Clint Bowyer will join FOX as a broadcaster in 2021, he announced via a tweet today, Oct. 8.
As such, he will not drive the No. 14 for Stewart-Haas Racing full time in 2021 — though Bowyer stopped short of using the word retirement in his release.
“I have a new opportunity to do what’s next in my life,” he wrote. “In 2021, my suit will no longer be fireproof. I will be joining the FOX booth on Sundays. Just like my driving career, I will be part of a great team and organization with great teammates. To say I’m excited would be an understatement.”
— Clint Bowyer (@ClintBowyer) October 8, 2020
The 41-year-old Bowyer is currently fighting to advance to the next round of the NASCAR Cup Series playoffs. This season, he has two top fives and 10 top 10s with a season-best finish of second in the ninth race at Bristol Motor Speedway.
Bowyer has competed full time in the Cup Series since 2006. He has 10 wins and a career-best second place in the championship standings in 2012.
Bowyer also has won in both the NASCAR Xfinity Series and NASCAR Gander RV & Outdoors Truck Series. He won the 2008 Xfinity Series championship.
It’s unknown if the ambiguity in Bowyer’s announcement means he could still be racing in 2021, albeit in a diminished role.
Stewart-Haas Racing has not yet announced who will replace Bowyer in the No. 14.
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WOW !! THE HITS JUST KEEP ON COMING !!!
I suspect that drivers salaries are being cut signifyingly. That combined with the desire to push drivers who re either family members or bring cash to the teams is helping push the older drivers out.
Clint took the classy way out – without sponsorship or team support he was a goner anyway. On deck now, Chase Briscoe
Good for Clint making the decision on his own. He will be a welcome voice in the booth.
just keep him away from michael waltrpi!
wonder if kyle larson will go into the 14
Oh no. We just got rid of DW, the guy cast as the buffoon in the booth, and now we get someone equally buffoonish. I really liked only having two guys in the booth. It had a calming effect that made the broadcast more enjoyable than having constant babble.
Fox found DW’s replacement. In more ways than one and not necessarily a good thing.
At least that opens the door for Larson to take over that ride, which I think will happen. Tony and Kyle have a dirt track relationship, and Tony has openly said that Kyle needs to be forgiven and given a ride, so I think it would be a good fit. Not sure where that would leave Briscoe, though.
Think maybe Chase Briscoe to the 14 and Kyle Larson to the 88.
Ugh, not thrilled by this announcement at all. I liked the two person booth.
Oh no another comedian that thinks he is an announcer. No one is going to be watching the track action to tell us what is happening because they will be trying to outfunny the others. Too bad