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Clint Bowyer Sues HScott Motorsports Over Missed Payments, Sponsorship


As Clint Bowyer moves on into the next chapter of his career filling Tony Stewart shoes, another one will be ending in a court case.

Bowyer is suing former team HScott Motorsports for $2.2 million in missed payments and commission for bringing sponsorship to the team. The lawsuit was filed in the North Carolina Superior Court November 21st, which was last Monday.

In the court documents, team owner Harry Scott, who is expected to shut down the Cup team any time now, is using money owed to Bowyer to pay other creditors and “repeatedly failed to make the scheduled payments” on two occasions. Bowyer alleges that Scott has not paid money owed to him Oct. 20 and Nov. 20 for a total of $1.2 million.

Bowyer also claims that he is also owed at least $1 million from sponsorship from at least five companies (5-Hour Energy, Maxwell House, Peak, Visine and AAA Insurance) that  he brought to the team from the defunct Michael Waltrip Racing team for the 2016 season.

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“We are aware of the lawsuit,” HScott Motorsports spokesman 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.”

Additionally, Bowyer obtained an order of attachment, which requires Scott to hold on to at least $2.223 million in property while the lawsuit makes its way through the court system in North Carolina.

“This has been an ongoing issue with HScott Motorsports for some time,” Bowyer’s attorney Robert Muckenfuss said in a statement. “We were forced to file the lawsuit after the season because several payments had not been made and we were made aware that Scott was liquidating assets but still not paying Clint. We were also made aware that Scott was selling the No. 15 [car] charter and asking NASCAR for approval to transfer the charter with no intention of paying Clint.”

Clint Bowyer finished 27th in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series points in 2016, with only 3 top ten’s and an average finish of 23.6.