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Unlike Ford’s dominance in recent NASCAR Cup Series races at Talladega Superspeedway, Chevrolet drivers have won the last five NASCAR Xfinity Series events on the 2.66 mile track.
Kaulig Racing drivers have crossed the checkered flag in the last three Xfinity races at Talladega, and this organization will bring their formidable superspeedway package to the Sparks 300 on Saturday, the second race in the series’ round of 12 (4:30 p.m. ET on NBCSN / NBC Sports, MRN and SiriusXM NASCAR Radio app).
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“Kaulig Racing is always fast on the superspeedways, and this is one of my favorite tracks,” said Justin Haley, who swept both Xfinity races at Talladega in 2020 and won two of the last three events at Daytona International. Speedway.
Heading to the Cup full-time as Kaulig moves to NASCAR Premier League next year, Haley will drive the No. 16 Chevrolet in Sunday’s Cup.
His teammate Jeb Burton is the most recent winner at Talladega, as Kaulig extended his streak on the track in this year’s spring race. Burton could enjoy another win after falling 27 points below the current round of 8 elimination line, thanks to a 36th place finish last Saturday at Las Vegas Motor Speedway.
“Our last trip to Talladega resulted in my very first Xfinity Series victory, so I can’t wait to go back,” said Burton. “The Kaulig Racing Chevrolets are always great on the superspeedways so we know we’ll have some speed this weekend.
“We ended up in a little hole in Las Vegas so I can’t wait to get back on track this week. “
Teammate AJ Allmendinger, the 2021 NASCAR Xfinity regular season series champion, enters Saturday’s race with a 59-point cushion over ninth-placed Myatt Snider, but Allmendinger relinquished the series lead to the defending champion of the Xfinity Austin Cindric with a seventh place finish in Las Vegas for Cindric’s Fourth.
“Ultimately our goal for this weekend is to try to survive, get some good points and make sure we don’t have to fight to get to the next round the following week in Charlotte.” , Allmendinger said. “Kaulig Racing cars will be hard to beat if we can all take the lead and race together. “