Visiting the birthplace of his NASCAR Camping World Truck Series career one year after his first start last July, Dakoda Armstrong will be wheeling a nearly brand new EverFi Toyota Tundra this Saturday at Iowa Speedway. Though he finished 21st in his debut at Iowa, Armstrong has two top-10 finishes in the ARCA Racing Series and carries confidence to the .875-mile oval. In his 15 career NASCAR Camping World Truck Series (NCWTS) starts, Armstrong feels he has learned a lot, but still has a long way to go.
“I definitely have more experience just racing these trucks and figuring out how they handle since the last time I was here, but everyone is so good in this series that you have to make sure you just don’t make any mistakes. The EverFi team has gotten a lot better and I’m sure they’ll say they have some growing left to do, but they get better each time we go to the track,” Armstrong said.
Though the track nestled in the heart of the Midwest presents challenges, Armstrong is prepared to put down a solid finish in the record books this weekend.
“Iowa seems like it’s a tricky track, but it’s small enough where the aerodynamics aren’t a major factor. The racing is more in the hands of the driver and how well your truck handles and sticks to the track,” Armstrong explained.
“It’s multi-grooved so the racing is always good and you can comfortably make passes and run side by side with another truck. The track throws you a lot of situations really quick, but it helps you learn fast.”
The on-track schedule at Iowa Speedway kicks off with first practice on Friday from 7-8:20 pm EST, followed by final practice on Saturday from 1:30-2:30 pm EST. Qualifying for the American Ethanol 200 will broadcast live on SPEED at 6:30 pm EST, followed by the 200 lap main event airing at 8:00 pm EST.
A Look Back at Kentucky: Facing triple digit heat for the first time in 2012, Dakoda Armstrong and the rest of the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series competitors struggled to conquer slick track conditions and survive the UNOH 225 on Thursday, June 28, at Kentucky Speedway. Armstrong’s No. 98 EverFi Toyota Tundra team had high hopes entering the event after their driver scored his best career NASCAR Camping World Truck Series (NCWTS) finish in the last visit to the Bluegrass State. The intense heat served up a challenge for Armstrong and his team during practice and qualifying, but after starting from the 26th postion, the rookie gained traction as the sun went down and claimed a 13th place finish.
Chassis History: Chassis No. 43 will travel to the track with the No. 98 EverFi team this weekend for 200 laps of racing at Iowa Speedway. This particular chassis is nearly brand new and has only seen competition one previous time, surviving a pileup mid-race to finish 21st at Martinsville this spring.
Dakoda Armstrong on Iowa: “The EverFi Tundra you’ll be racing at Iowa has only seen competition one other time. How do you think it’ll stack up against the rest of the field? This truck was built specifically by the 98 guys and Dan Stillman for short tracks like Martinsville. It raced great there in the spring, but we had some pretty significant damage and had to put a new body on it anyway. So they were able to tailor it to race this time at Iowa and I think we’ll be pretty good. How important is qualifying at Iowa? Qualifying up front is pretty important everywhere we go, especially since it’s pretty hard to pass in these trucks. Even though Iowa has progressive banking and it’s good for side-by-side racing, it’s still a pretty short track and you can get behind quickly. Hopefully we can just unload in good shape and have a strong qualifying run that’ll put us near the front.