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Rain Washes Out Dover, Armstrong Takes 20th

[media-credit name=”doverspeedway.com” align=”alignright” width=”240″][/media-credit]Dover, Del. (June 3, 2012)– Aside from battling “The Monster Mile” and the rest of the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series competitors, Dakoda Armstrong and the No. 98 EverFi Tundra team also faced threatening weather and undesirable handling conditions on Friday at Dover International Speedway. Much cooler weather rolled in on Friday for the running of the Lucas Oil 200 and changed the condition and feel of the one-mile concrete oval drastically from what it had been on Thursday for practice. After 147 laps of battle on the track, heavy rain rolled in and Armstrong was given a 20th place finish when the race was made official.

 

Armstrong gained over one second from his fastest lap in practice on his qualifying lap Friday morning, placing him in the 19th starting position for the scheduled 200 lap main event. Optimistic about his EverFi Tundra after completing those qualifying laps, Armstrong’s thoughts about the handling of his No. 98 machine changed quickly after the drop of the green. Reporting to crew chief Dan Stillman that the truck was hitting the track pretty hard in the corners and then washing up the track, Armstrong was forced to hang to an ill-handling Toyota Tundra.

 

Stormy weather had danced around the Dover area for most of the afternoon with the first of the rain making its presence on Lap 112. Stillman was able to bring his driver down pit road after the first red flag was lifted to take another swing at the handling, which Armstrong readily reported had made his Tundra significantly better. However, the rain returned in full force after a few short laps of green flag racing and NASCAR made the Lucas Oil 200 official 53 laps shy of the scheduled distance. With just handful of green flag laps of racing to improve his position after the adjustments, Armstrong left with a 20th place finish.

 

“The EverFi team and Dan Stillman made a lot of adjustments today on our Tundra but we just couldn’t make it much better. The truck would bottom out pretty hard on entry and then wash up the track. I couldn’t get a run on anyone even if I was faster just because we were hurting so bad entering the corner,” Armstrong explained.

 

“Dover is just a tricky place; so fast and you have to make sure everything is right. The rain really didn’t help much either because we didn’t have a chance to see what our final changes would really do.”

 

Armstrong’s finish at Dover helped him move up one more position to 15th in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series driver point standings. The No. 98 ThorSport Racing crew will have a short turnaround before heading to Texas Motor Speedway on Friday, June 8th, for the WinStar World Casino 400. Live SPEED Channel coverage of the event is scheduled for 8:30 pm EST.

 

Race Information 
Lucas Oil 200
Friday, June 1, 2012
Dover International Speedway
1-Mile Oval
200 laps/ 200 miles
Unofficial Results:
Start: 19th
Finish: 20th
Status: Running
Current Point Standings: 15th (+1)
Next Event:
WinStar World Casino 400
Texas Motor Speedway
Friday, June 8, 2012
SPEED Broadcast live at 8:30 PM EST
About EverFi, Inc.:

EverFi, Inc. is the leading education technology company to teach, assess, and certify students in critical skills. EverFi’s education learning platforms include Financial Literacy, Student Loan Management, Digital Literacy, Cyberbullying, and Alcohol Abuse Awareness. The company uses the latest technology, including rich media, high-definition video, simulation, diagrams and avatars. EverFi teams with major corporations and foundations to provide the programs at no cost to K-12 schools. For more information visit www.EverFi.comFacebook.com/pages/EverFi , or Twitter.com/EverFi.

About Drive For Savings:

Drive For Savings (DFS) was founded as a fundraising company. DFS provides solutions to the lack of funding problem that most organizations face on a daily basis. Innovative fundraising programs are designed to meet the specific needs of any organization. The Drive For Savings programs are based on members of organizations selling discount cards. DFS cards are linked to a nationwide discount program that offers discounts at over 260,000 locations. The goal of Drive For Savings is to help organizations succeed by earning necessary funds. The DFS program will increase revenue without adding labor to any organization. Drive For Savings is proud to be part of a network that has been built over the past 27 years and has served over 15 million members.

About ThorSport Racing:

ThorSport Racing, based in Sandusky, Ohio, is the longest tenured active NASCAR Camping World Truck Series team. ThorSport Racing’s first came at the Milwaukee Mile on July 6, 1996. NASCAR’s only Ohio-based team, which has run full season schedules annually beginning in 1998, currently runs the No. 88 Menards Toyota Tundra driven by Matt Crafton, the No. 13 Hot Honeys/Curb Records Toyota driven by Johnny Sauter and the No. 98 EverFi Toyota driven by Dakoda Armstrong.

ThorSport Racing has wheeled into Victory Lane with Terry Cook, Matt Crafton, and Johnny Sauter since its inception and has finished a dominating eight times within the top 10 in points with both trucks.  In 2011, ThorSport Racing moved into a state-of-the-art, world-class, 100,000 square-foot facility in Sandusky.

 



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