NASCAR: Clint Bowyer made a hilarious prediction that came true

Clint Bowyer, Stewart-Haas Racing, NASCAR (Photo by Chris Graythen/Getty Images)
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NASCAR announcer Clint Bowyer’s Kansas City Chiefs are heading back to the Super Bowl one year after defeating the San Francisco 49ers to win their second Lombardi Trophy.

Today is the day. For NASCAR fans, of course, it is one week until the 2021 Cup Series season is scheduled to get underway with the 63rd annual Daytona 500 at Daytona International Speedway. But before that, it’s Super Bowl Sunday.

The Super Bowl LV matchup was set two weeks ago, though it is a matchup that many fans have effectively been looking forward to since Tuesday, March 17, 2020, when Tom Brady signed with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.

The Kansas City Chiefs will attempt to defend their Super Bowl LIV win from last year over the San Francisco 49ers and secure their third Lombardi Trophy while the Buccaneers will look to fully capitalize on the addition of the six-time champion Brady by winning their second title and first since the 2002 season when they beat the Oakland Raiders.

In the NASCAR world, everybody knows who the resident Kansas City Chiefs superfan is.

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That would be Stewart-Haas Racing driver-turned-Fox announcer Clint Bowyer, who got to experience his team’s big 31-20 comeback win over the 49ers last February by attending the game at Hard Rock Stadium in Miami Gardens, Florida.

We had the chance to speak with Bowyer about his Chiefs during the NFL offseason back in early June, by which point not only Brady but future Hall of Fame tight end Rob Gronkowski had already signed with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. Star wide receiver Antonio Brown would, of course, follow suit in late October.

We told him we wouldn’t bother to ask him if he believed the Chiefs could get back to the Super Bowl.

His response?

“Because that would be a dumb question!” he interjected confidently.

Can you blame him? Eight months later, indeed, it would have been.

On their title defense, the Chiefs rolled to a 14-2 record, beating every team they faced at least once. Their two losses came at Arrowhead Stadium against division rivals Las Vegas Raiders (October) and Los Angeles Chargers (January), both of whom they also beat.

Their loss against the latter came with many backups in, as they had already secured homefield advantage at 14-1 when they met the Chargers to close out the regular season in early January.

They went on to defeat the Cleveland Browns by a score of 22-17 in the AFC Divisional Round despite a late injury to quarterback Patrick Mahomes before crushing the Buffalo Bills by a score of 38-24 in the AFC Conference Championship.

Before this year, neither the Browns nor the Bills had won a playoff game in more than 25 years, but the Chiefs were able to fend off some of the best teams these two franchises have fielded in the last few decades.

So instead we asked Bowyer a reasonable question: who did he see the Chiefs going up against on Super Bowl Sunday?

“That’s a great question,” he responded, having to think for a second. “Well-put, well thought-out.”

Then vintage Bowyer kicked in.

“Who cares?! They’re gonna be losers! That’s who it’s gonna be! Whoever decides to lose a Super Bowl, that’s who’s gonna play the Chiefs in the Super Bowl!” he proudly exclaimed.

Time will tell if that prediction also comes true.

He remains confident that it will, making a bet with former Stewart-Haas Racing teammate and Buccaneers fan Aric Almirola.

49ers fan Jeff Gordon, who lost a bet with Bowyer last year, had this to add.

CBS is set to broadcast Super Bowl LV live from Raymond James Stadium in Tampa, Florida beginning at 6:30 p.m. ET this evening.

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The Buccaneers haven’t lost since the Chiefs beat them at the same venue back in late November by a score of 27-24 to drop them to 7-5. They are now on a seven-game winning streak. The Buccaneers will become the first team to play a Super Bowl at their home stadium.