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Clint Bowyer to run NASCAR Truck race at Nashville

Spire Motorsports announced on Wednesday that Bowyer – a former NASCAR Cup star now Fox Sports TV broadcaster – will drive its No. 7 Chevrolet in the June 38 race at Nashville. Bowyer, a 10-time winner in the Cup series who retired from full-time competition following the 2020 season, will be reunited with crew chief

Clint Bowyer to run NASCAR Truck race at Nashville

Spire Motorsports introduced on Wednesday that Bowyer – a former NASCAR Cup star now Fox Sports activities TV broadcaster – will drive its No. 7 Chevrolet within the June 38 race at Nashville.

Bowyer, a 10-time winner within the Cup collection who retired from full-time competitors following the 2020 season, will probably be reunited with crew chief Brian Pattie, who labored with Bowyer between 2012-2015 whereas each have been at Michael Waltrip Racing.

“For me, it’s the tie between working with Pattie and the great previous days,” mentioned Bowyer, 44. “Placing the band again collectively, so to talk, and having some enjoyable. Nashville is a cool race observe that has meant quite a bit to me over time.

“Separate from that, it’s in regards to the NASCAR Craftsman Truck Sequence. That’s a extremely enjoyable collection. It’s a enjoyable car to drive. There’s a number of drag and you may drive them laborious and get away with it. You’ll be able to actually hustle a truck.

“This race must be proper in my wheelhouse.”

Bowyer has earlier expertise on the observe, having made 9 begins on the 1.33-mile concrete oval within the Xfinity Sequence. The native of Emporia, Kan., has one win in these 9 begins.

“Nashville means quite a bit to me. Destiny is the one factor that I can attribute to this chance coming about,” Bowyer mentioned. “My profession in NASCAR occurred due to Nashville. My first race win in NASCAR was at Nashville. It takes me again to my first ARCA race in 2003.

“I’ve at all times raced nicely there. What’s vital is the chance to get again collectively and work with Brian Pattie. I had a lot enjoyable racing with him through the MWR days. We about gained a championship collectively.”

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In 14 Truck begins from 2006 to 2016, Bowyer recorded gained two poles, earned three wins and had 9 top-five and 10 top-10 finishes. Since leaving NASCAR competitors, Bowyer has made three begins within the Famous person Racing Expertise (SRX) collection final season.

After 11 races, the No. 7 crew sits fifth within the 2024 Truck proprietor standings using a number of totally different drivers, together with Kyle Busch who has gained twice with the crew.

“Having Clint Bowyer drive our No. 7 at Nashville Superspeedway simply demonstrates how dedicated Spire Motorsports is to have a real all-star lineup in that truck,” mentioned Spire Motorsports president Doug Duchardt.

“Clint is a part of an unique membership of drivers who’ve gained within the Truck Sequence, Xfinity Sequence and Cup Sequence. While you see his observe file at Nashville, it virtually makes you shake your head. It’s fairly unbelievable. He’s an important persona and, as Brian (Pattie) nicely is aware of, he’s a number of enjoyable. We’re grateful to have him and we predict he offers us an important shot at successful the race.”

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