During next week’s break in the monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series schedule, Clint Bowyer is looking forward to spending time at his house on the Lake of the Ozarks in Missouri.
But the driver of the No. 14 Stewart-Haas Racing Ford is concerned about the natural disasters that have hit the Midwest and have affected more than a few people he knows.
“Flooding is affecting everything,” Bowyer said on Friday at Michigan International Speedway. “These people are getting beat up in the Midwest bad. Whether it is tornadoes or flooding, whatever the case may be. It is literally a text or phone call every single day of people that you know. Farmer friends that got their crop in the ground and then it flooded out.
“My dad sent me a picture yesterday of one of my buddies’ freight trucks buried, I mean buried in the mud right in the middle of the field. It’s sad what everybody is going through. Lakeside Speedway (Kansas City), I saw a picture of that, and it’s back under water for the second time this year.
“Hopefully they get some relief and some sunlight, and hopefully we will be enjoying the lake. Everything is backed up. The lakes, the retention, literally everything is backed up big time, and they need relief in a big way.”
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