We may be five weeks away from the Busch Light Clash that kicks off in 2023 NASCAR Cup Series schedule, however Clint Boyer He is already in mid-season shape. The driver-turned-analyst returned to the Fox Sports airwaves on New Year’s Day.
Bowyer hasn’t been shy about sharing his opinions, most notably by pointing to someone other than Joey Logano as the best driver in the sport. In fact, he doesn’t even have a Series Champion in his top two.
Clint Boyer is back on air after a fatal accident
Clint Boyer was days away from helping Fox Sports wrap up part of the 2022 NASCAR Cup Series broadcast schedule when he missed the Toyota/Save Mart 350 at the Sonoma Road track in June. There was no explanation from Grid beyond saying that Pu’er was dealing with a personal matter.
Details emerged a few days later When a local television station reported that Lake Ozark, Missouri, police completed their investigation into the death of a 47-year-old woman who was struck by a car driven by Boyer.
Boyer was driving home on US Route 54 after Fox’s coverage of the Enjoy Illinois 300 at World Wide Technology Raceway outside St. Louis when he hit a woman. She was pronounced dead at the scene.
The police report said Boyer showed no sign of impairment and provided a sample that did not show alcohol in his system.
Clint Bowyer says one team has NASCAR’s two best drivers
Fox Sports teased the start of the upcoming NASCAR Cup schedule with an hour-long special on New Year’s Day. The panel of analysts included Clint Boyer, Jamie McMurray, W Larry McReynolds. They reviewed informal personnel changes, made some predictions, and provided taped interviews with a handful of drivers and executives.
One subject was Hendrick Motorsports, which McReynolds noted walked out of the gate with five wins in the first 11 races of the next-generation car’s debut season. HMS finished the season with 11 wins, more than Kyle Larson himself won in 2021. Chase Elliott led the way with five wins, followed by Kyle Larson (three), William Byron (two), and Alex Bowman (one).
“I don’t want to take anything away from the other two, but the first two are champions and in my opinion the best drivers in the sport, Kyle Larson and Chase Elliott. As long as you have those two bullets behind the room, I’m telling you you’re going to be dangerous. I think Hendrick Motorsports is just fine. “.
McMurray explained that Larson vs. Elliott is not the same as Ford vs. Chevy.
“When you’re in the same organization, you have the exact same cars,” he said. “That’s when it’s like the rivalry between Jeff Gordon and Jimmy Johnson.”
It’s fine on paper, but it can be dangerous
Hendrick Motorsports Teammates Chase Elliott (2020) and Kyle Larson (2021) won back-to-back NASCAR Cup Championships and competed for the title again last year. There is certainly a degree of competitiveness in the race to see who gets their second championship first.
Last year, Larson made moves to take Elliott out of contention for race wins. He cruised around the track putting the No. 9 Chevy into the wall late at Fontana and later forced his teammate wide on the final restart at Watkins Glen.
“I think the toughest rivalry we have in our sport is within those walls at Hendrick Motorsports.” Clint Boyer He said.
This means that owner Rick Hendrick and senior lieutenant Jeff Gordon could mention a couple who work with the same team.
“Both of them can’t be the first man, and that’s a serious thing,” Boyer said. “But I think both of them are definitely capable.”
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