HEIGHT: 6'0 WEIGHT: 175lbs
HOMETOWN: Emporia, KS
RESIDENCE: Clemmons, NC
RANK: 4 POINTS:
The 2012 NASCAR Chase for the Sprint Cup runner-up Clint Bowyer is hoping he can climb one more position in the final series standings in 2013.
The 33-year-old Emporia, Kan., native enters his eighth full-time season at the sport’s highest level and second at Michael Waltrip Racing driving the No. 15 5-hour ENERGY Toyota under the guidance of veteran crew chief Brian Pattie.
Bowyer again joins fellow 2012 Chase finalist Martin Truex Jr., future hall of famer Mark Martin, 2009 Chase finalist Brian Vickers and two-time Daytona 500 champion Michael Waltrip in the MWR driver lineup.
Bowyer’s and MWR’s 2013 goals are clear.
Earn a spot in the Chase for the Sprint Cup like the eight-time race winner did in 2007, 2008, 2010 and 2012. Bowyer also hopes fans continue watching his red and black 5-hour ENERGY Toyota make repeated visits to victory lane.
In 2012, Bowyer won three Sprint Cup Series races on tracks of different lengths and styles – the road course at Sonoma in June, the .75-mile oval at Richmond International Raceway in September and the 1.5-mile Charlotte Motor Speedway in October. He also recorded career bests with 10 top-five and 23 top-10s.
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 more than 200 wins and several championships before moving to four wheels. 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, 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 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.
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