Consistent Kennington Takes Over Championship Lead


June 16, 2013. Returning to his home track at Delaware Speedway is always special for #17 Castrol Edge Dodge driver DJ Kennington. In front of plenty of family and friends once again Kennington showed his amazing consistency during round number two of the NASCAR Canadian Tire Series securing another top five finish and with that Kennington takes over the top spot in the overall championship standings. 

Beginning with practice early in the day the #17 Castrol Edge Dodge team went about their work fine tuning their car for the race. Kennington would conclude the final practice session with the quickest lap time. The St. Thomas, ON driver came up just short in qualifying and claimed the second starting position on the outside of row one. “I was just a little tentative” said Kennington afterward.

As the green flag dropped action picked up quickly and drivers were pretty aggressive. Kennington took his usual steady approach settling into a comfortable pace and staying near the front of the field.

As the caution flag flew just past the 1/3 mark the #17 Castrol Edge Dodge made a scheduled stop for fuel and also some handling adjustments. “The car felt just a little off” explained the driver. “We made some pretty significant changes trying to improve”.

Kennington would put the #17 Castrol Edge Dodge into the lead of the race on lap 78. The handling however still wasn’t at 100% and he would give it up a few laps later.

Following the second scheduled stop for fresh tires Kennington again looked to make a charge but would come up a little short in his bid for a fourth victory at the track. The #17 Castrol Edge Dodge would cross the finish line fourth.

“We just missed the set up a little bit” said Kennington. It was getting a bit wild at the end with some guys really pushing the envelope so we took what we could and brought the car home pretty clean. We’ll regroup this week and have the #17 Castrol Edge Dodge ready to rock next week” he stated.

DJ Kennington and the #17 Castrol Edge Dodge team will return to action for round three of the NASCAR Canadian Tire Series on Saturday June 22nd at the Speedway at Canadian Tire Motorsport Park near Bowmanville, ON

Race fans are encouraged to keep up to date with the latest team news in several ways. Race fans should bookmark the team website http://www.djkracing.ca and follow them on twitter, @djkracing and fans should also “like” the DJK Racing Fan Page on Facebook.

Photo: DJ Kennington in the #17 Castrol Edge Dodge

Photo Credit: Mathew Murnaghan

Prepared by Todd Lewis & TL Sports & Entertainment, todd@tlsportsent.com (239) 961-2618

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June 16, 2013. Returning to his home track at Delaware Speedway is always special for #17 Castrol Edge Dodge driver DJ Kennington. In front of plenty of family and friends once again Kennington showed his amazing consistency during round number two of the NASCAR Canadian Tire Series securing another...
<span style="line-height: 1.714285714; font-size: 1rem;">June 16, 2013. Returning to his home track at Delaware Speedway is always special for #17 Castrol Edge Dodge driver DJ Kennington. In front of plenty of family and friends once again Kennington showed his amazing consistency during round number two of the NASCAR Canadian Tire Series securing another top five finish and with that Kennington takes over the top spot in the overall championship standings. </span> Beginning with practice early in the day the #17 Castrol Edge Dodge team went about their work fine tuning their car for the race. Kennington would conclude the final practice session with the quickest lap time. The St. Thomas, ON driver came up just short in qualifying and claimed the second starting position on the outside of row one. “I was just a little tentative” said Kennington afterward. As the green flag dropped action picked up quickly and drivers were pretty aggressive. Kennington took his usual steady approach settling into a comfortable pace and staying near the front of the field. As the caution flag flew just past the 1/3 mark the #17 Castrol Edge Dodge made a scheduled stop for fuel and also some handling adjustments. “The car felt just a little off” explained the driver. “We made some pretty significant changes trying to improve”. Kennington would put the #17 Castrol Edge Dodge into the lead of the race on lap 78. The handling however still wasn’t at 100% and he would give it up a few laps later. Following the second scheduled stop for fresh tires Kennington again looked to make a charge but would come up a little short in his bid for a fourth victory at the track. The #17 Castrol Edge Dodge would cross the finish line fourth. “We just missed the set up a little bit” said Kennington. It was getting a bit wild at the end with some guys really pushing the envelope so we took what we could and brought the car home pretty clean. We’ll regroup this week and have the #17 Castrol Edge Dodge ready to rock next week” he stated. DJ Kennington and the #17 Castrol Edge Dodge team will return to action for round three of the NASCAR Canadian Tire Series on Saturday June 22nd at the Speedway at Canadian Tire Motorsport Park near Bowmanville, ON Race fans are encouraged to keep up to date with the latest team news in several ways. Race fans should bookmark the team website http://www.djkracing.ca and follow them on twitter, @djkracing and fans should also “like” the DJK Racing Fan Page on Facebook. Photo: DJ Kennington in the #17 Castrol Edge Dodge Photo Credit: Mathew Murnaghan Prepared by Todd Lewis & TL Sports & Entertainment, todd@tlsportsent.com (239) 961-2618
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DJ Kennington realized his biggest racing dream in 2010. In the 17th year of the Kennington and Castrol partnership, the #17 Castrol Edge Dodge driver claimed the NASCAR Canadian Tire Series Championship. And while many would take that as a time to look back and reflect that’s not how DJ Kennington works. The Castrol Edge Dodge team of course took time to celebrate their accomplishment but that only made them hungrier for more success for year eighteen together.

This season DJ Kennington and his team approach the grueling summer schedule that will take them to twelve events from coast to coast knowing what it takes to reach the top of the mountain and achieve the ultimate triumph. Each member of the Castrol team is a professional is every sense. They also know that the competition will be tougher in 2011 and that’s what motivates them.

Most days you will find Kennington working alongside his father, engine builder and most importantly best friend Doug Kennington in race shop. The rest of the Castrol Edge Dodge team is equally dedicated in their preparation for each race weekend. While Kennington is behind the wheel he is in constant communication with his Crew Chief Dave Wight or “Wighty” as everyone calls him. “Wighty” has risen quickly to the leadership position within the team and is like a brother to DJ. He is a tireless worker and he along with Kennington can usually be found at the track discussing the handling characteristics of the car and race strategy.

Kennington’s friendly smile and manner make him one of the most popular drivers with officials, competitors and of course the race fans. DJ is extremely proud to represent Castrol Canada and their long term association together.

2010 was a remarkable year for DJ Kennington and the Castrol Edge Dodge team as they set a series record with five oval track wins in a single season on their way to the title. Now with the 2011 racing season underway the team accepts the challenge to go out and repeat as series champions.