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Clint Bowyer gets MWR contract extension on same day he finds out he’s a dad

May 5, 2014, 2:45 PM EDT

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Clint Bowyer will have a new baby, soon. And later Monday, he found out he has a new contract, in a multiyear extension with Michael Waltrip Racing.

The team announced the news not long after Bowyer, in typical Bowyer fashion, revealed the news of his son as “it’s got a dingy!”

Back to the professional side though, this removes the distraction of free agency and should allow Bowyer, who posted his best finish of the year Sunday in Talladega, to focus completely on the task at hand the rest of the year.

“This is big news for all of us,” said Bowyer, an eight-time winner in NASCAR Sprint Cup competition, and who will make his 300th start this Sunday at Kansas Speedway. “It creates great stability and excitement about what the next few years can bring.”

One other thing they can bring is fellow extensions with crew chief Brian Pattie and primary sponsor 5-hour ENERGY. The 5-hour deal is for 24 races with PEAK and AAA Mid-Atlantic the other two.

“MWR is my racing home and continuing this relationship with 5-hour ENERGY was a high priority,” Bowyer said. “It’s time to put the paperwork in a drawer and focus on winning.”

Indeed Bowyer, who finished second in the 2012 championship, has not win since that year. He took three wins in the 2012 season.

There was brief reconsideration after the Richmond fiasco last fall by the sponsor, but they re-upped for 2014 and that has clearly not deterred their future involvement.

  1. techmeister1 - May 5, 2014 at 4:02 PM

    If MWR continues to cheat, Bowyer may need to go find a new ride like Truex Jr.

  2. gbart22 - May 5, 2014 at 8:30 PM

    That was the dumbest comment I’ve ever read. A week before Richmond of last fall Jeff Gordon conducted an interview in which he openly stated if there was a way to help him or Kahne last season secure a spot in the chase the teams had spoken about meaning if they weren’t going for a win and were close they would finish behind Gordon or Kahne to help get them in the chase. That’s cheating that’s race manipulation but that is what happens when you have multicar teams you do what you can to help the other and the organization if possible. Grow up and get over it.

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