Clint Bowyer Wants To Win In Front Of His “Hommies” This Weekend

Clint Bowyer
No. 14 Mobil 1 Annual Protection Ford driver Clint Bowyer wants to win the Daytona 500 someday, and a Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series title would cap a perfect career.

A few more trophies from historic racetracks where he hasn’t won like Indianapolis, Bristol and Darlington, just to name a few, would also be pretty cool to add to the trophy case at home. But the Emporia, Kansas native admits deep down he wants to win one trophy in particular and he’ll get his chance to do just thatSaturday night when the Cup Series races at Kansas Speedway in Kansas City.

“Kansas Speedway this weekend in Kansas, I finally get to go home and I can’t wait to get there,” Bowyer said. “Hopefully, Saturday night I can get my first win at home. That would be huge. We’d have a heck of a party. Everyone would be invited.”

The Kansas dirt is where Bowyer came from. He began racing motocross in 1985, collecting more than 200 wins and several championships. After moving from motorcycles to cars, Bowyer gained a reputation for success at Lakeside and I-70 Speedways in Kansas City. Scott Traylor and some local Kansas City businessmen built and put Bowyer in an ARCA car at Nashville (Tenn.) Speedway in August 2003, and Bowyer led 47 laps before finishing second. He got a call from NASCAR Hall of Famer Richard Childress to come south and the rest, they say, is history.

Bowyer’s current home is in North Carolina, but he hasn’t turned his back on Kansas, especially the 25,000 residents of Emporia. He returns often to deer hunt, visit friends or just be part of the community. In March 2013, he bought the Clint Bowyer Autoplex car dealership on U.S. Highway 50, where he once worked as a lot attendant, dent specialist and detailer.

Across the street sits the Clint Bowyer Community Building, constructed in 2012 thanks to a $1.5 million donation from his foundation. Inside are 25 new computers at the public library. There is a scoreboard at the aquatic center, a video camera at the auditorium, shoes for the Big Brothers-Big Sisters program, backpacks for kids, Christmas trees for needy families. And, in nearby towns, playground equipment and the reconstruction of a tornado-ravaged community center – all of it and more paid for by Bowyer’s foundation, or out of the driver’s own pocket.

Bowyer even brought country music star Blake Shelton to Emporia for a concert. Emporia appreciates its native son, having renamed the street on which the family towing business resides as “Hon. Clint Bowyer Boulevard.” He’s even recreated a little bit of Kansas at his 650-acre farm near Mocksville, North Carolina. It’s everything one would expect at a Bowyer farm: vintage cars, trucks, racecars, cows, eagles, donkeys and goats.

“In Kansas, you might have two trees and the rest pastures but, in North Carolina, everything is woods, so you can’t see anything,” Bowyer said. “When I drove down the long driveway for the first time, you could see everything – the pasture, the lakes. This was the Promised Land for me. There’s literally something to do from sunup to sundown.”

He’ll be all Kansas this weekend. He and wife Lorra, along with their toddler Cash and infant Presley, packed up the motorhome Clark Griswold-style Sunday night and drove from Talladega, Alabama to Memphis, Tennessee to visit the zoo, then on to Kansas, where he’ll be in high demand in front of the home folks.

Over the years, Bowyer has enjoyed some success at Kansas Speedway, posting two top-five finishes and five top-10s with 48 laps led in 17 starts. But, he’s never returned home with a race team like Stewart-Haas Racing (SHR) that will bring a Ford Fusion powered by a Roush-Yates engine to the Jayhawk State.

The No. 14 Ford team led by Mike Bugarewicz has delivered fast cars this season, combining with Bowyer to climb to ninth place in the standings despite just their first season together. Last Sunday at Talladega (Ala.) Superspeedway, Bowyer led 10 laps, his first of the season, on his way to a 14th-place finish dampened by a late pit stop for tire damage. Bowyer has finished in the top-15 in all races in 2017 except the season-opening Daytona 500, where a midrace accident ruined his day.

The North Carolina writer Thomas Wolfe in 1940 wrote the classic novel “You Can’t Go Home Again.” Clint Bowyer hopes to prove Wolfe wrong this weekend in Kansas.

CLINT BOWYER , Driver of the No. 14  Mobil 1 Annual Protection Ford Fusion for Stewart-Haas Racing:
What is the secret to doing well at Kansas Speedway?

 

“The secret is to just have a fast hot rod. It has to unload off the truck fast. It’s an incredible racetrack with a lot of grip since the repave. Qualifying, track position and everything that leads up to that race are going to be really important. The key word you’ll hear this weekend will be grip. All of us will be looking for grip in places other than just the bottom of the track.”

 

Mobil 1 Annual Protection Racing Team Report
Round 11 of 36 – Go Bowling 400 – Kansas
Car No. 14: Mobil 1 Annual Protection Ford Fusion for Stewart-Haas Racing
 
At Track PR Contact: Drew Brown with True Speed Communication (704-498-7596 or Drew.Brown@TrueSpeedCommunication.com)
Primary Team:

 

Driver: Clint Bowyer

Residence: Emporia, Kansas

 

Crew Chief: Mike Bugarewicz

Hometown: Lehighton, Pennsylvania

 

Car Chief: Jerry Cook

Hometown: Toledo, Ohio

 

Engine Specialist: Matt Moeller

Hometown: Monroe, New York

 

Engine Builder: Roush Yates Engines: Mooresville, North Carolina

 

Spotter: Brett Griffin

Hometown: Pageland, S.C.

Over-The-Wall Crew:

 

Front Tire Changer: Ira Jo Hussey

Hometown: Manchester, New Hampshire

 

Front Tire Carrier: Brett Morrell

Hometown: Windham, Maine

 

Rear Tire Changer: Chris McMullen

Hometown: Canton, Michigan

 

Rear Tire Carrier: Josh Sobecki

Hometown: New Kensington, Pennsylvania

 

Gas Man: James “Ace” Keener

Hometown: Fortuna, California

 

Jackman: Getty Cavitt

Hometown: Owensboro, Kentucky

 

Windshield: Justin Peiffer

Hometown: Lebanon, Pennsylvania

Road Crew:

 

Truck Drivers: William “Stump” Lewis and Rob Fink

Hometown: Linkwood, Maryland and Baltimore, Maryland, respectively.

 

Engineers: Lee Deese, Chris Chidgey and Kenny Oates

Hometown: Rockingham, North Carolina, Gainesville, Florida and Huntersville, North Carolina, respectively.

 

Mechanics: Tony Silvestri and Rich Letendre

Hometown: Sylvania, Ohio and Lowell, Massachusetts, respectively

 

Tire Specialist: Russell Simpson

Hometown: Medford, New York

 

Shock Specialist: Wayne Smith

Hometown: Melbourne, Australia

Notes of Interest:
  • Bowyer will hold a media availability in the Kansas Speedway media centerFriday at 9:30 a.m. local time.
  • Bowyer’s No. 14 Ford features a Mobil 1 Annual Protection paint scheme this weekend in Kansas. Mobil 1 Annual Protection provides the convenience of only changing oil once a year, which allows new drivers to focus more on driving itself rather than car maintenance.
  • The weekend’s race will mark Clint Bowyer’s 408th career Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series start and 18th career Cup Series start at Kansas Speedway in Kansas City, where he has two top-five finishes and five top-10s and has led 48 laps.
  • Bowyer owns career totals of eight wins, two poles, 60 top-five finishes, 171 top-10s and 2,348 laps led in 407 NASCAR Cup Series races. He also owns eight Xfinity Series victories. He is ninth in the Cup Series standings after nine races.
    • His most recent Cup Series victory came at Charlotte (N.C.) Motor Speedway (Oct. 13, 2012).
    • His most recent Cup Series pole came at New Hampshire Motor Speedway in Loudon (Sept. 16, 2007).
  • Bowyer in 2017: A 17-car accident on lap 127 of the Daytona 500 collected Bowyer’s No. 14 Ford and left him with a 32nd-place finish. At Atlanta Motor Speedway, Bowyer started 24th and climbed to third with 85 laps remaining before contact with another car and a cut tire left him with an 11th-place finish. At Las Vegas Motor Speedway, the No. 14 Ford team struggled early but improved throughout the race to finish 10th. At Phoenix International Raceway, Bowyer drove from 17th to 13th in overtime. Bowyer repeated his overtime feat at Auto Club Speedway in Fontana, California, when he drove from sixth to third in the added laps to record his best finish of 2017. At Martinsville (Va.) Speedway, Bowyer overcame a midrace accident to finish seventh. He finished 11th at Texas Motor Speedway in Fort Worth and second at Bristol (Tenn.) Motor Speedway. A penalty while running sixth two weekends ago at Richmond (Va.) International Raceway left Bowyer with a 15th-place finish. It marked his eighth consecutive top-15 finish.  At Talladega (Ala.) Superspeedway, he led 10 laps but a late-race pit stop because of tire damage ended his bid for victory.
  • Tony Stewart and Gene Haas co-own Stewart-Haas Racing (SHR), which has recorded 37 victories and 32 poles since its inception in 2009. Stewart won the 2011 NASCAR Cup Series title and Kevin Harvick gave SHR its second title in 2014. SHR’s Kurt Busch won this year’s season-opening Daytona 500.
  • SHR has won twice at Kansas (Stewart in October 2009 and Harvick in October 2016), and has eight top-five finishes and 13 top-10s in 42 starts.
  • Crew chief Mike Bugarewicz is in his second season after overseeing Tony Stewart’s final campaign in 2016. Bugarewicz’s pit strategy played a key role in Stewart’s victory at Sonoma (Calif.) Raceway in June 2016. The Lehighton, Pennsylvania native served as the lead engineer on Stewart-Haas Racing’s (SHR) No. 4 entry in 2014 and 2015. The Penn State University graduate was the only rookie crew chief to be part of last year’s Cup Series playoffs.
  • Bowyer Cup Series Career Victories:
    • Charlotte (N.C.) Motor Speedway (Oct. 13, 2012)
    • Richmond (Va.) International Raceway (Sept. 8, 2012)
    • Sonoma (Calif.) Raceway (June 24, 2012)
    • Talladega (Ala.) Superspeedway (Oct. 23, 2011)
    • Talladega (Ala.) Superspeedway (Oct. 31, 2010)
    • New Hampshire Motor Speedway in Loudon (Sept. 19, 2010)
    • Richmond International Raceway (May 3, 2008)
    • New Hampshire Motor Speedway in Loudon (Sept. 16, 2007)
  • Bowyer Cup Series Career Poles:
    • New Hampshire Motor Speedway in Loudon (Sept. 14,2007)
    • Darlington (S.C.) Raceway (May 11, 2007)
  • Bowyer Career Cup Series Points Finishes:
    • 2016   27th
    • 2015   16th
    • 2014   19th
    • 2013   7th
    • 2012   2nd
    • 2011 13th
    • 2010   10th
    • 2009   15th
    • 2008    5th ​
    • 2007    3rd
    • 2006   17th
  • Bowyer Cup Series Career Stops:
    • 2017  Stewart-Haas Racing
    • ​2016  HScott Motorsports
    • 2012-2015  Michael Waltrip Racing
    • 2006-2011 Richard Childress Racing
  • Bowyer Xfinity Series Career Victories:
    • Dover (Del.) International Speedway (Sept. 26,2009)
    • Daytona (Fla) International Speedway (July 3, 2009)
    • Bristol (Tenn.) Motor Speedway (March 15, 2008)
    • Richmond (Va.) International Raceway (May 4,2007)
    • Phoenix (Ariz.) International Raceway in Avondale (April 20, 2007)
    • Dover (Del.) International Speedway (Sept. 23, 2006)
    • Memphis (Tenn.) Motorsports Park  (Oct. 22, 2005)
    • Nashville (Tenn.) Superspeedway (June 12, 2005)
  • Bowyer Camping World Truck Series Victories:
    • Kansas (Kan.) Speedway in Kansas City (June 4, 2011)
    • Phoenix (Ariz.) International Raceway in Avondale (Nov.12, 2010)
    • Texas Motor Speedway in Fort Worth (Nov 3, 2006)

TIL NEXT TIME, I AM STILL WORKING ON MY REDNECK

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published.

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.