Clint Bowyer and Jimmie Johnson both ran their last NASCAR races last fall at the Season Finale 500 in Pheonix. Despite their departure from the sport, both racers still get after each other off the track. For instance, today on Twitter, Clint Bowyer poked fun at Jimmie Johnson for his new “safer” hobby that he has taken up since leaving the NASCAR track.
Jimmie Johnson posted a Tweet that read “Chani is encouraging me to take up safer hobbies” accompanied with a picture of him painting. Clint Bowyer responded that Tweet with “you’ve changed,” poking fun at his former racing rival Johnson shot right back with a joke of his own. “I’ve even tried sparking water recently,” Johnson responded.
Despite Clint Bowyer’s jokes, he may in fact be the one with the “safer” hobby after retiring from NASCAR. For example, Jimmie Johnson plans to move on to give Indy car racing a shot while Bowyer sits safely in the broadcast booth. He will join Jeff Gordon and Mike Joy in the Fox Sports booth to commentate NASCAR races. Only a bit of a contrast there.
Clint Bowyer Still Shows Respect for Jimmie Johnson
While Clint Bowyer certainly has no problems poking fun at his racing rival Jimmie Johnson, he also has a certain respect for the racing legend. It’s certainly hard for Bowyer to ignore some of Johnson’s accomplishments, even if they were earned against him. For instance, Jimmie Johnson won the Nascar Championship seven times, five of which happened in consecutive years between 2006 and 2010. Bowyer made sure to mention his respect for his fellow racer leading up to their retirement.
“Just like all my other peers,” Clint Bowyer said about Jimmie Johnson before their last race. “I am both fortunate and unfortunate that my career was during the same time Jimmie Johnson was. He not only spanked our asses all those years but he showed us all how to do it with the grace and class of a champion. As fate would have it, I continued that by retiring on the same day he did.”
So, despite the jokes and shots, both racers still have the utmost respect for one another. Although they may have been rivals on the track, the two remain good friends in their retirement.