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Clint Bowyer re-ups with Michael Waltrip Racing

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Mar 30, 2014; Martinsville, VA, USA; NASCAR Sprint Cup Series driver Clint Bowyer (15) before the start of the STP Gas Booster 500 at Martinsville Speedway. (Randy Sartin-USA TODAY Sports)

Clint Bowyer may be having one hell of a Cinco de Mayo party.

Michael Waltrip Racing announced Monday that Bowyer, crew chief Brian Pattie and sponsor 5-Hour Energy signed contract extensions with the team. Bowyer's contract had been up at the end of the season. It's a new three-year deal.

This is big news for all of us,” Bowyer said in a statement. β€œIt 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.”

Bowyer joined the team before the 2012 season after Richard Childress Racing downsized from four teams to three after sponsor General Mills cut back on sponsorship on Bowyer's car.

Earlier Monday, Bowyer announced (in truly Clint Bowyerian fashion) that he and wife Lorra were expecting their first child, a son. The couple got married over the Cup Series' Easter off-weekend.

In his first season with Michael Waltrip Racing, Bowyer finished second to Sprint Cup Series champion Brad Keselowski. Last season he fell back to seventh in the points standings and is 18th this season after a frustrating start to the year.

5-Hour Energy's deal with the team is for 24 races a year through the length of its contract.

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