The team has already started prepping with a new race shop
Kaulig Racing has run 250 total NASCAR Xfinity Series events. In 2021, their fielding three NXS cars driven by AJ Allmeidnger, Jeb Burton and Justin Haley.
The team has made four total starts in the NASCAR Cup Series. The team made their debut in 2020 with Justin Haley. This year, AJ Allmendinger and Kaz Grala have added three more starts to the team’s resume. Two of the entries this season have netted a top-10 result.
For 2022, team owner Matt Kaulig is looking to expand the Welcome, North Carolina team.
Matt Kaulig on 2022 plans
“We just bought another race shop there in Welcome, North Carolina for the Cup, so we’re in the process of re-doing the inside of that,” Kaulig told SiriusXM.
“We’re going full-time Cup racing next year. We’ll have at least one car, let’s put it that way. That’s definitely a done deal, so we’re super excited about that.”
The organization only made one NCS start in 2020. However, the initial plan called for a much wider footprint in the division. Nine of their ten starts were canceled due to the pandemic.
“Because of COVID and the fact that we weren’t able to, there was no qualifying, we weren’t able to even get a car into the field,” Kaulig said. “That put plans maybe on the back burner of no doing of our own.”
“I don’t know if we had an ‘aha’ moment except maybe in the offseason where we said ‘hey, we’re putting some sponsorship together, talking to guys like Kaz, seeing if AJ could run some road courses, and then build our program from there. We’ve got our crew chief and we hired a few other people to work on the cars.”
“It’s been good, it’s been a good program. We’re super happy, we’re very happy with our performance so far. To be sitting three races in and have two top 10s for our organization is spectacular.”
The team now plans as many as 11 starts for the 2021 season before jumping into full-time competition next year.
“We’ll run some road courses. AJ will be in the car, Kaz will be in the car for us a few more times,” Kaulig added. “We’re just getting that program rolling. Super fun, super exciting and we’ll see what it brings next year.”