Kaulig Racing Solve the Allmendinger-Hemric Dilemma for LA Coliseum & Daytona 500 Clashes

Published 01/25/2022, 11:50 AM EST
TALLADEGA, AL – OCTOBER 22: Daniel Hemric, driver of the #19 DrawTite Ford, stands on the grid prior to qualifying for the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series fred’s 250 at Talladega Superspeedway on October 22, 2016 in Talladega, Alabama. (Photo by Robert Laberge/NASCAR via Getty Images)

The 2022 NASCAR Cup Series season is just around the corner and everyone is preparing for it. Of course, many are scrambling to fill up the final few seats on the grid and find sponsors. The Kaulig Racing team has already confirmed their line-up, but there were questions about one of the cars. With AJ Allmendinger, Noah Gragson, and Daniel Hemric sharing the car, how would they carry out this season-long game of musical chairs?

The good news is that the outfit has come out with the answer, and revealed the driver who will be first in the car. As it turns out, AJ Allmendinger will be the first to sample the Next Gen car in race conditions. To be precise, he will tackle the LA Coliseum for the Busch Clash on February 6th. 10 days after that is the Bluegreen Vacations Duel, where he will hand the car keys to Daniel Hemric.

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The reigning Xfinity champion will also have the honor of competing in the iconic Daytona 500. To make matters even better, he will remain in the #16 car for the next two races at Autoclub and Las Vegas. Allmendinger will resume operations at the following event at the Phoenix Raceway on March 13th.

When will Noah Gragson drive the #16 Kaulig Racing car?

Gragson fans need not worry, as he will make his NASCAR debut at the Atlanta Motor Speedway on March 20th. A week later, Allmendinger takes over once again, this time at the Circuit of the Americas. In addition to that, he keeps the seat warm for the next two races at Richmond and Martinsville.

On April 17th, Noah Gragson returns to the team for the Bristol dirt race. Hemric also gets a chance to run in a marquee event, as he is expected to tackle the Talladega Superspeedway. When the month of May begins, it will be Allmendinger back in the saddle, this time at Dover. Hemric will race at Darlington, with Gragson competing in Kansas and AJ Allmendinger at the Texas All-Star race.

Daytona Beach, Florida, USA; NASCAR Cup Series driver AJ Allmendinger (16) during the O’Reilly Auto Parts 253 at Daytona International Speedway. Mandatory Credit: Jasen Vinlove-USA TODAY Sports

Gragson will be back on May 29th at the Charlotte Motor Speedway. After that, Allmendinger gets four consecutive races at World Wide Technology, Sonoma, Nashville, and Road America. Gragson makes his second trip to Atlanta, a week later, with Allmendinger taking on New Hampshire. Noah Gragson will return for Pocono before Allmendinger relieves him at the Indy road course.

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How else does the Kaulig trio divide the races?

Gragson comes back once again for the next two races at Michigan and Richmond. Allmendinger swaps in for Watkins Glen, before Daniel Hemric finally returns for the Daytona race. Hemric also gets a second consecutive race at Darlington, before he hands over to Noah Gragson at Kansas. Allmendinger steps in at the next race at the Bristol Motor Speedway

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Noah Gragson will close out September at the Texas Motor Speedway. This is before Hemric competes in his final race of the season at Talladega. Incidentally, AJ Allmendinger’s final race of 2022 is on October 9th at the Charlotte Roval. Beyond that, Noah Gragson closes out the final four races at Las Vegas, Homestead-Miami, Martinsville, and Phoenix.

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Dhruv George is a senior Motorsports author for EssentiallySports, having authored nearly 12000 articles spanning different sports like F1, NASCAR, Tennis, NFL, and eSports. He graduated with a PG Diploma in Journalism from the Xavier Institute of Communications. Dhruv has also conducted interviews with F1 driver Pierre Gasly and Moto2 rider Tony Arbolino.

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