Matt Kaulig entered NASCAR with a mission to grow his business. However, not only did he accomplish this goal with LeafFilter Gutter Protection, but he’s expanded his NASCAR team to become a contender for wins week-in and week-out. The three-car Xfinity Series effort is now slowly expanding to the Cup Series with Kaz Grala and AJ Allmendinger behind the wheel. Now, Kaulig Racing is ready for the challenge ahead.
BY JOSEPH WOLKIN, @JoeWolkin
“It was cool just to get the season started. We went from a two-car team in the Xfinity Series to a three-car team. It’s exciting and really special. This shows where our race team is going. To be able to run our second Daytona 500 and have a good showing with a great new sponsor is really cool. I’m really proud of the team and how everyone performed this weekend. I’m looking forward to the 2021 Nascar season.”
“It’s just fun and we’re just getting started. Going from a sponsor to a single-car team, running mid-pack, it’s been a fun experience watching everybody mature. We’re watching the young guys get better. We’ve had very little turnover as a team, and we’ve added a lot of people. We have the original crew who we had. They’re mature and experienced, and the younger kids coming in are teaching them. We’re winning trophies, and it’s gratifying and motivating. When you walk in the race shop, there’s a trophy case now with seven trophies in it. That’s a really cool feeling, and it makes people excited and want more. We want to continue to grow as a great team that’s fast and great citizens.”
“It has to be win-win. It’s not about Kaulig Racing taking all of the money and glory. We want to build people’s careers. A lot of times, you’ll start at a team and have to go join a bigger team. You want to go to Penske or Gibbs from a small team. We want to organically grow our program where we have the right combination of employees and with our sponsors. It’s gratifying to see everything and everybody grow. We want our guys to stay. We’d love to have an Xfinity program and then, when we do go Cup racing, feed them right up to the Cup team. We’re growing ourselves, and we’re doing it our way. It’s been successful.”
“We looked for a great road course racer available, and AJ is one of the best road course racers around. We had a conversation and asked if he’d like to run the road course races. As we got to know AJ and given his ability, the discussion started if he could run full-time. Ultimately, it was up to him and he was out for a few years, loves his broadcast work and loves to golf. We’re asking him to make some sacrifices for a year or two to run full-time. I love AJ.”