From the Marbles - NASCAR

Yes, it's finally official: Clint Bowyer will drive the No. 15 for Michael Waltrip Racing with primary sponsorship from 5-Hour ENERGY in 2012.

The deal is for three years, and 5-Hour will sponsor Bowyer's car for 24 of the season's 36 races.

Bowyer will finish the 2011 season with Richard Childress Racing, the team he's driven for his entire NASCAR career.

"It's a big day for me. Obviously, I've been with RCR since day one; I owe a lot to Richard, but it's time to move on and today's the day," Bowyer said.

At the press conference, Bowyer revealed that he and 5-Hour had joined forces and originally approached RCR, indicating his initial desire to stay with his current team, but that a deal couldn't be worked out. When asked when he knew he'd likely not be back with RCR in 2012, Bowyer responded, "I'd say that day came when we'd been talking to them about the 5-Hour deal and they still couldn't put a deal together so I said, 'Well, alright, we'll go somewhere else.' And that's what probably ultimately led to leaving RCR."

Bowyer wouldn't say what the stumbling blocks in the negotiations with RCR were.

Bowyer joins David Reutimann and Martin Truex, Jr. at MWR, as the organization expands from two teams to three. (The team currently provides equipment to JTG-Daugherty Racing, however that partnership is not official for 2012.)

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