Clint Bowyer raced almost before he walked, competing in 50cc class motorcycle races by the age of five. He collected more than 200 wins and several championships and eventually graduated to four wheels, winning titles at tracks like Thunderhill, Lakeside and I-70 Speedways in and around Kansas. Some 30 years later, Bowyer competes in the premiere series in racing, the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series, for Michael Waltrip Racing driving the No. 15 5-hour ENERGY Toyota.
Coming off of his third year with the organization, Bowyer and his team, led by crew chief Brian Pattie notched five top-five and 15 top-10 finishes during the 2014 season. And while he may not have earned the Sprint Cup title this year, he did add several other important titles to his name. Bowyer married longtime girlfriend Lorra Podsiadlo and welcomed their first son, Cash Aaron Bowyer on Oct. 1.
He also became a champion team owner when Clint Bowyer Racing driver Don O’Neal won the 2014 Lucas Oil Late Model Series Championship. It was the first championship for O’Neal and the first for Bowyer as a team owner.
Not bad for a 35-year-old from Emporia, Kan., who once worked in the paint and body shop at a car dealership in his hometown. It’s a Toyota dealership he now owns. When he’s not selling cars in his hometown, where he often returns to hunt, he is helping the community through the Emporia Community Foundation and the “79 Fund” which Bowyer started in 2007 as a way to help the children of Emporia.
In its eighth year, the “Clint Bowyer’s Support Emporia Charity Event,” a golf tournament and dinner auction, has helped raise more than $2 million for the fund. In addition to constructing the Clint Bowyer Community Building, a multi-purpose community center, gifts have been awarded to a number of other Emporia-related causes from outfitting children with school backpacks to shoes for the needy at Christmas and allowing children 16 and under to swim for free at the Emporia Aquatic Center.
All of this in addition to being a teammate to Brian Vickers and driving for his primary sponsors which include 5-hour ENERGY, PEAK Antifreeze and AAA Mid-Atlantic.
And while he’s busy being a race car driver, teammate, champion team owner, husband, father, business owner and philanthropist, he hopes to add one more title to the list in 2015- NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Champion.
- In 10 years on the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series circuit, has participated in 325 races earning eight wins, 56 top-five and 152 top-10 finishes along with two poles.
- Won the Xfinity Championship in 2008, earning eight wins, 67 top-five and 115 top-10 finishes in 180 races.
- With the implementation of a new Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup points system, finished 19th in the final point standings
- Earned five-top five and 15 top-10 finishes
- Bowyer Dirt won the Lucas Late Model Dirt Championships with driver Don O’Neal
- For the fourth consecutive year, raised more than $350,000 through his “Clint Bowyer’s Support Emporia Charity Event” for his hometown of Emporia, Kan.
- Earned his fifth berth in the Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup, finishing seventh
- Joined Michael Waltrip Racing driving the No. 15 5-hour ENERGY Toyota Camry
- Earned his fourth berth in the Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup, finishing second in the final points standings, just 39 points behind first-place Brad Keselowski
- Three wins - Sonoma Raceway in June, Richmond International Raceway in September and Charlotte Motor Speedway in October
- Earned 10 top-five and 23 top-10 finishes
- Finished 13th in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series in the final point standings
- One win – Talladega Superspeedway in October
- Earned four top-five and 16 top-10 finishes
- Earned third berth in the Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup, finishing 10th in the final point standings
- Two wins – New Hampshire Motor Speedway in September and Talladega Superspeedway in October
- Earned seven top-five and 18 top-10 finishes
- Finished 15th in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series final point standings
- Earned four top-five and 16-top 10 finishes
- Clenched his second berth in the Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup, finishing fifth in the final point standings
- Two wins – Richmond International Raceway in April
- Won the XFINITY Series Championship with one win, 14 top-five and 29 top-10 finishes
- Started Bowyer Dirt fielding cars in the Late Model Dirt Series
- Earned his first NASCAR Sprint Cup Series win from the pole at New Hampshire Motor Speedway in September
- Two poles – Darlington Raceway in May and New Hampshire in September
- Earned five top-five and 17 top-10 finishes
- Started the “79 Fund” in conjunction with the Emporia Community Foundation as a way to help the residents of his hometown of Emporia, Kan.
- Competed in first full season of Sprint Cup competition, finishing 17th in the final point standings and second in the Rookie of the Year race
- Earned four top-five and 11-top 10 finishes
- Raced full-time in the NASCAR Xfinity Series, finishing second in the final point standings, earning two wins at Nashville Superspeedway and Memphis Motorsports Park, 12 top-five and 22 top-10 finishes along with two poles
- Ran one NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race at Phoenix International Raceway where he finished 22nd
Bowyer participated in two ARCA Racing Series races in 2003 and one in 2004. His performance caught the attention of NASCAR team owner Richard Childress. Childress paired Bowyer and Sprint Cup champion Kevin Harvick in an Xfinity Series car in 2004. Bowyer started 17 races earning a pole at Talladega Superspeedway along with four top-five and seven top-10 finishes