AJ Allmendinger to Throw out First Pitch at Sock Puppets Final Home Game

LEXINGTON, N.C. (August 3, 2021) – Closing out its 2021 schedule, the Burlington Sock Puppets will host an inaugural NASCAR night with Kaulig Racing.

The Sock Puppets, an MLB-affiliated, collegiate, summer-league baseball team, will host its final home game of the season on Thursday, August 5, with a special appearance from Kaulig Racing. AJ Allmendinger, driver of the No. 16 Hyperice Chevrolet, will throw out the first pitch before the game against the Pulaski River Turtles.

“We are honored to be able to host NASCAR night with the Sock Puppets’ for their last home game of the summer!” said Chris Rice, president of Kaulig Racing. “We think this is a great way for families to come together and enjoy both NASCAR and America’s favorite pastime!”

The team will also help kick off the Sock Puppets’ “Backpack Bash”, collecting school supplies for a local middle and high school in the Burlington, N.C area. In an effort to support NASCAR’s kids and family initiatives, Allmendinger will participate in an autograph session and meet and greet before the game.

“As we near the end of summer, as well as our league season, we thought it would be a great idea to host a backpack event to help raise school supplies for one of our local schools, Graham High School,” said Anderson Rathburn, general manager of the Burlington Sock Puppets. “We’ve teamed up with St. Mark’s Church to purchase backpacks to fill and have asked fans to bring school supplies to our final home game. In return, they will get to participate in an autograph session with Kaulig Racing driver, AJ Allmendinger!”

In addition to helping raise school supplies for the Sock Puppet’s “Backpack Bash”, Kaulig Racing has also offered up a team fan pack, including two tickets to the NASCAR Xfinity Series Race at the Charlotte Roval, as part of a 50/50 raffle.

The Sock Puppets’ first-annual NASCAR Night will take place on Thursday, August 5 at the team’s home field, Burlington Athletic Stadium.

About the Burlington Sock Puppets

The Burlington Sock Puppets are a MLB-Affiliated Premier Collegiate Summer League team that plays in the Appalachian League. Named after the rich textile history in Alamance County, the Sock Puppets launched their rebrand February 1st, 2021. Since then they have been featured by People Magazine, the Bob and Tom Show, ESPN, Barstool and more. The sock-ingly different ballclub looks to provide a sporting experience that threads together America’s Pastime with a laundry load of fun for the entire family. You can learn more about the Burlington Sock Puppets at gosockpuppets.com or follow them on social media @GoSockPuppets.

About Kaulig Racing™

Kaulig Racing™ is a full-time multi-car NASCAR Cup Series (NCS) and NASCAR Xfinity Series (NXS) team, owned by award winning entrepreneur, Matt Kaulig. Established in 2016, Kaulig Racing™ has made the NXS Playoffs consecutively each season since the playoff system started and made the Championship 4 round in both the 2020 and 2021 seasons. They will continue fielding three, full-time NXS entries; the No. 10 Chevrolet driven by Landon Cassill, the No. 11 Chevrolet driven by Daniel Hemric, and the No. 16 Chevrolet driven by AJ Allmendinger. With multiple wins, Kaulig Racing has come to be one of the top competitors on track each weekend. The team made multiple starts in the NCS in 2021 and won in its seventh-ever start with AJ Allmendinger’s victory at “The Brickyard” for the Verizon 200 at Indianapolis Motor Speedway. The young team has acquired two charters for the 2022 NCS season, with Justin Haley competing as its first, full-time driver in the series. The team’s second entry will be shared by part-time teammates AJ Allmendinger, Daniel Hemric and Noah Gragson. To learn more about the team, visit kauligracing.com.