Wednesday, August 27, 2014
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Clint Bowyer interviewed on ESPN, addresses NASCAR penalties

Each year in the days leading up to the beginning of its version of the playoffs, NASCAR sends its 12 Chase drivers on a media blitz throughout the country.

This year Clint Bowyer was preselected to visit ESPN's Bristol campus where he would appear on SportsCenter, ESPN Radio and other auxiliary programming like NASCAR Now.

Unfortunately for Bowyer -- but good for viewers -- this comes in the aftermath of NASCAR slapping Michael Waltrip Racing with record fines for manipulating the finishing order at the conclusion of Saturday's race at Richmond. In-car audio and video strongly suggests Bowyer intentionally spun himself out to erase the lead held by Ryan Newman and to benefit MWR teammate Martin Truex Jr., an accusation Bowyer strongly denies.

In his initial appearance on SportsCenter Tuesday, Bowyer was interviewed by Jade McCarthy and former NASCAR driver Ricky Craven and the exchange can best be described as uncomfortable.

Bowyer clearly did not want to address the allegations while Craven, to his credit, asked pointed questions without lobbing any softballs. Throughout Bowyer kept saying he was sorry for what transpired, though he would not directly state what he was apologizing for and did not admit any wrongdoing.

This article originally appeared on SBNation.

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