Clint Bowyer is retiring from NASCAR, joining FOX

NASCAR driver Clint Bowyer announced Thursday evening that he is transitioning from full-time NASCAR racing to join the FOX broadcast team for Sunday Cup races next season.

“I have the opportunity to do what’s next in my life,” Bowyer wrote in a letter he shared on Twitter. “In 2021 my suit will no longer be fireproof.”

Bowyer, 41, has driven the No. 14 Ford Mustang for Stewart-Haas Racing since 2017 and is in his 15th year of Cup Series driving. The driver has ten wins and more than 500 starts in NASCAR’s top series. Although Bowyer has been winless since 2018, he remains in playoff contention in the Round of 12 this season.

“I want to thank every owner who has paid a bill on my behalf, every crew member who has turned a bolt on my cars and every media member who has covered my racing career,” Bowyer’s post said. “Thank you to every sponsor that has invested in me and thank you to every fan who has cheered me along the way!”

Bowyer has previous media experience as a co-host of a NASCAR podcast in partnership with Barstool Sports. He also was an analyst for FOX Sports when the channel aired iRacing events at the start of the pandemic shutdown in the spring.

“Just like my driving career, I will be part of a great team and organization with great teammates,” Bowyer wrote. “To say I’m excited would be an understatement.”

Chase Briscoe is expected to take his SHR Cup seat in 2021.