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Bowyer Gets New Spotter

Clint Bowyer during practice for the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Samsung Mobile 500 at Texas Motor Speedway on April 12, 2012 in Fort Worth, Texas. [1]Clint Bowyer, drive of Michael Waltrip Racing’s No. 15 Toyota, will get a new spotter starting at Chicagoland Speedway.

Brett Griffin will take over spotting duties from Ty Norris, general manager with MWR. Griffin has served as a Nationwide Series spotter and business manager for Elliott Sadler.

Griffin lost his job as Jeff Burton’s sponsor when Sadler announced that he would not be returning to Richard Childress Racing next season.

Bowyer said:

 I like Brett. We’ve been friends off the race track for a long time. I’ve got a lot of confidence in him. I talked to Jeff Burton a lot about him, and he was like, “Hire him–hire him in the morning. Hire him right now.” I’ve just got a lot of confidence in him. I don’t think it’ll be a transition at all because we know each other so well, and he does such a good job where he is. I’ve listened to him a lot, and most of the things I ask for, he does. I wanted to make sure Ty was OK with it, because, first and foremost, Ty helped me get where I’m at in so many different levels. I didn’t want to take anything from him. If he wanted to be a part of that, I wasn’t about to make a change until next year. But the opportunity came up, and Ty kind of wants to focus on his job and make sure all three cars are running well. I think it’ll just be a good thing.