So where does Clint go?

Clint Bowyer will not drive a third car for Richard Petty Motorsports next season. According to Lee Spencer of, co-owner Andrew Murstein said the team was no longer courting the 32 year old driver. This comes after his current car owner, Richard Childress, said that the door was just about closed on him returning to RCR for 2012.

While Joe Gibbs said that Bowyer would be welcomed over at his race team he also said that the current sponsorship availablities made things a “non issue”. The Roush Fenway rumors have also seemed to simmer down.

Spencer says one team that is known to still have interest in Bowyer is Michael Waltrip Racing. Bowyer would presumably drive a third car along the likes of David Reutimann and Martin Truex.

While Carl Edwards seemed hot to touch on talks for 2012, it’s amazing how quickly Bowyer’s name has cooled since his failed bid to make the Chase.

Bowyer is in his sixth full season at RCR. He made the chase in three of his first five seasons. In 207 career starts he has 4 wins and 88 top-10 finishes.