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Bowyer confirms 2012 move to Waltrip Racing

MWR will be adding a new car to their line-up for Bowyer, which already currently features Martin Truex Jr. and David Reutimann. MWR will also need a crew chief for Bowyer, with the driver himself identifying Earnhardt Ganassi Racing's Brian Pattie as high on the list. MWR recently poached former RCR director of competition Scott Miller to be their new executive vice president for competition.

RCR is likely to drop down to a three-car operation in 2012 in the wake of the news, but has clear plans to develop Childress' grandsons Austin and Ty Dillon to the Cup line-up in future years. Austin Dillon makes his Sprint Cup debut at Kansas Speedway this weekend.

In deciding on the #15 for his 2012 Cup car, Bowyer is selecting a car number that saw Dale Earnhardt to Cup wins - and also Michael Waltrip himself, who twice won the Daytona 500 under that banner.

"It was obviously good to Michael," said Bowyer of the number 15. "I'm big on Daytona - that's one of my favorite racetracks - and that number was pretty good to him there."

There's another bit of history in the background of this deal - the moment in 2008 when Bowyer labelled his new car owner "the worst driver in NASCAR" at Bristol. "Did you say that I was the worst ever driver—ever—or just during that era?" joked Waltrip at the announcement.

"You never know when you're going to have to eat those words, and it looks like today's the day," responded Bowyer. "But he promised me he'd be the best owner ever."




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