NO. 43 CREW CHIEF
Trent Owens grew up with a great racing lineage. His father, the late Randy Owens, was a key player in the pits for the No. 43 team and Richard Petty. At 13 years old, Owens spent many days working part-time at his Uncle Richard Petty's shop learning the ins and outs of racing.
Spending his childhood in a race shop, Owens gained priceless knowledge but decided he wanted to continue to pursue his education. The Darlington, S.C., native earned a degree in Mechanical Engineering. While in college, Owens was curious what the driver felt in the racecar, so he began a driving career. He started as a part-time driver at Richard Petty Driving Experience and moved to full time upon his college graduation.
He secured his first opportunity to drive competitively in the All Pro Series in 1998. Finding success, he moved up to the Hooters Pro Cup in 1999 and then made the jump to NASCAR. In 2001, he made his first start in the NASCAR truck series at Pikes Peak International Raceway. In two seasons, he made 15 starts.
In 2003, Owens made the difficult decision to hang up his driver suit and set his sights under the hood of the racecar. He became a shock builder at Rusty Wallace Incorporated for the NASCAR Nationwide Series. After two years at RWI, Owens moved to Braun Racing, also competing in the NASCAR Nationwide Series. While continuing to build shocks, he also became the team engineer. One year into his stint at Braun Racing, he was promoted to crew chief of the No. 32 Nationwide car and scored his first win as crew chief at Charlotte Motor Speedway with Dave Blaney behind the wheel. He spent the next three seasons as a Nationwide Series crew chief at Braun Racing. He led 21 different drivers to four poles, 35 top-fives, 72 top-10s and an average finish of 16.6.
2011 brought change for Braun Racing when it was acquired by Turner Scott Motorsports. The new regime kept Owens atop the pit box in the Nationwide Series for the next three years. Owens brought Turner Scott Motorsports their first win, calling the shots for Mark Martin in 2011 at Las Vegas Motor Speedway. Once again the crew chief for a rotating driver line up for the 2010, 2011 and 2012 seasons, Owens tallied four wins, two poles, 24 top-fives, 66 top-10s and a 11th-place average finish.
In 2013, Owens had the opportunity to run for the Nationwide Series championship with rookie driver Kyle Larson. Owens experience and knowledge led Larson to capture Rookie of the Year as they put together an eighth-place finish in the championship standings. The pair collected nine top-fives and 17 top-10s, giving them a 13.8 average finish.
With eight years of leading Nationwide Series teams, Owens will head to the Sprint Cup Series with the iconic No. 43 team and third-year driver Aric Almirola. Throughout his career, Owens showed his ability to adjust to different driving styles and put together a championship run with a rookie driver. Pairing his adaptability and success as a leader, Owens and Almirola show promise to compete consistently in the 2014 season.
Outside of racing, Owens spends time with his wife Amy and children Anna Davis and Gray.