By Luis Torres, Staff Writer
Clint Bowyer won’t be going anywhere as Stewart-Haas Racing announced Thursday that he’ll be back in the No. 14 Ford Mustang for the 2020 NASCAR Cup Series season.
The 10-time Cup Series winner said he’s proud to have a deal put together that’ll keep him around for his upcoming 15th season and fourth at SHR.
“I’m proud to be back with Stewart-Haas Racing next year and very happy to announce it the week leading into my home race,” Bowyer said. “This is a team filled with racers who love to compete, and as a racecar driver, it’s exactly where you want to be. Great equipment, great teammates, and we’re all backed by great people, which starts at the top with Tony (Stewart) and Gene (Haas). They know how to build some fast Ford Mustangs and I’m the lucky guy who gets to drive ‘em.”
Co-owner Tony Stewart describes Bowyer as a passionate racer, a key element of what he searches for from a driver in order to make his race team successful.
“Clint Bowyer is a racer to his core who brings passion and energy to our race team,” Stewart said. “He’s exactly who I wanted to drive my No. 14 car and we’re very happy to have him continue with Stewart-Haas Racing.”
Thursday’s announcement meant three out of the four rides have been confirmed, leaving just the No. 41 Ford, currently driven by Daniel Suarez, as the only team without a decision for 2020.
Bowyer’s home race at Kansas Speedway will be the site of Sunday’s Hollywood Casino 400 and cutoff race to determine who’ll make the Round of 8. He’s on the outside looking in as he’s currently 11th in points, just six markers behind eighth-place Alex Bowman.
The sixth race of the 10-race playoffs will commence at 2:30 pm EST live on NBC. Chase Elliott is the defending winner of the 267-lap race. Bowyer finished 13th last October but comes with strong optimism as he ended up fifth back in May.