Clint Bowyer No. 15 Cherry 5-hour ENERGY Toyota to Benefit Special Operations Warrior Foundation

The NASCAR Sprint Cup Series continues its “home” visit in Charlotte this weekend. The sport’s longest race of the year is a Memorial Day tradition at Charlotte Motor Speedway. Another tradition is honoring those who serve and have served.

Clint Bowyer’s Cherry 5-hour ENERGY Toyota will be outfitted in red, white and blue colors with a special decal for the Special Operations Warrior Foundation again this weekend. A portion of sales from a special cherry 5-hour ENERGY bottle now through July 31 goes to the organization that supports the military's special operations forces and their families through college scholarships, family services, and financial stipends.

Bowyer’s windshield also honors the service of his paternal grandfather, Dale E. Bowyer. The special windshield decal is a part of NASCAR’s 600 Miles of  Remembrance, honoring military service members and their families.

After 600 miles on Sunday, Bowyer knows there’d be no better way to honor his grandfather, the Special Operations Warrior Foundation and everyone else who serves and has served our country than to thank them in victory lane.

600 Miles of Remembrance

Bowyer’s Toyota to Honor His Late Grandfather

Dale E. Bowyer is Clint Bowyer’s paternal grandfather and was a 1st Lieutenant in the United States Army. He won the Purple Heart, Bronze Star and Distinguished Service Cross for extraordinary heroism while fighting the armed enemy in Germany during World War II.

The Distinguished Service Cross (DSC) is the second highest military decoration that can be awarded to a member of the United States Army. It is awarded for extraordinary heroism.

While leading his platoon under heavy fire in an attack near Sinz, Germany, on January 25, 1945, Lt. Bowyer was severely wounded by an enemy mine. He refused evacuation even though both feet were shattered . He shouted instructions and encouragement where he lay. Inspired by his bravery the men reformed, moved clear of the mine field and continued the advance. Only then did Lt. Bowyer allow himself to be evacuated, crawling clear of the mine field to avoid injury to people. “His devotion to duty and to his men, and his courage and fearless determination are in keeping with the highest traditions of the military service” read the commendation he received.

Lt. Bowyer eventually lost his leg due to his injuries. After the Army he lived in Iola, Kan,, and worked in the dairy business. He passed away in June 1974.