Dakoda Armstrong Rolls Home with 20th Place Finish in Texas
FORT WORTH, TEXAS (November 6, 2016) – After a much needed two week break in the NASCAR XFINITY Series schedule, Dakoda Armstrong and his JGL Racing team returned to action as the series enters the last three races of the 2016 season. Armstrong would pilot his No. 28 WinField Toyota to a 20th place finish in the running of the O’Reilly Auto Parts Challenge on the 1.5-mile layout of the Texas Motor Speedway.
“Our No. 28 WinField Toyota was much better than our finish indicates,” said Armstrong. “We got behind there in the race and just couldn’t catch a break to get back on the lead lap. We didn’t fire off the race very strong but after the first pit stop and an adjustment, we were pretty good the rest of the way. The tire wear out there today was crazy as they fell off a lot throughout a run but our car seemed to be able to maintain some decent speed throughout.”
Armstrong would start the 200-lap event from the 19th position after his qualifying effort earlier in the day on Saturday. When the green flag dropped, Armstrong would fall back in the field as he reported to his crew that his No. 28 WinField Toyota was just a little too loose. A trip down pit road under green flag conditions allowed for four fresh tires, fuel and a much-needed air pressure adjustment. When a caution fell on lap 70, Dakoda reported that his car was a lot better but that tires were falling off like crazy.
The second half of the race would find Armstrong and his No. 28 WinField Toyota continue to improve and gain positions on the track. A tough break with an untimely caution would plague that progress and Dakoda was never able to get back on the lead lap. While he was much better than many cars on the lead lap, Armstrong would be relegated to the 20th place finish when the checkered flag flew – his 20th top-20 finish of the season.
“We were better than some of those guys that finished ahead of us but we just couldn’t manage to get back on the lead lap,” added Dakoda. “The guys on this team continue to work hard and gave me a strong No. 28 WinField Toyota as was evident by us finishing as the fastest in the final practice session. I feel that we are in a really good place now and look forward to the last two races of the season.”
The 20th-place finish keeps Armstrong in the 13th position in the overall NASCAR XFINITY Series drivers’ standings.
The NASCAR XFINITY Series will next head to Phoenix International Raceway for the running of the Ticket Galaxy 200. The 32nd race of the NASCAR XFINITY Series season will be Saturday November 12th and can be seen LIVE on NBC Sports Network at 7:30 pm ET. It can also be heard on Motor Racing Network (MRN) and SiriusXM Channel 90.