By AMANDA VINCENT
According to an NBC Sports report, NASCAR driver Clint Bowyer and his former team, HScott Motorsports, have settled a $2.223 million lawsuit Bowyer filed against his former race team in North Carolina Superior Court, claiming the team failed to pay him for two months and owed him commission for bringing sponsorship to the team for his one-year stint as driver of the No. 15 HScott Motorsports Chevrolet entry in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series in 2016.
“Mr. (Harry) Scott (Jr.) provided additional information to Mr. Bowyer, of which he was not aware, which satisfied him that the claims asserted against Mr. Scott should be dismissed,” a joint statement from Clint Bowyer Racing and HScott Motorsports read. “(Clint Bowyer Racing) and HScott Motorsports then reached a mutual and amicable confidential settlement as to the claims for the debt owed to (Clint Bowyer Racing).”
Bowyer claimed breach of contract in his lawsuit. He said he didn’t receive payments he was owed from HScott Motorsports owner Harry Scott on Oct. 20 and Nov. 20. The suit claims those two payments were supposed to total $1.2 million. Bowyer also claimed in his suit that he was owed at least $1 million from sponsorship he claimed he brought to the team.
Bowyer had a one-year deal with HScott Motorsports to bridge a time gap between stints at Michael Waltrip Racing and Stewart-Haas Racing. Bowyer was a driver at MWR until that team shuttered operations at the end of the 2015 season. He heads to Stewart-Haas Racing to replace retired driver Tony Stewart behind the wheel of the No. 14 Chevrolet in 2017. A deal between SHR and HScott put Bowyer in the No. 15 Chevrolet HScott Motorsports entry in 2016 as he awaited Stewart’s retirement as driver of the #14 at the end of the 2016 season.
Bowyer’s sponsor at Michael Waltrip Racing, 5-Hour Energy, followed him to HScott Motorsports for the 2016 season, but that sponsor has left HScott and Bowyer to be primary sponsor of Erik Jones on a second Furniture Row Racing entry for 2017.
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