Bowyer's Title Hopes Over

Clint Bowyer

“I told Richard [Childress] it’s not worth fighting.” (Photo: Getty Images)

KANSAS CITY, Kan. – Clint Bowyer believes his chance to win the Sprint Cup Series championship ended when NASCAR penalized his team for infractions found after the Chase opening race in New Hampshire.

Bowyer told the media assembled at Kansas Speedway on Friday that with Richard Childresss Racing’s appeal being denied earlier this week, the 150 point penalty which dropped him from second to 12th in the series standings, all but assured his title run being over.

“The championship hopes are done for myself,” Bowyer said. “The thing that I’ve got to do is be the best teammate I can be. We’ve got to bring a championship home. We’ve still got two shots at that.”

The controversy and appeal process this week looks to have taken its toll on Bowyer, who appeared somewhat tired looking and obviously disappointed when he met the media on Friday.

“I told Richard [Childress] it’s not worth fighting,” Bowyer said of the appeal. “It is what it is. If you want to be a part of this great thing that we call the sport, you better just go on and enjoy what it is.

“He is fighting hard. I am proud of the case they put together. They worked very hard on it and they put a lot of time and energy and money to present the case to prove less than a sixteenth of an inch how that car could be out.”

Bowyer said his focus was definitely off last week in Dover as the story continued to take the spotlight away from his effort on the race track.

“I made some mistakes last week that were uncharacteristic of myself,” Bowyer said. “We made some mistakes as a team that were uncharacteristic.

“Our heads weren’t 100 percent in the game. That was an emotional roller coaster that nobody wants to ride, trust me.”

Bowyer hopes this weekend’s event at his home track will help him clear his mind and come home with a solid run in Sunday’s Price Chopper 400.

“You’ve just got to get it out of your mind,” Bowyer said. “That’s the best thing about coming here, that there is so much distraction, I don’t have to worry about that.”

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