By Seth Eggert, NASCAR Writer
Heading into Friday night’s Food City 300 at Bristol Motor Speedway, Dakota Armstrong is looking to reverse his past struggles at “The World’s Fastest Half-Mile.” Armstrong is coming off a top-10 finish at Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course.
In seven career NASCAR Xfinity Series starts at Bristol, Armstrong has yet to score a finish better than 18th. Earlier this season, he finished 19th in the No. 28 WinField United Toyota Camry for JGL Racing. Armstrong also has two career NASCAR Camping World Truck Series starts at the 0.533-mile track.
Armstrong admitted that for him, Bristol has been a struggle. He hopes to make the most of his practice time,
“Bristol is a challenging track and one that I have struggled on in the past. However, the last two times there have been better for me and I look to continue to improve this weekend. Track position is very crucial at Bristol so it will be important for us to make the most of our practice time on Thursday and get in a good qualifying effort on Friday.”
Armstrong also credited his team for their hard work every week,
“We are coming off a solid top-10 finish last week at Mid-Ohio which was good for us in the playoff points battle. My guys continue to work hard and give me a strong No. 28 WinField United Toyota each and every week.”
As the series heads to Bristol, Armstrong is tied for ninth in points with Blake Koch. He is 55 points ahead Ryan Sieg, the first driver currently outside the Playoffs. Armstrong has yet to score any Playoff Points with just five races of the regular season left.
In the two practice sessions on Thursday, Armstrong was 28th fastest in the first session and 26th fastest in the final practice.
Now Armstrong, JGL Racing, and his entire No. 28 team will look to increase their lead over the Playoff cutoff.