Just over two months ago, ThorSport Racing and its newest driver, Dakoda Armstrong, debuted the No. 98 Ferrellgas/Agrisure/Drive For Savings Chevy Silverado in the media center of Kentucky Speedway. On this trip to the track, Armstrong's racing machine won't be there just for show- but for competition instead. Four races into a seven-race schedule for this season, Armstrong has worked on building a stronger relationship with Crew Chief Dan Stillman and his team each week.
"I think we've made gains each week and the more laps I get in the truck, the better I think we're going to be," Armstrong evaluated. "We're going to work on finding more overall speed during practice this weekend and make sure we carry that over into the race."
Before heading to the 1.5-mile oval this weekend, Stillman provided insight on his keys to success at Kentucky, as well as some goals the team looks to accomplish.
"Kentucky is really bumpy so you have to get through the bumps the best and get the driver as comfortable as possible to be fast," Stillman explained. "I think we still just need to log laps and get more experience. If we can qualify and finish in the top-15 I'd pretty pleased."
Top Notch Team Support From Fort Knox: During the last visit to the Bluegrass State in July, ThorSport Racing made a trip to Fort Knox to visit some recruits and families that live on base. To support those who dedicate themselves to serving our country from the Fort Knox base, each of the three ThorSport Racing teams will host honorary pit crew members this weekend at Kentucky Speedway.
"I had a great time going to the base last time we were in Kentucky. In the short time we were there we saw a lot of different things and it was nice to see the place. It really reminded me of a big city because there are so many people who live there," Armstrong commented. "It'll be cool for us to give these guys a chance to see what we do each weekend at the track and show them a good time for all of the support they give to our country."
ThorSport Online Store Now Open: Long awaited by all, the ThorSport Racing online store is now open! We encourage everyone to check out our newest addition at http://store.thorsport.com. If you can't make it out to the new shop in Sandusky, you can now purchase merchandise online.
Chassis History: A popular choice for the No. 98 team, chassis No. 23 will enter competition at Kentucky Speedway this weekend. This particular chassis has visited Iowa Speedway and Lucas Oil Raceway with Armstrong behind the wheel this season, as well as Atlanta Motor Speedway with Justin Marks. It also visited Victory Lane at Las Vegas and Kansas last year with teammate Johnny Sauter.
Dakoda Armstrong on Kentucky Speedway
What do you think it will take to succeed at Kentucky?
"The only thing I really remember is how rough the surface of the track is and how hard it is to get a hold of the handling; it gets really free at night. We're just going to have to stay on top of our adjustments all night."
With four races under your belt, what are you looking to improve on this weekend?
"We really just need to work on getting a little faster in practice and carry the speed over into the race. I think we can work on what we had at Chicagoland and get better for this week."