Derek Kraus Driving Kaulig Racing No. 16 in Cup Series Practice and Qualifying at Richmond

Kraus will pilot the No. 16 Chevrolet Camaro during Saturday's on-track activity from Richmond Raceway, as AJ Allmendinger competes in the Xfinity Series event at Road America.

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Derek Kraus has been tapped to pilot the No. 16 Chevrolet Camaro, owned by Kaulig Racing, in Saturday's NASCAR Cup Series practice and qualifying sessions from Richmond Raceway.

The 21-year-old will substitute for AJ Allmendinger, the full-time driver of the entry, as he travels to Wisconsin to compete in Saturday's NASCAR Xfinity Series event at Road America, driving the No. 10 for Kaulig Racing.

Saturday's 20-minute practice will mark the first time that Kraus, who does much of Kaulig Racing's work in the simulator, will have on-track laps in the NextGen car.

Kraus, a native of Stratford, Wisconsin, contested four NASCAR Xfinity Series events for Kaulig Racing earlier this year, where he scored a pair of top-10 finishes at Martinsville and Richmond.

From 2020 to 2022, Kraus competed full-time in the NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series for McAnally-Hilgemann Racing, where he scored four top-five finishes, and 26 results inside the top-10 in 74 starts.

As a result of this decision, Allmendinger will return to Richmond Raceway on Sunday, where he'll take the green flag from the rear of the field - regardless of the qualifying result from Kraus on Saturday.

Entering Richmond, the first of five regular-season events remaining for the NASCAR Cup Series, Allmendinger sits 17th in series point standings, just 17 markers behind Michael McDowell for the final spot in the postseason.

Photo Credit: Jim Fluharty, HHP, Courtesy of Chevy Racing

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