Dakoda Armstrong Subbing for Injured Matt Tifft in ARCA Series

Venturini Motorsports

Concord, North Carolina (June 21, 2016) – NASCAR XFINITY Series (NXS) driver Dakoda Armstrong will substitute for Matt Tifft in this weekend’s ARCA Racing Series presented by Menards event at Winchester Speedway on Sunday, June 26.

Dakoda Armstrong ARCA RacingTifft, who sat out this past weekend in the NXS and NASCAR Camping World Truck Series (NCWTS) at Iowa on advice from his doctor, was scheduled to race with Venturini Motorsports in this coming Sunday’s ARCA Series Herr’s Potato Chip 200, but will again sit out as he recovers from a recent medical procedure to alleviate a lower back problem.

In his last ARCA Series start with Venturini Motorsports two weeks ago at Michigan, Tifft finished fifth. Expected to make a full recovery, Tifft will return with Venturini Motorsports in September at Kentucky Speedway and again at Kansas Speedway for the series finale.

Tifft, a student at UNC Charlotte, was one of 12 drivers named to the 2016 NASCAR Next class, an industry-wide initiative designed to showcase rising young stars in racing.

A mainstay in the XFINITY Series, New Castle, Indiana’s Dakoda Armstrong will return to the ARCA Series for his first time since winning the 2011 Winchester Speedway event while driving for Cunningham Motorsports.

Armstrong will make his first series appearance in five years driving the No.15 Venturini Motorsports Toyota. “We’re all wishing Matt a speedy recovery,” said Armstrong. “Obviously the circumstances brought us together last minute but I’m very thankful for the opportunity. Everything just seemed to fall into place with the XFINITY schedule and this now gives me a chance to stay in the car on what would’ve been a week off.”

This will be Armstrong’s first pairing with Venturini Motorsports.

“I’m excited to go back home and race at Winchester. I’m going there with high expectations – to win. All the pressure is my own doing this weekend. I’m ready to knock off some rust and get back into an ARCA car.”

During Armstrong’s three year ARCA career (2009-2011) he’s made 33 starts compiling two wins, (8) top-5 and (19) top-10 finishes.

Winchester Weekend Schedule
The ARCA Racing Series presented by Menards returns to the high banks of Winchester Speedway for Sunday’s running of the Herr’s Potato Chip 200. The two day event will feature two practice sessions Saturday afternoon (12:00 p.m. – 12:45 p.m. & 2:20 p.m. – 3:05 p.m.) along with Menards Pole Qualifying at 6:00 p.m. The green flag will wave at 2:00 p.m. Sunday, June 26. Follow ARCARACING.com for full weekend coverage.

Winchester Media Coverage
The Herr’s Potato Chips 200 at Winchester Speedway is also live on the American Sports Network (ASN) at 2 p.m. ET., Sunday, June 26. Aracracing.com will also feature live timing and scoring and live chat of all on-track activities Saturday and Sunday.

Venturini Motorsports (VMS), fielding cars for over 30-years in the ARCA Racing Series presented by Menards, is one of the premier NASCAR driver development programs in the country. Multiple team championships and consistent on-track success, VMS has evolved into one of the most recognizable names in motorsports. Since 2007, VMS has assisted in the career development of notable NASCAR drivers such as Joey Logano, Erik Jones, William Byron, Justin Allgaier, Alex Bowman, Brian Scott, Ryan Blaney, Brennan Poole, Daniel Suarez, Brandon Jones and John Wes Townley. Over the years the Venturini name has become synonymous with modern-day racing in America. In 2012, the Venturini family was inducted into the National Italian American Sports Hall of Fame (www.NIASHF.org) and now find themselves enshrined with such sports icons as Joe DiMaggio, Mario Andretti, Vince Lombardi, Tommy Lasorda and Rocky Marciano.