Kaulig Racing looking at moving forward to future

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By Caleb Whisler, Staff Writer

As they continue to build on success as one of the newer teams in the NASCAR XFINITY Series, Kaulig Racing is looking at moving forward into the future.

The desire to become a team owner in NASCAR has always been on the mind of team owner, Matt Kaulig. The journey to becoming a team owner began in 2014 when Kaulig began sponsoring Blake Koch, a relationship that stands firm today.

Kaulig has always been firm believer and supporter of Koch, helping progress his career in NASCAR. In their early conversations, Kaulig mentioned to Koch that his ultimate goal was to become a team owner in NASCAR because he felt he could do it better than other teams.

The opportunity to become a team owner presented itself at the beginning of the 2016 season. Because of their established relationship, Kaulig asked Koch to be his driver. In their first season together, Koch made the inaugural playoffs for Kaulig. The organization would ultimately finish seventh in the driver’s points standings. Because of their early success and performance, Koch believes that everyone now knows who Kaulig is, if they pay attention to the XFINITY series.

As their success continues in NASCAR, the team sees the potential to move forward into the future, in just their second full-time season. Kaulig has the mentality of “If you are not growing, then you are dying.” That mentality goes throughout all his businesses. Currently, Kaulig Racing is beginning the process of expanding their race shop in Lexington, North Carolina.  After the expansion is complete, the shop will be twice the size.

Having a shop twice the size means that the organization has more room to grow from a one-car operation into a two-car operation, whether that be in the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series or in XFINITY.

“We will be prepared to run two cars. We don’t have anything lined up for it yet. We want to be prepared. We just want to keep growing,” said Koch. “You might see us go to two cars. You might see us with a Cup car. You just don’t know. You never know what Matt is thinking.”

According to Koch, there is nothing lined up for the organization if they decide to move forward with a two car operation. When the time is right, Kaulig will make the decision to become a two-car operation.

“He is a very smart business man. He likes to have fun. As long as we keep Kaulig Racing fun, he will be in this sport for a very long time. I can promise you one thing that it is going to continue to grow,” said Koch.

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