NASCAR’s Clint Bowyer Shows Off New 1979 Peterbilt Truck: ‘Doesn’t Get Anymore American Than That’

by Josh Lanier

Clint Bowyer showed off his custom-built 1979 Peterbilt Truck on Fox Sports NASCAR recently, and his fans are loving it.

Nicknamed the “Street Pete,” the truck is one of the NASCAR driver’s favorite rides, he says. Mostly because it reminds him of his hometown of Emporia, Kansas. The truck was originally built for his friend Buddy Vernon, who would let Bowyer drive it to high school or take it out with friends, he recalls.

“Being able to take a little bit of home, and when I mean home, the way I grew up in this truck means a lot to me,” he said. “It’s sitting over there in the barn and everything else, and this is the one I have more pride in than all of them (his vehicles)”

Bowyer showed off the truck with longtime Fox Sports NASCAR reporter Matt Yocum who joked Bowyer is “living every 6-year-old’s dream as an adult.”

It just so happens Bowyer has a 6-year-old son at home who agrees with that, he said.

The truck is covered in little embellishments and special, hidden touches that you’d miss if you didn’t know what you were looking for, Bowyer said. But he said his son Cash’s favorite part about the truck is the seat lift. The passenger seat can be raised, allowing the 6-year-old to see over the dash.

“He loves that part,” Bowyer laughed. “‘Raise me up, dad, I can’t see.'”

Bowyer will have more time for the “Street Pete” and his son soon. He announced recently he would retire at the end of the 2020 season and join Fox Sports NASCAR as an analyst.

Clint Bowyer Shows Off ‘Street Pete’ For Fans

Clint Bowyer posted a photo of the truck on his Instagram and fans had a lot to say about it.

He captioned the pic, “Doesn’t get anymore American than that. #peterbilt #merica🇺🇸

“Damn she’s a beauty,” one fan wrote. “Beautiful & Bad Ass!!!” posted another.

“Love the truck,” someone posted. “Hell yeah brother. One hell of a Rig,” another person wrote.

Bowyer tweeted a story about the truck when he posted the Fox Sports segment.

“The ‘Street Pete,'” he wrote. “Fun little piece on a cool truck with some neat history. True story! Way back when I once pulled a broke down 1957 Beverly Hills ladder truck with only a 6’ log chain several miles thru the hills of KS to get it off a two lane hwy. never should’ve worked!”

His fans loved the segment and the truck.