Richard Petty Motorsports has withdrawn its offer to Clint Bowyer, according to Foxsports.com . Team owner Andrew Murstein confirmed that RPM is no longer interested in hiring Bowyer to drive one of their Fords in the Sprint Cup Series in 2012.
Murstein indicated that RPM is happy with its performance this season with drivers Marcos Ambrose and AJ Allmendinger.
We are no longer in discussions with [Bowyer]. We just feel that RPM is in a great place today, especially how far we have come since last year. Both Marcos (Ambrose) and AJ (Allmendinger) are not only having career years, but they are both moving in the right directions and improving. … Clint is a great driver and we wish him the best wherever he ends up. For now, we will continue to focus on our two teams and continuing to make great strides as we return the King and his unmatched tradition and legion of loyal fans back into Victory Lane.
Joe Gibbs Racing, Roush Fenway Racing, and Michael Waltrip Racing could be interested in signing Bowyer. But, for JGR, sponsorship is the issue. If Bowyer were to join JGR, it would most likely be in a fourth car, which would mean an additional sponsor would need to be found. Joey Logano was rumored to be on the hot seat, when the Carl Edwards rumors were circulating. That doesn’t seem to be the case with Bowyer, though.
Roush Fenway Racing would have to release a driver to accommodate Bowyer, which is unlikely. Matt Kenseth, Carl Edwards, and Greg Biffle are all secure at RFR, and David Ragan, with his win at Daytona International Speedway (and almost victory in the Daytona 500) this season, may have secured his place at RFR, despite UPS cutting back its sponsorship schedule.
Bowyer was touring MWR last week. If he were to join the team, it would be in a third car, which again means an additional sponsor would need to be found.