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Armstrong Joins JGL; Richard Petty Motorsports Unsure of 2016 Plans

@DakodaArmstrong has found a new home, signing with JGL Racing to drive the No. 28 Toyota in 2016. Armstrong will bring his longtime sponsor, WinField, along with him.

The 24-year-old from New Castle, Indiana, will run full-time in the XFINITY Series after competing for Richard Petty Motorsports the last two seasons.

“I am really excited to work with everyone at JGL Racing,” Armstrong said.  “I really look forward to racing a full season with this team along with my sponsor WinField and think we can have a good amount of success.”

JGL Racing ran two Toyotas in 2015, the No. 28 driven by @JJYeley1 and the No. 26 driven by multiple drivers. The team will now run the No. 28 with Armstrong and the No. 24 with a driver to be named in the coming weeks.

“All of us at JGL Racing are excited to welcome Dakoda and WinField to our organization,” James Whitener, owner of JGL Racing, said. “We think he is a great addition to our team and we look forward to the success on the track in 2016.”


The organization made great strides in 2015 with Yeley, who won a pole at Kentucky and finished fourth at Talladega in May. They hope to continue on an upward trend with the addition of Armstrong, who is set for his third full season.

“Adding Dakoda and WinField to our organization is just another step in our growth process,” Gregg Mixon, General Manager of JGL Racing, said. “We made significant improvements last year with the addition of Joe Gibbs Racing engines and pit crew. These improvements helped us grow and we look forward to continuing that growth and going to the next level with Dakoda and WinField.”

Steve Lane will return as a crew chief for JGL Racing and will serve as the leader of Armstrong’s No. 28 Toyota. It will be his second full season with the organization.

The team Armstrong departed, Petty, has not announced their 2016 plans. However, a representative for the organization says while their plans are unknown, they hope to continue competing in the series.

“We plan to compete in the XFINITY Series to some extent this year,” David Pruitt, a spokesman for RPM, said.  “Things are still in the works and not finalized yet.”

In two seasons with Petty, Armstrong scored four top-10s and one pole at Daytona International Speedway in July 2014. Armstrong’s best finish with the team was at Daytona in July 2015 when he finished sixth.

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By John Haverlin

John Haverlin is currently studying Communication at Arizona State University. He has been a reporter at Phoenix International Raceway for three years and has written news stories for the track's official site. Born and raised in Long Island, N.Y., Haverlin has lived in Arizona the past three years.