A few weeks ago, Speed51.com ran a story about 2015 JEGS/CRA All-Stars Tour champion Dalton Armstrong entering the 2018 racing season without funding to race consistently. Well, that has changed. At least for this week’s 42nd Rattler 250 at South Alabama Speedway. Armstrong will be trying to wrangle himself a rattlesnake trophy on Sunday, March 18 when he straps into a car owned by Richie Wauters.


According to Armstrong, who also has two runner-up finishes in the ARCA/CRA Super Series championship standings to his credit, working with Wauters has been something that’s been discussed for a little bit before now.


“My father and I have a pretty good relationship with Richie,” Armstrong told Speed51.com.  “We’ve talked about this a decent amount in the past. It’s just always been about finding funding.”


Armstrong has explained in the past that he has a little bit of financial backing, but not enough to run consistently. He’s also explained that all he wants to do is be behind the wheel of a race car, and not knowing when his next race is has been difficult.


“I’m just looking forward to getting back behind the wheel of a race car,” he said.  “I’m real excited to get back to the track.”


The New Castle, Indiana native said he will have Scott Neal, his former crew chief, helping out and doing some spotting this weekend.


As of now, this is a one-off deal for just this weekend, but Armstrong said he hopes there’s a potential for more, whether at the Super Late Model level or even higher.


“I’m just trying to put myself in a position for things maybe in the future, but for now I’m just focused on winning the Rattler.”


Winning the Rattler at South Alabama, a track he’s never been to before, would be huge for Armstrong for a variety of reasons, but especially because of all of the uncertainty he’s dealt with recently.


“Winning any race is big,” Armstrong said.  “But winning a race after you’ve had some struggles and you don’t know the next time you’re going to be behind the wheel again would mean a lot. Especially because it’s a track I’ve never been to before and against some of the best Late Model drivers in the country.”


Race fans can watch Dalton Armstrong race live on Speed51.com this weekend via a pay-per-view broadcast. Fans can purchase their live video tickets for the Rattler 250, the season-opener for the Southern Super Series, by clicking here.


-By Rob Blount, Speed51.com Southeast Editor – Twitter: @RobBlount

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