NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Kaulig Racing has bought two charters from Spire Motorsports and can also honest transfer to NASCAR’s Cup Series subsequent year with a full-time droop for Justin Haley and utilize out races for AJ Allmendinger.
Personnel owner Matt Kaulig had been eyeing a transfer up to Cup for a while and made it first price Friday while announcing multi-year contract extensions with each drivers. Haley will flee a full Cup agenda while Allmendinger will flee utilize out Cup races and additionally compete for the Xfinity Series championship.
“Now not finest are we planning on making a splash within the NASCAR Cup Series, we realizing on continuing to trophy hunt within the Xfinity Series,” Kaulig stated. “AJ has been a improbable addition to this Kaulig Racing family and we’re cheerful to possess him succor with us keen forward.”
Spire confirmed after the Kaulig announcement it’s promoting two of its three charters to Kaulig.
“Matt Kaulig will elevate novel possession and novel enthusiasm to the NASCAR Cup Series garage,” Spire stated in an announcement. “NASCAR has created a treasured structure mannequin and we’re grateful to the sanctioning physique and the total dwelling owners who possess approach sooner than us. Without crew dwelling owners be pleased the Wood Brothers, Richard Petty, Rick Hendrick, Chip Ganassi, Joe Gibbs and Barney Visser, for whom all of us possess the top possible recognize, the structure draw would no longer be the treasured and sustainable industry mannequin it has evolved into.”
Spire stated it can perchance well continue to field the No. 7 subsequent season with Corey LaJoie as a chartered entry.
“We remain dedicated to NASCAR and the Cup Series and we can continue to survey alternatives to develop and compete within the atomize,” Spire stated.
Haley has driven Cup races for Spire and gave the crew its finest victory in a rain-shortened July flee at Daytona in 2019. However he is full-time Xfinity for Kaulig and the crew’s longest-running full-time driver.
Allmendinger became as soon as lured out of semi-retirement by Kaulig and crew president Chris Rice, who persuaded Allmendinger to relieve them develop the organization that first entered NASCAR in 2014 when Matt Kaulig set aside his company, LeafFilter Gutter Protection, on a Cup automobile as the most predominant companion.
Kaulig had his possess crew by 2016 and has been pushing toward a transfer to Cup since.
Haley and Allmendinger every joined the crew in 2019. Allmendinger has 5 wins, 16 top fives and 19 top-10 finishes and won at Kaulig‘s dwelling video display of Mid-Ohio Sports Car Route earlier this month. He heads into Saturday’s flee at Nashville Superspeedway ranked 2d within the standings.
“Over the last three years, I even possess fallen in be pleased with this crew and possess enjoyed every aspect of making an try to relieve the organization develop,” stated Allmendinger. “To know that I could continue to be half of it keen forward and that this might occasionally perchance honest most-seemingly be the closing NASCAR crew I power for, is in point of fact special.”
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