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Free-agent-to-be Bowyer has offer from RPM

August 27, 2011, Sporting News Wire Service, NASCAR.com

BRISTOL, Tenn. -- Richard Petty Motorsports is waiting for an answer from Clint Bowyer.

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Bowyer has an offer on the table from RPM, according to majority owner Andrew Murstein, who said Saturday during an interview on Sirius XM NASCAR Radio that the organization was waiting for a response.

"We gave him an offer recently and are hoping to hear back from him," Murstein said.

The driver of the No. 33 Chevrolet is in a contract year at Richard Childress Racing.

Murstein told Sporting News in January that Bowyer was at the top of the list of drivers he'd like to hire if RPM expanded beyond the two cars it currently fields for drivers A.J. Allmendinger and Marcos Ambrose.

RPM's interest in Bowyer, however, raises serious questions about the viability of expansion in the current economic climate. Allmendinger's sponsor, Best Buy, also is in a contract year, and with sponsorship dollars as limited as they are, can RPM afford to hire Bowyer and add a third team?

Bowyer, who has four victories and three appearances in the Chase, hasn't been able to come to terms with owner Richard Childress. According to sources, the driver and owner have different perceptions of Bowyer's market value.

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