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NASCAR 101: 5 Drivers Who Could Make Their Cup Debut Before the End of 2017

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Chances are you’re focusing more — if not completely — on the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series championship battle that’s wrapping up in a month, and rightfully so, since it seems like it could be quite the nail-biter once all is said and done. That said, five races remain in the 2017 Cup season, and …

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Eyes on XFINITY: Money Talks, Teams Continue to Shut Down

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Another week, another driver out of the XFINITY Series due to a lack of funding. When’s enough, enough? First, it was Darrell Wallace Jr. at Roush Fenway Racing, now Dakoda Armstrong is out of a ride at JGL Racing. Arguably, two of the top 15 names in the series heading into the 2017 season are …

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JGL Racing Splits With Dakoda Armstrong Over Sponsorship Payments

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NASCAR XFINITY Series team JGL Racing has parted ways with Dakoda Armstrong due to a lack of sponsorship payments. As a result, the No. 28 entry will not race at Dover International Speedway this weekend (Sept. 30). JGL’s No. 24 will continue to race this season with Corey LaJoie and Dylan Lupton at the wheel. …

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Dakoda Armstrong On Missing XFINITY Playoffs: ‘It Just Didn’t Quite Happen’

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Dakoda Armstrong came into Saturday’s TheHouse.com 300 at Chicagoland Speedway knowing he needed a miracle to get into the 2017 XFINITY Series playoffs. Unfortunately, it never came. Armstrong brought the No. 28 WinField United Camry home in 16th place, right behind both Brendan Gaughan and Michael Annett, who he was battling for the 12th and final …

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XFINITY Breakdown: William Byron Goes Back-to-Back, Wins Daytona

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Prior to last Saturday’s XFINITY Series event at Iowa Speedway, William Byron was still trying to prove himself, though the No. 9 team sat third in the championship standings. Seven days later, the 19-year-old is a two-time winner in NASCARs top preliminary division. Byron started the Coca-Cola Firecracker 250 at Daytona International Speedway from the …

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Beyond the Cockpit: Dakoda Armstrong Improving at JGL Racing

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Sitting 12th in points in the XFINITY Series, Dakoda Armstrong is on a string of races more consistent than any other driver: he has finished all 12 of them in 2017. After a rough opening to the 2016 season that saw only four top 20s, the Indiana native has seen significant improvement this year with JGL …

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Couch Potato Tuesday: FOX Deals with New Rules, Constant Wrecking

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Finally, the season is underway.  Sadly, the three races last weekend ended up being the wreckfests that I feared.  The damaged vehicle policy created a real mess as teams weren’t allowed to fully fix their cars.  As far as I’m concerned, having that policy goes against the whole idea of getting drivers to race harder.  …

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Dakoda Armstrong to Return to JGL Racing in 2017

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Dakoda Armstrong will be back with JGL Racing in 2017, the third-year driver confirmed Friday afternoon to Frontstretch. The 25-year-old Indiana native moved to JGL Racing this season after competing with Richard Petty Motorsports for two years. But when RPM opted to sign Jeb Burton, Armstrong was left without a ride. “The plan is to …

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Eyes on XFINITY: Dakoda Armstrong’s Big Opportunity

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For the next two weeks, Dakoda Armstrong will have a lot more eyes on him than usual. It may be hard, generally speaking, for a professional race car driver to escape the spotlight.  Armstrong, however, has managed to do just that, piecing together a very nondescript season full of thoroughly average finishes.  Although he hovered …

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