NASCAR: Clint Bowyer retires

Clint Bowyer has retired from full-time NASCAR Cup Series competition with the 2020 season in the books. He is set to move to the Fox booth next year.

Clint Bowyer didn’t get quite the sendoff that seven-time NASCAR Cup Series champion Jimmie Johnson did throughout the 2020 season after Johnson announced last November that the 2020 season would be his 19th and final season as a full-time driver.

The Stewart-Haas Racing driver only revealed in early October that he would be retiring from full-time competition after the 2020 season concluded.

Beginning next year, the 41-year-old Emporia, Kansas native is set to move to the Fox Sports booth for Cup Series races, a move that had been widely rumored in the months leading up to his retirement announcement.

Chase Briscoe is set to replace Bowyer behind the wheel of the #14 Ford next year.

Bowyer has competed in each of the 540 races that have been contested since he began competing full-time in the Cup Series for Richard Childress Racing back in 2006. Only teammate Kevin Harvick has a longer active streak, with him having competed in 676 consecutive races going back to 2002.

Bowyer retires having competed in 541 races and winning 10 of them. His most recent victory came at Michigan International Speedway back in June of 2018. He recorded 82 top five finishes and 226 top 10 finishes along with four pole positions.

After not securing any pole positions in 431 starts from 2007 to 2019, he secured two in a 13-race span from last September to this past March. He led 3,268 of the 152,279 laps that he completed and recorded an average finish of 15.6.

He set a career-high in wins in 2012 with three. He recorded a career-high 10 top five finishes in both 2012 and 2013 and a career-high 23 top 10 finishes in 2012, when he finished in a career-high second place in the championship standings behind Brad Keselowski.