Weekly Advance | Bristol Motor Speedway

Food City Dirt Race
Bristol Motor Speedway
NASCAR Cup Series (NCS)
Sunday, April 17 at 7 p.m. ET on FOX

Noah Gragson, No. 16 Chevy Truck Month Camaro ZL1

  • Gragson has made two starts in the NCS, both in 2022
  • Gragson made two dirt-racing starts at Eldora Speedway (2017 and 2018) in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series (NCWTS) and finished in the top 10 in both events

Gragson on the Food City Dirt Race:

“I’m really looking forward to racing at Bristol this weekend in our No. 16 Chevy Truck Month Camaro. There are a few unknowns going into the weekend with the new car, but I think with practice and the heat races, that will give us a good amount of track time to get a feel for everything. Our goal is to keep the car in one piece for the whole race and be there at the end.”

– Noah Gragson

Crew Chief, Matt Swiderski on the Bristol Dirt Race:

“Learning the new car on a dirt track will be a challenge, but we are trying to pay close attention to detail and focus on making sure we have a car that will withstand the full race, as well as something Noah can be competitive in and have a shot with at the end.”

– Matt Swiderski

Justin Haley, No. 31 LeafFilter Gutter Protection Camaro ZL1

  • Haley has led one lap in the 2022 NCS season (Atlanta)
  • Although he did not compete in last year’s Bristol dirt race, Haley comes from a dirt-racing background and competes in the UMP Dirt Modified Series

Haley on the Food City Dirt Race:

“I’m excited to do some dirt racing, which is my bread and butter. I had an opportunity to race my dirt modified car at Bristol a few weeks ago and was able to get some track time. I think the NEXT Gen car will be pretty fast and have a good amount of grip. Hopefully we can all put on a good show for the fans.”

– Justin Haley

Crew Chief, Trent Owens on the Food City Dirt Race:

“Given Justin’s (Haley) dirt-racing experience, I expect him to adapt quickly to the new car this weekend at Bristol. Everyone will be in a similar position as us with the new car and different tires. With practice and the heat races, we will have plenty of time to learn the track for the main event. I’m optimistic Kaulig Racing will do well this weekend.”

– Trent Owens

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 has won back-to-back regular-season championships. Before becoming a full-time NCS team, Kaulig Racing made multiple starts in the 2021 NCS season and won in its seventh-ever start with AJ Allmendinger’s victory at “The Brickyard” for the Verizon 200 at Indianapolis Motor Speedway. The team expanded to a two-car, full-time NCS team in 2022 with Justin Haley piloting the No. 31 Camaro ZL1, and an all-star lineup featured in the No. 16 Camaro ZL1. Haley will continue to drive the No. 31 full-time in 2023, alongside AJ Allmendinger, who will drive the No. 16 Camaro ZL1. The team will continue to field three, full-time NXS entries; the No. 10 Chevrolet driven by an all-star lineup that will be announced at a later date, the No. 11 Chevrolet driven by Daniel Hemric, and the No. 16 Chevrolet driven by Chandler Smith. To learn more about the team, visit kauligracing.com.