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January 4, 1975 |
Davidson, North Carolina, U.S.
|NASCAR Camping World Truck Series career|
|12 races run over 2 years|
|Best finish||34th (2002)|
|First race||2001 Jelly Belly 200 (Pikes Peak)|
|Last race||2002 O'Reilly 400K (Texas)|
Trent Owens, (born January 4, 1975 in Davidson, NC) is an American stock car racing driver and crew chief. A former competitor in the NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series, he currently works for Richard Petty Motorsports as crew chief for the No. 43 team in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series.
Owens made his debut in the NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series 2001, running the #49 Dickies Ford at Pikes Peak. He started 32nd, but managed a good day, finishing 19th. He then topped that run with an 18th at Texas before finishing 34th at Kansas. He then switched rides, competing in three events for Ware Racing Enterprises. His best run was a 19th, coming in the season finale at California.
Owens then got a limited schedule in 2002, racing the #15 Billy Ballew Motorsports Ford in six races. He was solid in that truck, scoring top-20s in all but one of his starts. His best finish of the year was a 14th at Pikes Peak (where he had his best career start of 12th), but he also had a pair of 15ths at Darlington and Dover. Despite the good results, Owens was released after Texas due to funding issues.
Crew chief career
In 2003, his driving career behind him, Owens worked with a young Clint Bowyer as he made his ARCA debut at Nashville Superspeedway, helping him pull off an eye-opening 2nd place finish with Richard Childress in attendance.
Starting in 2006, Owens worked for Braun Racing, later Turner Motorsports and then Turner Scott Motorsports as a crew chief in the NASCAR Nationwide Series, scoring wins with five different drivers (Martin, D. Blaney, Sorenson, J. Buescher, and Piquet Jnr) and assisting Kyle Larson in winning the 2013 series Rookie of the Year title.
On December 2, 2013, it was announced that Owens would be moving up to the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series, having been hired by Richard Petty Motorsports to crew chief the team's No. 43 entry for driver Aric Almirola.
Owens is married and has two children. He is the nephew of Richard Petty. His father Randy Owens was a member of Petty's crew killed in a pit accident during the 1975 Winston 500, and was the brother to Petty's wife Lynda.
Motorsports career results
(key) (Bold - Pole position awarded by qualifying time. Italics - Pole position earned by points standings or practice time. * – Most laps led.)
Craftsman Truck Series
|NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series results|
|2001||Covenant Racing Team||49||Ford||DAY||HOM||MMR||MAR||GTY||DAR||PPR
|Ware Racing Enterprises||81||Chevy||LVS
|2002||Billy Ballew Motorsports||15||Ford||DAY
- Spencer, Lee (December 2, 2013). "ources: Trent Owens takes over as Almirola's Sprint Cup crew chief". Fox Sports. Retrieved 2013-12-02.
- Estrada, Chris (December 2, 2013). "Trent Owens in as Almirola’s crew chief at Petty". NBC Sports. Retrieved 2013-12-02.
- "Trent Owens - 2001 NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series Results". Racing-Reference. USA Today Sports Media Group. Retrieved 2013-12-02.
- "Trent Owens - 2002 NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series Results". Racing-Reference. USA Today Sports Media Group. Retrieved 2013-12-02.
- Trent Owens driver statistics at Racing-Reference
- Trent Owens crew chief statistics at Racing-Reference