RCR taps Dakoda Armstrong for Nationwide stint

21-year-old driver to enter five races in 2013 for Childress

Richard Childress Racing has signed Dakoda Armstrong to a partial NASCAR Nationwide Series schedule for 2013, the team announced Friday.


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The 21-year-old driver, a competitor in the Camping World Truck Series last season, will drive the No. 33 Chevrolet Camaro in five races, beginning with Auto Club Speedway in Fontana, Calif., on March 23. His other races include Charlotte Motor Speedway (May 25), Chicagoland Speedway (July 21), Kentucky Speedway (Sept. 21) and one race to be named later.

"I’m really looking forward to driving for a proven winner such as Richard Childress Racing," Armstrong said. "We feel NASCAR’s American Ethanol partnership through RCR and my family’s extensive farming background makes a great fit. We are excited to show how a fourth generation farmer can activate a great marketing strategy to the agricultural industry to help grow their business."

Armstrong drove in 14 truck events for ThorSport Racing’s No. 98 team last season before a lack of sponsorship forced a parting of ways in September. A best finish of third place at Michigan in August was his lone top-five.

Armstrong has just one previous Nationwide series start; he qualified 19th and finished 25th in the season finale at Homestead in a car owned by Turner Scott Motorsports.