Change of Luck… Closing out a five-race stretch for the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series (NCWTS) before the series takes next weekend off, Dakoda Armstrong and the No. 60 Turn One Racing team travel to Chicagoland Speedway this Friday night for 150 laps of racing under the lights. The 1.5-mile asphalt oval traditionally has not been one of Armstrong’s best tracks, but a rebuilt truck and improvement on other intermediate tracks this season will contribute to what the 22-year-old driver hopes will be his best finish yet at Chicagoland. Finishing outside the top-15 in the last three events, Armstrong needs a strong finish in Friday night’s EnjoyIllinois.com 225 to regain lost ground in the series point standings and end on a high note before the off week.
“I haven’t had the best luck at Chicagoland in the past, but I have a good feeling about this weekend,” Armstrong said. “We’ve had a string of bad luck and unfortunate circumstances that have put us behind and dropped us in the point standings. But we’ve really stepped up and put extra work into rebuilding the WinField Silverado we’re racing Friday night and I hope that’ll be just what we need to get to the next level and start clicking off better finishes.”
This Weekend’s WinField Silverado… Completely rebuilt following its debut at Eldora Speedway in July, chassis No. 51 will make its first appearance on an intermediate track this weekend. Crew chief Joe Shear and the Turn One Racing team specifically designed the new body and this particular Silverado for tracks like Chicagoland Speedway. Pleased with the preliminary wind tunnel testing data, Armstrong and the WinField team are optimistic about their chances on Friday.
Previous Race Recap: Iowa Speedway… Returning to Iowa Speedway for the second time in 2013, Dakoda Armstrong and the No. 60 Turn One Racing team had high hopes for one of the driver’s favorite tracks on the NCWTS schedule. Catching an untimely caution just after green flag pit stops past the halfway point in the Fan Appreciation 200, Armstrong was trapped one lap down to the leaders. Unable to catch a break and get his lap back, he was left with a 16th place finish.
Dakoda Armstrong on Chicagoland…
Heading into one of the final off weekends of 2013, what are your goals for Chicagoland?
“We really just need to get a good run in and a solid finish to show for it so we can have some momentum leaving Chicagoland this weekend. Our WinField Silverado has shown more speed each weekend during practice and I’m pleased with the addition of Joe Shear, Jr. to our team, but we really have to get our luck turned around and produce the finishes. I think we've had good trucks for the past four races in a row, we've just been a victim to some unfortunate circumstances each time.”