Kaulig Racing to Run Part-Time in the 2021 NASCAR Cup Series, Including the Daytona 500

Published 01/08/2021, 10:48 AM EST
AVONDALE, ARIZONA – NOVEMBER 10: Kyle Busch, driver of the #18 M&M’s Toyota, and Joey Logano, driver of the #22 Shell Pennzoil Ford, lead the field to turn one after taking the green flag to start the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series Bluegreen Vacations 500 at ISM Raceway in Avondale, Arizona. (Photo by Jared C. Tilton/Getty Images)


Recently, Kaulig Racing announced that they plan to run in the 2021 NASCAR Cup Series on a part-time schedule. Their calendar includes the Daytona 500, as well as several road course events. Of course, they have not fully confirmed their schedule nor have they recruited any drivers.

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However, there is still time for them to get their affairs in order. On the other end of the scale, time is running out, as the 2021 Daytona 500 kicks off next month.

Kaulig Racing is always building toward the future, and I believe this is the next step in that process,” said team owner Matt Kaulig.

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“We have the ultimate goal of becoming a powerhouse team in the Cup Series, and we are excited to continue our team’s growth.

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How will Kaulig Racing perform in the 2021 NASCAR season?

Last year, Justin Haley ended the Daytona 500 in 13th place. To make matters even better, it was the first time that Kaulig Racing qualified at the premier level. After a considerable amount of success in the Xfinity Series, the outfit hopes to achieve a similar level of glory in the top tier.

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7 Xfinity wins and 2 cars in the 2020 Playoffs is proof of their growth over the years. Since then, the team grew to include 3 full-time drivers, Justin Haley, AJ Allmendinger, and Jeb Burton.

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It is worth mentioning that during its 5-year tenure, Kaulig Racing has grown in leaps and bounds. Back in 2014, they entered the NASCAR arena as a sponsor through the LeafFilter brand.

2 years later, Matt Kaulig kick-started his own team with Blake Koch as his first driver. Since then, the team has fielded cars for many drivers like Ryan Truex, Elliott Sadler, and Cup Series contender Austin Dillon.

It also helps that Kaulig has a technical partnership with Richard Childress Racing and operates on the Childress campus.

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