Kansas native Clint Bowyer will not lose his sponsor over a spin, many thought was questionable, in Richmond. 5-Hour Energy announcing on Facebook Friday morning that it will stay with the No. 15 team next season.
The energy shot sponsor had said last week at New Hampshire that it was evaluating its status as sponsor for Bowyer beyond 2013 and will make a final decision at the end of the year. But they said Friday that after meeting with Michael Waltrip Racing this week, they are ready to move forward.
You may remember all three MWR teams were fined and docked 50 points after NASCAR found they conspired to get driver Martin Truex, Jr. into the Chase for the Championship by manipulating the results of the race at Richmond. NASCAR also removed Truex from the Chase and replaced him with Ryan Newman. Truex lost his sponsor NAPA for next season in the wake of the controversy.
NASCAR said it had no proof Bowyer spun his car on purpose. He enters Sunday's race at Dover in 10th place in the Championship standings, 48 points behind leader Matt Kenseth.
Here is the entire statement 5-Hour Energy posted on it's Facebook page:
This week the 5-hour ENERGY® team met after the New Hampshire race to discuss our future with Michael Waltrip Racing. While our original plan was to announce the status of our sponsorship at the end of the year, this timeframe left many concerned about their future. There are scores of passionate fans, numerous charitable organizations, and hundreds of hard-working MWR employees and their families who are directly impacted by 5-hour ENERGY’s NASCAR sponsorship.
After several internal discussions and meetings with MWR, we are prepared to announce our decision ahead of schedule. 5-hour ENERGY® will be back as a sponsor of MWR and Clint Bowyer for 2014. We look forward to another great year of competitive racing. Go 15!