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Chandler Smith to run 5 Cup races, together with Daytona 500

Kaulig Racing announced on Wednesday that in addition to competing in the Xfinity Series with the organization in 2023, Smith will attempt to run five races in the Cup Series, including the Feb. 19 Daytona 500. Smith, 20, is set to run his first full season in Xfinity this year with Kaulig after competing fulltime

Chandler Smith to run 5 Cup races, together with Daytona 500

Kaulig Racing introduced on Wednesday that along with competing within the Xfinity Collection with the group in 2023, Smith will try to run 5 races within the Cup Collection, together with the Feb. 19 Daytona 500.

Smith, 20, is ready to run his first full season in Xfinity this 12 months with Kaulig after competing fulltime in Vehicles the final two years with Kyle Busch Motorsports.

Smith will drive the No. 13 Chevrolet with sponsorship from Fast Tie, a proprietary, patented maintain down system for prime wind and seismic development.

“This can be a dream come true for me,” Smith mentioned. “As a child, you at all times have the aim of at some point racing within the Cup Collection. I’m hoping that comes true on this 12 months’s Daytona 500.

“I’m grateful for Harvel Crumley and Fast Tie for the chance to run in a number of Cup races this 12 months, and I’m past appreciative within the perception that Matt Kaulig and Chris Rice have in me.”

Smith additionally plans to run the spring Richmond race, the NASCAR All-Star Race, the autumn race at Talladega (Ala.) Superspeedway and the season finale at Phoenix Raceway.

Smith completed third within the Truck Collection standings in 2022 after three wins, 9 top-five and 16 top-10 finishes. He made three begins within the Xfinity Collection, together with one top-ten end.

“Chris and I knew who we had in Chandler after we introduced him into our staff fold on the finish of final 12 months,” Kaulig Racing proprietor Matt Kaulig mentioned. “He made such a splash on the Craftsman Truck Collection within the final couple years.

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“We’ve the utmost confidence in his full-time Xfinity Collection run this 12 months, and with Fast Tie, we predict he’ll flip some heads in his Cup Collection begins.”

Smith is the fifth open entry to formally enter this 12 months’s 500, becoming a member of Jimmie Johnson with Legacy Motor Membership, Travis Pastrana with 23XI Racing, Zane Smith with Entrance Row Motorsports, and Austin Hill with Beard Motorsports.

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