Struggles for Bowyer continuation of recent years
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Clint Bowyer talks with Dale Earnhardt Jr. at Las Vegas Motor Speedway.

By Zachary Lange
Staff Reporter
March 28, 2016

DISCLAIMER: Opinions expressed are solely those of the writer.

For Clint Bowyer and HScott Motorsports, an off-week was likely welcomed after poor showings the first five weeks of the Sprint Cup season.

For a driver who has finished second in overall points in 2012 and has a career average finish of 15th, one can’t help but wonder what is going on?

Is it a slow start? Or is HScott Motorsports not up to par technologically to run up at the front?

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Clint Bowyer leads Brian Scott at Phoenix International Raceway.

This year for HScott Motorsports was supposed to be a step in the right direction, after running a full year last year with Justin Allgaier and earning the team’s first top-ten at Bristol last April, HScott Motorsports continued their technical alliance with Hendrick Motorsports and brought in Clint Bowyer on a one-year deal that ties him over until his contract starts with Stewart-Haas Racing in 2017.  

But struggles to find speed have been evident, as have mistakes on pit road under the watch of veteran crew chief Steve Addington. An early loose wheel relegated the team to 31st at Phoenix, and despite gaining from their test and practice throughout the week in Las Vegas, they hardly managed to stay on the lead lap to finish 22nd.

Bowyer is coming off of a season best 18th last week at Fontana and said in a press release to HScott Motorsports, “We worked hard today for that finish today and put in a solid effort. I’m glad we have something decent to show for it.  A lot of people had issues today but we were able to avoid most of that. Just an all-around solid day for the Visine Chevy.  I know it isn’t where we want to run, but it was a gain.”

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Clint Bowyer practices for the Daytona 500.
A gain sure, but the results still thus far have regressed.

While his near championship bid in 2012 was strong, recent years at Michael Waltrip Racing proved to be mediocre. After the MWR incident at Richmond that saw Bowyer appear to spin out (a move he claims was an accident) to draw caution and subsequent addition of Ryan Newman to the Chase that year, Bowyer saw his trends spin downwards.

2014 and 2015 went without a victory and an average finish of only 17th and 18th.

Now through the first five weeks of the season, Bowyer’s average finish sits at 28th. His position in the points is 31st, which is fifth lowest among drivers who have started all five events thus far.

It has been a tough start to this season for the driver of the No. 15 Chevy and the season may end up staying that way, but Bowyer fans and Bowyer himself can find solace in knowing next year a transition to top-tier Stewart Haas Racing is in order.

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