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Dakoda Armstrong joins Richard Petty Motorsports

December 04, 2013, Staff report,

Young driver will pilot No. 43 entry in the NASCAR Nationwide Series

Dakoda Armstrong has signed a multiyear contract with Richard Petty Motorsports and will drive the No. 43 Ford in the NASCAR Nationwide Series, the team announced Wednesday.

Armstrong, 22, finished 12th in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series points standings in 2013, his first full year in the series. Driving the No. 60 for the Stacy Compton-owned Turn One Racing team, Armstrong amassed one top-five and three top-10s last year. His career-best finish in the series was a third-place run for Duke Thorson in 2012 at Michigan International Speedway.

The 43 seat became open when Michael Annett joined Tommy Baldwin Racing to drive the No. 7 Chevrolet in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series ranks. Armstrong has made seven career starts in the Nationwide Series, finishing in the top 15 three times.

"We want to win races for 'The King,' " Armstrong said in a team release. "I'm ready to take the next step in my career and RPM is an organization where I believe I can make that happen. Our team and sponsors are as committed to winning as I am, and I'm looking forward to a successful season and future together."

WinField was Armstrong's primary sponsor in the Truck Series, and will continue its sponsorship in the No. 43. It will serve as the primary sponsor for 30 of 33 races. Fresh From Florida will sponsor the remaining three races.

Philippe Lopez will return to the team as crew chief for his third year. Lopez has 75 career Nationwide starts as a crew chief, along with 415 Sprint Cup Series races.

"Dakoda and WinField will help us continue the success of our No. 43 Nationwide Series program," team owner Richard Petty said. "Dakoda is a driver who has grown up in the sport and has paid his dues. He has proven himself at every level and we will now give him the tools he needs to be successful in the Nationwide Series and believe he can win races for us."

In two full-time Nationwide Series seasons, the No. 43 entry has seven top-fives and 23 top-10s. Annett finished fifth in the final 2012 standings.


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