“This is a great opportunity to join a Sprint Cup organization and a race team that can win,” Owens said. “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.”
Owens was a crew chief for driver Kyle Larson at Turner Scott Motorsports in Nationwide Series competition in 2013. In his one season with Larson, he led the No. 32 TSM team to nine top-five finishes and an eighth-place finish in the 2013 Nationwide Series championship standings. Owens’ career Nationwide Series statistics include 57 top-fives and 129 top-10 finishes in fewer than 250 races.
“Trent is one of the very talented people with a lot of crew chief experience but is still relatively young,” Richard Petty Motorsports Vice President of Competition and Race Operations Sammy Johns said. “He has proven 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.
In 2013, with Almirola behind the wheel, the No. 43 RPM team posted a top-five and six top-10s, including four-straight top-10s early in the season.
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