Clint Bowyer To Compete For South Carolina’s HScott Motorsports In 2016by Hunter Thomas October 2, 2015 0 comments
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DOVER, Del. – At Dover International Speedway on Friday afternoon, it was announced that Clint Bowyer will pilot a 5-Hour Energy sponsored Chevrolet for HScott Motorsports during the 2016 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series season.
Earlier this season, Bowyer found out that his current team, Michael Waltrip Racing wouldn’t field a NASCAR Sprint Cup Series entry in 2016, meaning that he needed to find another ride. On Wednesday of this week, the industry learned that Bowyer will pilot Tony Stewart’s car beginning in 2017, and today, Bowyer’s 2016 plans were finally unveiled. He will only race for the Spartanburg, South Carolina-based tram for one season, bringing longtime sponsor, 5-Hour Energy with him. 5-Hour Energy will sponsor Bowyer’s car for 24 races.
“It’s just crazy to think back about how my career got started by racing one race at Nashville and Richard (Childress) giving me an opportunity,” Bowyer said. “That door closed and I walked in the door at MWR (Michael Waltrip Racing) and immediately started winning races and having a lot of fun and created a big splash. That door closed and then landing at even a better situation with H. Scott Motorsports and then further with Stewart-Haas Racing.”
Justin Allgaier and Michael Annett currently race for HScott Motorsports, but on Friday, Harry Scott Jr. didn’t rule any scenario out, as far as replacing a driver with Bowyer or adding a third car to the stable. Clint Bowyer is currently in the Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup, sitting in the 16th position, while Allgaier sits 30th in the standings and Annett in 36th.
“I think a lot of it has to do with just being a young race team,” said Scott Jr. when asked about the recent struggles of the team. “We haven’t had our full second season yet. So a lot of it comes with trying to get the guys together and getting them gelled with drivers that are relatively inexperienced. Since I have bought Phoenix Racing in September of 2013, we have basically replaced everything there. We have new cars, we have new simulation, new guys working together and so when you try to put all that together, it takes a while to get it all to mesh.”
Having Bowyer competing for the team, the situation will strengthen the relationship between HScott Motorsports and Stewart-Haas Racing. HScott Motorsports in only in their second fulltime season in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series. The team also has entries in the NASCAR XFINITY Series and NASCAR K&N Pro Series East.
“I think Clint will help us long-term because he is basically going to be able to help us kind of reset our program and set the bar higher going forward,” Scott Jr. said. “With his experience, again, and his leadership and his enthusiasm I think it will be contagious amongst all the team members. I think going forward he will help us form an even stronger relationship with Stewart-Haas and that will obviously be beneficial to us.”