An Emporia native took the giant scissors and opened up his own business on Thursday afternoon.
Clint Bowyer now owns the dealership where he once worked as a dent repair specialist. He's taking a hands on approach, at least at first, and has even sold his first car.
Bowyer is coming off the best year of his professional career, winning 3 Sprint Cup races in 2012, his first full year on the Michael Waltrip Racing Team.
The Bowyer Autoplex is located on U.S. Highway 50, right across the street from the Bowyer Community Building.