Clint BowyerDOB: 05/30/1979
HEIGHT: 6’0 WEIGHT: 175lbs
HOMETOWN: Emporia, KS
RESIDENCE: Clemmons, NC
The 2012 NASCAR Sprint Cup season promises to be a year of exciting change for Clint Bowyer.
The 32-year-old Emporia, Kansas native enters his seventh full-time season at the sport’s highest level, but his first at Michael Waltrip Racing driving the No. 15 5-hour ENERGY Toyota under the guidance of veteran crew chief Brian Pattie.
Bowyer joins teammates Martin Truex Jr., future hall of famer Mark Martin and two-time Daytona 500 champion Michael Waltrip in the MWR driver lineup. Plus, he’ll have a familiar face leading MWR in Scott Miller who worked with Boyer at Richard Childress Racing and begins his first full season as MWR’s competition director in 2012.
Bowyer’s and MWR’s 2012 goals are clear.
Earn a spot in the Chase for the Sprint Cup like the five-time race winner did in 2007, 2008 and 2010. Bowyer also wouldn’t mind if race fans grew accustomed to seeing his red and black 5-hour ENERGY Toyota make repeated visits to victory lane.
It’s been a long but successful journey from the dirt tracks of Kansas to checkered flags in NASCAR.
Bowyer began racing motocross in 1985 collecting over 200 wins and several championships before moving to four wheels where he won numerous titles at tracks like Thunderhill, Lakeside and I-70 Speedways.
In his first ARCA start at Nashville in 2003 the youngster led 47 laps and finished second. The performance caught the attention of NASCAR team owner Richard Childress who paired Bowyer and Kevin Harvick behind the wheel of an RCR Nationwide Series entry in 2004.
Victories at Nashville and Memphis and ultimately a second-place finish in the 2005 Nationwide standings led RCR to field a Sprint Cup car for Bowyer at Phoenix that year.
The 2006 season marked Bowyer’s first full season in Sprint Cup racing. Four top-five finishes led to a 17th place finish in the standings – enough to earn him second place in the rookie standings.
In 2007 Bowyer posted his first career victory in at New Hampshire Motor Speedway in just his 64th career start. Later that year Bowyer earned his first berth in the Chase and finished third in points.
In 2008 Bowyer won at Richmond and earned his second consecutive Chase birth finishing fifth in the standings. Bowyer capped off the impressive season by winning the Nationwide championship.
In 2009, Bowyer raced his way to four top-five finishes in the Cup Series finishing 15th in the standings. In 2010 he earned a third Chase birth winning at New Hampshire and Talladega. Bowyer’s dramatic last turn pass of teammate Jeff Burton highlighted his 2011 season.