Clint Bowyer (* May 30, 1979 in Emporia, Lyon County, Kansas) is an American NASCAR driver. He is currently running the full race calendar for the Sprint Cup in the # 15 Toyota of Michael Waltrip Racing.
Start of career
Clint Bowyer began his career at the age of five years with motocross racing. Within eight years, he brought more than 200 victories and won numerous championships. In 1996, he began with the stock car sport at the Thunder Hill Speedway in Mayetta (Kansas ), where he was in the 2000 Modified Champion years. In 2001 he dominated the Modified Series at Lakeside Speedway, won 18 races and won 32 top- five finishes and was eventually re- Modified Champion.
In 2002, he began to drive in a weekly amateur racing series of NASCAR. He took nine pole positions, twelve wins and 32 top- five finishes. In the overall standings, was second. In addition, he won another title at the Modified I-70 Speedway. In the 2003 season, Bowyer drove full-time in the " NASCAR AutoZone Elite Division Midwest Series" where he could enter but only a top 10 ranking in eleven races. He also began to drive in the ARCA series and fell while Richard Childress, the owner of a NASCAR team in the eye, because he was on the Nashville Superspeedway 47 laps.
In 2004, Bowyer signed a contract with Richard Childress Racing and shared in his first season, the # 21 Reese's NASCAR Busch Series Chevrolet with Kevin Harvick. Bowyer drove 14 of the 34 races of the season for Richard Childress Racing. He was still driving also three races for Kevin Harwick Incorporated with the help of Andy Petree Racing. Clint Bowyer was able to pull one pole position, four top - five finishes and seven top - 10 finishes. His best result was a third place at the Nashville Superspeedway. He finished the season in 29th place overall.
In 2005, Bowyer drove for Richard Childress Racing in the NASCAR Busch Series During the season he won twice. The first victory of his career he won the Busch Series Federated Auto Parts 300 at the Nashville Superspeedway, which is his favorite track. In addition, he also won the Sam 's Town 250 at the Memphis Motorsports Park in Memphis (Tennessee). He took a total of twelve top -5 finishes and 22 top- 10 finishes and ended the season in second place in the overall standings with 4869 points behind Martin Truex Jr., who won 4937 points.
In addition, Bowyer still came to his Sprint Cup debut in the Subway Fresh Fit 500 at Phoenix International Raceway. He started out as a 25 and finished the race in 22nd place as the first driver one lap behind.
2006 Bowyer began his first full-time season in the former NASCAR Nextel Cup and was thus contender for the NASCAR Rookie of the Year Award. He drove the # 07 Jack Daniel's Chevrolet Richard Childress Racing from. He ran four times in the top 5 and eleven times in the top 10. His best finish was a third place finish at California Speedway in Fontana ( California). He finished the season in 17th place overall.
Besides, he drove another season in the NASCAR Busch Series, where he finished in third place overall after winning once in the Dover 200 at Dover International Speedway, twelve times get into the top -5 and 17 times in the top 10 could.
He also got the chance in the NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series to drive, where he won a race at the Texas Motor Speedway.
Also in the 2007 NASCAR Nextel Cup season Bowyer drove back the full race calendar, in the NASCAR Busch Series, however, only selected races.
In the Daytona 500, which he finished in 18th, he crossed the finish line on the roof. On May 11, 2007 at the Darlington Raceway, he started for the first time in his Nextel Cup career pole position. He finished the race in ninth place. In the Pepsi 400 at Daytona International Speedway on July 7, 2007, he led the most laps and came in seventh place. On August 25 at Bristol Motor Speedway, he learned to date his best result this season, as he finished the race in 3rd place. In the Chevy Rock & Roll 400 on September 8, 2007, he secured a place for the Chase for the Nextel Cup.
In the first race of the Chase, the Sylvania 300, he started from the pole position and went on to win the race. It reached the maximum number of 150 in the NASCAR Driver Rating, a point value, which analyzes the performance of a driver. Only six times since the introduction of the scoring made it a driver to have the maximum score. Bowyer managed by leading 222 laps, had an average position of 1.6 in the course of the race, 78 times the fastest lap and was never outside the top 15.
Bowyer started a total of five times in the NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series 2007 season. His best result was a fifth place in the American Commercial Lines 200 at Atlanta Motor Speedway in Hampton ( Georgia).
In 2008 he drove Jack Daniels Chevrolet in the Sprint Cup and the number 2 BB & T / Camping World Chevrolet in the Nationwide Series in the No. 07. He was with a win and 29 races in the top 10 masters of the Nationwide Series. He had 21 points ahead of Carl Edwards.
Clint Bowyer lives in Clemmons (North Carolina).