Cup Clint Bowyer, driver of the No. 15 5Hour Energy Toyota, speaks with the media during NASCAR Sprint Media Tour at Charlotte Convention Center on January 30, 2014 in Charlotte, North Carolina.

Published on May 6th, 2014 | by Michael J Smith

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MWR Extends Bowyer, 5-Hour Energy

Michael Waltrip Racing announced that it has reached multi-year contract extensions with Clint Bowyer, driver of the No. 15 Sprint Cup Entry, Brian Pattie, Bowyer’s crew chief, and 5-Hour Energy, Bowyer’s sponsor.

Since joining the team in 2012, Bowyer has posted three wins and two Chase berths. He finished second in points in 2012.

Bowyer said:

This is big news for all of us. 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.

Team co-owner Michael Waltrip added:

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. I am most happy for the employees of MWR who are the foundation of everything we do.

5-Hour Energy will appear on the car for 24 races each year, starting in 2015.

This has to be a relief for MWR after 5-Hour Energy briefly considered leaving the team last year, after the team was penalized following the Federated Auto Parts 400 for attempting to manipulate the Chase when Clint Bowyer spun suspiciously and Brian Vickers was called to pit road.

5-Hour Energy ultimately decided to stay with the team. NAPA didn’t; they left the team after the penalty, which resulted in Martin Truex Jr, then driver of the No. 56 NAPA Auto Parts Toyota, leaving the team to join Furniture Row Racing.

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