Truex will be driving the No. 11 which had been driven by Blake Koch for the past two seasons. Koch finished in 11th place in 2017 and seventh place in 2016. Over that span the team became competitive in the Xfinity Series and a contender at the top of the field.
“We’re growing as an organization, we’re growing as a race team,” Kaulig said. “We could not be more excited abut having Ryan Truex in the seat in the No. 11 next year.”
Koch’s primary sponsor, Leaf Filter Gutter Protection, informed him they did not plan to continue their relationship moving forward, which led to Kaulig Racing looking for a driver that did have sponsorship.
Ultimately it was a business decision that led to Hattori Racing parting ways with Truex, and another business decision that helped Truex land the No. 11 with Kaulig for 2018.