By Toby Christie (Originally appeared on RubbingsRacing.com)
Clint Bowyer entered the media center at Kansas Speedway Friday for his media availability, and he looked like the weight of the world has been lifted from his shoulders. Bowyer came in the room with a smile on his face and a joking mood accompanied it.
Sure there had to be disappointment in the fact that his team failed to recoup the 150 points that they lost following post-race inspection in New Hampshire, but Bowyer finds solace in the support he has received from his fan base.
“Everyone of them supports you on and wishes you the best, just like everyone else,” Bowyer said.
He would go on to say that this is what fans are all about. Bowyer did touch on the subject of his failed appeal. He was not surprised at all that the appeals commission did not overturn his penalties.
“I’ll save everyone’s breath in asking me, you know I’m very disappointed, but I’m not surprised at all, and I’ll just leave it at that,” Bowyer stated. “I’m looking forward to getting that (the penalty) behind me. This is an important weekend, you know I made some mistakes on the track last week that were uncharacteristic of myself. We made some mistakes as a team that were uncharacteristic and you know our heads weren’t 100-percent in the game.”
Of course the team has one final shot at their appeal, when asked if he was holding out hope that the ruling will eventually be overturned, he had a very simple answer.
“What would you do? Answer that. Did you have any hope (in the reversing of a penalty)?”
He’s not holding out hope on the appeal, and it appears he also isn’t holding his breath as far as the championship is concerned either.
“The championship hopes are done for myself, you know? The thing I have to do is be the best teammate I can be. We have to bring a championship home, we still have two shots at that,” Bowyer said.
According to Bowyer’s teammate Kevin Harvick, he will now be able to be very aggressive. His team will now be able to put in more parts and pieces to get a competitive advantage, with no worries about losing the championship if one of those parts fails.
The pressure is officially off, and Bowyer can race purely for wins, and to hopefully make his team better overall.
Before leaving the room, Bowyer did use the word “joke” as an adjective to describe NASCAR’s appeal process.