By admin | August 27, 2011
By Richard Allen
Clint Bowyer broke into NASCAR in 2004 driving a partial schedule in the Nationwide Series for Richard Childress Racing. He went on to parlay that initial opportunity into a fulltime ride and an eventual championship in that division with the legendary car owner.
From there, Bowyer moved to the Sprint Cup Series where he has competed for RCR on a fulltime basis since 2006. The Kansas native has amassed four wins and 88 top-10 finishes in NASCAR’s top division. He has also finished in the top-5 of the final points standings twice.
However, 2011 marks the end of Bowyer’s contract with the organization that brought him into big time stock car racing. And while an extension may have earlier this season seemed a near certainty, things have proven not so easy. As a matter of fact, in recent weeks it has looked as if Bowyer may in fact not return to the Childress team at all next year.
Appearing earlier this week on the Knoxville, Tennessee sports radio station WNML, Bowyer almost admitted that he has little faith of driving the #33 Chevrolet in 2012.
When asked about that very thing, Bowyer answered, “I’d like to stay at RCR but it doesn’t look like that’s gonna be…” The driver stopped himself mid-sentence but the blanks seem pretty easy to fill in.
When further pressed by show host Josh Ward as to whether he had other offers on the table should his RCR prospects fall through, Bowyer became very evasive. “Man, you’re really digging,” Bowyer laughed, before attempting to guide the conversation away from his contract status and toward his efforts to make the Chase for the Championship.
Rumors from earlier in the current season had Clint Bowyer headed for Team Red Bull in 2012. Obviously, that team’s departure from the sport has closed that door. But it is looking more and more as if this driver will be seeking other opportunities in the near future.
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