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Veteran crew chief Todd Parrott to oversee RCR Xfinity Series efforts

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Veteran crew chief Todd Parrott has been named Competition Director for Richard Childress Racing’s Xfinity Series teams, the organization announced Saturday.

Parrott, who has served as a crew chief in the Sprint Cup Series for more than 20 years, will begin his new duties immediately, overseeing the Xfinity Series teams of Brian Scott, Ty Dillon, Brendan Gaughan and Austin Dillon in 2015.

“This is an incredible opportunity for me and I am looking forward to working with RCR’s XFINITY Series drivers, crew chiefs, Dr. Warren (RCR Director of Competition Dr. Eric Warren) and everyone involved with the team,” Parrott said in a team media release. “I have known Richard Childress and Mike Dillon for many years and our families go back a long time.

“They already have a solid program and it’s now up to me to take the ball and run with it for next year. I’m looking forward to the challenges that lie ahead, winning several races and adding another championship for the organization.”

As a Sprint Cup crew chief, Parrott oversaw several drivers across 606 starts, winding up with 31 wins, 144 top-5 and 230 top-10 finishes, as well as 23 pole awards.

His drivers also finished in the top-5 six different seasons., including winning it all in 1999 when Dale Jarrett captured the Sprint Cup championship for Robert Yates Racing.

“I worked with Todd for several years at a prior team and I have never met a more passionate person when it comes to working hard and winning races,” Warren said. “Todd is organized and has great instincts about how to get performance out of both cars and teams.

“He is a proven winner with championship talent and has always overachieved with every team for whom he’s worked.”

Parrott, 50, followed in the footsteps of his father, Buddy, who won 49 races in 511 Sprint Cup starts as a crew chief.

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Former Cup crew chief Todd Parrott reinstated by NASCAR

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Former Sprint Cup crew chief Todd Parrott (pictured, from 2012) has been reinstated by NASCAR after completing its Substance Abuse Policy “Road to Recovery” program.

Parrott, who won the 1999 Cup championship as crew chief for Dale Jarrett, was suspended indefinitely by the sanctioning body on Oct. 17, 2013 for violating the aforementioned policy.

Five days later, he was released by Richard Petty Motorsports, where he had been serving as crew chief for the No. 43 Ford of Aric Almirola. Greg Ebert stepped in as interim crew chief for the last four races of 2013, and in December, Trent Owens was named to the post.

Shortly after his release from RPM, Parrott apologized for his actions and also vowed to return to the Cup circuit.

“I’m going to beat the bushes and see what’s out there, and when I come back, I’m going to be coming back pretty strong,” he told SiriusXM NASCAR Radio at the time.

“It’s just part of my family. It’s in my blood. NASCAR is where I want to be. It’s all I know. It’s all I’ve done. I’m going to work hard to get back to the top.”

Best of luck to him as he attempts to do just that.

Trent Owens in as Almirola’s crew chief at Petty

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Trent Owens has been announced as the crew chief for Aric Almirola’s No. 43 Richard Petty Motorsports Ford in the Sprint Cup Series, marking his first full-time crew chief opportunity in NASCAR’s top series.

Owens, a five-time winner in Nationwide Series competition, served as crew chief for Kyle Larson this past season at Turner Scott Motorsports’ NNS operation.

Larson, who will compete for Sprint Cup Rookie of the Year honors for Earnhardt Ganassi Racing in 2014, earned nine Top-5s and 17 Top-10s under Owens’ guidance.

Additionally, Owens helped Larson take his inaugural Camping World Truck Series win back in April at Rockingham (N.C.) Speedway.

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

Almirola knows Owens from his NNS days when the two competed against each other. He’s hopeful that Owens can help RPM find that missing consistency.

“He’s a very talented crew chief who has accomplished a lot, but he’s still very hungry to do a lot more,” Almirola said in his thoughts. “Our team is the same. We’re getting better, but we need more Top-10’s, Top-5s and wins.

“I believe Trent can help us do that and he’s a positive addition to the team.”

Greg Ebert served as the No. 43’s interim crew chief for the final four races of the 2013 season after Todd Parrott was dismissed following his indefinite suspension for violating NASCAR’s substance abuse policy.