Clint Bowyer has found himself a good home at last.
After spending the last two seasons driving for teams that were on the verge of shutting down — Michael Waltrip Racing in 2015 and HScott Motorsports last year — Bowyer has taken over the No. 14 Stewart-Haas Racing Ford from Tony Stewart and he couldn’t be happier.
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Bowyer is now with an elite Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series team that has a legitimate shot at winning at virtually every track they unload at. To say Bowyer is ready might be an understatement.
“I’ve been waiting a long time on this opportunity,” Bowyer said. “I signed this opportunity about a year-and-a-half ago. That’s a long time ago.”
For now, it’s all about winning.
“The biggest thing is I’m really excited to get the year started off with a group that I feel like wants nothing more and works for nothing more than race wins and the championship,” Bowyer said. “That’s all they talk about. That’s all they do is win and be successful, and if they don’t they go back to work and do what it takes to go back and win.”
Kurt Busch, one of Bowyer’s new teammates, is enthused to have him aboard.
“(Bowyer) wants to get out there and just get going again in a competitive car and I think with his energy and his enthusiasm in the driver’s seat, it improves all of us,” Busch said. “And we’ve improved in the owner area as well with having Tony Stewart 100 percent on the ownership side and not splitting his duties driving and managing the ownership side.”
So is SHR’s Kevin Harvick, who once upon a time was teammates with Bowyer at Richard Childress Racing.
“The great thing about Clint is that there is no learning curve as far as getting to know someone or how they operate. I know Clint’s personality and how he acts,” said Harvick, who won a championship with SHR in 2014, his first year with the team.
“But I also know how serious (Bowyer) is as a competitor and what he brings to the table at Stewart-Haas,” Harvick said. “He’s going to be a great fit. He’s going to go out and be competitive and win races. That’s what we need, competitive cars that are winning races.”
Bowyer couldn’t agree more.
“Everybody’s goals are to go out and win, but there are only a select few organizations that truly are set up to know, no matter what the cost or expense or amount of dedication,” he said of SHR. “That’s what they’re there to do and the word ‘no’ is non-existent. It’s, ‘what do we have to do to win?’”