CORNELIUS, N.C. — Thursday’s grand opening of the Clint Bowyer Autoplex in his hometown of Emporia, Kan. will be a special day for the No. 15 5-hour ENERGY Toyota driver in many ways.
Bowyer walks into the Autoplex as the owner of the dealership where he worked as a paint-less dent repair specialist and detailer. He’ll be joined by three-time Sprint Cup champion Darrell Waltrip, Michael Waltrip Racing teammate Mark Martin, two-time Daytona 500 champion Michael Waltrip plus several hundred race fans for the celebration that begins at 11:30 a.m.
Bowyer partnered with Davis-Moore Auto Group to purchase the dealership, formerly called Emporia Motors. The Wichita Kan. company will run the day-to-day operations, while Bowyer focuses on his racing duties at Michael Waltrip Racing. Those duties continue this weekend at Kansas Speedway about 100 miles from Emporia. .
Thursday’s Schedule of Events
11:30am-1pm & 4pm-6pm: Barbeque at the 5-Hour Energy trailer, Clint Bowyer’s show car, souvenirs.
11:30am: Autoplex ribbon cutting with the Emporia Chamber of Commerce
Noon-1pm: Autographs with Bowyer and Darrell Waltrip (limited to 100 arm bands)
4pm-6pm: Autographs with Bowyer, Michael Waltrip and Mark Martin
The Clint Bowyer Autoplex, 2815 U.S. Highway 50 in Emporia, is across from the Bowyer Community Building.
CLINT BOWYER AUTOPLEX: “I couldn’t be happier to host the grand opening of the Clint Bowyer Autoplex. To have NASCAR Hall of Famer Darrell Waltrip, my boss Michael Waltrip and future Hall of Famer Mark Martin come to Emporia, Kan. to help me open this thing up and celebrate is something really special. I’m proud to be a business owner in my hometown and to hopefully sell a lot of new Toyotas!”
KANSAS: “It means the world to me to race at Kansas Speedway. It’s always a big weekend for me to come home and race in front of family and friends. I’m proud to be from Kansas and any chance I get to come back and spend time there I take it. My parents still live in Emporia. I just bought the Clint Bowyer Autoplex in Emporia. We have the Bowyer Community Building. I love coming back and visiting friends, hunting and just spending time where I grew up. To win at Kansas – man, there’d be one heck of a party! We’d invite the whole grandstand down!”
Kansas: Sunday’s race marks Bowyer’s 10th NSCS start at Kansas. In nine previous starts, Bowyer has a top-five (2nd in 2007) and four top-10 finishes. He started third at Kansas last fall. Bowyer has an average starting position of 15th and finish of 14th. He has led 48 laps – 45 laps in his first start at Kansas in 2006 and five last fall.
Chassis Chatter: Primary chassis No. 758 finished 35th at California after a mechanical issue ended its day early. In 2012 backup chassis (No. 724) finished fourth at Bristol in March, fifth at Dover in June and finished seventh at Bristol in August. In 2013 it has tested at Charlotte in January and served as the backup at Las Vegas, California and Texas.