Clint Boyer Heading into its third season at Fox NASCAR Broadcast booth. Year two ended on a tragically sad note when he missed the network’s final race in the broadcast schedule due to being involved in a fatal accident.
in the previous last week Stewart-Haas Racing Driver has returned to the Fox waves for the first time since that tragic day last summer. And he felt at home from the start because his studio mates treated him like they always had by teasing him mercilessly.
Clint Boyer has joked since joining Fox
When Clint Bowyer retired from competition after the 2020 season and moved to Fox NASCAR broadcasts to join Mike Joy and Jeff Gordon, he realized his role. For the first two years, he played it well.
In the first year with Gordon, he and the four-time cup champion bantered back and forth effortlessly. During their only season together, it became apparent that Bowyer was often the butt of jokes due to his significantly lower level of success on the track. And he willingly embraced it.
Bowyer was forced to serve in a similar but strangely different role in the booth this past season as the network opted to work with a rotating lineup of guest analysts, including Matt Kenseth, Tony Stewart, and Danica Patrick. Despite the combination, the 43-year-old has consistently found himself on the receiving end of barbs, including a Zinger by Bill Elliott in Darlington.
He is involved in a fatal crash and will miss the final race of the 2022 season
Clint Bowyer worked alongside Mike Joy and the guest analyst group on the first 15 races of the 2022 NASCAR Cup Series season. The former driver was mysteriously missing the 16th and final race on the network’s broadcast calendar from Sonoma.
At the time, Fox officials said Boyer was dealing with a personal matter. A police report several days later revealed that after racing in global technology racetrackThe broadcaster was driving near Lake Ozark, Missouri, when his car unexpectedly hit a woman who was walking down a highway ramp.
The 2008 Xfinity Series champion called 911 and then helped first responders locate the 47-year-old woman, Mary Jane Simmons, who died at the scene. He was not suffering and gave a clean roadside sample to the officials. A crystalline substance was found where the victim’s belongings were located, and is believed to be methamphetamine, according to the report.
Boyer later released a statement: “Anyone who knows me, knows that family is everything to me. My thoughts and prayers are with the family and loved ones of Ms. Simmons. This is a very difficult time for me and my family, please respect our privacy as we move forward.”
Boyer returns to the airwaves from ‘Fox’
It is understood that Boyer, who is active on Twitter, remained quiet for more than a month after the incident. Outside of social media, he hasn’t connected with the wider NASCAR audience since his last appearance in June.
That changed this week when he participated in the NASCAR Race Hub Show previewing the 2023 season with Adam Alexander, Shannon Spike, Larry McReynolds, and Jamie McMurray. It took Boyer exactly a minute to feel right at home with his broadcast buddies when McMurray fired the first of his many shots.
“Any time we get to the start of the year, I can’t help but think of the team that has done the most homework. I know Clint doesn’t enjoy homework, but some teams do their homework,” the former driver said with a smile, looking at Boyer sitting next to him.
“He’s got notes. I’ve seen them,” McReynolds chimed.
“Yeah, in crayon and on a big notepad,” McMurray returned. “This is what Clint notes are.”
And that was the first minute of the broadcast. There was more where that came from. Pu’er flashed a big smile every time he was on the receiving end. That’s because, in addition to his fun-loving personality and doing on the show, last year he was given a whole new perspective on the value of life and how you can’t take it for granted. He has a lot to smile about.