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Clint Bowyer: Indy 500 a fun thing to watch, but not to drive in

May 23, 2014, 7:47 PM EDT

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Clint Bowyer doesn’t back down from much. But when it comes to racing in the Indianapolis 500, Bowyer has no delusions of grandeur that he’ll ever try to drive in the so-called Greatest Spectacle in Racing.

NASCAR driver Kurt Busch on Sunday will attempt to become the first driver since Robby Gordon in 2004 to race in both the Indy 500 and Sprint Cup’s Coca-Cola 600 in the same day.

But after seeing Busch wreck in practice earlier this week somewhere in the neighborhood of 220-plus mph, Bowyer made it clear his thoughts of Busch’s doing the Double are essentially, “Better you than me, buddy.”

Back home in Emporia, Kansas, Bowyer was late in getting the news of Busch’s wreck. But his response was priceless, nonetheless.

“I’ve been cutting hay — bailing hay — all week long and haven’t really been following Twitter or anything,” Bowyer told FoxSports.com. “And I did go home, got in bed and I was watching TV and I didn’t even know Kurt had wrecked that day and I was like, ‘Holy cow.’ No, that doesn’t look one iota of fun at all.”

Indeed, Busch’s wreck was hard, but other than soreness he was uninjured.

“That was a hard hit and just from looking at it — those things (Indy racers) blow apart and you see us wreck and it kind of flat-sides the right side and you’re like, ‘You’ll be okay,'” Bowyer said. “You see them things blow apart and you’re like, ‘Man, is he even going to get out?’ No, it doesn’t look like fun, but it’s fun to watch.”

It’s kind of like going to some remote locale: It’s a nice place to visit, but you wouldn’t want to live there, right, Clint?

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  1. midtec2005 - May 23, 2014 at 8:14 PM

    Indycars safety record recently is actually quite good, at least with contact made with the walls. Kurt Busch being completely fine is a testament to that…

  2. ditto65 - May 23, 2014 at 8:54 PM

    They are designed to absorb energy. The car coming apart helps accomplish this.

  3. manik56 - May 24, 2014 at 10:02 PM

    Clint Bowyer’s street cred has taken some major hits the past year. This doesn’t help.

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