After just one year Kaulig Racing has replaced Ryan Truex in the team’s #11 Chevy Camaro. Camping World Truck Series Championship 4 participant Justin Haley will take over the ride after signing a multi-year deal.
Truex departs the #11 after a 12th place points finish that saw him record 11 Top-10’s and 1 Top-5 in 2019. Truex statistically regressed in the second half of the year with only 3 Top-10’s in the final 22 races. On the financial side team owner, Matt Kaulig’s company Leaf Filter sponsored the last 13 races of the season making some people question the financials of the deal. Truex brought sponsorship for the first 13 races.
Justin Haley joins Kaulig Racing after the most successful season of his young career. In 2018 the 19-year old recorded 3 wins in the Truck Series and a spot in the Championship 4 at Homestead. Haley is still young, he’s still honing his skills and a multi-year deal at Kaulig will only help him develop as a driver.
Truex, unfortunately, departs another ride not knowing what his next step will be. With most competitive rides already claimed he could be looking at a Cup series backmarker or potentially a truck series ride. Maybe he could replicate his brother’s career and bounce around for a decade before landing somewhere competitive. Either way, the Truex boys and career stability don’t go together.
Kaulig Racing now turns to Haley to build off what Blake Kock and Truex started. Koch has the teams best points finish of 7th in 2016. Koch followed that performance up with an 11th place points finish in 2017. Kaulig Racing has an alliance with Richard Childress Racing who put a driver in the Xfinity Championship 4 this season. Kaulig Racing has the cars to do that and they’re hoping Haley was the missing piece to the puzzle.
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