“Probably the Only Time That I Ever Really Let Myself Go” – Clint Bowyer Recalls the Infamous Ryan Newman Incident

Published 12/25/2021, 4:55 AM EST
LOUDON, NH – JUNE 25: Clint Bowyer, driver of the #33 Zaxby’s/Cheerios Chevrolet, sits in his car prior to practice practice for the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series LENOX Industrial Tools 301 at New Hampshire Motor Speedway in Loudon, New Hampshire. (Photo by Todd Warshaw/Getty Images for NASCAR)


Motorsports is one of the most challenging activities when it comes to controlling your emotions. Drivers have to keep their temperament in check because of the sheer demands of the sport; a momentary lapse of concentration, a fit of anger, and an entire race is ruined within moments. So when at certain times, drivers do lose their cool, it’s usually extreme; something that NASCAR driver Clint Bowyer once demonstrated.

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In a recent appearance on Danica Patrick’s podcast, Bowyer revealed the time he got pissed off the most.

“We got together on a racetrack and things happen, right?” Bowyer said.

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“Probably the only time that I ever really let myself go, that I didn’t care like I was so pissed off, I didn’t even know my helmet was off,” he continued.

“With Ryan Newman, after the race, because honestly, it scared the crap out of me.”

Bowyer remembered how he had taken his seat belts off and Newman hit him and spun him head-on into the wall. He said he wasn’t doing 180 miles an hour, but he was still at considerable speed – “I was still running probably 70”.

After Newman hit Bowyer, the latter ‘smoked the wall’ and ‘spun back around.’

“I lost it. I went completely out of my mind and next thing I know, some…guy has a hold of me and he got me…off my feet,” Bowyer continued.

“And I was like, rock’em-sock’em to Ryan Newman through the window.”

Clint Bowyer prefers racing as a hobby

In the same podcast, Bowyer explained how he only finds racing fun as a hobby. And when it’s racing for a living, it’s not fun at all. “It’s a business,” he said.

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,”

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“Honestly, if you’re not in Victory Lane, it’s not fun.”

NASCAR-Clint Bowyer with the trophy after the NASCAR race at Martinsville.
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Luckily for Bowyer, he must’ve had a lot of fun in his career since he has many victory lane appearances.

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But one thing that his fans, NASCAR fans, and even Ryan Newman would agree on, something which Clint Bowyer said and we all can relate to – “There is nobody alive in the human form that likes practicing. No possible chance.

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Shaharyar

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Shaharyar is a Formula 1 & NASCAR writer at EssentiallySports. A graduate in Journalism from Amity University, he has been a passionate follower of motorsports for better part of the decade. A Max Verstappen and Ferrari supporter, he dreams of a pairing of the two in future.

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