Some shocking NASCAR XFINITY Series news came out on Monday morning, as JGL Racing has announced that the team and driver Dakoda Armstrong have parted ways. The move is effective immediately, as the No. 28 Toyota won’t be on the track this weekend at Dover.
Armstrong, has piloted the team’s entry in the NASCAR XFINITY Series the last couple of seasons, but he was bringing sponsorship for the program. However, due to lack of sponsorship payments, JGL Racing has been forced to make this drastic move for the rest of the 2017 season.
“We really hate that it has come to this,” said James Whitener, owner of JGL Racing. “However, this business is driven by sponsorship and when payments aren’t made then we cannot continue to race out off 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.”
The No. 28 entry will not go to Dover for this weekend’s event but instead will re-focus on the remaining events on the 2017 schedule. The teams No. 24 entry will continue for the remainder of the season with Corey LaJoie (youtheory) and Dylan Lupton (Nut Up Industries).
“We will focus on finishing out the season with our programs on our No. 24 Toyota,” added Whitener. “We will explore future options for the No. 28 entry as well as focusing on finalizing programs for both cars for the 2018 season.”
If not for Jeremy Clements’ win at Road America, Armstrong would have been in the playoffs this season. Just think about how big that moment was for the landscape of the series and the team.