NASCAR Cup: Clint Bowyer sues HScott Motorsports
Clint Bowyer (photo courtesy of Getty Images for NASCAR)
By AMANDA VINCENT
Clint Bowyer and HScott Motorsports aren’t parting on good terms. As a matter-of-fact, Bowyer has filed a lawsuit against the race team in North Carolina Superior Court, according to an ESPN report
Bowyer is seeking at least $2.223 million, claiming that the team failed to pay him for two months. He also says the team owes him commission for bringing sponsorship to HScott for his one-year stint with the organization.
“We are aware of the lawsuit,” HScott Motorsports spokesperson Ramsey Poston said. “Obviously, we won’t speak about the details of the suit, but I can say that, overall, it is frivolous and capricious. It is also important to know that Mr. Scott has used personal resources to loan money to the race team to support it, and to allege that he has taken money out of the race team is simply false. Mr. Scott and the team will aggressively defend itself and will ultimately prevail.”
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 No. 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.
According to the ESPN report, Bowyer claims breach of contract in his lawsuit. He says 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 claims in his suit that he is owed at least $1 million from sponsorship he claims he brought to the team.