NASCAR team with Hudson owner starts race season: Photos, videos

Kaulig Racing, with Blake Koch, driver of the No. 11 LeafFilter Gutter Protection car, took the team to a seventh-place finish in last year’s Xfinity Series standings.

Matt Kaulig grew up around and always had a passion for the sport of auto racing. He took that passion for motorsports, married it with his business acumen and created Kaulig Racing, whose main car in the NASCAR Xfinity Series is sponsored by the very company he heads up in Hudson, Ohio -- LeafFilter Gutter Protection.

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Kaulig Racing, with Blake Koch, driver of the No. 11 LeafFilter Gutter Protection car, took the team to a seventh-place finish in last year’s Xfinity Series standings.

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NASCAR’s season gets underway Sunday (Feb. 26) with the Daytona 500 at the Daytona International Speedway. But before "The Super Bowl of Racing,” the Xfinity Series kicked off its schedule with the Powershares QQQ 300 on Saturday (Feb.25).

Kaulig Racing's Car 11 finished in 15th place Saturday. They said Car 11 with Blake at the wheel finished 15th in a wild race. They said it was a a terrific team day.

Check out the photos below on what Car 11 looked like after the race.

Powershares QQQ 300

At the Powershares QQQ 300, NASCAR up-and-comers took the wheel, looking to make a name for themselves as they meet racing’s biggest superstars in the NASCAR XFINITY Series season opener.

Qualifying rounds were held before the race. Kaulig Racing qualified 8th!! Check out Blake Koch's greeting to Northeast Ohio in the video clip below.

Watch the entire team right before the first practice lap.

Here's No. 11 leaving the garage for a practice lap.

Here's the first practice lap of the season

And No. 11 returns to the garage after the practice lap