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Josh Williams Fairly Optimistic After First Race With Kaulig Racing Ends in Disaster

Published 11/20/2023, 3:37 PM EST

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Just days back, Josh Williams signed with Kaulig Racing to compete full-time in the NASCAR Xfinity Series. While he will drive the #11 Chevrolet Camaro next year, a lot would be expected of him. Having said that, he recently had his first drive with his new team and it wasn’t one to remember.

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With Daniel Hemric being promoted to the Cup Series, the doors opened for a new driver at Kaulig Racing. Fortunately for Williams, he was the chosen one as he looks to make this opportunity count.

Josh Williams had a forgettable debut race with Kaulig Racing


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The 2023 season witnessed Josh Williams in a notorious scenario. At Atlanta Motor Speedway, he parked his car on the start/finish line after being unhappy with NASCAR about their decision to take his car to the garage. While he faced his share of punishment afterward, 2024 offers him a fresh start at many levels.

With Williams leaving DGM Racing, he would certainly feel Kaulig Racing as an upgrade. And while he would want to capitalize, he would love to register his first win in the Xfinity Series next year. However, for that to happen, he would need to have a better race than how he did in his debut race with Kaulig at Florence Motor Speedway.


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Williams took part in Kaulig’s first Late Model venture in the South Carolina 400. While the likes of Josh Berry and Dale Earnhardt Jr blessed their competitive presence in the race, it was Kade Brown who came out victorious. However, the race turned out to be a disaster for Williams as he exited after just 34 laps.

Speaking to Frontstretch, the 30-year-old driver explained what went wrong during the race. He said, “Somebody got underneath us, and just kept coming up the hill while we were three wide. I don’t know if they didn’t know or just got tied or whatever but ended our day which is unfortunate. We saved a lot of tires there at the beginning of that second run. So I don’t know how it would have played out.”

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Having missed out on making it big in his first race, Williams saw a few positives as he revealed the team’s goals. He said, “The biggest thing is just trying to get used to each other, you know communication, getting to know the guys, get to learn me a little bit too. You know how I drive and things like that, so it worked out good. We learned a lot, so it was fun for us.”

While Williams spoke positively about his new venture with Kaulig Racing, even the team’s president Chris Rice opened up on similar lines.

Chris Rice believes in a productive future with Josh Williams at Kaulig Racing

Despite Josh Williams’ antics at Atlanta in the 2023 season, Kaulig Racing showed a lot of belief by signing him for the next season. The team’s president Chris Rice looked quite positive at Florence Motor Speedway, citing the team’s new venture and Williams’ involvement in it.


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Speaking to the media, Rice said, “Josh has done a good job off the racetrack but also on the racetrack. Josh is that guy that’s always been quiet, and not much trouble. I’m pretty excited to have Josh and we come there and do this late model deal, going to try to get a late model program going and see what we can do for the younger local guys.”

He added, “We know a lot of people like Dale Jr, Kevin Harvick all those guys are doing it and I think it really helps our program out. So getting to bring Josh down here so he can learn our culture is one of the big things.”


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It is interesting to see how this partnership between Williams and Kaulig Racing turns out. Will the Florida-born driver manage to register his first-ever Xfinity win in 2024? Let us know your thoughts in the comments below.

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Priyank Mithani


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I was a little kid when Dale Earnhardt said, “The winner ain't the one with the fastest car, it's the one who refuses to lose.” Years have passed and those words could not be more true. Having grown fond of motorsports at a young age, I’m strongly addicted to the adrenaline rush the sport offers.
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