Clint Bowyer was absent from Fox’s final Cup Series broadcast of the season at Sonoma on June 12. Larry McReynolds had replaced him in the booth for practise/ qualifying and the race.
Jordan Bianchi from The Athletic reported that Bowyer was handling a personal matter and would miss the race weekend. On June 16, WDAF-TV reported that on June 5, at 9 pm, Bowyer had hit a woman when driving home from the Cup Series race at the Gateway earlier in the day.
The incident took place on an exit ramp near Osage Beach, Missouri. The woman was pronounced dead and presumed to be under the influence. Bowyer’s blood alcohol content was .000.