Daily Archives: February 18, 2014

Dakoda Armstrong Makes 2014 Nationwide Debut with Richard Petty Motorsports

Dakoda Armstrong to Pilot #43 Richard Petty Motorsports WinField Ford in 2014 NNS [RPM]

Dakoda Armstrong to Pilot #43 Richard Petty Motorsports WinField Ford in 2014 NNS [RPM]

CONCORD, N.C. – Dakoda Armstrong will make his first NASCAR Nationwide Series (NNS) start at Daytona International Speedway this weekend with Richard Petty Motorsports (RPM). The team announced in December that Armstrong, along with sponsor WinField, would be joining RPM to compete in the NNS full-time in 2014.

Still considered a rookie in the series, the 22-year-old has seven NNS starts, one in 2012 and six in 2013. He has two starts at Daytona’s two-and-a-half-mile track in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series (NCWTS) and two starts in the ARCA Racing Series. He earned his best finish of 19th at the track last year in the NCWTS race. Between the two series, Armstrong has a total of eight starts at superspeedway races, earning one ARCA win at Talladega Superspeedway in 2010 and one top-five at Talladega in 2013 in the NCWTS.

Armstrong will be at the Ford Racing display, located in the Daytona’s Fan Zone, on Saturday, February 22nd at 8:35 a.m. ET for a Q&A session with fans.

Social Corner

This weekend, @DakodaArmstrong makes debut with @RPMotorsports in No. 43 @WinfieldInsight Ford for first start @DISUpdates in @NASCAR_NNS.

This weekend’s NASCAR Nationwide Series race at @Daytona International Speedway will kick-off the third season for @Richard Petty Motorsports’ Nationwide program. New driver, @Dakoda Armstrong will make his first Nationwide series start with the team. Armstrong has one win on Superspeedways, bringing home the checkered flag in the 2010 ARCA race at Talladega Superspeedway.

Armstrong Weekend Chatter

“I couldn’t be more excited to get to Daytona. I’ve hung out at the shop a good bit over the last few months and have really been able to see how hard the guys are working. It’s the perfect time for me to capitalize on this opportunity with Richard Petty Motorsports. They’ve added an R&D team and have really upped their investment and resources on the competition side.

“After our test at Daytona in January, I feel really confident about this weekend. It was the first test for our team, and we worked together really well. My Crew Chief, Philippe Lopez, is a great leader for our team, and I’m really looking forward to working with him this year. I think we really learned a lot about what works and what doesn’t, and we have a good strategy going into the weekend.

“I’m fortunate to have the support of WinField again this year. We started a relationship with them last year, and they really stepped up their support this year. Growing up on a farm, it’s really neat to have a sponsor that I can relate to, and it’s fun to be able to meet the farmers and WinField customers from all over the country at the race track every weekend.”

[Richard Petty Motorsports]

Talladega Superspeedway Details Plans for Larger High-Definition Video Boards and Kids Free Initiative

Talladega Superspeedway Details Fan Enhancements for 2014 [Talladega Superspeedway]

Talladega Superspeedway Details Fan Enhancements for 2014 [Talladega Superspeedway]

TALLADEGA, AL – Watching 43 cars pack race three- and four-wide at 200 mph around NASCAR’s biggest and most competitive race track – Talladega Superspeedway – has always been a “Must See” event. But now, thanks to a valuable video enhancement initiative launched by International Speedway Corporation (ISC) for 2014, it’s going to be much easier to take in the view of views in NASCAR, beginning with the Aaron’s Dream Weekend set for May 2-4.

Talladega Superspeedway will serve as a test track for the new ISC program, which will strategically place four large Sprint Vision Digital High-Definition video screens along Talladega’s frontstretch. The new video boards will offer all fans in every grandstand unbelievable views of the incredible content to be projected throughout the event weekend. The screens will almost double the size of former Sprint Vision screens, and the high-definition picture will be crisper, clearer and brighter.

With Talladega leading the way, the multi-phase project plans to implement the video boards at all ISC facilities over the next few years. Initially the screens will be temporarily put into place, allowing facilities to listen to fan feedback to create the best digital experience possible. Eventually, permanent digital board locations will be installed as part of the ongoing phase of the initiative.

“The new Sprint Vision screens will provide a positive experience for all fans in the grandstands, with clear sight lines to every seat in the house – not just a percentage of the stands,” said Grant Lynch, Talladega Superspeedway Chairman. “And, because the boards are so close to our fans, it will be easy for them to see packs of cars three and four wide anywhere on the race track.”

The view will be extra special for kids 12 and under, who will get in free to all grandstands for Saturday’s full day of activity. On Sunday kids receive $50 off the regular price of grandstand seating.

“Kids are our fans of tomorrow, and we want them to be able to see all the action on the track no matter where they sit in the grandstands,” added Lynch. “The new video boards will allow them to experience the race live with the same amenities they have on their big screen at home. And, they can do it for free on Saturday, as well as Sunday in the lower grandstands. There is no better deal for kids in sports than right here at Talladega.”

Saturday, May 3 features two races – the International Motorsports Hall of Fame 200 ARCA Racing Series Presented by Menards event and the Aaron’s 312 NASCAR Nationwide Series race – as well as NASCAR’s new Coors Light Pole Qualifying format for the Sprint Cup Series, which will consist of three elimination rounds of pack racing. The winner of Sunday’s always unpredictable Aaron’s 499 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race is all but guaranteed a spot in NASCAR’s Chase for the Sprint Cup at the end of the year, as a result of NASCAR’s recent changes to the Chase.

In addition to the new video boards and kids “free” opportunity, other fan-friendly changes at Talladega Superspeedway in 2014 include:

  • SMOKE FREE throughout the grandstands; designated smoking areas will be set up under the grandstands and towers.
  • Driver Introductions Pit Pass Upgrade; the $50 Pre-Race Pit Pass can now be upgraded to include access to driver introductions for an additional $25.
  • Reserved Saturday Grandstands; all grandstand seating will be reserved on Saturday instead of General Admission to allow fans to find their perfect spot ahead of time.

NASCAR returns to Talladega Superspeedway in 2014 with the Aaron’s Dream Weekend, which is set for May 2-4. The NASCAR Nationwide Series will take to the track on Saturday, May 3 while NASCAR’s Sprint Cup Series machines take the green flag on Sunday, May 4. For ticket information, log onto www.talladegasuperspeedway.com.

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