New Truck at The Triangle: Heading to a newly paved "Tricky Triangle" this weekend for NASCAR Camping World Truck Series competition, Dakoda Armstrong and the No. 98 EverFi Toyota Tundra team will have the confidence of a new truck on their side. Armstrong will start the Pocono Mountains 125 on Saturday with a brand new chassis underneath him, built exclusively by his team. The crew has spent many hours customizing each part of this Tundra to Armstrong's driving characteristics in hopes for a solid finish at the 2.5-mile tri-oval.
Armstrong has three previous starts at Pocono to his credit, all in the ARCA Racing Series. His best finish of second came in the fall of 2010, but the rookie of the year contender knows that the unique Pennsylvania track will have a new set of challenges this weekend, due to its repaved surface.
"We're coming with a truck my team built themselves and I'm really excited to get to the track and behind the wheel," Armstrong said. "I think we'll have a really good run with this chassis. Pocono is a challenge no matter what, and now that it's repaved, I'm sure it'll be even more difficult. It'll be good to have a solid, new truck to work with."
The lone practice session for all NCWTS competitors will take place on Friday, from 9-11:50 am EST. Qualifying is scheduled for 9:35 am EST on Saturday morning, followed by the NCWTS Setup and American Ethanol 225 broadcast on SPEED beginning at 12:00 pm EST.
Tune In: Returning to his racing roots during the off weekend, Armstrong raced his USAC midget in the Mopar National Midget Rich Vogler Classic at Lucas Oil Raceway last Saturday. SPEED channel was along for the weekend and documented Armstrong and his family racing operation, C&A Motorsports. The feature will air on this week's NCWTS Setup show, broadcast on SPEED at 12 pm EST, prior to the Pocono Mountains 125.
A Look Back at Chicagoland: After celebrating his 21st birthday at the beginning of the week, Dakoda Armstrong traveled to Chicagoland Speedway with his No. 98 EverFi Toyota team for the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series American Ethanol 225. Working through tight handling conditions for the majority of the evening, Armstrong survived several late restarts and three-wide battles to bring home a 16th place finish.
Chassis History: Dan Stillman and the No. 98 ThorSport Racing team have prepared chassis no. 45 for this weekend's events at Pocono Raceway. The team has built this particular chassis from the ground up and it will make its first start on Saturday.
Dakoda Armstrong on Pocono Raceway
Pocono is one of the most unique tracks we visit. What do you need to succeed?
"Pocono has always been a challenge for me, and now that it's repaved I think it'll really throw everyone a curve ball. I'm not sure exactly what to expect, but I know it's going to be way different from what it was before. I'm glad we'll have a brand new EverFi Tundra to work with and hopefully we can be fast right out of the gate. Qualifying will definitely be important because once you get to the race, everything get's strung out real fast and it's hard to pass."
Source: ThorSport Racing