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December 10, 2013

Ken de la Bastide: Armstrong moving ahead

New Castle native Dakoda Armstrong has taken a big step in advancing his NASCAR career by signing a contract with Richard Petty Motorsports for 2014.

Armstrong, 22, signed a multi-year contract to drive for “The King” in the Nationwide Series on a full-time basis next year behind the wheel of the famed number 43 Ford Mustang.

Central Indiana racing fans are familiar with Armstrong who has competed at most of the tracks in the region in open wheel and stock car racing divisions.

This past season he drove full-time in the Camping World Truck Series for Turn One Racing and competed in five Nationwide Series events for Richard Childress Racing.

His move to Richard Petty Motorsports was bolstered with a sponsorship commitment from Winfield, a Land O’ Lakes Company that produces high performing seeds for farmers. Winfield was his primary sponsor during 2013. The company will sponsor Armstrong in most of the Nationwide races and Fresh From Florida signing on for three events.

Armstrong got his start racing Nascarts at Speed Creek Speedway in Lapel, won the USAC Mel Kenyon Midget title in 2004.

Armstrong won the Anderson 400 for midgets at Anderson Speedway in 2008 and scored USAC Regional Midget wins the same year at Mt. Lawn and Plymouth speedways.

He has scored three wins with the ARCA Series including wins at Winchester and Salem speedways and at Talladega Speedway in 2010.

When he’s not racing, Armstrong has been known to work at the family farming operation in Henry County.

“I’m ready to take the next step in my career and RPM is an organization where I believe I can make that happen,” he said in a press release. “We want to win races for ‘The King’.”

Petty noted that Armstrong has grown up in the sport and has paid his dues over the years.

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