NASCAR driver Clint Bowyer has asked a South Dakota judge to dismiss a motorcycle company’s lawsuit against him that alleges he didn’t pay for $31,000 of custom work it did on his Harley-Davidson.
Klock Werks Kustom Cycles in Mitchell says it did the work on Bowyer’s motorcycle about four years ago.
The company is seeking the money plus 18 percent annual interest, along with attorney and court fees.
Bowyer, 33, who was the runner-up in NASCAR’s top-tier Sprint Cup series in 2012, says he repaid the debt through promotional services, The Daily Republic reported.
He also says the court in South Dakota’s Davison County has no jurisdiction over him because his agreement with Klock Werks was made in Arizona, the motorcycle was purchased in Minnesota and it was delivered to him in North Carolina.
In an affidavit filed Feb. 28, Bowyer and his Sioux Falls attorney, Steve Sanford, said he “has never set foot in South Dakota in any way related to this dispute.” Bowyer said he attended the annual Sturgis Motorcycle Rally in Sturgis three times, “but not with the motorcycle in question here.”
INDYCAR: In St. Petersburg, Fla., the two title contenders from last season led the way on IndyCar’s opening day of the season.
The third fastest driver was a surprise. Simona de Silvestro posted the third-fastest time of the day on the streets of St. Petersburg, right behind Will Power and defending IndyCar champion Ryan Hunter-Reay.
Hunter-Reay and Power took their championship battle to last year’s season finale, with Hunter-Reay winning his first title by four points.
Power topped the leaderboard with a lap at 1:01.4467, followed by Hunter-Reay at 1:01.625 and de Silvestro at 1:01.6895.