Thursday, June 28, 2012
Banking: 14° turns, 8° frontstretch, 4° backstretch
150 laps/225 miles
Current Point Standings: 16th
Crew Chief: Dan Stillman
TV: SPEED broadcast live, 7:30 PM EST
Radio: MRN broadcast live, 7:45 PM EST
Ready to Take the Green in the Bluegrass State: Dakoda Armstrong and the No. 98 EverFi Toyota team travel to Kentucky Speedway this weekend for the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series UNOH 225 after nearly three weeks away from the track. Taking on one of the venues that has helped him produce some of the best results in his career, Armstrong is anticipating a similar outcome on Thursday night.
The young Indiana native scored his best career NASCAR Camping World Truck Series (NCWTS) finish at Kentucky last October, taking home ninth place honors. Armstrong predicts the track conditions will be far different due to the summer heat this time around, but knows that his No. 98 EverFi team has prepared his favorite Tundra to adjust to the conditions.
“Kentucky isn’t like the typical mile and a half track. It has a lot of bumps and character so instead of worrying about holding it wide open through the corners, you have to worry about how your truck is going to handle over those bumps when the tires wear. Even though it’s not smooth, this track is a lot of fun,” Armstrong explained. “We had pretty good grip the last time we were here with this truck, so I’m hoping we can make adjustments for the weather change and head towards the front this weekend.”
The first NCWTS practice session will kick off the one day show on Thursday, June 28 from 10:30-11:30 am, with final practice immediately following from 12:00-1:30 pm. Qualifying is set for 5:05 pm EST and the UNOH 225 green flag set to drop at 8:00 pm EST. Both the qualifying session and 150 laps of NCWTS racing action will be broadcast live on SPEED.
Special Appearances: Dakoda Armstrong will join teammates Johnny Sauter and Matt Crafton at the Toyota Pit Pass display in the fan midway on Thursday from 3-3:30 pm. If you’re in the area, stop by to see all of the NCWTS Toyota competitors.
A Look Back at Texas: Dakoda Armstrong and the No. 98 EverFi team traveled to Texas Motor Speedway for the seventh race on the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series schedule hoping to find success with “Protect The Harvest” riding on the hood. Rain showers covered the speedway nearly all day Thursday, cancelling the qualifying session for the WinStar World Casino 400. By virtue of current owner’s points, Dakoda Armstrong took the green flag in his Tundra from the 19th starting spot and maintained position through the halfway point. Fighting through loose handling conditions from the start, an unscheduled pit stop on Lap 80 handed Armstrong a two lap deficit that he was able to overcome en route to an 18th place finish.
Chassis History: The No. 98 EverFi team has chosen to prepare their most utilized chassis, No. 23, for this weekend at Kentucky. Armstrong raced this chassis at Rockingham, Charlotte and Texas this year, and took home a ninth place finish last year at Kentucky.
Dakoda Armstrong on Kentucky Speedway
Last fall you scored your best career finish at Kentucky. What will be the keys to success this time around? “The biggest thing we’re going to fight is the track temperature; we had a great setup in the fall, but it’s going to be way hotter than it was then. We’re going to be looking for grip right off the bat because the truck handled really well last time when it was much cooler, so we’ll just have to take the setup we had and tweak on that. The 13 team was really good in the spring last year, so hopefully we can work together and get a find a good balance.”
About EverFi, Inc.:
EverFi, Inc. is the leading education technology company to teach, assess, and certify students in critical skills. EverFi’s education learning platforms include Financial Literacy, Student Loan Management, Digital Literacy, Cyberbullying, and Alcohol Abuse Awareness. The company uses the latest technology, including rich media, high-definition video, simulation, diagrams and avatars. EverFi teams with major corporations and foundations to provide the programs at no cost to K-12 schools. For more information visit www.EverFi.com, Facebook.com/pages/EverFi , or Twitter.com/EverFi.
About Drive For Savings:
Drive For Savings (DFS) was founded as a fundraising company. DFS provides solutions to the lack of funding problem that most organizations face on a daily basis. Innovative fundraising programs are designed to meet the specific needs of any organization. The Drive For Savings programs are based on members of organizations selling discount cards. DFS cards are linked to a nationwide discount program that offers discounts at over 260,000 locations. The goal of Drive For Savings is to help organizations succeed by earning necessary funds. The DFS program will increase revenue without adding labor to any organization. Drive For Savings is proud to be part of a network that has been built over the past 27 years and has served over 15 million members.
About ThorSport Racing:
ThorSport Racing, based in Sandusky, Ohio, is the longest tenured active NASCAR Camping World Truck Series team. ThorSport Racing’s first came at the Milwaukee Mile on July 6, 1996. NASCAR’s only Ohio-based team, which has run full season schedules annually beginning in 1998, currently runs the No. 88 Menards Toyota Tundra driven by Matt Crafton, the No. 13 Hot Honeys/Curb Records Toyota driven by Johnny Sauter and the No. 98 EverFi Toyota driven by Dakoda Armstrong. ThorSport Racing has wheeled into Victory Lane with Terry Cook, Matt Crafton, and Johnny Sauter since its inception and has finished a dominating eight times within the top 10 in points with both trucks. In 2011, ThorSport Racing moved into a state-of-the-art, world-class, 100,000 square-foot facility in Sandusky.