Clint Bowyer announced Friday at Dover International Speedway he will drive for HScott Motorsports in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series for the 2016 season, in a partnership deal that will last one season. Two days prior Bowyer revealed his plans for the 2017 season taking over Tony Stewart’s #14 Chevrolet, after Stewart retires in 2016.
Bowyer, who learned in August that Michael Waltrip Racing would cease operations after the 2015 season due to not seeing results, was named driver of the #51 Chevrolet. Bowyer will bring his sponsor 5-Hour Energy with him from MWR. 5-Hour Energy will be the primary sponsor for 24 of the 36 points races for the 2016 season for owner Harry Scott Jr.
HScott Motorsports, is located in Spartanburg, South Carolina, and currently fields NASCAR Sprint Cup Series entries for drivers Justin Allgaier, and Michael Annett. HScott Motorsports has a technical alliance with Hendrick Motorsports purchasing its chassis from SHR, and it’s engines from HMS one of NASCAR’s premier organizations.
“What a whirlwind year, to say the least,” said Bowyer at Dover, Friday. “As we’ve gone through this, there’s always been that door that opens the easiest, and Harry Scott was definitely that. Looking forward, the marriage he has with Hendrick and the Stewart-Haas organization, that’s very strong and it’s something I’m looking forward to building on. I just think that’s where we’ll have our success.”
“Harry is a young, very aggressive owner that we need in this sport. To have this together and tie my name to HScott Motorsports is something I’m looking forward to,” Bowyer said.
During Friday afternoon’s press conference, Scott would not specify whether the organization would remain a two-car team or expand to three cars for the upcoming season. Pilot/Flying J, support Annett, and with 5-Hour Energy bringing support for Bowyer, it seems as though Allgaier will be left without a ride come next season.
“Clint’s a 10 year veteran that beings leadership and experience and winning ways to our organization,” said Scott. “Clint’s personality and enthusiasm for racing is going to be something we’re going to welcome to our organization. Although he’ll be with us only for one year, we plan to make the most of it on and off the track.”
Scott, who is one of the sport’s youngest and newest team owners, called Friday’s news ‘a really important step’ for his organization. Although the relationship with Bowyer will last for only one season the expectation is to go out and ‘win races, make the Chase and contend for the championship.’
“5-Hour is very excited about this because we get to keep our brand ambassador, who we have really enjoyed the relationship with over the years,” Rise Megular, 5-Hour Energy representative, said. “We were obviously disappointed when the announcement was made at MWR, because we did build a lot of good relationships there. But we’re really excited to be with Harry Scott and Clint at the new race team.”
The team has yet to name a crew chief and car number for Bowyer’s 2016 Sprint Cup Series run.