Dakoda Armstrong spun with 10 laps remaining in the NASCAR XFINITY Series Sport Clips Haircuts VFW 200 at Darlington, which is not an ideal situation for a driver on the playoff bubble.
DENVER, NC -- JGL Racing officials announced today that Dakoda Armstrong has joined the growing organization and will headline their 2016 drivers lineup. Armstrong will pilot the team's No. 28 Toyota in the 2016 NASCAR XFINITY Series season and will be joined by longtime sponsor WinField. "I am really excited to work with everyone at JGL Racing," stated Armstrong . "This team kept surprising people as they improved with each race last year. James Whitener is an owner in this sport who is willing to do what it takes in order to get better each and every week. I really look forward to racing a full season with this team along with my sponsor WinField and think we can have a good amount of success." The 24-year old Armstrong has 73 NASCAR XFINITY Series starts to his credit to go along with 44 starts in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series. Dakoda competed in all 33 XFINITY Series events last year while earning a 12th-place finish in the series overall drivers' standings. "All of us at JGL Racing are excited to welcome Dakoda and WinField to our organization," said James Whitener, owner of JGL Racing. "We think he is a great addition to our team and we look forward to the success on the track in 2016. We are also honored to welcome WinField to JGL Racing and look forward to working with them and helping them maximize their results on and off the track." JGL Racing fielded two full-time NASCAR XFINITY Series last season highlighted by driver J.J. Yeley tying Armstrong for 12th-place in the overall drivers' standings. The team will continue to field two full-time entries in 2016 with a driver announcement coming soon on the No. 24 Toyota. The No. 28 WinField Toyota will once again be led by Steven Lane. The NASCAR veteran crew chief returns for his second full season with JGL Racing. "Adding Dakoda and WinField to our organization is just another step in our growth process," added Gregg Mixon, General Manager of JGL Racing. "We made significant improvements last year with the addition of Joe Gibbs Racing engines and pit crew. These improvements helped us grow and we look forward to continuing that growth and going to the next level with Dakoda and WinField." The JGL Racing team is busy preparing their stable of Toyota's for the upcoming 2016 season which kicks off on February 20th with the running of the PowerShares QQQ 300 at Daytona International Speedway .
Dakoda Armstrong hits the wall in practice and goes to a backup truck.
Dakoda Armstrong has a tire go down while battling with Cale Gale that sends both trucks into the Turn 3 wall.
Dakoda Armstrong gets turned and makes hard contact with the outside wall during the History 300 at Charlotte Motor Speedway
Young driver will pilot No. 43 entry in the NASCAR Nationwide Series
Driver will continue to pilot No. 43 in XFINITY Series
It's a rare occasion when NASCAR XFINITY Series and NASCAR Camping World Truck Series teams get a day all to themselves for on-track testing, so it's not surprising that more than 40 drivers are expected to take part in an open test May 2 at Charlotte Motor Speedway. Multiple teams from JR Motorsports, Joe Gibbs Racing, Stewart-Haas Racing, Team Penske, Richard Childress Racing and Chip Ganassi Racing are among those slated to participate in the XFINITY Series portion of the test, which is scheduled to run from 8 a.m.-3 p.m. ET at the 1.5-mile facility. Entries from ThorSport Racing, GMS Racing, Red Horse Racing, Kyle Busch Motorsports and Brad Keselowski Racing head up the Camping World Truck Series lineup. Scheduled on-track time for Truck Series teams is 3-9 p.m. ET. RELATED: Travis Pastrana set for NASCAR return, starting with test "We met with the teams about testing and because we knew that Texas was going to be a repave, we'd already heard that Kentucky was going to be another repave and we knew we were looking at a new aero drag and restrictor-plate package at Indy; all the teams got together and asked us to let them have one full-blown test," Wayne Auton, managing director for the XFINITY Series, told NASCAR.com."They voted to have one test and they all picked Charlotte, which works out with the aero package and it's before the two series race there." The schedule mirrors actual race time for the two groups -- the May 27 Hisense 4K TV 300 for the XFINITY Series is scheduled for a 1 p.m. ET start, while the May 19 North Carolina Education Lottery 200 for the Truck Series will begin at 8:30 p.m. ET. Each entry will get six sets of tires for the test and the use of telemetry on the vehicles will be allowed. Teams in the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series have several opportunities to test during the season -- through Goodyear tire tests and organizational tests. XFINITY and Truck Series teams, however, are limited to additional track time during select race weekends. Auton said because of rules changes instituted this year, teams asked for and received additional on-track time at Atlanta and Phoenix. Practice time was also beefed up at Texas because that track underwent a repave earlier this year. The Charlotte test will give teams in the XFINITY Series to gather data from the new aerodynamic package through the use of telemetry on the vehicles. Truck Series teams can run telemetry during extra practice sessions, but Auton said XFINITY Series teams are prohibited from running the data-gathering devices at the request of the teams. Testing is prohibited in the two series with the exception of two developmental tests for drivers with fewer than 10 career starts and two additional tests for those competing for Sunoco Rookie of the Year honors. Auton said Monster Energy Series drivers are allowed to participate in the one-day test. "We made suggestion that no Cup drivers could come to the test," he said. "If you look at the numbers in the XFINITY garage for example, that was going to leave a bunch of teams out and wasn't fair. The owners wanted to know 'Why can't we bring our Cup guys if that's who we have driving our cars?' "The (Team) Penske cars wouldn't get to test; the No. 98 (Biagi DenBeste Racing) which is part time with Aric Almirola most of the time, wasn't going to be able to test. The owners called us and said they would like the opportunities to be able to test their cars." According to track officials, grandstands will be open to the public from 9 a.m.-8 p.m. ET. Speedway Club members, season ticket holders, Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series ticket holders and anyone purchasing Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series tickets on Tuesday will get infield access and can view the test session from the Pit Suites overlooking pit road. The Speedway Club will be open for lunch from 11 a.m.-2 p.m. ET. Drivers scheduled to participate in the test are: NASCAR XFINITY Series: Kevin Harvick and Cole Custer (Stewart-Haas Racing); Ryan Blaney and Brad Keselowski (Team Penske); William Byron, Elliott Sadler, Michael Annett and Justin Allgaier (JR Motorsports); Tyler Reddick and Brennan Poole (Chip Ganassi Racing); Brandon Jones, Brendan Gaughan and Daniel Hemric (Richard Childress Racing); Matt Tifft, Christopher Bell and either Denny Hamlin or Erik Jones (Joe Gibbs Racing); Darrell Wallace and Ryan Reed (Roush Fenway Racing); Blake Koch (Kaulig Racing); Ben Kennedy and Spencer Gallagher (GMS Racing); Dakoda Armstrong (JGL Racing), Casey Mears (Biagi DenBeste Racing); and Brandon Brown (King Autosport). Camping World Truck Series: Ryan Truex (Hattori Racing Enterprises); Travis Pastrana (Niece Motorsports); Noah Gragson and Myatt Snider (Kyle Busch Motorsports); Johnny Sauter, Spencer Gallagher, Justin Haley and Kaz Grala (GMS Racing); Austin Cindric and Chase Briscoe (Brad Keselowski Racing); Cody Coughlin, Ben Rhodes, Matt Crafton and Grant Enfinger (ThorSport Racing); Brett Moffitt and Timothy Peters (Red Horse Racing); John Hunter Nemechek (NEMCO Motorsports); Austin Wayne Self (AM Racing); Austin Hill (Young's Motorsports); and Brandon Jones (MDM Motorsports).
RPM driver tops rain-shortened Nationwide qualifying at Daytona
Pos Car Driver Speed 1 2 Austin Dillon (i) 123.237 2 42 Kyle Larson (i) 123.095 3 33 Brandon Jones # 123.016 4 62 Brendan Gaughan 122.866 5 18 Kyle Busch (i) 122.819 6 88 Kevin Harvick (i) 122.631 7 7 Justin Allgaier 122.372 8 22 Joey Logano (i) 122.357 9 20 Erik Jones # 122.310 10 3 Ty Dillon 122.154 11 19 Daniel Suarez 121.906 12 1 Elliott Sadler 121.821 13 98 Aric Almirola (i) 121.428 14 48 Brennan Poole # 121.336 15 43 Jeb Burton 121.205 16 6 Darrell Wallace Jr 121.167 17 39 Ryan Sieg 121.022 18 28 Dakoda Armstrong 120.923 19 14 JJ Yeley 120.915 20 11 Blake Koch 120.414 21 16 Ryan Reed 120.414 22 24 Matt Tifft (i) 120.173 23 15 Jeff Green 119.715 24 51 Jeremy Clements 119.477 25 4 Ross Chastain 119.425 26 44 David Starr 119.291 27 89 Morgan Shepherd 118.899 28 01 Ryan Preece # 118.892 29 78 BJ McLeod # 118.819 30 46 Brandon Gdovic 118.591 31 90 Mario Gosselin 118.240 32 0 Garrett Smithley # 118.182 33 13 Timmy Hill (i) 117.862 34 52 Joey Gase 117.805 35 25 Harrison Rhodes 117.790 36 07 Ray Black Jr # 117.552 37 40 Carl Long 117.408 38 97 Ryan Ellis 117.265 39 70 Derrike Cope 115.856