By all means, Clint Bowyer can be described as the ultimate wheelman and personality in the world of NASCAR. Of course, Bowyer’s way with words is as memorable as the gritty driving style on display on a weekly basis.
Conversely, the Emporia, Kan. native’s passion for racing and life can be traced to his upbringing. In particular, his close relationship with his father Chris is quite evident. From his days working at a towing company to being around his father as he grew up, it’s easy to see why he wears his heart on his sleeve, as mentioned in a prior feature.
For this reason, with the upcoming Father’s Day weekend around the corner, Bowyer reflected on the man who helped mold him to this day.
“Father’s Day is always about your dad,” Bowyer said. “I don’t think of it as my day and I don’t think of me being a dad on Father’s Day. I think of the impact that my dad’s had in my life and upbringing and me being where I am today and who I am today.”
On this day, Bowyer has 10 wins, 78 top-fives, 204 top-10’s, and two poles in his 15-year Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series career. With this in mind, the 40-year-old racer has been a consistent front runner in 2019 with five top-fives and eight top-10’s after 14 races. As a result, he ranks 10th heading into Round 15.
On one hand, Bowyer vies for another FireKeepers Casino 400 victory at Michigan International Speedway. After all, it was home to one of his two rousing victories last year during his renaissance season.
Then again, the very animated driver experienced a silly moment earlier in the week in support of a good cause.
In this case, Bowyer hopes to have a case of better late than never with his support of this social media campaign.
“I know and I screwed that up!” Bowyer said with a laugh. “So, I got confused! He (Dale Earnhardt Jr) did that on National Egg Day and I took it as, ‘Oh crap, I didn’t realize that. And I wasn’t home.’ I didn’t see it until 11 o’clock and I texted him, ‘Man, I apologize. I didn’t see it till later and I think it’d be a good idea.’
My kids saw it and we watched and they want to be a part of it. I guess I had to realize that it wasn’t just a day long. So, I misunderstood that. And, when I get back in front of my kids, cause I can’t do that without them…they’ll be super bummed out, so when they get to crack an egg on my head, that’s when you’ll see the video.”
In like manner, Bowyer has an upcoming event involving a pair of IndyCar icons in Bobby and Graham Rahal. Namely, he will partake in the Inaugural Pro Driver Fantasy Camp To Benefit One Cure on Tuesday, June 25th from 1 to 7 PM CT at the Autobahn Country Club in Joliet, Ill.
“I’m looking forward to doing that for One Cure,” Bowyer remarked with his trademark grin. “That cause is just so needed and they’re getting results and they’re accomplishing things. I like what it stands for so that first and foremost, raising money and awareness is huge. For me, personally, getting in a hot rod and going around in a new track is awesome.
On top of that, doing that with racers in a different background that I really don’t know and never been around, obviously, I’m looking forward to Bobby Rahal and his son Graham. So, I’m looking forward to getting in front of them, hanging out with them, hanging out with the fans, taking care of business for our partner One Cure and just having fun!”
By all means, Clint Bowyer certainly has fun with all that he does, including his main role in driving the No. 14 Ford Mustang. Like last year’s race day, there may be some rain in the forecast. Still, he looks to have some deja vu, namely by scoring a win to punch his ticket into the Playoffs.
While Father’s Day is around the corner, today’s a special day for my family, particularly for my father Virgil. Happy Birthday, Dad! Hope it’s a wonderful 74th for you!