HScott Motorsports has confirmed that Clint Bowyer will race for the team in the 2016 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series.
Bowyer is currently competing with Michael Waltrip Racing, but the team ceases operations at the end of the year. Bowyer has since been unveiled as the driver who will replace Tony Stewart at Stewart-Haas Racing
when the three-time Cup champion retires at the end of next year.
That left a potential one year gap in Bowyer's resumé which has now been filled with the formal announcement that as widely predicted Bowyer will spend 2016 with HScott Motorsports.
It will make a good transition period for Bowyer, who has been using Toyota engines since his move to MWR from Richard Childress Racing at the end of 2011 and who will now be returning to the bow tie brigade first at HScott and then subsequently at SHR.
"I am very thankful for the continued support and commitment from [sponsor] 5-hour ENERGY, and for [team owner] Harry Scott Jr. for putting this opportunity together," said Bowyer.
"My relationship with everyone at 5-hour ENERGY is something I hold with great value. There have been some real unknowns for my career in the past couple of months, but I'm happy that my future is secured and full speed ahead."
HScott Motorsports has competed full time in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series for two seasons, fielding Chevrolets with Hendrick Motorsports support. Team owner Scott Jr. said that this is a watershed moment for his young team.
"This is a really important step for HScott Motorsports and one I felt our team needed to take to elevate to the next level of NASCAR Sprint Cup competition," said Scott.
"Clint is a proven winner and Chase participant. For us to compete at a higher level we needed all of the right elements to come together.
"I believe those elements came together with the driver in Clint, sponsorship from 5-hour ENERGY and the extended relationship with Chevrolet, Hendrick Motorsports and Stewart-Haas. This opportunity has brought an unprecedented level of excitement to our entire organisation."
Bowyer, 36, is a 10-year veteran with eight victories, two pole positions, 58 top-five finishes and 163 top-10s in Sprint Cup competition.
Although Bowyer is one of the current 16 drivers in the 2015 Chase play-offs for the Sprint Cup title, he's likely to be one of the four drivers cut from contention after this weekend's race at Dover International Speedway.
Bowyer was handed a near-insurmountable 25 point penalty for a technical infraction in the first round of the Chase at Chicagoland Speedway two weeks ago. MWR's appeal against the penalty was denied leaving Bowyer well short of the points he needs to progress.
His one last chance of making it through to the second round of the Chase would be an outright win in the AAA 500 on Sunday.