UPDATE 2: Kaulig and [team president Chris] Rice made their Cup Series debut as an organization in February with a 13th place finish in the Daytona 500 with Justin Haley. The team intends to enter all the superspeedway and road course races next season with the goal of going full-time in 2022 with the debut of the Next-Gen car.
“We have to race on Sundays to know what that’s like,” Rice said. “I don’t believe it’s a simple as getting to the new car and immediately being competitive and racing for top-10s.
— Autoweek —
UPDATE 11-10-2020: Kaulig Racing owner Matt Kaulig has confirmed to Sports Business Journal’s Adam Stern that he is in the market for a charter for 2022.
Kaulig Racing ran this year’s Daytona 500 with Justin Haley. They currently operate a two car team in the NASCAR XFINITY Series.
Kaulig Racing owner @MattKaulig is already in the market looking for a charter for 2022, per sources.
🗨Kaulig told SBJ: “While we are always keeping our eyes and ears open for a possible purchase of a charter for 2022, our main priority right now is 2021." pic.twitter.com/3VJAELTVVd
— Adam Stern (@A_S12) November 10, 2020
ORIGINAL POST 10-12-2020: In 2020, Kaulig Racing’s two full-time drivers — Ross Chastain and Justin Haley — are title contenders on a stock-car circuit that is one step down from NASCAR’s Cup Series.
NASCAR’s Cup Series has a charter system that guarantees 36 teams entry and a share of the purse for each points race. Teams can sell their charters — a rule that recently resulted in Michael Jordan and Denny Hamlin starting a team that will feature driver Bubba Wallace.
Kaulig thinks his racing team could have a full-time entry in the Cup Series as soon as 2022.
“I wouldn’t put that down as a hard goal, but it’s looking like we’re moving in that direction,” he said.
That timeline would coincide with the introduction of the Next Gen car model that NASCAR has planned for 2022. It could also be a good time for Haley, should he re-sign and want to get a third Xfinity season under his belt, to make the leap during a year in which he’ll turn 23.