NASCAR and baseball go together like … well, YOU decide

NASCAR and baseball go together like … well, we’ll let you decide after watching this video.

If it’s not quite like hot dogs and mustard, especially when it comes to competitors from the respective sports understanding some of the terminology unique to each of their professional pursuits, there is at least a certain amount of crossover interest that appears to peak every spring when the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series comes to race at Phoenix International Raceway.

Within short driving distances of the PIR track are several Major League Baseball spring-training facilities.

Clint Bowyer, driver of the No. 15 Chevrolet for HScott Motorsports and a self-professed "HUGE" fan of the defending World Champion Kansas City Royals, even stopped by the Royals’ facility last week to visit with the team and take some batting practice.

Then Bowyer went out and finished 31st in the Good Sam 500 at PIR.

No matter what terminology is used, that was very un-Royal-like. The good news is Bowyer will get another at-bat this Sunday at Auto Club Speedway, where the problems he encountered at Phoenix will be long forgotten — even if the memory of his trip to Kansas City’s spring-training facility lasts a lifetime.