As AJ Allmendinger heads to the NASCAR Xfinity Series Playoffs with a chance to score his first NASCAR National Series career, there are growing rumors that current driver of the 16th car Kaulig Racing in the NASCAR Xfinity Series could move to the team’s 16th car in the full-time NASCAR Cup Series in year 2023.
Kaulig Racing was seen as one of the early contestants for the Kyle Busch sweepstakes before Busch eventually decided to switch to Richard Childress Racing for the 2023 season. With Busch moving elsewhere, the rumor mill opened up to all sorts of potential suitors for the #16 car.
During the NASCAR Xfinity Series Playoffs Day on Tuesday, Allmendinger, 40, was asked if he would be open to playing the NASCAR Cup Series in 2023.
Allmendinger replied, “Yes, I’d be open to that.” “We haven’t really discussed much. It’s – I think it’s always about what died [Kaulig]Especially Matt and Chris [Rice], what they think the right direction for the racing team is. But I am open to whatever they want. But I didn’t push them or talk to them about it. Whatever their plans are, I’m on board.”
With Allmendinger’s road racing pedigree and NASCAR veteran experience in general, he would be an excellent candidate to race full time. Overall, the Allmendinger has racked up two NASCAR Cup Series wins in his career, including his first-ever Kaulig Racing Cup Series win, which came at Indianapolis Motor Speedway in 2021.
This season, home to Los Gatos, California has a top-five and five-top 10 with 13 starts in the NCS ranks.
Whether Allmendinger ends up being Justin Haley’s teammate in Kaulig during the 2023 NASCAR Cup Series remains to be seen, but as all of this is to be discovered, Allmendinger will focus his mind on chasing the NASCAR Xfinity Series Championship.
The Allmendinger finished the NXS regular season as the points leader and marked the second consecutive season he won the NASCAR Xfinity Series Regular Season Championship. However, this year’s Allmendinger appears to be doing better than it did in 2021.
He has racked up three wins over the opening 26 races, but the most impressive thing is that he has already surpassed the total number of top ten places from 2021 (22) already taking 23 of the top 10 races.
The Allmendinger has averaged a 6.4 finish this season, and he is the only driver who can truly go toe-to-toe with JR Motorsports and Joe Gibbs Racing.