RPM hires Trent Owens to crew chief Almirola

Published On: Dec 03 2013 09:16:31 AM CST

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CHARLOTTE, North Carolina (AP) -

Richard Petty Motorsports has hired Trent Owens to crew chief Aric Almirola in 2014.
    
Owens is a longtime Nationwide Series crew chief and the nephew of Richard Petty. His hiring Monday for the No. 43 Ford is his first full-time crew chief job in the Sprint Cup Series.
    
Owens replaces Todd Parrott, who was fired in October when he failed a random NASCAR drug test.
    
Owens has won five Nationwide races with five different drivers. He spent last season as crew chief for Kyle Larson at Turner Motorsports.