AJ Allmendinger sets cup-series schedule for 2022


AJ Allmendinger has set his Cup Series schedule for 2022.

Kaulig Racing’s AJ Allmendinger will be a very busy driver in 2022. He will start all 33 races on the NASCAR Xfinity Series calendar, as well as “a good chunk” of the Cup Series races while teammate Justin Haley will be there on time. full.

Allmendinger gave a preview of his upcoming season on the Championship’s fourth media day on Thursday, November 4. He explained that he loves being a part of the Xfinity Series, which is why he won’t be accepting a full-time Cup Series program. Allmendinger added that running at the top of the pack and having the opportunity to win races “makes it fun” every week.

“There are a lot of times I didn’t have that so I don’t want to run away from it anytime soon,” Allmendinger told members of the media upon his availability. “… I love what I do and I’ll probably run a good chunk of Cup races, at least 12 to 15 races, that’s something we talked about. I will get the best of both worlds.

Allmendinger Made Limited debuts in Cup Series in 2021

If Allmendinger makes a dozen or more starts in the Cup Series, it will be his most important action since 2018 when he raced in the No.47 JTG Daugherty Racing Chevrolet. Allmendinger has started all 36 races and finished five times in the top 10 and one in the top five, a third place in the Coke Zero Sugar 400 at Daytona International Speedway.

Allmendinger stayed away from the Cup Series after his final full-time season, but returned in 2021 on a limited basis. He made five starts for Kaulig Racing while simultaneously racing full time in the Xfinity Series and finished with three top 10, two top five and the second victory of his career.

Allmendinger has let everyone know his intentions ahead of the August trip to the Indianapolis Motor Speedway road course. He told members of the media that his goal was to finally kiss the bricks while participating in the age-old tradition. He didn’t reach that goal in the Xfinity Series race due to Austin Cindric’s capture of the checkered flag, but he beat the biggest stars of the Cup Series the next day to finally make his dream come true.

Xfinity program will not be phased out in 2022

AJ Allmendinger

GettyNASCAR driver AJ Allmendinger celebrates victory in Las Vegas.

Along with his confirmation that he will compete in 12-15 Cup races in 2022, Allmendinger also explained that the Xfinity Series program will not be a forgotten part of the organization. He noted that team president Chris Rice saw the Xfinity Series cars as his “baby” and that they served as a pipeline for Team Penske, Hendrick Motorsports and Joe Gibbs Racing among other Cup Series teams.

“With Matt [Kaulig] and Chris [Rice], I want to be part of the organization and help them however they want. It’s still a big deal that the Xfinity program – even if they compete in the Cup full time with two cars – the Xfinity program has to be solid. You want this pipeline of young guys to come along and know that there will be Cup cars in the future. “

Kaulig Racing has confirmed two full-time drivers for the 2022 Xfinity Series season. Allmendinger will return to No.16 and continue on another trip to the playoffs. Daniel Hemric will leave Joe Gibbs Racing and take over the No. 11 Chevrolet. Kaulig has not confirmed whether the No.10 Jeb Burton drove in 2021 will return.

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