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Dakoda Armstrong

Birthdate : July 16, 1991
Hometown: New Castle, Indiana

Career Highlights:
2015 finished tied for 12th in the NASCAR XFINITY Series overa ll drivers’ standings 73 career starts in the NASCAR XFINITY Series garnering one pole and four top-10 finishes 44 career starts in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series earning two top-five and five top-10 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 just 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, banderlos, 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 twovictories (Talladega, Salem) and the Rookie of the Year Award.

2011 brought a move into the NASCAR ranks with Thorsport Racing to compete in the Camping World Truck Series. A part-time program for the next two seasons garnered 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™. Winfield™, a Land O’Lakes company, offers top-performing seed and crop products. Winfield’s sponsorship opened the door for Dakoda to compete full-time in the NCWTS in 2013. He piloted the Winfield truck to one top-five and three top-10 finishes on his way to a 12th place finish in the overall drivers’ standing.

The 2014 season brought about a move to the NASCAR XFINITY Series with Richard Petty Motorsports. Dakoda would pilot the No. 43 Winfield car over the next two season earning one pole and four top-10 finishes. He would finish the 2015 season 12th in the overall drivers’ standings. The 2016 season brings change for Armstrong and Winfield as he joins the JGL Racing organization. Led by veteran crew chief Steven Lane, the New Castle, Indiana native will pilot the No. 28 Winfield in the NASCAR XFINITY Series.