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Clint Bowyer brings back familiar look for NASCAR return

Clint Bowyer makes his return to NASCAR competition this weekend at Nashville Superspeedway, and he will have a familiar partner along for the ride.

According to an announcement, Rush Truck Centers will be the primary sponsor for the No. 7 Spire Motorsports Chevrolet Silverado as Bowyer competes in the Craftsman Truck Series race on Friday (8 p.m. ET on FS2). The Rush Truck Centers scheme will be a tribute to the one Bowyer used during his final Cup season in 2020.

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"I've had some great sponsors over the years, and I'm thankful for all of them, but I take a very special pride in my connection to Rush Truck Centers and couldn't be prouder that they've decided to come on board for this race," Bowyer said in a statement.

"When we first announced that I was going to drive for Spire Motorsports at Nashville and be working with (crew chief) Brian Pattie, we talked about getting the band back together, so to speak. Well, to have Rush Truck Centers sponsor the truck is kind of the trifecta. I'm pretty excited about how all this is coming together."

Bowyer, who has won across all three national NASCAR series, will return to a track where he has excelled. The veteran made nine starts at Nashville in Xfinity and finished top five in all nine races. Bowyer also won a race at the 1.33-mile track in 2005.

Bowyer will now make his Truck debut at Nashville and will take over a truck that has twice visited victory lane this season. Kyle Busch made five starts in the No. 7 and he won at Atlanta Motor Speedway and Texas Motor Speedway.

"Clint has big shoes to fill, but we're pretty sure he's up to the task," Pattie said. "He's been to the shop a couple times and he's the same as he ever was.

"We never skipped a beat. We know he's up for the job and Clint is always up for a good time, so we're looking forward to Friday night. It's going to be a lot of fun."