DOVER, Del. — Clint Bowyer hopes his one-year pit stop at HScott Motorsports is more than just a footnote on his career.
He wants to build the foundation that will shape the fledgling organization into a championship contender.
"When I leave there, I want to be able to leave there having a winning organization," he said.
As expected, Bowyer said Friday that he will drive for team owner Harry Scott in 2016. Then it's on to Stewart-Haas Racing in 2017 to replace three-time NASCAR champ Tony Stewart.
Bowyer became available when Michael Waltrip Racing decided to cease operations at the end of this season and released him from his three-year contract.
The deal with Scott gives Bowyer team support from SHR. Bowyer will drive a Chevy for HSM, just like at Stewart. HSM receives technical support from Hendrick Motorsports and SHR.
"I think Clint will help us long-term because he is basically going to be able to help us kind of reset our program and set the bar higher going forward," Scott said at Dover International Speedway. Scott said the 2016 goal was to win races and make the Chase for the Championship.
"Right, Clint?" he said to Bowyer, smiling. "It better be," Bowyer responded.
In 2015 Justin Allgaier (30th in points) and Michael Annett (36th) have driven for Scott.
Rained out: Rain wiped out the day's activity at Dover, so Matt Kenseth will be on the pole for Sunday's AAA 400 after the field was set on points. He is followed by Joe Gibbs Racing teammates Denny Hamlin and Carl Edwards. Saturday's Xfinity series qualifying was also canceled; Ryan Blaney will start on the pole. … NHRA qualifying at the Keystone Nationals in Reading, Pa., was also canceled.