Clint Bowyer
Clint Bowyer
Clint Bowyer at the Daytona 500.JPG
Bowyer at the 2015 Daytona 500
Born (1979-05-30) May 30, 1979 (age 38)
Emporia, Kansas
Height 6 ft 0 in (1.83 m)
Weight 160 lb (73 kg)
Achievements 2002 NASCAR Weekly Racing Series Midwest Division Champion
2008 NASCAR Nationwide Series Champion
2011 Prelude to the Dream Winner
2014, 2015 Sprint Showdown Winner
Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series career
424 races run over 13 years
Car no., team No. 14 (Stewart-Haas Racing)
2016 position 27th
Best finish 2nd (2012)
First race 2005 Subway Fresh 500 (Phoenix)
Last race 2017 Tales of the Turtles 400 (Chicagoland)
First win 2007 Sylvania 300 (New Hampshire)
Last win 2012 Bank of America 500 (Charlotte)
Wins Top tens Poles
8 178 2
NASCAR Xfinity Series career
181 races run over 9 years
2016 position 104th
Best finish 1st (2008)
First race 2004 O'Reilly 300 (Texas)
Last race 2016 Drive for Safety 300 (Chicagoland)
First win 2005 Federated Auto Parts 300 (Nashville)
Last win 2009 Dover 200 (Dover)
Wins Top tens Poles
8 116 9
NASCAR Camping World Truck Series career
14 races run over 6 years
2016 position 84th
Best finish 42nd (2006)
First race 2006 Kroger 250 (Martinsville)
Last race 2016 Toyota Tundra 250 (Kansas)
First win 2006 Silverado 350K (Texas)
Last win 2011 O'Reilly Auto Parts 250 (Kansas)
Wins Top tens Poles
3 10 2
Statistics current as of September 17, 2017.

Clint Bowyer (born May 30, 1979) is an American professional stock car racing driver. He currently competes full-time in the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series, driving the No. 14 Ford Fusion for Stewart-Haas Racing. Prior to driving for Stewart-Haas Racing, he drove for HScott Motorsports for one year, Michael Waltrip Racing for four years, Richard Childress Racing for eight years, and won the 2008 Nationwide Series championship.

Early career

Bowyer began racing at the age of five in motocross. He went on to capture over 200 wins and numerous championships over the next eight years. In 1996, he began racing street stocks at Thunderhill Speedway in Mayetta, Kansas, and won the Modified championship there in 2000. Bowyer racked up 18 wins and 32 top-five finishes on his way to capturing the 2001 Modified championships at Lakeside Speedway in Kansas City, Kansas and Heartland Park Topeka. In 2002, he began racing in the NASCAR Weekly Racing Series, posting 9 poles, 12 wins and 32 top-five finishes en route to a second-place finish in the NASCAR Weekly Racing Series national point standings. He was also crowned the 2002 NASCAR Weekly Racing Series Midwest Champion after another Modified championship at Lakeside Speedway and a Late Model championship at the famed I-70 Speedway in Odessa, MO, his first attempt at racing on asphalt.

In 2003, Bowyer raced a full season in the NASCAR AutoZone Elite Division Midwest Series, scoring one top-ten finish in 11 starts. He also would make his first ARCA starts in 2003, and caught the eye of legendary car owner Richard Childress after leading 47 laps and finishing second in his debut at Nashville Superspeedway driving for Scott Traylor out of Kansas City.

After the second-place finish, Richard Childress called Bowyer by phone and offered him a job. Bowyer thought he was joking and hung up on him. Childress called back soon afterward and with a not-too-happy tone he still offered the job to Bowyer.[1]

NASCAR career

2004

In 2004, Bowyer began by finishing 8th in the ARCA Remax series race at Daytona in the No. 7 Chevrolet for Gerhart. In 2004 Bowyer began running in the Busch Series for Childress, sharing seat time in the No. 21 Chevrolet with Kevin Harvick. He drove in half of the 34 Busch Series races that year, winning one pole and seven top-tens, attaining a season-high 3rd-place finish in the Federated Auto Parts 300 at Nashville Superspeedway in June. He also ran three races for Kevin Harvick Incorporated with help from Andy Petree Racing. Bowyer made two starts for Bill McAnally in the Camping World West Series in the No. 20 Chevrolet. In his two starts at Phoenix and Auto Club Speedway, he won 1 pole and had a best finish of 2nd.

2005-06

Bowyer's first full Busch season was in 2005, replacing Ron Hornaday in the No. 2 Chevrolet. He won two poles and two races en route to a second-place finish to repeat-champion Martin Truex, Jr., losing by only 68 points. He also made his NEXTEL Cup debut in the No. 33 Chevy on April 23, 2005, during the Subway Fresh 500 at Phoenix International Raceway. He finished 22nd as the first car one lap down. Richard Childress Racing announced on October 15, 2005, that Bowyer would race the No. 07 Chevrolet full-time in the NEXTEL Cup series, replacing Dave Blaney for the 2006 season.

Bowyer began his rookie Cup season with three Top 5 finishes and had a total of eleven Top 10's that season, with his best finish being a 3rd at California Speedway. He finished 68 points behind Denny Hamlin for NASCAR Rookie of the Year honors. Bowyer also continued to drive the No. 2 in the Busch Series full-time, winning once and finishing 3rd in points. Bowyer won his first Craftsman Truck Series race in the No. 46 Chevrolet Silverado fielded by Morgan-Dollar Motorsports at Texas Motor Speedway on November 3, 2006, in his third career Truck start, making his first CTS start that year at Martinsville for Green Light Racing.

2007

Bowyer at the 2007 Sharpie 500
Bowyer's 2007 car

After starting the 2007 season with a last-lap crash at Daytona (crossing the finish line upside down and on fire as teammate Kevin Harvick won), Bowyer won the Budweiser Pole position for the Dodge Avenger 500 at Darlington Raceway. He finished the regular season 9th in points, but was seeded 12th for the playoff, since race wins determine playoff seeding. Bowyer won his second pole at the Sylvania 300 at Loudon, and two days later went on to win his first NEXTEL Cup race in his 64th start. The win made Bowyer the fifteenth driver to win at least one race in all three of NASCAR's top series.

For the 2007 Busch season, Bowyer ran a partial Busch Series schedule in the RCR No. 2 car. On April 20, 2007, he won the Busch Series Bashas' Supermarkets 200 at Phoenix International Raceway. He followed that up with another Busch Series win on May 4 in the Circuit City 250 at Richmond International Raceway. Bowyer also ran select races in the NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series for Kevin Harvick.

2008

Bowyer's 2008 car

In 2008, Bowyer continued to drive in the Cup and Nationwide Series full-time. Bowyer dominated the late stages of the Daytona 500 but was spun out by Juan Pablo Montoya with 17 laps remaining. On May 3, 2008, Bowyer earned his second Sprint Cup victory, winning the Crown Royal Presents the Dan Lowry 400 at Richmond International Speedway. Bowyer led only two laps, going to the front after Dale Earnhardt, Jr. and Kyle Busch got together with less than four laps remaining in the race.

On August 23, 2008, Bowyer was announced as the driver of the No. 33 Chevrolet Impala SS for RCR. Casey Mears from Hendrick Motorsports replaced Bowyer in the Jack Daniel's-sponsored car.[2] This move was necessitated by a sponsor's request, as General Mills did not want Mears, who had been driving in the 2008 season for rival cereal maker Kellogg's, representing them, so Childress sponsors General Mills and Brown-Forman Corporation (parent company to Jack Daniel's) agreed to the swap so Bowyer, who drove for Brown-Forman, would drive for General Mills, and Mears could drive for Brown-Forman, as they had no problems with Mears representing the company.[3]

At Bristol, Bowyer had one of his last races in the No. 07 Chevy. He had a memorable event when he barely avoided an accident which was started by Michael Waltrip. When Bowyer drove on from the crash, he angrily radioed "Michael Waltrip is the worst driver in NASCAR period! I can't believe NAPA would sign him back on!" When Bowyer later joined Waltrip's team one of the conditions to joining was for Bowyer to take back these words.

On November 15, 2008, Bowyer won the NASCAR Nationwide Series Championship at Homestead-Miami Speedway with a narrow margin of victory over Carl Edwards of 21 points. Edwards won the race with Bowyer finishing 5th.

2009

Bowyer concentrated primarily on the Sprint Cup Series in 2009 and drove the No. 33 Chevrolet Impala to 15th place in the season standings. Bowyer trimmed his participation in the Nationwide series to 12 races but performed well, winning at Daytona (July 3) and Dover (September 26), finishing in the Top 5 in 6 of the 12 races and notching 8 Top 10s.

Bowyer started the Cup season in strong fashion, finishing 4th in the Daytona 500 and 2nd at Las Vegas in the 3rd race of the year. With a 6th in Atlanta and a 5th in Martinsville, Bowyer was 2nd in the overall standings after 6 races.

A tough stretch in races 7 through 12 dropped Bowyer down to 17th overall, 109 points behind Mark Martin in 12th place. After a much more consistent run in races 13- 23 (3rd at Pocono in the No. 33 Hartford Racing paint out, 8th at Sonoma, 8th at Michigan), Clint had climbed up to 14th overall, within 58 points of 12th place. Finishing in the top 15 in 8 of 11 races helped him make up 51 points on the 12th-place position.

A 21st finish the following week (race 24) at Bristol really hurt Bowyer's chance at the Chase, dropping him 112 points behind Matt Kenseth in 12th with just 2 races prior to the Chase. It was the 25th race (Pep Boys 500 at Atlanta) that sealed Bowyer's fate, as a spin on lap 309[4] cost him 2 laps and the chance to compete in the Chase.

While his chances at the Chase were over, Bowyer finished the season like he started it, with 5 Top 10s and 9 Top 15s in the last 11 races. His top finish was the 6th-place run at Charlotte in the Scary Fast Count Chocula paint out. Overall, Bowyer finished the 2009 Sprint Cup Series in 15th place.[5]

2010

In 2010, Bowyer drove the No. 33 Chevrolet Impala.

True to form, Bowyer performed well early in 2010, finishing 4th in Daytona, 7th at Martinsville, and 9th at Phoenix to stand 6th after 7 races. However, at Texas in the Samsung Mobile 500 (race 8), Bowyer got caught in a major crash on lap 317 that wiped out 8 other drivers and caused a 19-minute red flag race stoppage. The resulting 36th-place finish dropped Bowyer to 14th position overall, only 1 point behind 12th place Joey Logano. 7th- and 12th-place finishes at Talladega and Richmond put Bowyer back into 12th place after 10 races.

The 11th race run at Darlington, promised to be special. Bowyer ran the new The Hartford Racing paint out[6] as part of The Hartford's 200th year anniversary celebration.[7] As part of Fox's coverage, Bowyer was one of 4 cars with an in-car camera for the race. However, 101 laps into the race, Bowyer went to the pits and ultimately the garage, with brake issues. After a 2nd long stop to correct, Bowyer finished in 32nd position, 36 laps down.[8]

Bowyer ran well again in races 12 through 14, as 17th, 7th, and 9th-place finishes allowed him to move back up into 12th-place overall. In race 13 (Coca-Cola 600 at Charlotte), Bowyer led lap 217 following a caution for debris. Kurt Busch passed Bowyer on the following lap and went on to win the race.

In races 15-17, Bowyer finished 22nd at Michigan, 31st at Sonoma, and 7th at Loudon, NH. Despite the poor finish, Bowyer was very competitive at Sonoma. He led lap 80 (of 110) and was in 7th place with 11 laps to go. But on lap 100, Elliott Sadler got bumped by Jeff Gordon and spun Bowyer, dropping him all the way back to 34th place.[9]

Bowyer had one of his strongest runs of the year in the Coke Zero 400 at Daytona, leading 17 of the final 21 laps.[10] Unfortunately on the final Green-White restart, Bowyer got split by Jeff Gordon, lost the lead, fell back in the pack and ultimately spun.[11] In finishing 17th, Bowyer fell 49 points behind 12th place Carl Edwards.

In race 19 at Chicagoland, Bowyer ran well all night, finishing 4th and moving up into 12th place in the overall standings. He started 15th but moved up quickly, running in the Top 10 for the first half and then in the Top 5 for most of the latter half of the race, battling Jeff Gordon for the lead with less than 40 laps to go.[12]

In the Sylvania 300 at New Hampshire Motor Speedway, Bowyer started 2nd and led the most laps before fading back into the Top 5. Taking the white flag in the second position, he suddenly witnessed then-leader Tony Stewart run out of fuel, giving Bowyer the 3rd win of his Sprint Cup career and vaulting him to 2nd in the Chase standings behind Denny Hamlin.[13] However, this was negated during post-race inspection at NASCAR's R&D center. Reports surfaced that Bowyer's car used at Richmond had come close to failing inspection. NASCAR announced on September 22 that they had issued fines and penalties to the No. 33 team after failing a secondary inspection. Most critically, crew chief Shane Wilson was suspended for the next 6 races and both Bowyer and car owner Richard Childress face $150,000 in fines and the loss of 150 championship points. The penalty dropped Bowyer back to 12th in points, 185 points behind Denny Hamlin. Childress appealed the decision, which reduced the suspensions to four races and $100,000, but the 150-point deduction was upheld.

During the Pepsi Max 400 weekend at Fontana, Bowyer and fellow Childress driver Austin Dillon taped an episode of The Price Is Right that was scheduled to feature NASCAR-themed Showcases (a practice that occurs during a Fontana race; host Drew Carey was the Grand Marshal of the August 2008 race) and aired on November 15.[14]

Bowyer barely edged teammate Kevin Harvick for the victory in the fall Talladega race, the AMP Energy Juice 500. The race ended with the leaders in Turn 1 when a caution was displayed for a large wreck on the front straightaway on the final lap.

Bowyer finished 10th in the final Chase standings, earning him a spot on stage at the season-ending Awards Banquet.

2011

Bowyer at the 2011 Coca-Cola 600

Bowyer started off the 2011 season strong in the Budweiser shootout practice sessions, and he and his teammates regularly sat on top of the pylon. In the race, he and Jeff Burton led many laps, but faded to 10th at the end (9th due to Denny Hamlin being penalized for going below the yellow line).

Bowyer qualified 5th for the Daytona 500, and finished 2nd to teammate Jeff Burton in the second Gatorade duel by 0.005 seconds. They together dominated that race. In the Daytona 500, Bowyer teamed up with many drivers throughout the day including Jeff Burton; Paul Menard (his new RCR teammate); Dale Earnhardt, Jr.; and Kyle Busch. After Burton's engine let go, Bowyer found himself getting a push from Kyle Busch. With four laps to go, Kurt Busch got into the back of Regan Smith which turned him up in front of Bowyer. Ryan Newman was also involved. Bowyer was able to salvage a 17th-place finish out of it, mainly because of the big pileups earlier in the race. He had led 31 laps.

The next race at Phoenix, Bowyer was taken out early in a multi-car crash on the backstretch. The Helping Hands (his pit crew) were able to repair the car fairly quickly and he was able to finish 27th.

In the 2011 Aaron's 499 at Talladega, Bowyer led the most laps with 38 and was being pushed by Kevin Harvick on the last lap, dueling with Hendrick drivers Jeff Gordon and Mark Martin. Approaching the tri-oval, Jimmie Johnson and Dale Earnhardt, Jr. squeezed to the far inside, and Johnson beat Bowyer to the line by 0.002 seconds (less than a foot) in a four-wide finish, tied with the finish of Ricky Craven over Kurt Busch in the 2003 Carolina Dodge Dealers 400 for closest finish in Sprint Cup history.

At Dover, in the Nationwide series, Bowyer was involved in a major crash on the last lap, with Bowyer going on his side. He, and no-one else, were injured.

At New Hampshire, Bowyer led 49 of the last 51 laps and seemed to be on the road to victory; but with two laps to go, in a bizarre twist of fate, Tony Stewart passed him to win in a role reversal from the 2010 race.

On October 7, Bowyer signed a 3-year contract to race the No. 15 Toyota for Michael Waltrip Racing, starting in 2012.

Bowyer did not make the Chase, but he won the Chase race at Talladega for the 2nd consecutive year, pulling a slingshot on Burton out of turn 4 on the final lap of the race. The margin of victory was 0.018 seconds. It was his last win with Richard Childress Racing.

2012

Bowyer (15) duels with Kasey Kahne in the 2012 Kobalt Tools 400

The 2012 season marked a new beginning for Bowyer as he moved from Richard Childress Racing to Michael Waltrip Racing, signing a 3-year deal. Improvements at Michael Waltrip Racing with the addition of former RCR director of competition Scott Miller and veteran driver Mark Martin as a teammate translated into Bowyer's best season statistically in the Sprint Cup Series.

Bowyer's 2012 season began sour, as his Daytona 500 qualifying time was disallowed, and he also ran out of fuel under green when he missed pit road during the 500. In March, he ended up starting a year-long rivalry with Jeff Gordon because at the Martinsville race, Gordon's team Hendrick Motorsports tried to win their 200th victory at the team's favorite track to honor the deceased John Hendrick but Bowyer in the final laps tried to pass for the win but in the process made contact with Gordon and Jimmie Johnson, with all three spinning around and costing the win to Ryan Newman. Bowyer apologized for the contact but later contacts at future 2012 races led to heated rivalry.

In June, at the Toyota/Save Mart 350 in Sonoma, Bowyer dominated the race, scoring his first road course and MWR win by holding off Tony Stewart and Kurt Busch. At the AdvoCare 500 at Atlanta, Bowyer clinched a Chase berth while suffering battery issues with his car. He rebounded the following week at the Federated Auto Parts 400 at Richmond, winning the race using fuel strategy despite being spun by Juan Pablo Montoya mid-race.

Bowyer's two wins positioned him sixth at the start of the Chase for the Sprint Cup. In the Chase, he won at Charlotte after Brad Keselowski was lapped for a late-race fuel stop on pit road.

During the next-to-final lap at the AdvoCare 500 (Phoenix) on November 11, 2012, Bowyer was yet again involved in an accident with Jeff Gordon, who he had several unseen incidents with at past races; in which Bowyer accidentally forced him to hit the wall. Jeff Gordon was black-flagged for a failed attempt to cut Bowyer's tire and in reply to the black-flag Gordon retaliated by intentionally crashing Bowyer into the wall collecting Joey Logano and Aric Almirola. After Gordon's car was parked behind his team's hauler, a member from Bowyer's team shoved Gordon from behind and both teams scuffled. After Bowyer entered the pit area with his damaged car and noticed his team was not in his pit stall, he sprinted towards Gordon's hauler attempting to enter it before being restrained by a single NASCAR official. The incident mathematically ended Bowyer's chance of winning the Championship and despite his second-place finish the next week it was determined that he would have lost regardless if he won at Homestead after Phoenix. Bowyer was not penalized for his involvement in the fight but his crew chief Brian Pattie was fined $35,000 after he expressed his displeasure with Gordon by saying profanity publicly on the television forcing ESPN to have to apologize to viewers.[15]

However, the following week, Bowyer rebounded, and finished second at Homestead, ironically behind Gordon, and completed the series with a career-best second-place finish in the final points, passing Jimmie Johnson by one point, who was eliminated for a drive train malfunction. In victory lane at the race Jeff Gordon apologized for his behavior at Phoenix and moved on with Bowyer from the incident.[16]

2013

Bowyer started out 2013 by participating the Rolex 24 Hours of Daytona, driving a Ferrari 458 with AF Corse/Michael Waltrip Racing. The team finished 16th overall and 7th in class.

At Richmond International Raceway on September 7, Bowyer became the subject of controversy as, late in the race, his No. 15 Toyota spun; accusations were made that the spin was intentional, as part of an effort by MWR to ensure that Martin Truex, Jr. qualified for the Chase for the Sprint Cup.[17] NASCAR president Mike Helton stated the following morning that scoring officials on the scene did not believe the spin was intentional, but that NASCAR was reviewing the incident.[18] The following Monday evening, NASCAR docked all three MWR teams, including Bowyer, 50 driver/owner points. MWR was also fined $300,000. Despite the large penalty, Bowyer retained enough points to remain in the Chase.[19] He had already clinched a spot in the Chase at the Irwin Tools Night Race.

2014

Bowyer at Las Vegas Motor Speedway in 2014

Bowyer did not participate in the Sprint Unlimited as he did not win a pole during the 2013 season. His season started on a wild note when Bowyer was involved in a last lap crash of race 2 in the Budweiser Duels, with Bowyer's car being sent airborne and performing a barrel roll before landing on its wheels.[20]

At Darlington, Bowyer was the center of controversy when he got some contact with Kurt Busch. While racing Busch for a top-ten spot, Bowyer drove into the back of Kurt Busch who spun out and wrecked. Busch replied by waving his hands in frustration at Bowyer under yellow. In a post-race interview Bowyer apologized, stating "You never want to wreck anybody. It was quite clear I got into the back of him and wrecked him."[21]

Two weeks later at Richmond, Bowyer tried to move to the lead on lap 1, but tapped pole-sitter Kyle Larson which forced Larson to drive from 43rd for a recovery. Later his car caught fire on pit road during a pit-stop.[22]

After an Atlanta engine blowup, Bowyer's hopes to make the Chase by consistency were dashed and the next week Bowyer missed the Chase by a slim 3 points.

In the Texas Nationwide race, Bowyer replaced Elliott Sadler on lap seven due to a stomach illness, Bowyer qualified for Sadler for the race.[23]

2015

Bowyer started off the season with a top 10 at Daytona. Despite having a few top tens throughout the year, on August 19 it was announced that Bowyer & MWR will part ways after the season ends, with MWR not fielding full-time teams in 2016.[24] On September 30, it was announced that Tony Stewart (Stewart-Haas Racing) would retire from the NASCAR Sprint Cup series after the 2016 season and negotiated a contract which will allow Bowyer to drive the No. 14 car in the 2017 season. On October 2, it was announced that Bowyer will move to HScott Motorsports for the 2016 season replacing Justin Allgaier before making his transition to Stewart-Haas Racing the following season. On December 15, a leaked photo on Twitter showed that Bowyer will bring over his No. 15 & 5-Hour-Energy sponsorship from Michael Waltrip Racing to HScott Motorsports for his lone season with them. Bowyer made the Chase due to having enough points to qualify, but his Chase was hit heavily by a 25 driver and owner points penalty, a $75,000 fine and the suspension of crew chief Billy Scott for 3 races. Bowyer appealed the penalties but they were upheld by the appeals panel. With the penalty, Bowyer didn't advance to the second round of the Chase.

In his last season with MWR, Bowyer was winless, and scored just 12 top 10s and finished 16th in the championship.

2016

Bowyer started the season on a low note finishing 33rd after a loose wheel at Daytona. Bowyer struggled at Atlanta with his car down a cylinder finishing 35th. Bowyer had some poor finishes, and including a 38th-place finish at Texas where he left the garage after the car was repairable. Bowyer later a first top ten finish this season coming at Bristol with an 8th-place finish. Two weeks later, Bowyer finished a season best 7th-place finish after avoiding massive crashes at Talladega. Coming back to Daytona, Bowyer would avoid crashes to finish 9th. Bowyer ended the season winless and no top 5s with only 3 top tens and finishing 27th in the point standings

Bowyer returned to the Nationwide Series, now known as the Xfinity Series, at Chicagoland, driving the No. 88 for JR Motorsports. He ended up starting the race in 7th and finishing the race in 6th.[25]

2017

Bowyer during qualifying for the 2017 Toyota/Save Mart 350

With Tony Stewart's retirement, Bowyer moved from the No. 15 HSM Chevy to the No. 14 Stewart-Haas Racing Ford Fusion. Bowyer started the season with a 2nd-place finish on the 2nd Can-Am Duel. Bowyer got his first top ten at Las Vegas with a 10th-place finish. Bowyer had a significantly better race at Auto Club, finishing third and a 2nd-place at Bristol several races later. After no top fives 7 races later he finished second at Sonoma behind teammate Kevin Harvick giving Stewart-Haas Racing it's 2nd ever 1-2 finish for the first time since 2011. Bowyer finished second yet again at the Coke Zero 400 at Daytona the following week. Deja vu happened as a mechanical issue in the Southern 500 at Darlington put Bowyer in a must-win situation at Richmond(just like in 2014) to make the Playoffs. He finished 24th after contact with Matt Kenseth when Kenseth avoided an ambulance at the entry of pit road while under caution.

Clint Bowyer Racing

Bowyer started his own Dirt Late Model team, Clint Bowyer Racing in 2008.[26] Well-established veteran Shannon Babb of Mowequa, IL was behind the wheel of Clint's Rocket Chassis, and had a very solid season. Babb left to form his own team at the end of 2008,[27] due to wanting to run more of an "outlaw" type schedule, and wanting to race closer to home to be with his family. For the 2009 season, the 2005 World 100 Champion Dale McDowell (who ironically inherited the win via Babb being light at the scales) took over the seat, and the number was changed to Dale's signature No. 17M, Jared Landers also drives for the team in the No. 5 late model.

The team elected to run the Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series full-time in 2009, choosing to run Warrior Racecars, with help from Warrior's owner, Sanford Goddard. Winning two races and finishing fourth in the points standings, it was a decent season. Since then, the 17M has become a staple of the Lucas Oil Series, continuing on the 2010 tour.

Clint Bowyer Racing also has fielded cars in Tony Stewart's Prelude to the Dream in 2008 (Bowyer, 2nd and Jimmie Johnson, 10th) and 2010 (Johnson won, Bowyer 2nd). Both years these were also Warrior Racecars.

Personal life

In April 2014, Bowyer married Lorra. Weeks after their marriage they announced that they were expecting their first child together, a boy. On October 1, 2014, their son Cash Aaron Bowyer was born.[28] On June 15, 2016, it was announced that Bowyer and his wife are expecting their 2nd child. On December 9, 2016, his wife Lorra gave birth to a healthy baby girl named Presley Elizabeth.

He is a huge fan of the Kansas City Royals Baseball Team.

Charity work

On May 6, 2008, Clint Bowyer attended and hosted the first annual Clint Bowyer Charity Golf Event in his hometown of Emporia, Kansas. It raised $160,000 for the Emporia Community foundation to "make Emporia a better place.

While Bowyer was in Emporia for one of his golf tournaments for charity, he had the idea to raise money for and build a community center. Bowyer dedicated the building on March 12, 2012. Bowyer says he envisions the building can be used for anything for business meetings to weddings to concerts and was constructed with flexibility in mind. The new Bowyer Community Building is located at the Lyon County fairgrounds, which is on Highway 50 in Emporia.

TV appearances

Bowyer made a guest appearance on an episode of A&E's Duck Dynasty in 2012 on an episode titled "Drag Me To Glory". Bowyer was featured in the episode using his customized camouflage limousine in a race with the shows star, Willie Robertson, who was using a similar limousine.[29] In 2015, he co-hosted an episode of Diners, Drive-ins and Dives with Guy Fieri where they went around Charlotte to find the best food spots.[30]

In June 2017, Bowyer was a color commentator for the Fox NASCAR broadcast of the Xfinity race at Pocono. Part of a Cup drivers-only coverage, he worked alongside Kevin Harvick and Joey Logano in the broadcast booth.[31]

Motorsports career results

NASCAR

(key) (Bold - Pole position awarded by qualifying time. Italics - Pole position earned by points standings or practice time. * - Most laps led.)

Monster Energy Cup Series

Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series results
Year Team No. Make 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 29 30 31 32 33 34 35 36 MENCC Pts
2005 Richard Childress Racing 33 Chevy DAY CAL LVS ATL BRI MAR TEX PHO
22
TAL DAR RCH CLT DOV POC MCH SON DAY CHI NHA POC IND GLN MCH BRI CAL RCH NHA DOV TAL KAN CLT MAR ATL TEX PHO HOM 69th 97
2006 07 DAY
6
CAL
14
LVS
15
ATL
27
BRI
29
MAR
22
TEX
19
PHO
5
TAL
40
RCH
10
DAR
23
CLT
19
DOV
17
POC
21
MCH
39
SON
16
DAY
10
CHI
9
NHA
27
POC
41
IND
4
GLN
14
MCH
33
BRI
38
CAL
3
RCH
12
NHA
24
DOV
8
KAN
9
TAL
35
CLT
23
MAR
23
ATL
25
TEX
5
PHO
33
HOM
10
17th 3833
2007 DAY
18
CAL
6
LVS
36
ATL
6
BRI
8
MAR
11
TEX
16
PHO
22
TAL
35
RCH
9
DAR
9
CLT
29
DOV
8
POC
10
MCH
16
SON
4
NHA
37
DAY
7
CHI
10
IND
13
POC
8
GLN
16
MCH
17
BRI
3
CAL
20
RCH
12
NHA
1*
DOV
12
KAN
2
TAL
11
CLT
2
MAR
9
ATL
6
TEX
19
PHO
11
HOM
39
3rd 6377
2008 DAY
24
CAL
19
LVS
28
ATL
6
BRI
3
MAR
10
TEX
10
PHO
2
TAL
9
RCH
1
DAR
15
CLT
25
DOV
36
POC
39
MCH
26
SON
4
NHA
22
DAY
9
CHI
22
IND
19
POC
6
GLN
23
MCH
20
BRI
7
CAL
10
RCH
12
NHA
12
DOV
8
KAN
12
TAL
5
CLT
12
MAR
9
ATL
20
TEX
4
PHO
12
HOM
5
5th 6381
2009 33 DAY
4
CAL
19
LVS
2
ATL
6
BRI
13
MAR
5
TEX
22
PHO
26
TAL
39
RCH
18
DAR
37
CLT
36
DOV
11
POC
12
MCH
10
SON
8
NHA
20
DAY
29
CHI
9
IND
18
POC
3
GLN
9
MCH
8
BRI
21
ATL
29
RCH
6
NHA
10
DOV
15
KAN
21
CAL
9
CLT
6
MAR
19
TAL
12
TEX
7
PHO
7
HOM
11
15th 4359
2010 DAY
4
CAL
8
LVS
8
ATL
23
BRI
40
MAR
7
PHO
9
TEX
36
TAL
7
RCH
12
DAR
32
DOV
17
CLT
7
POC
9
MCH
22
SON
31
NHA
7
DAY
17
CHI
4
IND
4
POC
15
GLN
32
MCH
13
BRI
4
ATL
7
RCH
6
NHA
1*
DOV
25
KAN
15
CAL
2
CLT
17
MAR
38
TAL
1
TEX
7
PHO
21
HOM
12
10th 6155
2011 DAY
17
PHO
27
LVS
15
BRI
35
CAL
7
MAR
9
TEX
2
TAL
2
RCH
6
DAR
31
DOV
6
CLT
15
KAN
18
POC
16
MCH
8
SON
4
DAY
36
KEN
35
NHA
17
IND
13
POC
18
GLN
11
MCH
8
BRI
26
ATL
36
RCH
22
CHI
7
NHA
26
DOV
8
KAN
7
CLT
24
TAL
1
MAR
19
TEX
9
PHO
10
HOM
6
13th 1047
2012 Michael Waltrip Racing 15 Toyota DAY
11
PHO
30
LVS
6
BRI
4
CAL
13
MAR
10
TEX
17
KAN
36
RCH
7
TAL
6
DAR
11
CLT
14
DOV
6
POC
7
MCH
8
SON
1*
KEN
16
DAY
29
NHA
3
IND
15
POC
8
GLN
4
MCH
7
BRI
7
ATL
27
RCH
1
CHI
10
NHA
4
DOV
9
TAL
23
CLT
1
KAN
6
MAR
5
TEX
6
PHO
28
HOM
2
2nd 2361
2013 DAY
11
PHO
6
LVS
27
BRI
5
CAL
35
MAR
2
TEX
15
KAN
5
RCH
2
TAL
18
DAR
11
CLT
8
DOV
6
POC
15
MCH
7
SON
5
KEN
3
DAY
4
NHA
13
IND
20
POC
14
GLN
6
MCH
5
BRI
14
ATL
39
RCH
25
CHI
9
NHA
17
DOV
10
KAN
14
CLT
11
TAL
10
MAR
3
TEX
10
PHO
20
HOM
5
7th 2336
2014 DAY
42
PHO
13
LVS
23
BRI
15
CAL
16
MAR
9
TEX
8
DAR
12
RCH
43
TAL
3
KAN
23
CLT
17
DOV
4
POC
11
MCH
10
SON
10
KEN
23
DAY
9
NHA
6
IND
16
POC
4
GLN
27
MCH
6
BRI
17
ATL
38
RCH
3
CHI
39
NHA
14
DOV
9
KAN
19
CLT
43
TAL
3
MAR
7
TEX
28
PHO
40
HOM
8
19th 979
2015 DAY
7
ATL
24
LVS
21
PHO
24
CAL
30
MAR
13
TEX
22
BRI
12
RCH
9
TAL
30
KAN
21
CLT
20
DOV
9
POC
22
MCH
10
SON
3
DAY
10
KEN
19
NHA
34
IND
6
POC
8
GLN
6
MCH
41
BRI
5
DAR
17
RCH
10
CHI
19
NHA
26
DOV
14
CLT
11
KAN
40
TAL
8
MAR
43
TEX
15
PHO
23
HOM
43
16th 2175
2016 HScott Motorsports Chevy DAY
33
ATL
35
LVS
22
PHO
31
CAL
18
MAR
25
TEX
38
BRI
8
RCH
33
TAL
7
KAN
19
DOV
12
CLT
23
POC
18
MCH
23
SON
40
DAY
9
KEN
23
NHA
24
IND
21
POC
26
GLN
18
BRI
31
MCH
40
DAR
22
RCH
22
CHI
22
NHA
22
DOV
24
CLT
17
KAN
26
TAL
18
MAR
28
TEX
25
PHO
24
HOM
23
27th 628
2017 Stewart-Haas Racing 14 Ford DAY
32
ATL
11
LVS
10
PHO
13
CAL
3
MAR
7
TEX
11
BRI
2
RCH
15
TAL
14
KAN
9
CLT
14
DOV
31
POC
17
MCH
26
SON
2
DAY
2
KEN
13
NHA
7
IND
30
POC
6
GLN
5
MCH
23
BRI
19
DAR
40
RCH
24
CHI
13
NHA
DOV CLT TAL KAN MAR TEX PHO HOM -* -*
Daytona 500
Year Team Manufacturer Start Finish
2006 Richard Childress Racing Chevrolet 37 6
2007 11 18
2008 31 24
2009 22 4
2010 9 4
2011 6 17
2012 Michael Waltrip Racing Toyota 30 11
2013 10 11
2014 20 42
2015 9 7
2016 HScott Motorsports Chevrolet 31 33
2017 Stewart-Haas Racing Ford 6 32

Xfinity Series

NASCAR Xfinity Series results
Year Team No. Make 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 29 30 31 32 33 34 35 NXSC Pts
2004 Richard Childress Racing 21 Chevy DAY CAR LVS DAR BRI TEX
36
NSH
4
TAL
22
CAL GTY
12
RCH NZH
18
CLT DOV NSH
3
KEN
10
MLW
10
DAY PPR
4
IRP
17
MCH BRI CAL RCH DOV KAN
32
MEM
4
ATL
20
PHO HOM
39
29th 1933
Kevin Harvick Incorporated 33 Chevy CHI
42
NHA CLT
10
DAR
15
2005 Richard Childress Racing 2 Chevy DAY
12
CAL
4
MXC
7
LVS
9
ATL
21
NSH
5
BRI
13
TEX
6
PHO
13
TAL
19
DAR
10
RCH
9
CLT
32
DOV
19
NSH
1
KEN
3
MLW
10
DAY
5
CHI
6
NHA
16
PPR
2
GTY
8
IRP
2
GLN
15
MCH
30
BRI
4
CAL
3
RCH
11
DOV
2
KAN
16
CLT
33
MEM
1*
TEX
7
PHO
2
HOM
8
2nd 4869
2006 DAY
3
CAL
16
MXC
16
LVS
9
ATL
14
BRI
12
TEX
18
NSH
2
PHO
21
TAL
5
RCH
7
DAR
17
CLT
36
DOV
4
NSH
2
KEN
12
MLW
18
DAY
6
CHI
7
NHA
5
MAR
2
GTY
2
IRP
40
GLN
17
MCH
12
BRI
23
CAL
13
RCH
37
DOV
1
KAN
5
CLT
7
MEM
2
TEX
17
PHO
4
HOM
11
3rd 4683
2007 DAY
4
CAL MXC LVS
41
ATL
6
BRI
5
NSH TEX PHO
1*
TAL
13
RCH
1
DAR
5
CLT
3
DOV NSH
2
KEN MLW NHA
6
DAY
5
CHI
4
GTY IRP CGV GLN MCH
10
BRI
8
CAL
5
RCH
33
DOV KAN
4
CLT
8
MEM TEX
4
PHO
3
HOM
9
12th 3269
2008 DAY
25
CAL
9
LVS
3
ATL
19
BRI
1*
NSH
2
TEX
3
PHO
8
MXC
6
TAL
25
RCH
9
DAR
2
CLT
6
DOV
9
NSH
4
KEN
9
MLW
3
NHA
9
DAY
4
CHI
7
GTY
8
IRP
18
CGV
9
GLN
23
MCH
10
BRI
2
CAL
7
RCH
3
DOV
10
KAN
2
CLT
4
MEM
16
TEX
6
PHO
4
HOM
5
1st 5132
2009 29 DAY
3
CAL LVS BRI
3
TEX NSH PHO TAL
31
RCH DAR CLT DOV
3
NSH KEN MLW NHA
14
DAY
1
CHI GTY IRP IOW GLN MCH BRI
7
CGV ATL RCH
11
DOV
1
KAN
9
CAL
26
CLT MEM TEX PHO
4
HOM 29th 1750
2010 21 DAY CAL LVS BRI NSH PHO
11
TEX
35
TAL
6
RCH
23
DAR
39
DOV
25
CLT
10
NSH KEN ROA NHA DAY
6
CHI GTY IRP IOW GLN MCH BRI
7
CGV ATL
14
RCH
7
DOV KAN CAL CLT
5
GTY TEX
30
PHO HOM 32nd 1506
2011 Kevin Harvick Incorporated 33 Chevy DAY
2
PHO LVS BRI CAL TEX TAL
22
NSH RCH DAR
6
DOV
14
IOW CLT CHI MCH ROA DAY
34
KEN NHA NSH IRP IOW GLN CGV BRI
3
ATL RCH CHI DOV
3
KAN CLT TEX
4
PHO
7
HOM
4
100th 01
2012 Joe Gibbs Racing 20 Toyota DAY PHO LVS BRI CAL TEX RCH TAL DAR IOW CLT DOV MCH ROA KEN DAY
26
NHA CHI IND IOW GLN CGV BRI ATL RCH CHI KEN DOV CLT KAN TEX PHO HOM 137th 01
2014 Joe Gibbs Racing 11 Toyota DAY PHO LVS BRI CAL TEX DAR RCH TAL IOW CLT DOV MCH ROA KEN DAY NHA CHI IND IOW GLN MOH BRI ATL RCH CHI
KEN
DOV
KAN
CLT
TEX
QL+
PHO
HOM
NA -
2016 JR Motorsports 88 Chevy DAY ATL LVS PHO CAL TEX BRI RCH TAL DOV CLT POC MCH IOW DAY KEN NHA IND IOW GLN MOH BRI ROA DAR RCH CHI
6
KEN DOV CLT KAN TEX PHO HOM 104th 01
+ - Qualified for Elliott Sadler

Camping World Truck Series

NASCAR Camping World Truck Series results
Year Team No. Make 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 NCWTC Pts
2006 SS-Green Light Racing 07 Chevy DAY CAL ATL MAR
7
GTY CLT MFD DOV TEX MCH MLW KAN KEN MEM IRP NSH BRI 42nd 434
Morgan-Dollar Motorsports 46 Chevy NHA
25
LVS TAL MAR ATL TEX
1*
PHO HOM
2007 Kevin Harvick, Inc. 2 Chevy DAY CAL ATL
5
MAR KAN CLT MFD DOV
34
TEX MCH MLW MEM KEN IRP NSH BRI GTW NHA
35
LVS TAL MAR
17
ATL TEX PHO HOM 53rd 391
2010 Kevin Harvick, Inc. 2 Chevy DAY ATL MAR NSH KAN DOV CLT TEX MCH IOW GTY IRP POC NSH DAR BRI CHI KEN NHA LVS MAR TAL TEX PHO
1*
HOM 75th 195
2011 DAY PHO
2
DAR MAR NSH DOV CLT
2*
KAN
1*
TEX KEN IOW NSH IRP POC MCH BRI ATL
2*
CHI NHA KEN LVS TAL MAR TEX HOM 82nd 01
2014 Athenian Motorsports 05 Toyota DAY MAR KAN CLT DOV TEX GTW KEN IOW ELD POC
4
MCH BRI MSP CHI NHA LVS TAL MAR TEX PHO HOM 73rd 01
2016 GMS Racing 24 Chevy DAY ATL MAR KAN
5
DOV CLT TEX IOW GTW KEN ELD POC BRI MCH MSP CHI NHA LVS TAL MAR TEX PHO HOM 84th 01

* Season still in progress
1 Ineligible for series points

ARCA Re/Max Series

(key) (Bold - Pole position awarded by qualifying time. Italics - Pole position earned by points standings or practice time. * - Most laps led.)

ARCA Re/Max Series results
Year Team No. Make 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 ARSC Pts
2003 Gerhart Racing 5 Pontiac DAY ATL NSH SLM TOL KEN CLT BLN KAN MCH LER POC POC NSH
2
ISF WIN DSF CHI SLM TAL CLT
20
SBO 74th 350
2004 7 Chevy DAY
8
NSH SLM KEN TOL CLT KAN POC MCH SBO BLN KEN GTW POC LER NSH ISF TOL DSF CHI SLM TAL 114th 195

24 Hours of Daytona

(key)

24 Hours of Daytona results
Year Class No Team Car Co-drivers Laps Position Class Pos.
2013 GT 56 Italy AF Waltrip Ferrari 458 Portugal Rui Águas
United States Rob Kauffman
United States Michael Waltrip
677 16 8

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Sporting positions
Preceded by
Carl Edwards
NASCAR Nationwide Series Champion
2008
Succeeded by
Kyle Busch
Achievements
Preceded by
Jimmie Johnson
Prelude to the Dream Winner
2011
Succeeded by
Kyle Busch

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