Reward w/ a Side of Punishment & Greed
After his own contract demands forced him to another car with fewer budget constraints in 2009, this driver's ego was bruised repeatedly when several crew members honored their sponsor's request to stay with their car and crew chief, thus declining his invitation to come along for a new ride. While his teammates gave season end gifts/bonuses upwards of $2,000, he "thanked" the crew that put him in the Chase with $100 gift cards, the value of which many consider an inadequate reward and share of the team's 2008 season winnings.
Update: ESPN NASCAR pit reporter Jamie Little outed Clint Bowyer as the subject of this blind item on SpeedFreaks, January 4. AUDIO