Clint Bowyer, driver of the No.15 5 Hour Energy Toyota for Michael Waltrip Racing has lots to be “happy” about this season. This is his first season driving for a new team, his previous eight seasons were with NASCAR six-time championship car owner Richard Childress.
Bowyer left Richard Childress Racing at the end of 2011 because of sponsorship issues, Childress said 5 hour Energy wouldn’t be enough to run a full season, but little did he know that Bowyer would take the sponsorship with him to MWR and be sitting 6th place in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series points.
Sitting 6th he is in good contention of locking up his spot with only two races to go. He has finished in the top ten 14 times, and even won once this year at Sonoma Raceway. Although he is not talked about much, that is a pretty good place to be sitting at this point in the season.
Just yesterday, his team mate Martin Truex Jr has resigned with the team. “Having Truex back as a teammate was something that I was very, very adamant about and supportive of” Bowyer told NASCAR Wire Service, “”I’m looking forward to where he’s announcing that. It’s something that I’m looking forward to keeping for a long, long time. We raced a lot together back in the Nationwide days [and] had a lot of respect for each other. We just push each other pretty good and work together well.”
Truex Jr., and Bowyer are both former Nationwide Series champions. Truex a two-time champion in 2004 and 2005 and Bowyer in 2008.
Bowyer heads to Atlanta Motor Speedway for the AdvoCare 500. His average finish at the track is 17.4, his best finish in the last 4 races at the track was 7th in 2010.