Kaulig Racing is still without a second full-time driver in the Cup Series for 2024. However, Bob Pockrass reported that A.J. Allmendinger’s 2024 part-time Cup Series plans may be in a “rotation” in the 16 car. This means Kaulig may have an All-Star car in 2024, but, who could drive it?
You Need to Know:
- A.J. Allmendinger drove the 16-car in the Cup Series in 2023, and he even won at the Charlotte Roval. Despite this, he moved down to Xfinity for 2024. Ty Dillon was originally the reported favorite to land that seat, but recent reports have questioned that.
- Kaulig Racing had an “All-Star Car” in the Xfinity Series in 2023. Drivers such as Kyle Busch, Kyle Busch, and even A.J. Allmendinger raced that third car. Larson even won in it at Darlington.
- Fans are intrigued to see how this seat is filled in 2024. The potential of an All-Star car brings in some interesting names.
Bob Pockarass reported that A.J. Allmendinger might run in this part-time seat in 2024. It would make sense as Kaulig already has Allmendinger in the building, and he won a Cup Series race in 2023. If they started him in a road course race, he would be a threat to win.
We already know that Allmendinger will run part-time in the Cup Series in 2024, so, it’s just a matter of which car he drives. Will he drive the third Kaulig entry, the 13-car, or will he drive the chartered 16-car?
Josh Williams joins Kaulig Racing full-time in the Xfinity Series in 2024. He made three Cup Series starts in 2022 with B.J. McLeod at Indianapolis, Bristol Dirt, and the Charlotte Roval. The Cup Series experience is there, and he is already at Kaulig Racing.
However, will his sponsors be willing to foot the bill for a few extra Cup Series races? 2024 is also a big year for Williams in the Xfinity Series, and he wants to make the most of this opportunity. He may want to focus solely on the Xfinity Series in 2024.
Justin Marks, Daniel Suarez, and Ross Chastain have all raced for Kaulig before. The Trackhouse connection is there, and Trackhouse could lend SVG to Kaulig for a few oval races in 2024. It would give SVG more seat time in the Cup Series on ovals, which is currently his biggest need.
Trackhouse has not announced SVG’s 2024 schedule, however. If they have the means to field a third car out of their shop, they will likely do that. It’d be easier for them to field a third Trackhouse car than loan SVG to another team.
Derek Kraus stepped into the Kaulig Cup Series car for practice and qualifying at Richmond in the summer while Allmendinger was at Road America. If they trust him that much with a Cup Series car, why not go all the way?
Kraus has not been able to secure enough sponsorship to run full-time, though. He only made a handful of starts across the Xfinity and Truck Series in 2023. If he can garner enough sponsorship, he could be a candidate, but, he did not have much in 2023.
Jesse Love joins RCR in the Xfinity Series in 2024. Kaulig Racing is a customer of ECR engines, so, the RCR connection is there. If RCR wants love to get some Cup Series starts in 2024, Kaulig is a great place to do it.
However, since it is Love’s first year in Xfinity, he or the team may not want to jump into the Cup Series this soon. It’s a similar situation to Josh Williams, and, Love is still a very young driver.
Who could pilot a Kaulig Racing All-Star Car for 2024? Is there someone on this list that we missed?