Bowyer Tired of Controversy
By: Pete Pistone - @PPistone | MRN.com on September 12, 2013 | 4:56 P.M. EST
The spotlight was on Bowyer during Chase media day in Chicago.
While the Michael Waltrip Racing may not have anything more to say, he may have to wait a while before the dark cloud circling around NASCAR because of his team’s manipulation penalties from NASCAR.
But Bowyer started his media availability session during Thursday’s Chase Media Day at Navy Pier with a clear message.
“The one thing I can tell you is I am tired of talking about it,” said Bowyer. “I had a rough few days. It was probably rougher than I’ve ever had. But I spoke my peace. I did national interviews all day long (last Tuesday on ESPN). I could have just as easily ducked away from all of them and not gave an interview.”
Bowyer admitted to MWR going too far in their quest to make the Chase but again reiterated no desire to continue discussion the situation on Thursday.
“You asked about a line being crossed and obviously MWR stepped over that line,” he said. “We got penalized and then -- like I said, I’ve given this interview on national television. I know all you guys saw it because you all wrote about it and your thoughts.
“The one thing that I’m most looking forward to is getting this Chase started off right. We’ve had a great season and as far as that’s concerned, we know really -- we know where the line is. Like I said, the line was crossed and there was penalties -- the largest penalties we’ve ever seen in this sport. Certainly, again, one more time, we have found the line.”
But the controversy continues to swirl around Bowyer, who despite a 50 point penalty did not lose any ground in his Chase seeding. Bowyer was the target of much fan unrest this past week on social media as well as national radio shows. That criticism carried over to Thursday’s NASCAR Contenders Live fan event when he was roundly booed by many in the audience and fought through shouts of “Jeff Gordon,” who would have made the Chase had Bowyer been penalized more for his actions, during his answers while on stage.
But Bowyer has vowed to remain unbothered by the negative attention and rather focus his energy on trying to win this year’s Sprint Cup crown.
“I’m looking forward to the weekend. I really am,” said Bowyer. “I’m excited about the Chase. I’ve been excited about the Chase for weeks, for months. We’ve had a great season. We’ve had a tremendous amount of fun. I haven’t won a race this year. My teammates have won. Lot of great things have went on in our sport and we’ve got to get down to the biggest part of our sport and that’s the championship at the end of the year.
“Had a rough couple days -- no question about that -- but I’ve got that behind me and I’m focused on getting a helmet on and getting the most out of my race car this weekend.”