New Xfinity team signs Blake Koch for 2016 season

Matt Kaulig, the owner and president of LeafFilter Gutter Protection, has created his own NASCAR Xfinity Series team.

The organization, known as Kaulig Racing, will run the No. 11 LeafFilter Gutter Protection Chevrolet Camaro during the 2016 season. He created the company in 2005, headquartered in Hudson, Ohio.

"I am extremely excited to finally announce the formation of Kaulig Racing," said Kaulig. "This is an exciting project and venture that we've been working on for months, and it's great to finally introduce our team. I have a vision of how I want to build this team and the pieces are coming together quickly."

The team has formed a technical alliance with Richard Childress Racing ahead of their debut season.

Kaulig has signed Blake Koch on as their fulltime driver. Koch, 30, has started 147 Xfinity races over the past seven years. He's also made six appearances at the Sprint Cup level. LeafFiler Gutter Protection has actually served as a primary sponsor for Koch on both the Xfinity and Cup side over the past two years. 

"I can't even put into words how excited I am for this opportunity," said Koch in a release. "Watching it all come together is something very special. ... Matt (Kaulig) and LeafFilter Gutter Protection have given us everything we need to be competitive. Because of Matt's great leadership and employees, LeafFilter™ has grown to be an industry-leading company that has made this opportunity possible. I am beyond proud to be able to represent them on and off the track."

Industry veteran Chris Rice will serve as both the General Manager and crew chief for Koch during the 2016 season. He worked with the Florida racer once before at Homestead-Miami Speedway in 2013, leading Koch to a career-best finish of 11th.

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Series NASCAR XFINITY
Drivers Blake Koch
Teams Kaulig Racing
Article type Breaking news