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Kaulig Racing is an American professional stock car racing team that currently competes in the NASCAR Xfinity Series. The team is owned by Matt Kaulig, an owner of team sponsor LeafFilter. The team currently fields the No. 10 Chevrolet Camaro part-time for Ross Chastain, Austin Dillon, Elliott Sadler, and A. J. Allmendinger, the No. 11 Camaro full-time for Justin Haley, and the No. 16 Camaro part-time for Ross Chastain. The team has a technical alliance with Richard Childress Racing,[1] and formerly operated out of the NTS Motorsports facility.[2]

Kaulig Racing
Kaulig Racing logo.jpg
Owner(s)Matt Kaulig
BaseWelcome, North Carolina
SeriesNASCAR Xfinity Series
Race drivers10. Ross Chastain, Austin Dillon, Elliott Sadler, A. J. Allmendinger, Joe Graf Jr. (part-time)
11. Justin Haley (R)
16. Ross Chastain (part-time)
Sponsors10. Nutrien Ag Solutions, Stitched, Nyloxin Chronic Pain Relief, Maestro's Classic, Ellsworth Advisors, Cornerstone Produce Group, Death Wish Coffee, LeafFilter, Ctech Manufacturing, Digital Ally, Eat Sleep Race Apparel
11. LeafFilter, Raybestos
16. Ellsworth Advisors
ManufacturerChevrolet
Opened2016
Career
Debut2016 PowerShares QQQ 300 (Daytona)
Latest race2019 Kansas Lottery 300 (Kansas)
Races competed143
Drivers' Championships0
Race victories2
Pole positions2

Xfinity SeriesEdit

Car No. 10 historyEdit

In August 24, 2018, Kaulig Racing announced it will field a second entry for Austin Dillon at the September 8 Xfinity race at Indianapolis Motor Speedway.[3]

On January 31, 2019, Kaulig Racing announced that Chastain would drive the No. 10 car for three races from Daytona, Chicagoland, and Texas. Dillon returned to the team for the Las Vegas spring race,[4] while Elliott Sadler, who had retired from full-time racing after the 2018 season, drove the No. 10 at Richmond and the fall Vegas event.[5] A. J. Allmendinger joined the team on March 21 for a five-race schedule at Daytona, Watkins Glen, Mid-Ohio, Road America, and the Charlotte Roval.[6][7] At the 2019 Circle K Firecracker 250 at Daytona, Allmendinger finished third, but was disqualified after a post-race vacuum inspection revealed a discrepancy in his car's engine.[8][9] Allmendinger was once again disqualified at the 2019 Zippo 200 at The Glen at Watkins Glen International on August 3, 2019 when his second-place finishing car was discovered to be too low on both rear corners during post-race inspection.[10] He held off Tyler Reddick to win at the Charlotte Roval, scoring Kaulig Racing's second win of the season. Days prior to the Kansas race, the No. 10's hauler lost control on a North Carolina highway and crashed, leaving the hauler's drivers injured and the race car damaged.[11]

The team will run full time in 2020 with Alex Yontz as crew chief. No driver has been named as of now, but Chris Rice says it will likely be Chastain.[12]

Car No. 10 resultsEdit

Year Driver No. Make 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 29 30 31 32 33 NXSC Pts
2018 Austin Dillon 10 Chevy DAY ATL LVS PHO CAL TEX BRI RCH TAL DOV CLT POC MCH IOW CHI DAY KEN NHA IOW GLN MOH BRI ROA DAR IND
8
LVS RCH CLT DOV KAN TEX PHO HOM 45th 30
2019 Ross Chastain DAY
13
ATL TAL
30
DOV CHI
8
KAN TEX PHO HOM -* -*
Austin Dillon LVS
4
PHO CAL TEX BRI CLT
28
POC
10
MCH IOW IND
34
Elliott Sadler RCH
12
LVS
10
RCH
A. J. Allmendinger DAY
38
GLN
37*
MOH
3
ROA
24
DAR CLT
1
DOV
Joe Graf Jr. BRI
DNQ

Car No. 11 historyEdit

 
Blake Koch pilots the No. 11 LeafFilter Chevy Camaro at Daytona International Speedway.

In June 2015, Blake Koch announced he and longtime sponsor LeafFilter Gutter Protection would re-sign with TriStar Motorsports for the 2016 season.[13] However, in the 2015 offseason, LeafFilter owner Matt Kaulig decided to start his own team, Kaulig Racing. He brought along Koch, who he had sponsored the past two seasons, to pilot the No. 11 Chevy. Longtime NASCAR crew chief Chris Rice was hired as the team's general manager and crew chief. Kaulig Racing formed a technical alliance with Richard Childress Racing for the 2016 season.[2][13][14][1] The team also used the owner's points of TriStar's former No. 8 team.[13] In the team's debut, they finished 9th at Daytona after a strong showing, followed by a 20th-place finish at Atlanta the following week. For the team's third race Koch was running solidly in the top 15 before mechanical problems regulated him to a 26th-place finish six laps down. At Fontana, Koch finished 12th and on the lead lap, after running in the top 10 for much of the day. The team would later have several top-10 and top-15 runs, enough to get into the new Xfinity Chase, and also made to the 2nd round as well, but was unable to get to the final round, as he missed out by 7 points after finishing a strong 8th after running in or near the Top 5 all day. Blake finished 7th in the points, a Career best for Koch and Kaulig. On January 9, 2018, Kaulig Racing announced that they parted ways with Koch and had signed Camping World Truck Series driver Ryan Truex to drive the No. 11. Truex finished 7th in his team's debut.

After a mediocre 2018 season with only one top five finish, the team announced on December 1, 2018, that Truex would be replaced by NASCAR Truck series title contender Justin Haley, who will compete for Sunoco Rookie of the Year honors in 2019.

Car No. 11 resultsEdit

Year Driver No. Make 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 29 30 31 32 33 NXSC Pts
2016 Blake Koch 11 Chevy DAY
9
ATL
20
LVS
26
PHO
16
CAL
12
TEX
34
BRI
37
RCH
8
TAL
24
DOV
12
CLT
14
POC
15
MCH
13
IOW
13
DAY
22
KEN
14
NHA
32
IND
15
IOW
13
GLN
35
MOH
12
BRI
8
ROA
18
DAR
19
RCH
15
CHI
15
KEN
11
DOV
14
CLT
12
KAN
9
TEX
14
PHO
8
HOM
20
16th 796
2017 DAY
15
ATL
40
LVS
12
PHO
13
CAL
12
TEX
16
BRI
9
RCH
11
TAL
31
CLT
19
DOV
32
POC
27
MCH
17
IOW
25
DAY
38
KEN
23
NHA
13
IND
17
IOW
8
GLN
22
MOH
11
BRI
14
ROA
7
DAR
11
RCH
11
CHI
9
KEN
17
DOV
19
CLT
25
KAN
23
TEX
13
PHO
6
HOM
16
15th 698
2018 Ryan Truex DAY
7
ATL
9
LVS
15
PHO
15
CAL
12
TEX
13
BRI
10
RCH
7
TAL
38
DOV
11
CLT
6
POC
10
MCH
10
IOW
14
CHI
15
DAY
13
KEN
13
NHA
13
IOW
8
GLN
18
MOH
5
BRI
22
ROA
25
DAR
15
IND
22
LVS
8
RCH
11
CLT
16
DOV
10
KAN
11
TEX
33
PHO
13
HOM
15
14th 868
2019 Justin Haley DAY
17
ATL
8
LVS
10
PHO
12
CAL
10
TEX
7
BRI
7
RCH
10
TAL
7
DOV
17
CLT
5
POC
9
MCH
10
IOW
13
CHI
7
DAY
2
KEN
10
NHA
13
IOW
8
GLN
14
MOH
9
BRI
34
ROA
6
DAR
11
IND
5
LVS
15
RCH
17
CLT
31
DOV KAN TEX PHO HOM -* -*

Car No. 16 historyEdit

On June 27, 2019, Kaulig announced Ross Chastain would drive a third car, the No. 16, at the 2019 Circle K Firecracker 250 at Daytona.[15] After a grueling race at Daytona, Chastain led 49 laps, won stage one, and later went on to score Kaulig Racing's first win.[9]


Car No. 16 resultsEdit

Year Driver No. Make 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 29 30 31 32 33 NXSC Pts
2019 Ross Chastain 16 Chevy DAY ATL LVS PHO CAL TEX BRI RCH TAL DOV CLT POC MCH IOW CHI DAY
1*
KEN NHA IOW GLN MOH BRI ROA DAR IND LVS RCH CLT DOV KAN TEX PHO HOM -* -*

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ a b McFadin, Daniel (December 14, 2018). "Richard Childress Racing reveals Daytona 500 cars, sponsors and Xfinity details". NBC Sports. Retrieved December 15, 2018.
  2. ^ a b "Kaulig Racing Inc. to join NASCAR XFINITY Series in 2016". NASCAR.com. NASCAR Digital Media, LLC. January 20, 2016. Retrieved January 8, 2019.
  3. ^ "Kaulig Racing Taps Cup Talent for Second Car at Indianapolis". Kaulig Racing. August 24, 2018. Retrieved January 8, 2019.
  4. ^ "Austin Dillon to Once Again Field Second Entry for Kaulig Racing". On Pit Road. February 27, 2019. Retrieved February 28, 2019.
  5. ^ Bonkowski, Jerry (February 28, 2019). "Elliott Sadler: 'I'm back,' will run two Xfinity races for Kaulig Racing". Yahoo! Sports. Retrieved February 28, 2019.
  6. ^ Weaver, Matt (March 21, 2019). "AJ Allmendinger joins Kaulig Racing NASCAR Xfinity team for select races". Autoweek. Retrieved March 21, 2019.
  7. ^ Long, Dustin (June 7, 2019). "AJ Allmendinger to run four Xfinity races". NBC Sports. Retrieved June 7, 2019.
  8. ^ Albert, Zack (July 5, 2019). "Allmendinger disqualified after post-race inspection at Daytona". NASCAR.com. NASCAR Digital Media, LLC. Retrieved July 6, 2019.
  9. ^ a b Spencer, Reid (July 5, 2019). "Ross Chastain gives Kaulig Racing first win at Daytona; Allmendinger disqualified". NASCAR.com. NASCAR Digital Media, LLC. Retrieved July 6, 2019.
  10. ^ Albert, Zack (August 3, 2019). "Kaulig Racing No. 10, Allmendinger disqualified from second place at Watkins Glen". NASCAR.com. NASCAR Digital Media, LLC. Retrieved August 4, 2019.
  11. ^ Brooks, Amanda (October 16, 2019). "Kaulig Racing hauler involved in accident en route to Kansas UPDATE". Jayski's Silly Season Site. NASCAR Digital Media, LLC. Retrieved October 22, 2019.
  12. ^ Page, Scott (July 6, 2019). "Kaulig Racing planning to expand next season". Jayski's Silly Season Site. NASCAR Digital Media, LLC. Retrieved July 7, 2019.
  13. ^ a b c Knight, Chris (January 20, 2016). "Blake Koch Prepares For XFINITY Championship Bid With New Team". Catchfence.com. Retrieved 10 March 2016.
  14. ^ "KAULIG RACING™ INC. TO JOIN NASCAR XFINITY SERIES IN 2016". Kaulig Racing. January 20, 2016. Retrieved January 20, 2016.
  15. ^ "Ross Chastain to run third car for Kaulig Racing at Daytona". NBC Sports. June 27, 2019. Retrieved June 27, 2019.

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