Kaulig Racing – Race Recap | Cook Out 400


No. 16 Alloy Employer Services Camaro ZL1

Josh Williams qualified 33rd for the Cook Out 400.
Williams reported no issues with his Alloy Employers Services Camaro ZL1 over the course of an uneventful stage one that saw no cautions. He finished the opening stage in 34th place, one lap down to the leaders.
The team pitted during the stage break for four tires and fuel with a rear track-bar adjustment. Williams started the second stage from the 35th position. The first caution of the day came out early in the second stage, and the No 16. pitted for four tires, fuel and a left-rear adjustment, restarting 33rd after a speeding penalty on pit road. Williams went on to close out stage two in the 31st position.
The No. 16 elected not to pit during the third and final stage break in an effort to get back on the lead lap. While on older tires, the gamble paid off, as an early caution came out that allowed Williams and the team to pit for four tires, fuel and a rear track-bar adjustment before restarting from the 28th position. As the field cycled under green-flag pit stops, Williams and the No. 16 climbed to a race-high 18th position before eventually pitting on lap 327 for four tires and fuel. Williams went on to finish 27th, as he did not pit during the caution that led to NASCAR overtime. 

We survived today and got to complete all the laps. Overall, it was an up-and-down day, but thankfully we gained a few spots during the green-white-checkered there at the end. Really proud of everyone at Kaulig Racing, as I continue to learn and compete at the highest level.”

  • Josh Williams


No. 31 Cirkul Camaro ZL1

Daniel Hemric qualified 36th for the Cook Out 400.
Hemric relayed his No. 31 Cirkul Camaro ZL1 was tight in the front end and had already worn down the right-side tires with just under 15 laps complete. The opening stage remained caution-free, and Hemric went on to finish 35th and one lap down in stage one.
During the stage break, Hemric radioed that he lacked front grip and rear drive in his No. 31 Cirkul Chevy. He pitted with the lapped-down cars for fresh tires, fuel, and an air pressure adjustment to help free up the car. The first caution of the second stage came out on lap 112. Hemric relayed he was still struggling with a tight-handling No. 31 Chevy and pitted during the caution for tires, fuel, and another air pressure adjustment. Firing off better that run, Hemric made it as high as 27th and earned the free pass when the second stage ended.
During the second stage break, Hemric pitted for more of the same adjustments, as he was much happier with the handling of the No. 31 Chevy and the direction the team was going. He started the final stage from the 25thposition. The first caution of the stage came out on lap 202, and crew chief, Trent Owens, made a strategy call to pit for tires. Hemric restarted 25th on lap 209. The race remained green, and Hemric made it as high as 10th, as the green-flag pit stops began. The No. 31 team ran long and gambled, hoping to catch a caution. The caution never came, and Hemric made his green-flag pit stop on lap 335 for tires and fuel. When he rejoined the field, he sat 28th, until a caution finally came out to go into NASCAR overtime. Unable to take the wave around, Hemric pitted for tires. He restarted 30th and went on to finish 28th.

“Today was a hard-fought one. We started out super tight, and I felt like I just killed the right-side tires early on. Trent [Owens] made some great calls, and we continued to get the No. 31 Cirkul Chevy close to where it needed to be during the second stage. We tried gambling a little and running long during the final stage, but unfortunately, we never caught a caution. I’m definitely proud of the hard work this team put in this weekend that we can bring back here in the fall. We definitely made the car more competitive and are going in the right direction.”

  • Daniel Hemric

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