Like Christmas sales, it seems that the NASCAR Silly Season begins earlier every year. The NASCAR season hasn’t even reached the halfway point and already teams are making moves for the 2022 season.

The 2022 NASCAR Cup Season will also debut the new “Next Gen” car.

Currently fielding teams in the Xfinity Series, Kaulig Racing has announced that they will field a team full time and a second team part time in the Cup Series next season.

Currently driving the number eleven car for Kauling Racing, Justin Haley will be moving into the Cup Series full time next season. AJ Allmendinger drives the number 16 car in the Xfinity Series full time and will continue to do so next season while running a partial schedule in the Cup Series next season.

Kaulig Racing purchased two charters from Spire Motorsports who will continue to field the number seven car in the Cup Series driven by Corey LaJoie.

Kaulig Racing isn’t the only Xfinity Series that will be fielding a car in the 2022 Cup Series. GMS Racing is currently working on partnerships and other details for the new team. Further details of the team and a driver will be forthcoming in the next several months.

In other Silly Season news…

Hendrick Motorsports driver Alex Bowman has signed a two year extension with HMS. With two wins this season, Bowman is one of four HMS drivers who has helped car owner Rick Hendrick become the winningest team owner in NASCAR Cup Series history.

Short of any details, reports are that Brad Keselowski will be leaving Penske Racing and the number two car and will be headed for Roush Fenway Racing where he will be a driver and a part owner. Currently all parties are mum on the subject and Penke owner Roger Penske has stated that they have a contract with Keselowski through the 2021 season.

Current Xfiity Series champion Austin Cindric is the driver in waiting for the number 21 Wood Brothers car next season, which would put current driver Matt DiBenedetto out of a ride. But there is speculation that if there are any truth to the Keselowski rumours, Cindric may be changing rides and leaving Matty D where he is.

Another driver who may be tired to the Keselowski/Roush rumours is Roush Fenway Racing driver Ryan Newman who is the current driver of the number six car.

Kurt Busch is currently the driver of the Chip Ganassi Racing number one car but has announced that he has no plans once the season is over; however, he has said that 23XI Racing and Trackhouse Racing – both new teams this season – have approached him about driving for them. Busch has also said that he plans to talk to car owner Chip Ganassi about extending his current contract.

For those worried that 23XI Racing owners Michael Jordan and Denny Hamlin are going to replace current driver Bubba Wallace, the team is looking to expand to two teams next season.

The other new team this season – Trackhouse Racing – currently has Daniel Suarez as its driver, but is looking to expand to two teams next season.