Birthdate : July 16, 1991
Hometown: New Castle, Indiana
-2016 Finished 13th in the NASCAR XFINITY Series overall drivers’ standings
-106 career starts in the NASCAR XFINITY Series garnering one pole and five top-five finishes
-2010 ARCA Series Rookie of the Year after winning two races
Growing up in the Midwest, it’s only natural for Dakoda Armstrong to follow in his strong family heritage as a fourth-generation farmer.He grew up helping his father run the family-owned farm, planting corn and soybeans.He also realized his love of racing at an early age and climbed into a go-kart at the age of six.Armstrong won the 1998 World Karting Association Championship in his first year of racing.
In 2004, Dakoda became the youngest driver to ever win a USAC National Championship title at just 13-years old.Through his teenage years he accumulated over 200 wins while competing in go-karts, quarter midgets, bandoleros, micro/mini sprints, Kenyon midgets as well as 410 non-wing sprint cars and midgets.
This success garnered him recognition from Penske Racing and Dakoda became a developmental driver for the organization in 2009.That year Penske partnered with Cunningham Motorsports to field a car in the ARCA Racing Series for Armstrong in seven races.The partnership continued in 2010 for a full-time effort with Dakoda earning two victories (Talladega, Salem) and the Rookie of the Year Award.
2011 brought a move into the NASCAR ranks with competition in the Camping World Truck Series.A part-time program for the next two season garnering one top-five and two top-10 finishes in 22 starts.
Armstrong’s extensive family background in the agricultural industry led to the perfect partnership with WinField United, a Land O’Lakes company, offering top-performing seed and crop products.WinField United’s sponsorship opened the door for Dakoda to compete full-time in the NCWTS in 2013.He piloted the WinField United truck to one top-five and three top-10 finishes on his way to a 12th place finish in the overall drivers’ standings.
The 2014 and 2015 season would see a move to the NASCAR XFINITY Series with Richard Petty Motorsports.Over the two seasons he would earn one pole award and four top-10 finishes.
The 2016 season saw a move to JGL Racing where Dakoda narrowly missed the inaugural XFINITY Series Chase.His season was highlighted by a career best fifth place in the July event at Iowa Speedway.
Dakoda will return to JGL Racing for the 2017 season along with longtime sponsor – WinField United.Armstrong will once again be led by veteran crew chief Steven Lane and has his sights set on improving upon their success from the 2016 season.