|Bowyer and son Cash at Darlington|
credit: Charlotte Bray/Skirts & Scuffs
NASCAR Sprint Cup Series driver Clint Bowyer’s career path is set for the near future, as the driver of the No. 15 5-Hour Energy Toyota for Michael Waltrip Racing moves to HScott Motorsports in 2016 before taking over the No. 14 from Tony Stewart at Stewart-Haas Racing. Learn more about Bowyer in this week’s Fast Facts, originally published in Feb. 2012.
- Clint Bowyer was born May 30, 1979 in Emporia, Kansas. He began motocross racing at age five, winning more than 200 races and a number of championships before turning to street stocks in 1996. Bowyer went on to win championships in the Modified and Late Model divisions at tracks in Kansas and Missouri.
- In 2003, Bowyer made his debut in the ARCA Racing Series, finishing second in his debut at Nashville Superspeedway driving for Bobby Gerhart. Richard Childress saw the race and was impressed with Bowyer, going as far as calling Bowyer to offer him a job; Bowyer thought the person on the other end was joking and hung up. Luckily for Bowyer, Childress called back.
- Bowyer made his Busch Series (now Xfinity) debut in 2004, driving for both Childress and his then-Richard Childress Racing teammate Kevin Harvick. In 2005, his first full-time season in the series, Bowyer finished second in points with two wins and two poles.
- Bowyer made the jump to the Cup Series in 2006, finishing second to Denny Hamlin in the Rookie of the Year standings; he also raced full-time in the Busch Series again, with a third-place finish in points. In 2007, Bowyer won his first Cup Series race at New Hampshire Motor Speedway, followed in 2008 by the Nationwide (now Xfinity) Series title. From 2005-2011, Bowyer earned five wins with RCR and had a top finish of third in points in 2007.
- In 2012, Bowyer made the move from RCR to MWR and had his best season to date, winning three times and finishing runner-up to Brad Keselowski in points.
- Bowyer is also the owner of Clint Bowyer Racing, which fields Dirt Late Models; the team has fielded cars for Bowyer and Jimmie Johnson in Tony Stewart’s Prelude to the Dream charity race.
- Away from the track, Bowyer married his wife Lorra in April 2014; son Cash Aaron Bowyer was born Oct. 1 of that year.
- Find out more about Clint Bowyer at www.clintbowyer.com.