ANDERSON — Shenandoah graduate Dakoda Armstrong has an opportunity this weekend to take a familiar path and move up in the NASCAR Nationwide standings.
The series is at Texas Motor Speedway in Fort Worth and Armstrong, driving the No. 43 car for Richard Petty Motorsports, has a good track record there.
Armstrong, a rookie in Nationwide, has a wealth of experience in stock cars at Texas Motor Speedway. He finished 12th in the ARCA series there. The 22-year-old also had a trio of starts there in the NASCAR Camping Truck World Series.
“Texas is a different track,” said Armstrong. “It’s one of those places that is kind of hard to hit. I’ve had some good runs there and some not so good runs there. You have to have the perfect amount of grip and get your car to turn without getting it too tight.”
Qualifying and the race will both be held today at 4 p.m. The race is expected to start at 8:30.
Armstrong has been making the most of this chance to move up NASCAR’s ladder and compete at the Nationwide level. He has had his car running for each of the five races this season. His best finish was 18th in Phoenix and his worst finish has been 24th at Bristol.
He is currently 15th in points and is hoping that some of the lessons he’s absorbed in those first five races will begin to pay dividends in terms of higher finishes.
“We’re getting deeper into the schedule, so hopefully we can take what we learn at some of the tracks that we’ve already run and use it at these tracks that are coming up,” said Armstrong. “I think we can use some of the information from Vegas and apply it this weekend.”
Petty Motorsports’ best finish in Nationwide at Texas was a ninth-place finish in 2012 with Michael Annett as the driver.
The next stop for the Nationwide Series is April 11 at Darlington Raceway.