Richard Petty Motorsports announced today that Dakoda Armstrong and sponsor WinField have renewed their partnership for the 2015 NASCAR XFINITY Series season.
Armstrong returns for his second season with the team after accumulating three Top-10 finishes and a pole at Daytona International Speedway in July. Armstrong finished 13th in the championship standings and will look to improve that position during his second season with the team. Helping him do that will be Frankie Kerr, who will take over the crew chief responsibilities.
Kerr most recently worked for Front Row Motorsports as a crew chief in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series. In his nine years calling the shots for teams in NASCAR's top series, Kerr has earned eight Top-5 and 17 Top-10 finishes in 217 starts, with one pole.
Former XFINITY series Crew Chief Philippe Lopez has been promoted to Operations Manager for the organization.
"I'm excited to continue racing for The King," said Armstrong. "Philippe and I had a good relationship and I feel like I learned a lot in my rookie season with the No. 43 team. I'm looking forward to continuing that growth into my second season. Now, with Frankie coming on board, I think we'll be able to get our communication more in sync. We both come from an open-wheel background and he can relate the open-wheel style of driving to the stock cars."
WinField will return to the No. 43 Xfinity Ford for the second consecutive year. The agricultural company will be on the No. 43 car for 23 races this season.