Clint Bowyer to retire from NASCAR at the end of 2020 season and move to Fox broadcast booth
Clint Bowyer has five other races as a full-time driver in the Cup series.
Bowyer announced on Thursday that he will be retiring from racing towards the end of the 2020 season. He has 10 wins in over 500 starts in 15 full-time seasons at NASCAR's highest level. Bowyer will move from the # 14 car seat at Stewart-Haas Racing to the broadcast booth at Fox Sports.
"I want to thank every owner who paid a bill on my behalf, every crew member who got my cars under control, and every media member who covered my racing career," said Bowyer. "Thanks to every sponsor who invested in me and thanks to every fan who cheered me on along the way."
The 41-year-old Bowyer currently ranks 11th in the NASCAR playoffs before the final race of the second round on Sunday at the Charlotte Roval. Bowyer must win after the race or be in the top eight to advance to the third round.
Bowyer is in his fourth season with SHR. He was signed to the team after Tony Stewart announced that he would be retiring at the end of the 2016 season and spending the 2015 season at HScott Motorsports before taking over Stewart's seat.
He won two races at SHR. Both came in 2018 when he was victorious in Martinsville and Michigan.
That Martinsville win was his first since 2012, the best season of Bowyer's career. Bowyer finished second on the points table after Brad Keselowski and had three wins and 23 top 10 finishes.
Bowyer made his start in the Cup series with Richard Childress Racing. In his second full-time season with the team, he finished third in the points and fifth in the next 2008 season. After 2011 he moved from RCR to Michael Waltrip Racing and was with MWR until 2015.
Clint Bowyer's first full-time season in the Cup series was 2006. (AP Photo / John Raoux)
Chase Briscoe to the 14?
Bowyer's resignation leaves a seat at Stewart-Haas Racing open. And the team has an obvious candidate to fill it up.
Chase Briscoe currently tops the Xfinity Series scoring table and has achieved eight wins by 2020. Briscoe has 10 wins in 78 Xfinity Series career starts and has shown that he is ready to move up to the Cup Series.
A change to the Cup for Briscoe would mean that SHR has found internal replacements for drivers in each of the last two seasons. The team upgraded Cole Custer from the Xfinity series to the # 41 car after the 2019 season.
A three man Fox booth?
Fox's Cup Series broadcast booth only featured Mike Joy and Jeff Gordon in 2020 after Darrell Waltrip retired in 2019. Now it looks like Bowyer will be part of the Cup Series booth and take on an analyst role there, as Fox's shows have long been calling three people racing.
Bowyer has had a lot of TV work experience lately. He was an analyst for Xfinity Series and Truck Series races for Fox as the network used current Cup Series drivers for lower series broadcasts. It will be an energetic addition to Fox's coverage.
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Nick Bromberg is a writer for Yahoo Sports.
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