HOW IT ALL STARTED
Owens’ first taste of racing competition was on a Huffy bike. She signed on as a factory rider for Dan’s Competition/Huffy Bikes, scoring several wins and taking home the prestigious President’s Cup national championship award.
When Owens turned 12 years old, she upgraded her bicycle for a Quarter Midget and launched her career in motorsports. The following year, she continued building her racing resume at the Volusia (Fla.) Speedway Park half-mile clay oval, competing in the Dirt Pure Stock Division. Owens capped off her rookie year with an impressive two wins, six top-fives and eight top-10 finishes.
In 2004, Owens was selected to be part of the prestigious Lyn St. James Academy driver development program. While in school, Owens fine tuned her driving skills and polished her media techniques. She began competing in the Mini Stock division at the half-mile oval at New Smyrna Speedway. She completed the season third in the championship standings and took home Rookie-of-the-Year honors as well.
Owens progressed to the Late Model division at New Smyrna Speedway in 2005. In her first event, Owens scored a second-place finish. She finished third in the championship standings in route to another Rookie-of-the-Year crown.
2007 was a banner season for Owens. She forged a relationship ElectrifyingCareers.com, an organization dedicated to getting young people charged up about careers in the electrical industry. ElectrifyingCareers.com sponsored Owens in the NASCAR Whelen All-American Series at Hickory Motor Speedway.
Owens took her racing career to the next level in 2008. She paired with Mario Gosselin’s DGM Racing to drive the No. 12 ElectrifyingCareers.com car in the ARCA RE/MAX Series. Owens achieved three top-15, four top-20 and seven top-25 finishes in the 12 events she competed in.
The 2009 season marked another step forward in Owens’ racing career. The 20 year-old joined D’Hondt Motorsports to tackle the 2009 ARCA RE/MAX season. Owens started the season off by putting her ElectrifyingCareers.com Toyota on the outside pole at Daytona International Speedway. She followed that up with an exciting, come from the back, 6th place finish at Talladega, two top-10s and nine top-20 finishes.
In 2010, Owens and ElectrifyingCareers.com joined Venturini Motorsports. She competed in the ARCA series once again earning recognition as woman on the path to top of NASCAR.
2011 is where she got her feet wet in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series. Alli was in the process of putting together a truck deal for 2011 when she found out her primary sponsor was not renewing her contract due to the economy. Not deterred, Alli made up her mind she was going to at least race Daytona. With an amazing amount of help from over 5000 fans and local businesses, she got enough money to race at Daytona.
Alli formed a team headed by her ARCA crew chief, found a truck that needed a driver and headed to Daytona. Before realizing she was pregnant, Alli managed to put her NASCAR truck on the board, 9th fastest out of the 46 trucks that were there. On qualifying day NASCAR issued new restrictor plates due to the trucks being too fast. This hurt Alli’s truck and the team just couldn’t compensate for the much lower horsepower. Alli missed qualifying by two positions.
Being pregnant and not having a primary sponsor was an opportunity for Alli to spend time with her new husband Paul and await the arrival of Baby Braelynn in October.