New Castle man driving in Nationwide Series

NEW CASTLE, Ind. - At 23, Dakoda Armstrong has come a long way from his family's New Castle farm.

On Saturday, he'll drive the No. 43 Ford for Richard Petty Motorsports at one of the world's most hallowed race tracks.

"I've never been on the track with this car, so I have to learn the track in two hours, qualify and then race, so there's not a lot of time," Armstrong said.

Armstrong was only 13 when RTV6's own Dave Furst named him the RTV6 Sports Star of the Week.

In December, Armstrong signed with Richard Petty to compete full-time in the Nationwide Series. He's still chasing his first win.

"This sport will definitely take you to the lowest lows, but it can also bring the highest highs," he said. "It makes it tough, but we love doing it and that's why we go every week."

Armstrong's parents run the big family farm in Henry County while he's out on weekends trying to win races.

"I'm usually the one that's pushing him to do more and he's usually telling me to back off," said Armstrong's mom Marti. "I'm a pretty competitive mom. I'd say that."

"We are pretty proud of him," added Craig Armstrong, Dakoda's father. "Every parent wants to see their kids succeed. Regardless, if he wants to come back and farm, we'd support him in that too."

Armstrong says he's chasing the dream of driving in NASCAR's Sprint Cup Series.

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