Clint Bowyer appeared on at least two sessions of ESPN Sports Center programming today, appearing with Sage Steele and Jade McCarthy. In addition, Ricky Craven joined in during one of the sessions.
Steele and McCarthy brought out Bowyer’s personality and allowed him to indicate his chagrin with the outcome of Saturday night’s Richmond race. Each tried to get him to admit that he spun intentionally to help teammate Martin Truex Jr. gain a Wild Card spot in the Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup field, but they did not succeed.
Craven challenged Bowyer more than the two hosts did, and Bowyer didn’t seem to like the nature of the former driver’s questioning. Bowyer talked about the pressure of being in the Chase, and when Craven took issue with his remarks, Bowyer didn’t seem to take kindly to the line of questioning.
Asked how he planned to conduct himself next weekend, Bowyer said he would put on his helmet and be ready to race as hard as he can.
ESPN also aired an interview with Newman to discuss an apology call received from Bowyer. The two have been friends and hunting partners for a while, and after discussions, they expect to continue being friends going forward. Once again, Newman reiterated this situation has been one of worst times in his racing career. He also said he felt bad for Truex, who is also a friend of his.