Kaulig Racing Weekly Preview | Talladega Superspeedway
April 19, 2023
GEICO 500 Talladega Superspeedway NASCAR Cup Series (NCS) Sunday, April 23 at 3:00 p.m. EST on FOX Kaulig Racing has made six starts at Talladega Superspeedway in the NCS. The team has led four laps and has a best finish of sixth at Talladega. So far in the 2023 season, the team has earned three top-10 finishes and has led one lap. AJ Allmendinger, No. 16 Nutiren Ag Solutions FARMSMART Camaro ZL1 AJ Allmendinger has 18 NCS starts at Talladega Superspeedway with one top 5, three top-10 finishes, 11 laps led and an average finish of 22.4. Allmendinger’s best finish in 2023 came on a superspeedway at the Daytona 500 earlier this year where he finished sixth. “I’m looking forward to getting to Talladega after the strong showing we had at Daytona. Hopefully we can unload similar to what we had there and have strong run. Superspeedway racing is unpredictable; you don’t want to get caught up in the big one, but you definitely don’t want to be the cause of it.” – AJ Allmendinger on Talladega Superspeedway Justin Haley, No. 31 LeafFilter Gutter Protection Camaro ZL1 Justin Haley has made six starts at Talladega Superspeedway in the NCS.Haley has earned three top-15 finishes and led four laps at Talladega.So far in the 2023 NCS season, Haley has earned two top-10 finishes.
“Talladega is always a fun racetrack. I’ve won there a few times in other series, and it’s a style of racing I always enjoy. We had a good finish as a team last year in the spring at Talladega, so I know there’s an opportunity for us to excel. My teammate, AJ (Allmendinger), is always great to work with at the superspeedways. It’s definitely helped having him at these types of tracks.”
– Justin Haley on Talladega Superspeedway Ag-Pro 300 Talladega Superspeedway NASCAR Xfinity Series (NXS) Saturday, April 22 at 4:00 p.m. EST on FS1 Kaulig Racing has earned four wins at Talladega Superspeedway in the NXS. The team has also earned nine top fives, 16 top-10 finishes and has led 116 laps at Talladega. So far in the 2023 season, the team has earned two wins, seven top fives, 18 top-10 finishes, two pole awards, and has led 255 laps. Derek Kraus, No. 10 LeafHome Water Solutions Chevrolet Camaro Derek Kraus will make his first NXS start at Talladega Superspeedway in the Ag-Pro 300. In the NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series (NCTS), Kraus has three starts at Talladega with 22 laps led, one top-10 finish and an average finish of 14.3. So far in the 2023 NXS season, Kraus has earned two top-10 finishes in his first two series starts.
“I’m looking forward to Talladega. It’s kind of a wild card race; kind of a 50/50. We just have to stay smart and work with our teammates well. If we can be there at the end, I think we can come home with a good finish. I know Kaulig Racing prepares really good cars to go to superspeedways. I’m looking forward to working with them and being back in the No. 10 this weekend.”
– Derek Kraus on Talladega Superspeedway Daniel Hemric, No. 11 Cirkul Chevrolet Camaro Daniel Hemric has made seven starts at Talladega Superspeedway in the NXS and has earned two top fives, three top-10 finishes and has led 57 laps. So far in the 2023 NXS season, Hemric has earned one top five and five top-10 finishes.
“Talladega is always a fun weekend for everyone. I am looking forward to getting to one of our stronger style of race tracks with Kaulig Racing. We are going to try and build on the things we have done well this year and continue to elevate our program.”
– Daniel Hemric on Talladega Superspeedway Chandler Smith, No. 16 Quick Tie Products Chevrolet Camaro Chandler Smith will make his second NXS start at Talladega Superspeedway the track where he made his debut in the series. So far in the 2023 NXS season, Smith has earned one win, four top fives, six top-10 finishes, one pole award and has led 204 laps.
“Anyone can win at a superspeedway, but it’s going to take solid teamwork from us three (Smith, Hemric and Kraus) to get it done coming to the checkered flag on Saturday. I know that things can change, for better or worse, in an instant at Talladega, so it’ll be important to be aware of what’s going on around me at all times. Thankfully, I’ve got Bruce on top of the box and Freddie on the spotter’s stand to help get me to where I need to go. I think this will be my third superspeedway race in the Xfinity Series. We ran well at Daytona, but we definitely could’ve gotten a top-five if things went more our way that night.”
– Chandler Smith on Talladega Superspeedway