DRIVER, NO. 14 FORD FUSION
Birth Date: May 30, 1979
Birth Place: Emporia, Kansas
Home Town: Emporia, Kansas
Residence: Mocksville, NC
Children: Cash, Presley Elizabeth
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. He eventually graduated to four wheels, winning titles at tracks like Thunderhill, Lakeside and I-70 Speedways in and around his home state of Kansas.
Some 30 years later, Bowyer competes in the premiere series in motorsports, the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series. Entering his 11th year in the series, Bowyer has amassed eight wins, 58 top-five and 164 top-10 finishes and earned runner up honors in the 2012 championship.
For the 2016 season Bowyer joins HScott Motorsports driving the No. 15 5-hour ENERGY® Chevrolet before taking over for Sprint Cup champion Tony Stewart, who will retire at the conclusion of the 2016 season.
While he continues his quest for more wins and a title, he also continues his work outside the sport. Bowyer owns two teams that compete in the Lucas Oil Late Model Series. In 2014, his driver Don O’Neal won the championship. It was the first for O’Neal and the first for Bowyer as a team owner.
Bowyer also is a business owner in his hometown of Emporia, Kan. Clint Bowyer Autoplex is a “dream come true” for the 36-year-old, who once worked in the paint and body shop as a young boy. The dealership just completed a remodel that features a newly expanded and upgraded showroom.
The 79 Fund was established by NASCAR driver and Emporia native Clint Bowyer to benefit the children of Emporia. Clint's desire to use the Emporia Community Foundation for his charity came from knowing the funds could be used in a variety of ways to help the children of Emporia. His first gift from the 79 Fund occurred in August 2008 when it was announced that all children ages 16 and under could swim at the Emporia Aquatic Center for free during the remainder of the season. Many children took advantage of this opportunity. With the beginning of an annual charity golf tournament and auction in 2008, Clint was well on his way to improving his hometown.
Since its creation, a variety of gifts have been awarded ranging from assistance with 4th of July firework displays, computers for the public library, backpacks with supplies for children in need at the beginning of the school year, improvements to Camp Alexander, a local camp for children, and shoes for needy children at Christmas, to name a few. Over $2 million has been gifted since the fund’s inception.