Jack Roush And J.D. Gibbs Interested In Clint Bowyer

With the relationship between Clint Bowyer and Richard Childress Racing appearing to be a thing of the past, teams are looking to Bowyer as a possible addition to their organizations. 

Among those teams with possible openings for Bowyer are Joe Gibbs Racing and Roush Fenway Racing. Both team owner Jack Roush and JGR team president J.D. Gibbs expressed interest in bringing Bowyer on as a part of their team Saturday in Richmond.

Roush said he has always seen Bowyer as "very capable" and "compatible" with his organization, saying he would be interested in acquiring the free-agent driver if "the opportunity presented itself." 

While Roush Fenway Racing currently has four teams, sponsor UPS has announced its departure from the No. 6 car driven by David Ragan and the organization is still working on funding for both Carl Edwards and Matt Kenseth. 

If Roush is unable to bring Bowyer on board at RFR, he "would be in favor" of having him at one of their "affiliate teams" of Richard Petty Motorsports or Wood Brothers Racing. 

On the other side of the garage, Gibbs remained steadfast in saying their organization is always open to the addition of a fourth team, but all of the pieces - driver, sponsor and crew - have to be in place for that to happen.

While he said Bowyer could "drive a race car" he seemed to indicate finding sponsorship for the fourth team would be the biggest hurdle facing his acquisition.

What Gibbs does not believe would be an issue is the personal differences his drivers and Bowyer have had in the past. At the beginning of last year's Chase, Denny Hamlin called out Bowyer and RCR for pushing the envelop in terms of the rule book - going so far as to accuse them of cheating. Gibbs said the organization has been forced to deal with clashing personalities in the past and believed if faced with the situation, they would find middle ground and put it in the past.

When pressed when it would be too late to put a deal together, Gibbs simply said, "It's getting pretty close."

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