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Kaulig Racing Weekly Preview | Martinsville Speedway

April 12, 2023

NOCO 400
Martinsville Speedway

NASCAR Cup Series (NCS)
Sunday, April 16 at 3:00 p.m. EST on FS1

  • Kaulig Racing has made four starts at Martinsville Speedway in the NCS.
  • The team earned its third top-10 finish of the season at Bristol Motor Speedway, tying its season-best finish, after Justin Haley finished sixth in the Food City Dirt Race.

AJ Allmendinger, No. 16 Action Industries Camaro ZL1

  • AJ Allmendinger has made 23 NCS starts at Martinsville Speedway.
  • Allmendinger has two top fives and seven top-10 finishes with an average finish of 19th at Martinsville


“We’re hoping we can make improvements on our short track program this weekend. We really struggled in Richmond so our primary focus is to improve on what we had there and keep moving forward.”

– AJ Allmendinger on Martinsville Speedway

Justin Haley, No. 31 LeafFilter Gutter Protection Camaro ZL1

  • Justin Haley has made four starts at Martinsville Speedway in the NCS.
  • Haley earned his best finish of the 2023 season at Bristol Motor Speedway after finishing sixth in the Food City Dirt Race.

“Martinsville is another super unique short track on our schedule. We didn’t have the best results last year, but I think we are gradually improving our short track program. We’re hoping for a good weekend after another top-10 finish at Bristol.”

– Justin Haley on Martinsville Speedway

Call 811.com Before You Dig. 250
Martinsville Speedway

NASCAR Xfinity Series (NXS)
Saturday, April 15 at 7:30 p.m. EST on FS1

  • Kaulig Racing has made 15 starts at Martinsville Speedway in the NXS.
  • The team has earned three top fives and six top-10 finishes, including 99 laps led at Martinsville
  • So far in the 2023 NXS season, Kaulig Racing has earned two wins, two pole awards, seven top fives and 15 top-10 finishes.

Derek Kraus, No. 10 International Order of T. Roosevelt Chevrolet Camaro

  • Derek Kraus will make his first start at Martinsville Speedway in the NXS this weekend and his second start in the series with Kaulig Racing.
  • Kraus has four previous starts at Martinsville Speedway in the NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series (NCTS) , earning one top-10 finish at the short track in 2020.
  • Kraus earned a top-10 finish in his first-ever NXS start with Kaulig Racing at Richmond Raceway in the ToyotaCare 250.

“It will be interesting to learn the differences between a truck and a Xfinity car at Martinsville. It’s a short track that takes a lot of patience, and I learned in the truck series that you need to be around at the end to have a shot. I can’t wait to get to work with the Kaulig Racing team again. We learned a lot together in my first start at Richmond and we can continue to build on that going into Martinsville.”

– Derek Kraus on Martinsville Speedway

Daniel Hemric, No. 11 AG1 Chevrolet Camaro

  • Daniel Hemric has earned two top fives, three top-10 finishes and has an average finish of 6.8 in his four starts at Martinsville Speedway.
  • Hemric has led 46 laps at Martinsville Speedway.

“We all look forward to short-track racing here at Kaulig Racing. Our short-track program has been hit or miss over the last handful of races. It was good to see our teammate get a win at the last short track in Richmond. Hopefully we can carry that momentum and go out and do a good job at Martinsville. It would be cool to put one of those grandfather clocks in my house!”

– Daniel Hemric on Martinsville Speedway

Chandler Smith, No. 16 Quick Tie Products Chevrolet Camaro

  • Chandler Smith will make his first start at Martinsville Speedway in the NXS this weekend in the Call811.com Before You Dig. 250.
  • Smith earned a fourth place and sixth-place finish at Martinsville in the NCTS in 2021 and 2022 and led two laps in the 2022 Blue Emu Maximum Pain Relief 200.

“It’s great to get right back to racing at another short track. These kinds of tracks are the ones I’m most comfortable at. It’s where I’ve grown up racing. I’ve driven a couple times at Martinsville before and really like the feel of it. It’ll be my first time in the Xfinity car there so it’ll be a new challenge compared to racing Trucks. It’s going to get physical with other cars and drivers, and I’m prepared for that.”

– Chandler Smith on Martinsville Speedway

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