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Clint Bowyer signs extension with MWR

May 05, 2014, Staff report, NASCAR.com

Crew chief Brian Pattie, 5-hour Energy also get extensions with team

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Clint Bowyer will be staying a while longer at Michael Waltrip Racing, which on Monday announced a multi-year contract extension for the Sprint Cup Series driver.

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MWR also signed No. 15 team crew chief Brian Pattie and primary sponsor 5-hour Energy to multi-year extensions, the team announced. The 5-hour Energy brand will appear on Bowyer's car for 24 races each year beginning with the 2015 season.

"This is big news for all of us,” said Bowyer, an eight-time winner in NASCAR Sprint Cup competition. “It creates great stability and excitement about what the next few years can bring. MWR is my racing home and continuing this relationship with 5-hour Energy was a high priority. It’s time to put the paperwork in a drawer and focus on winning.”

Bowyer, Pattie and 5-Hour Energy all joined MWR in 2012, and have since scored three race victories and earned two berths in the Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup. Bowyer finished as runner-up in final points in 2012. He is currently 18th in the standings after Sunday's third-place finish at Talladega Superspeedway. This weekend his 300th career Sprint Cup start comes at his home track, Kansas Speedway, in a race also backed by the 5-hour Energy brand.
 
“Since the first day 5-hour Energy, Clint and Brian showed up at MWR, we have been a contender for wins and championships. I am so thankful that we get to continue and add to what we have built,” team co-owner Michael Waltrip said. “I am most happy for the employees of MWR who are the foundation of everything we do.”

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