DARLINGTON, SC (WMBF) – Darlington native Trent Owens is looking for a win at a track where he's seen more races than he can count.
"We didn't miss a race," said Owens. "We were here every time they came to town."
Owens is the crew chief for the No. 32 Dollar General Nationwide Series car which Brian Vickers will drive in Friday night's Royal Purple 200. Owens will also be the crew chief for Reed Sorensen as he tries to qualify for the Southern 500 in the Sprint Cup Series.
Owens, a Darlington High School alum, still has family in the area. This trip, he says, is purely business.
"I came to town this weekend to work," said Owens.
Owens has one of the top Nationwide teams so far this season. His team is fifth in owner points so far. Owens is also running a limited Sprint Cup schedule and hopes to eventually make the jump to NASCAR's highest circuit.
"That's the ultimate goal, to be in the other garage, to be in the Sprint Cup garage," said Owens. "I'm just like a driver, trying to get to the top level in the sport."
But this weekend, Owens only has one focus: taking home the checkered flag from the Lady in Black.
"To come to a track you grew up five miles from, it's obviously different from when I was a kid, but just to come here to Darlington it would be extra special to win," said Owens.