Owens Hired as Almirola's Crew Chief

Aric Almirola

Aric Almirola, who finished 18th in the points this past season, will have Trent Owens leading the team as crew chief. (Photo: Getty Images)

Richard Petty Motorsports has hired Trent Owens to be crew chief for Aric Almirola, the team announced Monday.

Owens has spent the past seven seasons in the Nationwide Series. He was Kyle Larson’s crew chief in that series this past season, helping Larson score 17 top-10 finishes. 

In his Nationwide Series career with both veteran drivers and rookies, Owens has amassed 129 top-10 and in just under 250 races. Sammy Johns, Vice President of Competition and Race Operations at RPM says that Owens will be a great match for Almirola.    

"Trent is one of the very talented people with a lot of crew chief experience, but is still relatively young," Johns said in a statement from the team. "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."

Almirola, who is preparing to begin his third season with RPM, knows Owens.

"When I competed in the Nationwide Series, we raced against him every week,’’ Almriola said in a statement from the team. “He's a very talented crew chief who has accomplished a lot, but he's still very hungry to do a lot more. Our team is the same. We're getting better, but we need more top-10's, top-fives and wins. I believe Trent can help us do that and he's a positive addition to the team."

Almirola finished 18th in the points this past season with one top-five finish and six top-10 results. 

"This is a great opportunity to join a Sprint Cup organization and a race team that can win," Owens said in a statement from the team. "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."

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