Clint Bowyer moving to NASCAR’s Michael Waltrip Racing team
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Michael Waltrip Racing confirmed widespread speculation Friday and announced it had signed NASCAR Sprint Cup Series driver Clint Bowyer to a three-year contract starting in 2012. Terms were not disclosed.
Bowyer, 32, will be leaving the team of Richard Childress Racing, for which he has driven since his first full season in the Cup series in 2006.
“I’ve been with one organization for my entire Sprint Cup career, and leaving there was the hardest part of the decision,’ Bowyer, who will drive the No. 15 Toyota, said in a statement. ‘But now I’m ready to start the next chapter in my racing career.’
Bowyer has four career Cup wins but none this season, and he missed qualifying for the 12-driver Chase for the Cup championship playoff now underway. Bowyer is 13th in points with 11 top-10 finishes in 29 races so far this season.
He did qualify for the Chase in 2007, 2008 and 2010.
Bowyer is a native of Emporia, Kan., and the announcement came ahead of Sunday’s Cup race at his home track, Kansas Speedway.
‘This is a watershed moment for our young organization,” Waltrip, who co-owns the team with Rob Kauffman, said in the statement. ‘Clint is a proven winner and consistent Chase participant.’ Michael Waltrip Racing’s other Cup series drivers are David Reutimann and Martin Truex Jr.
-- Jim Peltz