NASCAR XFINITY Series team JGL Racing has parted ways with Dakoda Armstrong due to a lack of sponsorship payments.
“We really hate that it has come to this,” James Whitener, owner of JGL Racing, said in a statement released Monday (Sept. 25).
“However, this business is driven by sponsorship and when payments aren’t made, then we cannot continue to race out of our own pocket.”
Armstrong and company fell just short of making the XFINITY Series playoffs this season. The driver earned two top-five and three top-10 finishes this season with a high of third in the July race at Daytona International Speedway.
“I hate this for our race team as well as Dakoda,” Whitener added. “We all appreciate the effort he has put into the growth of JGL Racing and wish him nothing but the best of success moving forward.”
Armstrong, who was sponsored by Winfield United, joined JGL in 2016 after two XFINITY seasons with Richard Petty Motorsports. The 26-year-old has a total of 177 starts across both XFINITY and Trucks, earning five top-five finishes. His future in the sport is now uncertain.
“We will focus on finishing out the season with our programs on our No. 24 Toyota,” added Whitener on JGL’s own uneasy future. “We will explore future options for the No. 28 entry as well as focusing on finalizing programs for both cars for the 2018 season.”