For many racers, the Redbud 400 is a marquee event during the summer months of a busy racing schedule. For Dalton Armstrong, it’s a chance to return to the race track.
The 2016 Redbud winner has joined forces with Wauters Motorsports for a one-off event, but hopes he can put together a strong run at Anderson Speedway (IN). The chance to once again strap into a race car is enough to excite the New Castle, Indiana native.
“I’m pretty excited, really,” Armstong told Speed51. “I’m just excited to be back at the race track, being behind the wheel of a race car. I’m pretty pumped, and I think we have a pretty good race car.”
In 2018, Armstrong’s older brother Dakoda Armstrong piloted the Wauters Motorsports entry to a 12th-place finish in the Redbud 400. This opened the door for Dalton’s appearance with the team this year.
“I’m glad that Richie Wauters is giving me a pretty good race car so far, hopefully it’ll keep getting faster,” Armstrong said. “It’s a deal we’ve been working on for a little bit of time. Last year, my brother ran the car. He still owed a little bit of money on it, so we said, ‘Let’s just go do this deal.’”
As it stands, the partnership is only slated for one race. Armstrong hopes success in the Redbud could lead to more races with the Wauters team later in the year, but has nothing is set in stone beyond Monday’s race.
“Put a little bit of money together, seeing what we can do. It’s a one-off deal right now. See if we can win this race, maybe we’ll go do Winchester. As of right now, this is all I’m going to do.”
As a former race-winner, Armstrong knows what it takes to win a marathon race on the quarter-mile bullring. However, the first thing that comes to mind is completely out of his control.
“Luck,” said Armstrong. “A fast car. Patience. Just being in the right place at the right time.”
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-Story by: Zach Evans, Speed51.com Southeast Editor – Twitter: @ztevans
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