May 26, 2013
Dakoda Armstrong Finishes 31st After Involvement in Late-Race Incident at Charlotte Motor Speedway
Press Release

No. 21 WinField Chevrolet Camaro
No. 21 WinField Chevrolet Camaro
Making his second NASCAR Nationwide Series start with Richard Childress Racing, Dakoda Armstrong looked to be in position to earn another top-15 finish before a late-race incident took him out of contention Saturday at Charlotte Motor Speedway. Qualifying 19th earlier in the day, Armstrong maintained a top-20 running position for the first 150 laps of the 200-lap event while battling a loose-handling No. 21 WinField Chevrolet Camaro.

The crew made several chassis adjustments during the ensuing pit stops in an attempt to remedy the loose condition. The 21-year-old driver communicated to the team that the car was improving late during green-flag runs, so crew chief Shane Wilson elected to keep his driver out during the next two caution periods, allowing Armstrong to restart sixth on lap 172. The caution-flag flew just seven laps later and this time Wilson called the Indiana native to pit road for four tires, fuel and a track bar adjustment.

Restarting 17th, Armstrong looked to be in position to work his way back toward the front of the field when an on-track incident with the No. 43 at lap 183 caused the No. 21 machine to make contact with the outside wall. Heavy damage to the WinField Chevrolet prevented Armstrong from finishing the race, relegating him to a 31st-place finish.

Start – 19

Finish – 31

Laps Led - 0

Points - N/A


“It was an unfortunate end to the day we were having. The Richard Childress Racing guys did a great job giving me a solid WinField Camaro, especially on long runs. I don’t know what happened to cause the contact; I was as low as I could go and tried to give him as much room as I could. Proud of the run we had, just disappointed it ended the way it did.”

Source: Richard Childress Racing Press Release

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