Bowyer, MWR talking – but deal isn't done

Jay Hart
Yahoo! SportsSeptember 16, 2011

JOLIET, Ill. – Michael Waltrip Racing appears to be the front-runner to land the last big fish on NASCAR's free-agent market, Clint Bowyer.

When approached by Yahoo! Sports in the Cup garage at Chicagoland Speedway on Friday, Bowyer said, "Yeah, we're [he and MWR] talking, and, no, we don't have a deal done."

When asked if he is still talking to his current team, Richard Childress Racing, Bowyer said, "We're working on everything. As far as the Waltrip deal, yes we're talking."

After a report indicted Bowyer had already signed with MWR, owner Michael Waltrip released a statement saying his team has had "very productive conversations with Clint and a quality sponsor. Today, however, we don't have anything finalized and we're not in a position to make any formal announcements."

After Carl Edwards, who re-signed with Roush Fenway Racing, Bowyer is the most prized driver on this year's free-agent list. He had talked to Richard Petty Motorsports, but that organization recently withdrew its offer.

Now it looks as though Bowyer will leave Richard Childress Racing, the only team he's known in his six-year Cup career, for MWR, which would need to expand from two to three cars.