Clint Bowyer has confirmed that he will stay at Michael Waltrip Racing, after signing a multi-year extension to his contract.
Also retained by the team is Bowyer's crew chief Brian Pattie as well as their primary sponsor, drinks company 5-hour Energy, which has also signed up for more time on the Toyota-powered #15 car.
"This is big news for all of us," said Bowyer. "It creates great stability and excitement about what the next few years can bring. MWR is my racing home and continuing this relationship with 5-hour Energy was a high priority. It's time to put the paperwork in a drawer and focus on winning."
Bowyer originally moved to MWR from Richard Childress Racing in 2012, and three of his eight Sprint Cup race wins have been with the team. However, his 2013 season was marred by involvement in the 'Richmond race rigging' scandal in which he was accused of intentionally causing a caution by spinning out in order to help then-team mate Martin Truex Jr. into the Chase.
With that controversy now behind them, Bowyer and team boss Michael Waltrip are firmly looking to the future.
"Since the first day 5-hour Energy, Clint and Brian showed up at MWR, we have been a contender for wins and championships. I am so thankful that we get to continue and add to what we have built," said Waltrip. “I am most happy for the employees of MWR who are the foundation of everything we do."
And unlike NAPA - which terminated its association with MWR after the Richmond affair - sponsors 5-hour Energy clearly have no concerns about continuing their partnership with the team.
“We have clearly aligned ourselves with one of the most competitive and energetic drivers in racing and we felt it was really important for us to continue the equity we have built over the past three years," said Scott Henderson, president of 5-hour Energy. "We love Clint, the people at MWR and the sport of NASCAR. The extension decision was also based on our racing program's success with our sales team and all of our participating retailers."
Bowyer had further cause to celebrate this week, with the announcement that he and wife Lorra are expecting a baby boy. The couple married in the Bahamas over Easter Weekend.
Bowyer celebrates his 300th NASCAR Sprint Cup Series start on Saturday night at Kansas Speedway.