Clint Bowyer Makes an Honest Confession to Danica Patrick

Published 12/24/2021, 1:46 AM EST
DARLINGTON, SOUTH CAROLINA – AUGUST 30: Clint Bowyer, driver of the #14 Rush Truck Centers/Mobil 1 Ford, stands in the garage area during practice for the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series Bojangles’ Southern 500 at Darlington Raceway in Darlington, South Carolina. (Photo by Jared C. Tilton/Getty Images)


Recently, former NASCAR driver Clint Bowyer appeared on a podcast with Danica Patrick. In his conversation with the ex-NASCAR and IndyCar driver, Bowyer made a few startling revelations; these largely pertained to his own racing career in the Cup Series before his eventual retirement.

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He said, “Racing for a hobby is a lot of fun. Racing for a living isn’t fun at all. It’s a business. When I raced in the Cup Series, very very seldom was I truly having fun. Unless you’re standing in Victory Lane, that’s always fun. That’s the goal, that’s the day’s end goal on Sunday, is being in Victory Lane. Honestly, if you’re not in Victory Lane, it’s not fun. It is very challenging, it’s hard work. There is nobody alive in the human form that likes practicing. No possible chance.

What next for Clint Bowyer?

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With regard to what’s next for the 42-year-old, there are no plans to get back behind the wheel. He is perfectly content with his commentary duties with Fox Sports, as it helps him stay involved in the sport. However, judging from his confession to Patrick, he has fallen out of love with NASCAR and does not consider it enjoyable anymore.

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Instead, he firmly believes that most of the fun is only when drivers are winning races. Now, it will be up to him to derive some form of ‘fun’ from commentating about the races. The upcoming season will be an important one, as NASCAR embraces a new era. The Next Gen cars are making their debuts and the very first race will kick off at a brand new venue.

In essence, this will be a dual trial by fire. This is because these are brand new cars, and nobody knows how the LA Coliseum track will behave. So, there is potential for a fair amount of chaos, as the drivers will have to learn about their cars and the track at the same time.

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How excited are you for the race at the LA Coliseum? Also, what are your predictions for the 2022 season?

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Dhruv George

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Dhruv George is a senior Motorsports author for EssentiallySports, having authored nearly 12000 articles spanning different sports like F1, NASCAR, Tennis, NFL, and eSports. He graduated with a PG Diploma in Journalism from the Xavier Institute of Communications. Dhruv has also conducted interviews with F1 driver Pierre Gasly and Moto2 rider Tony Arbolino.

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