JGL Racing, Dakoda Armstrong part ways

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By Aaron Bearden, Motorsports Editor

Just two weeks removed from a near-miss in their attempts to make the NASCAR XFINITY Series playoff grid, Dakoda Armstrong and JGL Racing have parted ways.

JGL Racing announced in a statement Monday that Armstrong, 26, has been suspended from his driver duties with the team effective immediately due to a lack of sponsor payments. The team’s No. 28 entry will skip the upcoming race at Dover International Speedway as a result of the announcement.

Their second entry – the No. 24 team – is expected to continue on as usual.

“We really hate that it has come to this,” JGL Racing owner James Whitener said in a release. “However, this business is driven by sponsorship and when payments aren’t made then we cannot continue to race out of our own pocket. I hate this for our race team as well as Dakoda. We all appreciate the effort he has put into the growth of JGL Racing and wish him nothing but the best of success moving forward.”

Armstrong came to JGL in 2016 with support from Winfield United after two full-time seasons with Richard Petty Motorsports.

In their time together, the pairing tallied two top fives and three top 10s, with Armstrong falling just short of the 12-team XFINITY Series playoffs in each of the two seasons – finishing 13th in 2016 and ending the 2017 regular season in 12th only to lose out to Jeremy Clements after the latter driver’s improbable win at Road America.

The announcement thrusts Armstrong’s driving future and JGL Racing’s No. 28 entry into a state of uncertainty, with nothing confirmed for the rest of the season outside of the team electing to skip the Sept. 30 race at Dover. The No. 24 Toyota is still set for a full schedule with Corey LaJoie and Dylan Lupton trading driver duties.

“We will focus on finishing out the season with our programs on our No. 24 Toyota,” Whitener said. “We will explore future options for the No. 28 entry as well as focusing on finalizing programs for both cars for the 2018 season.”

 

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