Richard Petty Motorsports has announced that Trent Owens will be the crew chief of Aric Almirola's #43 Ford in the 2014 season. Owens will get his first shot as a crew chief in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series after spending several seasons in the NASCAR Nationwide Series.
"Trent is one of the very talented people with a lot of crew chief experience, but is still relatively young,” said Sammy Johns, Vice President of Competition and Race Operations at Richard Petty Motorsports. “He has proven his results in the Nationwide Series with different teams, drivers and in different situations. Trent is hungry; he’s aggressive and has proven he brings fast race cars each week. I believe he is ready to lead a Sprint Cup Series team and I’m happy to have him join Richard Petty Motorsports to lead the No. 43 team.”
Owens spent the 2013 season at Turner-Scott Motorsports in the NASCAR Nationwide Series with driver Kyle Larson. Larson finished eighth in the NASCAR Nationwide Series point standings and accumulated 17 top ten finishes with Owens on top of the pit box. Owens has 247 races under his belt as crew chief with five wins in the Nationwide Series. Owens will replace Greg Ebert, who was the interim crew chief of the #43 Ford in the final three races of the 2013 season after Almirola's crew chief Todd Parrott was suspended indefinitely for violating NASCAR's substance abuse policy. Owens is excited about the opportunity.
"This is a great opportunity to join a Sprint Cup organization and a race team that can win,” said Owens. “The No. 43 team has proven they can race up front. We just need to find a little more consistency to make the Chase. I believe we can put ourselves in contention for a Chase spot in 2014.”
Almirola finished 18th in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series point standings with six top ten finishes. Almirola's best finish of the 2013 season was a fifth at New Hampshire Motor Speedway in June.
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