With less than a month before the Daytona 500 kicks off the 2021 racing season, the car owners are getting the teams ready to race; including signing part time drivers to run a limited number of races in the NASCAR Cup Series.

Kaulig Racing has announced that Kaz Grala will be driving a limited number of races in the number 16 car; including the Daytona 500.

Grala spoke on his opportunity via a team statement saying, “this is a huge opportunity for me both personally and professionally.  I’ve grown up dreaming of reaching the NASCAR Cup Series, so it will be really special to get more chances to race against my heroes, with Kaulig Racing being the perfect team to take that next step with. I can’t thank Matt Kaulig and (team president) Chris Rice enough for trusting me in their Cup program, as well as RCR for helping shape my career the past couple seasons.”

Kaulig Racing president Chris Rice also spoke on the signing of Kaz Grala saying, “we’re super excited to have Kaz join our team in 2021, and we can’t wait to get started with him at Daytona.  He has had some great success in different series and layouts at Daytona, so we think he will be a great addition to our team beginning with the Daytona 500.”

At age 18, Grala became the youngest drivers to win at Daytona in 2017 driving in the Camping World Truck Series.

Grala also ran the road course at Daytona last year when he filled in for Austin Dillon.  Most recently, Grala drove a limited number of races in the Xfinity Series for Richard Childress Racing.


Beard Motorsports has also made a new driver announcement with the signing of Xfinity Series driver Noah Gragson  for a run in the Daytona 500.

Gragson is a full time Xfinity Series driver for JR Motorsports (owned by Dale Earnhardt Jr); driving the number nine car.

Gragson has already seen success at Daytona by winning the Daytona race in the Xfinity Series last season.

Via a Beard Motorsports team release, Gragson said, “I’m excited and humbled to have this opportunity with Beard Motorsports.  As a young racer from Las Vegas, I had always dreamt of racing in the Daytona 500. I’m very appreciative of the faith the Beard family and Brendan have in me, and equally appreciative to JR Motorsports for allowing me to pull double duty and compete for them in the Xfinity Series and also Beard Motorsports while we’re down in Daytona.”

Noah Gragson replaces Brendan Gaughan who retired last season.