Dakoda Armstrong Recovers from Early Tire Failure to Post Top-20 Finish in Dover
DOVER, DE (October 3, 2016) – Mother Nature can sometimes be cruel to the racing world and this was no more evident than this weekend at Dover International Speedway. In a rare Sunday morning race, Dakoda Armstrong would recover from an early flat tire on his No. 28 JGL Racing Toyota to come home with a 20th place finish in the rain delayed running of the Drive Sober 200 at the track known as “The Monster Mile”.
“I am really proud of the guys on this JGL Racing team,” said Armstrong. “We shredded our right front tire on the green track in only 25 laps which put us down two laps. Everyone on this team kept their head held high and our No. 28 Toyota was really pretty good the rest of the way. We were able to get one of our laps back but just wasn’t able to get back on the lead lap.”
Armstrong would start the 200 lap event from the 21st position after a rain shortened qualifying session on Saturday. With the race being postponed until Sunday morning, Dakoda would battle a loose condition early in the race before disaster struck on lap 27. A flat right front tire would force the No. 28 Toyota down pit road under green flag conditions and the loss of two laps to the field in the process.
Dakoda and the JGL Racing crew would spend the remainder of the race fighting hard to get the lost laps back. They would use the wave around to get one of the laps back but never could get the opportunity to get back on the lead lap. Armstrong would have good speed in his No. 28 Toyota and would fight for each spot on the track and in the end collected his 17th top-20 finish of the 2016 NASCAR XFINITY Series season.
“Our finish doesn’t indicate how good of a car we had,” added Dakoda. “That was a bad break with the flat tire there early in the race. But everyone worked hard on this team and we recovered to get a top-20 finish.”
The 20th-place finish kept Armstrong in the 14th position in the overall NASCAR XFINITY Series drivers’ standings – just one point out of the 13th spot.
The NASCAR XFINITY Series will next head to Charlotte Motor Speedway for the running of the Drive for the Cure 300. The 29th race of the NASCAR XFINITY Series season will be Friday October 7th and can be seen LIVE on NBC Sports Network at 8:00 pm ET. It can also be heard on Performance Racing Network (PRN) and SiriusXM Channel 90.