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Ty Dillon or Josh Williams? Chris Rice’s Concealed Tease Had NASCAR World Scratching Their Heads

Published 11/15/2023, 10:46 PM EST

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In February 2023, Kaulig Racing’s official energy booster, Celsius, inked a long-term deal to sponsor their 2023 Cup Series contenders. Since the team’s early days in 2016, Celsius has been riding shotgun with Kaulig Racing. They took their partnership to the next level in 2022, joining forces with a globally known entity for the first time.

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But with the team currently shaking things up, a mysterious post from the Kaulig Racing president has sent ripples through the fanbase. The fans are left scratching their heads, trying to decipher who the face behind the Celsius can be in the enigmatic post.

Is Ty Dillon the ace up Chris Rice’s sleeve for Kaulig Racing’s Big Reveal?


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Earlier, Dale Earnhardt Jr spilled the beans on his podcast: in the Cup Series, Daniel Hemric will be taking the wheel of the No. 31 car, replacing Justin Haley, while A.J. Allmendinger seems set to pivot back to the Xfinity Series. But are we on the brink of getting the lowdown on Kaulig Racing’s game plan sooner than expected?

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Rumors are swirling, sparked by a cryptic tweet from the president of Kaulig Racing. The tweet hints at a new recruit under the Celsius banner, featuring a photo of an unidentified person, hands on hips, partially obscured behind a can of Celsius energy drink, clad in a black t-shirt. The burning question is, who’s hiding in plain sight?

In a teaser dropped by Chris Rice on November 14, he dangled a carrot, hinting at a big announcement on November 16. The rumor mill is churning with whispers that Ty Dillon might be unveiled as the driver of the No. 16 Cup car for 2024, as various sources have suggested.

Alternatively, the drumroll might be for news related to the Xfinity Series lineup. With Chandler Smith rumored to be jumping ship to Joe Gibbs Racing and Hemric vacating the No. 11 car, Kaulig Racing’s next move is anyone’s guess. An announcement today could shine a light on the team’s strategy for the coming season. But one thing seems to be emerging from the fog of speculation: the enigmatic photo likely points to the unveiling of a new driver. Fans are left piecing together the clues, trying to guess who will emerge from behind the can.


Fans speculate that the man behind the can is either Ty Dillon or Josh Williams

Fans are buzzing with guesses to know if it is Ty Dillon or Josh Williams, who is the Man in the Mysterious Can Photo.

As soon as the enigmatic post hit Twitter, fans were off to the races trying to guess the identity of the man obscured by the can. One eagle-eyed fan was convinced they knew those shoulders, confidently declaring, “I know them shoulders,” while another was sure it was Ty Dillon, giving him a virtual nod with, “Hello @tydillon.”


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Some fans couldn’t resist a chuckle, joking about the can having arms and questioning the practicality of fitting into the driver’s seat, saying, “Why does the Celsius can have arms and how is he going to fit in the driver’s seat” while others threw a curveball, tossing names like “Rajah Crauth” and “Guys it’s Rajah Crauth” into the ring.

One outspoken fan didn’t mince words, warning the team that snagging Ty Dillon might be a misstep: “you are making a mistake, hiring Ty Dillon.” Meanwhile, another was crossing their fingers for a different lineup: “I hope for Xfinity it’s Josh Williams, and for Cup, Ty Dillon.”

A NASCAR aficionado chimed in, hoping for a glimpse of: “There better be a beautiful mullet behind that can… @Josh6williams.” And in a humorous twist, a fan mused, “Damn didn’t think Bubba would leave 23XI.”


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So, who’s your bet on? Is it Ty Dillon, Josh Williams, or someone else entirely? Drop your guesses in the comments and let’s see who can crack the code of those mysterious arms!

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Written by:

Neha Dwivedi


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Controversies, gossip, and breakneck speeds? Count me in! While F1 has its charm, NASCAR helps me relive those "Roadrash" gaming days. My favorite among the drivers has to be Tyler Reddick. The 23XI Racing pilot is not only likable but also a complete beast when he is on track, more specifically, road courses.
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Shivali Nathta