Dakoda Armstrong Collects 19th Place Finish at Monster Mile
DOVER, DELAWARE (June 4, 2017) – The track known as the Monster Mile is one that tests those that have experience around the 1-mile oval as well as those making their first visit. Dakoda Armstrong made his seventh career NASCAR XFINITY Series start at Dover International Speedway on Saturday and battled the Monster to collect a 19th place finish with his No. 28 WinField United Toyota in the running of the OneMain Financial 200 at the Dover, Delaware track.
“That was a tough day on a tough track,” said Armstrong. “We were just missing something small on our No. 28 WinField United Toyota but it made a big impact on the track. We couldn’t really put our finger on just what our car needed. We tried a few things but nothing seemed to really make a difference that would have made us better. As we always do, we battled all day and stayed out of harm’s way and came home with a decent finish.”
The No. 28 WinField United Toyota would start 22nd for the 200-lap event as a result of the morning qualifying session. The first 60 lap stage would find Dakoda battling a loose handling condition on his No. 28 WinField United Toyota. With a few adjustments not seeming to help the issue, Armstrong would finish the first stage in the 24th position.
The second 60 lap stage would continue to see the No. 28 WinField United Toyota battle a loose condition on landing in the corners of the Monster Mile. A wide range of changes by the JGL Racing crew helped a little and Dakoda would find himself sitting in the 15th position at the halfway mark of the race.
The final half of the OneMain Financial 200 would find a round of adjustments not agree with the handling on the No. 28 WinField United. The final laps of the race would find Armstrong manage the handling condition and in typical fashion focus on coming home safely. As the checkered flag flew, Dakoda would do just that and collect his ninth top-20 finish of the season.
“It was a difficult race for us today as I am not sure what our car needed – it wasn’t missing anything big but just something that we couldn’t figure out,” added Dakoda. “We fought hard together as a team and once again collected a decent finish. We are staying alive here early in the points race and we need to click off a few strong finishes here in the next few races.”
The 19th-place finish kept Armstrong in the 12th spot in the NASCAR XFINITY Series overall driver standings – 18 points behind 11th place.
Armstrong and his JGL Racing team will next head to Pocono Raceway for the running of the Pocono Green 250. The 12th race of the NASCAR XFINITY Series season will be Saturday June 10th and can be seen LIVE on FOX at 1:00 pm ET. It can also be heard on Motor Racing Network (MRN) and SiriusXM Channel 90,