Bowyer breaks silence about MWP racing-fixing scandal

Clint Bowyer finished third at Martinsville Speedway this past weekend after a string of poor...

Clint Bowyer finished third at Martinsville Speedway this past weekend after a string of poor starts. (AFP)

DEAN MCNULTY, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 9:32 PM ET

After almost two months of being the face of NASCAR’s most scandalous moment, it appears that Clint Bowyer is finally getting out from under the cloud of controversy.

Once the most affable driver in the Sprint Cup garage — he was popular with fans, his peers and the media — Bowyer all but transformed himself into the invisible man after being the lead character in the Michael Waltrip Racing plot to manipulate the result of the final race of the regular season at Richmond International Raceway in order get teammate Martin Truex Jr. into the Chase for the Championship.

We all know the result of that: A $300,000 fine; Truex being bounced from the Chase; MWR losing its $15-million NAPA sponsorship and Bowyer becoming a persona non grata in the NASCAR community.

It was a long fall from grace.

Bowyer also went from being a pre-Chase favourite to contend for the title to an also ran with uncharacteristic finishes of 10th or worse in five of the first six Chase races


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