Signs say Bowyer ready to jump ship

It seems Clint Bowyer finally has decided whether he will stay with Richard Childress Racing or move over to Michael Waltrip's team.

The envelope, please:

Michael Waltrip Racing it is.

All signs point in that direction. Waltrip has scheduled a news conference at Kansas Speedway on Friday to discuss "the future of Michael Waltrip Racing," going on to imply that the Bowyer contract is all but a done deal.

"I feel good about everything we're doing," Waltrip said at Dover International Speedway last week.

Bowyer, in the final year of his contract with RCR, will give the Waltrip team three full-time Sprint Cup teams in 2012, joining David Reutimann and Martin Truex Jr.

Bowyer has spent all six of his Cup seasons at RCR, winning four races and making the Chase three times. The partnership unraveled because of sponsorship issues.

"It's definitely going to change the look of (RCR)," RCR driver Kevin Harvick told "I think Clint was a good asset for us because he was competitive on a weekly basis, so he brings something to the table. ... He's a good friend of mine and we've been through a lot together, so it's not something that I look at that's real positive.

"But sometimes in this sport, sponsorship and circumstances dictate things happening that you don't really have a lot of control over."

Tough time: Sad news from a family that has dealt with its share of tragedy: Pattie Petty, the wife of former NASCAR driver and TV analyst Kyle Petty, is battling Parkinson's disease. Petty, 60, has suspected she has been dealing with the disease since early 2010. She is undergoing treatment at University of Kansas Hospital.

"I am relieved that my family and I are confident in my diagnosis and can focus on the work we have ahead of us to live with Parkinson's disease," she said.

Red Bull back? Red Bull's on-and-off romance with NASCAR appears to be on the upswing. X Games star and Red Bull athlete Travis Pastrana said over the weekend that Red Bull may sponsor a car in the Sprint Cup Series next season. "(Red Bull) wants to sponsor a team, as opposed to the Formula 1 setup where they own the team," Pastrana said.

George Diaz

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