February 15, 2012. St. Thomas, Ontario racer DJ Kennington will once again be at the wheel of the #17 Castrol Edge Dodge competing in the NASCAR Canadian Tire Series this summer. Kennington’s association with Castrol is approaching two decades and one of the longest continuous partnerships in Canadian racing.
Following his championship winning season in 2010, Kennington scored race victories at Mosport International Raceway & Kawartha Speedway last season, but fell just short of another title and was forced to settle for second overall. “We gave it a good run last year but came up just a little short repeating” said Kennington. “Our guys are all anxious to get back and get back on top because we like finishing first better” he added.
Having the continuous support of primary sponsor Castrol which features the Castrol Edge brand on the #17 Dodge is something that gives Kennington and his team much more than the resources to compete at an elite level. “I’ve said this for many years, I simply wouldn’t be where I am and would not have been able to win races and a championship without the backing from Castrol” said Kennington. “They have welcomed me into their family from the beginning and our relationship continues to grow, nobody’s had better support than me” he stated.
The continuation of the Castrol partnership with DJ Kennington also has the company excited. Marketing Communications Manager for Wakefield Canada, the distributors of Castrol Edge, Marsha McLaughlin said “partnering with DJ Kennington has been an important part of our marketing program with Castrol for nearly two decades. We’re proud of all that DJ has accomplished in racing and look forward to another exciting season together helping him edge his way to another championship”.
The season opening event for the 2012 NASCAR Canadian Tire series will take place Saturday May 20th at the Canadian Tire Motorsport Park, formerly Mosport International Raceway where Kennington is the defending race winner. Again this season fans will be able to watch all of the series races on TSN. Check local listings for times. Race fans are encouraged to keep up to date with the latest team news in several ways. Race fans should bookmark the team website www.djkracing.ca and follow them on twitter, @djkracing and fans are also suggested to join the Facebook Group DJK Racing.
Photo: The #17 Castrol Edge Dodge Challenger at Auto Clearing Speedway Saskatoon.
Photo Credit: Perry Nelson (NASCAR)