Clint Bowyer will go away his No. 14 NASCAR automotive after the 2020 season as one of the fashionable drivers within the Cup Collection circuit.
His retirement, introduced final week, continues a altering of the guard in inventory automotive racing. Jimmie Johnson can also be stepping away from NASCAR following the marketing campaign, and Kurt Busch is mulling a departure after subsequent yr.
Bowyer doesn’t have the accolades of Johnson or Busch, however his rambunctious character has endeared him to a era of viewers. His blunt expressions and basic power ought to additionally make him a pure match for his 2021 position in Fox’s TV broadcast sales space.
“I don’t remorse something,” Bowyer stated. “I can promise you this. I’ve in all probability had extra enjoyable than about anyone on the market in these final 16 years — in all probability an excessive amount of enjoyable typically. However would I take something again or would I alter something? Completely not.”
Bowyer was eradicated from the playoffs final weekend, however his exit offered a memorable picture.
After his energy steering went out in the course of the ROVAL course race, he managed to not solely end the race, but additionally drag himself ahead within the subject as much as 10th place. He crumpled alongside his automotive quickly after crossing the end line.
This is what a few of NASCAR’s greatest names throughout Bowyer’s profession needed to say about him since his retirement announcement:
“I knew when it got here time to search out somebody to take the seat of the (Stewart-Haas Racing) 14 automotive, I did not should look far. I knew in my head and my coronary heart wished that transition to go. Clint was positively that man. . . . Clint has at all times had that magnetic character. I feel he can stroll right into a funeral and in 5 minutes, flip it right into a comedy present.”
“We got here in as rookies collectively in ’06, us and Martin Truex, and it has been enjoyable competing with him. We have had some on-track battles and issues like that. However our households form of grew up considerably across the similar time since we had children across the similar time. So there’s at all times been a bond there. And I feel that actually he has been an ideal ambassador for our sport. He is very outgoing, very outspoken, and I actually suppose that he’ll stick with it that within the TV world now, and be a contributor for our sport and be an asset sooner or later.”
“He is clearly a really loud particular person. He is a really aggressive man on the similar time, however he is actually the lifetime of the social gathering. At all times has been. I suppose his his perspective and simply the best way he’s made made issues a lot of enjoyable for lots of people through the years.”
“Clint’s entertaining, that’s for positive. I’ve now had two (teamamtes) retire on me now within the 14 automotive with Tony (Stewart) and Clint. He is an individual who has been a variety of enjoyable to be round, I’ve had fun racing round him. I feel he’s going to be put right into a place the place he’ll enable us to all be entertained by the Clint Bowyer that everyone knows.”