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Kelly started his circuit racing career in Formula Ford for three seasons, progressing to V8 Supercars in 2000. From there he has raced in Super Touring, V8 Supercars and NASCAR Late models. Late in the 2007 V8 Supercar season he was picked up as a full-time driver for Paul Morris Motorsport replacing Fabian Coulthard.
In 2008 Kelly raced an asphault late model, for Dale Earnhardt Jr., at Motormile Speedway in Radford, VA. He wanted to pursue a career in NASCAR and hoped to move up the ladder to get the necessary experience (Kelly started at the weekly track championship level). In June 2010, Kelly made his NASCAR debut in the Nationwide Series, driving for Baker Curb Racing at the Road America road course. He started ninth and finished fifth. K1 Speed sponsored the car. For 2011, Owen Kelly made no official start in the series but relief drove for Marcos Ambrose at Montreal who was in Michigan for the Sprint Cup Series race. He practiced and qualified the car while Kelly turned the wheel to Ambrose for the race. It turned up that Ambrose actually won the race in that car. In 2012 he practiced and qualified a car again, this time for Kyle Busch who ran his first race at Montreal since 2009. Busch finished tenth in the race after starting from the back of the field due to the driver change. It ended up that Kelly did not end up making any other attempts in 2012 and Ambrose did not run the Montreal race that year.
After a strong performance for Kyle Busch Motorsports at Road America in the Nationwide Series in 2013, it was announced that Kelly would make his debut in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series, driving the No. 51 for Phoenix Racing, at Watkins Glen International in August of that year. Kelly finished 24th.
Motorsports career results
V8 Supercar results
Complete Rolex Sports Car Series results
(key) (Races in bold indicate pole position, Results are overall/class)
|Rolex Sports Car Series results|
|2009||Blackforest Motorsports||Mustang Cobra GT||Ford||GT||DAY
(key) (Bold - Pole position awarded by time. Italics - Pole position earned by points standings. * – Most laps led.)
Sprint Cup Series
|NASCAR Sprint Cup Series results|
|NASCAR Nationwide Series results|
|2010||Baker Curb Racing||27||Ford||DAY||CAL||LVS||BRI||NSH||PHO||TEX||TAL||RCH||DAR||DOV||CLT||NSH||KEN||ROA
|2011||Richard Petty Motorsports||9||Ford||DAY||PHO||LVS||BRI||CAL||TEX||TAL||NSH||RCH||DAR||DOV||IOW||CLT||CHI||MCH||ROA||DAY||KEN||NHA||NSH||IRP||IOW||GLN||CGV
|2012||Kyle Busch Motorsports||54||Toyota||DAY||PHO||LVS||BRI||CAL||TEX||RCH||TAL||DAR||IOW||CLT||DOV||MCH||ROA||KEN||DAY||NHA||CHI||IND||IOW||GLN||CGV
|2013||Joe Gibbs Racing||DAY||PHO||LVS||BRI||CAL||TEX||RCH||TAL||DAR||CLT||DOV||IOW||MCH||ROA
|† - Qualified for Marcos Ambrose · ‡ - Qualified for Kyle Busch.|
* Season in progress
1 Ineligible for series points
- "NASCAR statistics". Racing Reference. Retrieved 29 June 2010.
- Spencer, Lee (July 19, 2013). "Finch confirms sale of Phoenix Racing". Fox Sports. Retrieved 2013-07-19.
- Fox Sports (2013-08-12). "Misfortune and a late crash end Marcos Ambrose's hopes of a third-straight Watkins Glen NASCAR win". The Courier-Mail. Retrieved 2013-08-12.
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