With the 2019 racing season playoffs half over, silly season continues as more drivers get signed to teams in the Monster Energy Cup and Xfinity Series.
Stewart-Haas Racing has announced that the driver of their Monster Energy Cup Series number 14 car, Clint Bowyer, will return next season and continue driving the number 14 car.
Bowyer took over driving the number 14 car in 2016 after team co-owner Tony Stewart retired from driving in the Monster Cup Series.
Speaking on Bowyer driving for SHR, Tony Stewart said via a news release, “Clint Bowyer is a racer to his core who brings passion and energy to our race team. He’s exactly who I wanted to drive my No. 14 car and we’re very happy to have him continue with Stewart-Haas Racing.”
Also via a team news release, Clint Bowyer spoke on his contract extension saying, “I’m proud to be back with Stewart-Haas Racing next year and very happy to announce it the week leading into my home race. This is a team filled with racers who love to compete, and as a race car driver, it’s exactly where you want to be. Great equipment, great teammates, and we’re all backed by great people, which starts at the top with Tony and Gene. They know how to some fast Ford Mustangs and I’m the lucky guy who gets to drive ’em.”
The announcement that Clint Bowyer will remain with SHR comes on the heels of news that SHR team mates Aric Almirola and Kevin Harvick will also remain with the team. Only the fate of the 41 car currently being driven by Daniel Suarez has yet to be revealed.
In other “silly season” news…
Current Gander Outdoors Truck Series driver Harrison Burton will be moving up to the Xfinity Series next season.
The 19 year old Burton will be taking over the driving duties for the Joe Gibbs Racing number 20 car being vacated by Christopher Bell who is moving up to the Monster Energy Cup Series next season.
DEX Imaging will serve as the primary sponsor for the JGR number 20 car next season.
While a Truck Series regular, Burton has participated in six Xfinity Series races this season.
Speaking on his new ride, Harrison Burton said via a statement, “I want to finish this season strong, but I’m excited to get 2020 started. My time with JGR this season will really help me because I’ve already gotten to know so many people there and it’s such a great team and organization. They have a long history of helping to develop drivers and this is big for the next step in my career.”
The son of former Monster Cup driver and current NBC broadcaster Jeff Burton, Harrison has worked his way through the various racing series including being the K&N Pro Series championship in 2017.