Ross Chastain will pilot the No. 10 Chevrolet Camaro full-time for Kaulig Racing in the 2020 NASCAR Xfinity Series season, the team announced in a release Tuesday, Oct. 15.
The team, which had one full-time and two part-time cars this year, will expand to two cars that will run the full schedule.
The news was initially reported last weekend by The Athletic prior to Kaulig’s confirmation.
Justin Haley will return behind the wheel of the No. 11 as well. Chastain will join him in the team’s expanding stable.
“Matt [Kaulig], Chris [Rice] and all of Kaulig Racing gave me the opportunity to race this year when I really wasn’t sure I would ever get another winning opportunity in the NASCAR Xfinity Series,” Chastain said in a press statement. “And, we won. Now, next year, we get to try to win more races and also compete for the championship.”
Chastain snagged a win in the July Xfinity race at Daytona International Speedway in Kaulig Racing’s No. 16, his second career win in the series and the team’s first victory. The team notched its second win at the Charlotte ROVAL in September with AJ Allmendinger behind the wheel of the No. 10.
Nutrien Ag Solutions will primarily sponsor the car for 23 races. It has backed the No. 10 team in five races this season – three with Chastain in the driver’s seat and two with Elliott Sadler.
“Ross Chastain has it all – he’s competitive, he’s marketable, he’s all-around a great, blue-collar guy,” team owner Matt Kaulig said. “In just four races already this season, he’s not only helped advance our program, but he brought home this team’s very first win. Having him at Kaulig Racing next season, driving full-time, is a great gain for our organization.”
Kaulig did not announce a part-time ride fielded in a capacity similar to the No. 10 for 2020.
Chastain has a win, one top five and three top 10s in 17 Xfinity starts in 2019. He has been running the full Gander Outdoors Truck Series schedule, where he has three wins, eight top fives and 16 top 10s for Niece Motorsports.
Haley, meanwhile, has four top fives and 18 top 10s with Kaulig in the series in 2019, in addition to his first Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series win at Daytona International Speedway this summer.
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