As a longtime NASCAR driver, Clint Bowyer definitely isn't afraid of two things: turning left and speaking his mind.
In a Zoom press conference previewing the NASCAR Cup Series playoffs, the 41-year-old Bowyer got to do a little bit of the latter, when he went on a mini rant about how much he hates Zoom calls.
Clint Bowyer hates Zoom meetings. How much does he hate them? Give this a listen: pic.twitter.com/O6CpBh0g1R
— Bob Pockrass (@bobpockrass) September 2, 2020
"This is going on three-and-a-half hours of sitting in my office on a Zoom meeting," said Bowyer, echoing the sentiments of everyone working remotely during the COVID-19 pandemic. "Zoom meetings suck. If there's anything that I hate of the pandemic, it's Zoom meetings. And backdrops. And Zoom meetings.
"I think everybody ought to have a free pass at Zoom when we're all done with all this crap. It's all I can do to remember my password to turn on the damn computer, and you've got me clicking Zooms and unmuting and muting and videos, and oh my god."
Preach, Clint. Preach!
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The driver of the No. 14 Stewart-Haas Racing Ford race car enters the playoffs seeded 13th with 2004 points, scoring two top-five finishes in the regular season, at Bristol Motor Speedway and Phoenix Raceway, along with five additional top-10s.
On the flip side, the Kansas native's contract expires after this season, and Bowyer is also the only Cup driver on Tony Stewart's team not under contract for next season. Bowyer definitely wants to continue his active career in motorsports, and according to Greg Zipadelli, vice president of competition at Stewart-Haas Racing, the team will "hopefully have the same lineup we do this year back."
Despite the current uncertainty, or maybe because of it, Bowyer is focused on putting on one hell of a playoffs performance.
"It's new life," Bowyer said.
"We've shown our capabilities. We've run up front. We've won stages. We've led laps...but we've made mistakes. Now, we have a notebook of what not to do and we've got to put it to good use within these playoffs."