Monday, September 28, 2015

Earlier today, we reported that NASCAR legend Tony Stewart will be announcing his retirement from racing this week. Now, his replacement in the No. 14 Chevrolet has been revealed.

According to USA Today, Stewart will be handing over his seat in the car to Clint Bowyer after the 2016 season. Bowyer was recently released from his contract with Michael Waltrip Racing.

DAYTONA BEACH, FL - FEBRUARY 24:  Clint Bowyer, driver of the #15 5-Hour Energy Toyota, stands in the garage area during practice for the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Daytona 500 at Daytona International Speedway on February 24, 2012 in Daytona Beach, Florida.  (Photo by Tyler Barrick/Getty Images for NASCAR)

“I want to thank all of our staff, partners, sponsors and fans for all their effort and support over the years,” Michael Waltrip co-owner Rob Kauffman said. “Clint Bowyer has done a lot for MWR since joining us in 2012 and we appreciate the energy and effort he has given the organization.:

“After many discussions, Clint and I agreed we would go our separate ways at the end of the season and I wish him well in whatever direction he pursues,” he added.

“After extensive discussions with Rob and MWR, we came to the point that we mutually agreed our paths in the future just didn’t align,” Bowyer said. “But I think we all agreed on the next steps in a very professional manner.

“I am looking forward to what future opportunities may come but for now we have a championship to pursue in 2015 and we owe it to every one of our sponsors, partners, employees and fans to deliver on and off the track.”

While it has not yet been confirmed, insiders say that Bowyer will indeed be Stewart’s replacement. What do you think about this? Let us know your thoughts in the comments section.

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