“AJ Staying in Cup?”- Kaulig Racing’s Latest Tease Has NASCAR Community Divided Over AJ Allmendinger’s Future

Published 12/06/2023, 9:17 AM EST

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One team around which there has been a ton of speculation this silly season is Kaulig Racing. And why wouldn’t there be? The team has only announced one Cup Series and one Xfinity Series driver for the 2024 seasons. That means that there is one full-time seat available in the Cup and two in the Xfinity Series. The team recently posted a picture on their social media handles of what will be their latest driver announcement and it has split the racing fandom.

So far, only two drivers have been officially confirmed by Kaulig Racing. One is Daniel Hemric driving the #31 car in the Cup Series and the other is Josh Williams driving the #11 in the Xfinity Series. Williams was only announced a few weeks back and was something not many people could have predicted long beforehand. But what about the latest development?

AJ Allmendinger’s future was already decided, as per eminent NASCAR journalist


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The new image that Kaulig Racing has released shows the driver from the back. While their face isn’t shown, the build is a lot like AJ Allmendinger. Most people believe that the veteran racer will be back racing full-time for the team. The only question is, will it be in the Cup Series or the Xfinity Series? The big announcement will be made on December 7.

According to eminent NASCAR journalist Jordan Bianchi, AJ Allmendinger’s future will be in the Xfinity Series. Towards the end of last season, Bianchi spoke to Kaulig Racing head Chris Rice. The issue with the veteran racer driving full-time in the Cup Series boils down to one thing, money.

“They just don’t have the funding in place for that 16 car so they’ve got to make some decisions or not and you know, I’ll say this, I’m gonna say the thing I’m gonna write…all indications are and the sources indicate the AJ Allmendinger is probably going to be full time in the Xfinity Series next year running for Kaulig. And he’s gonna move down,” the eminent NASCAR journalist said on an episode of The Teardown.


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People are happy that the veteran could be making a full-time comeback in NASCAR. But they are split over which competition the 41-year-old will be driving in full-time.

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There were a lot of people who believed that AJ Allmendinger would be in the Cup Series. Underneath Kaulig Racing’s Instagram post, a lot of people made their feelings known about The Dinger’s comeback.

“AJ to stay in cup,” one fan commented. “I hope it is the dinger in the Cup Series,” quipped another. AJ Allmendinger’s Cup Series victory at the Charlotte Roval and the emotional celebration afterward seemed to have stuck with the fans as they expressed just how much they wanted to see him in the Cup.

“AJ staying in Cup?” one fan asked.

“That’s DINGER!!! Please stay in the 16,” wrote another.


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However, some people believed that the veteran’s future lay in the Xfinity Series as a full-time driver.

“AJ full time in the 10 Xfinity and part-time in the 16 cup car,” one fan commented.

“AJ Allmendinger to Xfinity full time in 2024 at Kaulig Racing 16 car,” wrote another.


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