Clint Bowyer lands ride with HScott before replacing Tony Stewart

Tony Stewart, right, laughs as he talks with team co-owner Gene Haas, center, and Clint Bowyer, left, as they leave a news conference on Stewart's retirement from driving NASCAR Sprint Cup series racing after the 2016 season at Stewart-Haas Racing's headquarters in Kannapolis, N.C., Wednesday, Sept. 30, 2015. (AP Photo/Chuck Burton)

DOVER, Del. (AP) — Clint Bowyer will spend next season with HScott Motorsports before he takes over for Tony Stewart in 2017.

Bowyer was released from his contract with Michael Waltrip Racing because the team is folding at the end of the season. He was named this week as Stewart’s successor in the No. 14 Chevrolet. Stewart is retiring from Sprint Cup racing following the 2016 season.

Bowyer now has a ride with team owner Harry Scott in a deal that will give him a seat and likely team support from Stewart-Haas Racing.

HScott Motorsports fielded Chevrolets this season for Justin Allgaier and Michael Annett.

Bowyer is 16th this season in the Chase for the Sprint Cup championship standings. Barring a victory, Bowyer will not advance to the second round.

 

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