Layne Riggs Reveals how his Cameo with Kaulig Racing Opened up Doors for the Truck Series

Published 12/28/2023, 1:49 PM EST

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Layne Riggs, the youngest driver who won the 2022 NASCAR Advance Auto Parts Weekly Series champion, joined Kaulig Racing in a multi-race deal on September 18, this year. The signing with Kaulig Racing paved an opportunity for the 21-year-old to try his skills outside the limitations of a short track.

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Having only three races at his disposal to latch his seat for the 2024 season, the NAAWS champion was under intense pressure to put forth a satisfactory display. But being the son of NASCAR veteran Scott Riggs, Layne has deep roots in racing, and he proved it right, as his stints with Kaulig paid off well. 

Layne Riggs’ Kaulig stint turns into a dream-come-true moment

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Having aced the world of short tracks, it was time to showcase his skills to the big boys of stock car racing. Following this, Layne Riggs joined hands with Kaulig Racing to compete in three races; the Andy’s Frozen Custard 300 at Texas Motor Speedway, the NASCAR Xfinity Series Spring Race at Las Vegas, and NASCAR Xfinity Series at Martinsville.

However, it was at Martinsville that Layne’s stock car racing future took a major turn as Frontrow Motorsports General Manager, Jerry Freeze was impressed by his remarkable P11 finish. The very next day brought the much-awaited news to Layne’s table.

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Expressing his excitement about his 2024 season and how he secured his seat as a Truck Series driver for Frontrow Motorsports, Layne spilled the beans on SiriusXM NASCAR Radio (Ch. 90) and said, “I had those couple of races with Kaulig Racing in Xfinity Series and you know kind of nuked people to the racetrack, got talking with Jerry Freeze, at Frontrow. Were were just standing behind the Cup hauler, kind of just shooting a breeze and talking about it.”

Layne revealed that he didn’t see Freeze’s question coming and revealed, “He’s like ‘Well, would you be interested in running our truck,’ and I was like ‘Whoa!’ I thought they would have that already wrapped up 6 months ago, so I was like ‘Of course I am!’ He’s like ‘Okay! That’s good to know you would be interested. We’ll watch you today and will keep in touch.'”

“Thankful enough he called me the Monday after Martinsville, and he said, ‘We want you, you’re our guy!'” Layne added.

While savoring the success, Layne didn’t forget Kaulig Racing’s contribution to his Truck Series fate and expressed his gratitude by saying, “Super super thankful for the opportunity. Thank you to Kaulig for giving me the opportunity to be out there, to get around like that, being at the racetrack…Jeff Coffey for sticking with me, giving me my shot. I couldn’t have wrote a better script myself, so it’s just a dream come true and something that a lot of people know I’ve been working with. I’ve been working part-time, duels, and one-off races, just trying to make the most from all of them. Finally paid off in the end.” 

Layne Riggs’ successful stint at the Xfinity Series races secured his seat in the #38 truck for the 2024 season. But it’s not the first time that the 21-year-old Riggs would be sitting behind the wheel of a 450-horsepower truck.

Truck Series is not an alien term for Riggs

Before venturing into the Xfinity Series, Layne tried his hands in the trucks. Debuted in 2022 with Halmar Friesen Racing, Layne secured an impressive P7 finish at the Lucas Oil Indianapolis Raceway Park.

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From a total of six starts in the NASCAR Truck Series, Layne bagged a top-5 finish and two top-ten finishes in 2022. Among the three starts made by Layne in 2023, his best finish came in Lucas Oil Indianapolis Raceway Park, where he clinched a P3 spot.

Replacing the previous #38 truck driver, Zane Smith, who joined Spire Motorsports and will take over their #71 Chevrolet in the NASCAR Cup Series, Riggs is prepared to showcase his dominance on the tracks. 

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