling 3,400-pound stock cars to Victory Lane on the NASCAR circuit, Bowyer cut his racing teeth on dirt bikes in his home state of Kansas. He began racing motocross in 1985, collecting more than 200 wins and several championships. Bowyer’s dedication to the short-track, grassroots racing community is renowned, and it continues with his longtime ownership of the highly successful Bowyer Dirt Motorsports (BDM), which he formed in 2008 after building cars for Stewart’s Prelude to the Dream charity dirt Late Model race at Eldora Speedway. Bowyer’s Late Model team currently competes on the national stage and won the 2014 Lucas Oil Late Model Series Championship. Bowyer also owns a car dealership, Clint Bowyer Autoplex, in his hometown of Emporia, Kan., where he formerly was employed as a lot attendant, dent specialist and detailer. In 2012, he built the Clint Bowyer Community Building with a donation from The 79 Fund, his charitable fund. As a token of its appreciation, the town of Emporia renamed the street on which the Bowyer family tow business sits as "Hon. Clint Bowyer Boulevard."Clint Bowyer Joined FOX NASCAR full time in 2021 as an analyst for FOX Sports’ NASCAR CUP SERIES coverage alongside Jeff Gordon and Mike Joy. In his final season of NASCAR competition in 2020, Bowyer took on an expanded FOX NASCAR broadcasting role as an analyst for multiple NASCAR XFINITY SERIES and NASCAR CAMPING WORLD TRUCK SERIES races, in addition to FOX Sports’ debut season of the eNASCAR iRACING PRO INVITATIONAL SERIES. That expanded TV role came on the heels of duties as a driver analyst for FOX NASCAR’s annual "Drivers Only" NASCAR XFINITY SERIES race telecasts and select Xfinity races for several years. Alongside Kevin Harvick and Joey Logano, Bowyer was part of the original "Drivers Only" broadcast crew in 2017.