The season finale at the Phoenix Raceway culminated with Chase Elliott winning the race. It also marked the final race for Jimmie Johnson and Clint Bowyer in NASCAR. Funnily enough, Bowyer had a bizarre idea to run his final NASCAR race before turning to the commentary booth.
Sadly, he did not make good on that idea. According to Bubba Wallace’s spotter, Freddie Kraft, Bowyer had an incredible memory.
“I thought Clint had the best idea in the history of our sport for his last race. And he just did not follow up on it,” Kraft said.
Bowyer told him, “I think I’m just gonna pull the pin tomorrow and just wreck everybody that I owe a wreck to. As I wreck them, I call it out like that was ’08 Martinsville right there bud. Yup! That was 2012 Phoenix.”
“That would have been the most epic thing in the history of the sport,” Kraft said further.
Kraft confessed that that plan would have been quite epic. This was because Bowyer would essentially be wrecking a bunch of drivers and exacting karmic justice. Apparently, Bowyer’s memory was so photographic that he remembered every person who wrecked him on the track.
In the end, Clint Bowyer decided to be merciful, and he ran his race in a civilized manner. The 41-year-old finished the race in 14th place, which was a little disappointing, considering that he started ninth.
By walking away from NASCAR, Bowyer is ending a 16-year career. His career-best finish in the championship is second place in the 2012 season when he lost to Brad Keselowski. Now, the veteran will be eager to enjoy his retirement from the sport and watch the action from the sidelines.
It is also worth noting that Clint Bowyer could also make a killing as a pundit. Since he has recently retired from the sport, he can provide a better understanding from a commentary perspective, at least in theory. With the Next Gen car also slated to arrive in 2022, his knowledge of the sport and its rules will be fresh in his mind.