Former NASCAR Driver Clint Bowyer Celebrates Fellow Kansas Native on ‘The Voice,’ Shades Blake Shelton

by Thad Mitchell
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Former NASCAR racer Clint Bowyer is a big fan of “The Voice” and also a fan of country star Blake Shelton.

Though the two are friends, you might not know it from a recent social media post put out by Bowyer. The racing driver expresses his excitement over a contestant on the show and playfully throws some “shade” at Shelton.

In the tweet, Clint Bowyer is showing a little hometown support for fellow Emporia, Kansas resident Savanna Chestnut. The singer appears on the most recent episode of “The Voice” and belts out a song that earns her a spot with Team Blake. Bowyer says he is glad the “dummy” turned around before she completed the song.

“Savanna Chestnut puts a country twist on an 80s song,” the post from “The Voice,” says. Clint Bowyer responds to the social media post by congratulating Chestnut while poking a little fun at Shelton.

“Check this out!” he says in the tweet. “Little Emporia KS love. So glad the dummy turned around for you! Congrats on your success #SavannaChestnut. Y’all can take this all the way.”

Clint Bowyer also tags Shelton in his tweet along with the video of Chestnut’s performance. The rising contestant did a terrific rendition of the 1984 hit song “Hold Me Now” by the Thompson Twins. Chestnut adds her own country style to the song, which is enough to draw Shelton’s attention.

Despite her strong performance, Blake Shelton is the only judge to make the flip for Chestnut. The country music superstar, who often picks country singers for his team, says he is glad to make the choice.

Shelton mentions Clint Bowyer building a community center in Emporia and notes he has performed there. All of the show’s judges gave positive reviews of her performance but Chestnut will be joining Shelton’s team.

“The fact that you chose to do that song and perform it that way, it shows the writer side of you,” Shelton says. “I’m going to push you. You have a great voice. You have to start believing that right now. You’re ready for this so let’s do it, Savanna.”

The 41-year-old Clint Bowyer called it a career just last year after 15 years as a professional driver.