September 1, 2013. Following his back to back podium finishes Castrol Edge Dodge driver DJ Kennington looked to continue his push toward the top of the championship standings at round number ten of the NASCAR Canadian Tire Series this past Sunday. Kennington charged toward the front during the race and claimed his ninth top ten result of the season and regained the overall championship lead.
Typical of their performance much of the year the #17 Castrol Edge Dodge was solid during the two practice sessions. Kennington did not have a good qualifying lap and would start the 200km race from 12th on the grid. “There was some oil put down earlier in the qualifying session and we tried a couple of adjustments that didn’t work out. But I was sure we’d be good for the race” said Kennington.
As the green flag waved in front of a huge crowd Kennington immediately began moving the 17 Castrol Edge Dodge forward and was quickly inside the top ten. And though they had some difficulty during a scheduled pit stop there was no cause for panic. “It was early in the race and we just got held up a little bit in pit lane but I knew we had plenty of time to get it back”.
As competitors cycled through pit stops Kennington reestablished his position inside the top ten and continued to move forward. “Our plan was to be patient and get close to the front and really make a push at the end” explained the driver.
The 17 Castrol Edge Dodge continued to power through the field and Kennington edged into the top five. I was following the #28 car and we were going to wait until five to go for the final push” he stated.
A multi-car incident would necessitate a lengthy clean up and due to time constraints the race would end on lap 42 instead of the scheduled 51. “I really think we had a shot” said Kennington afterwards. “I was saving the car, not pushing too hard and waiting for the last few laps”.
Though unable to make a final bid for his second win of the season Kennington’s fourth place result was good enough to push him back to the top of the point standings. “That’s exactly where we want to be” he stated. “We’ve got two races left and we’ve got wins at both those tracks and looking forward to getting going next week” he added.
After ten events DJ Kennington leads the overall championship by three points.
DJ Kennington and the #17 Castrol Edge Dodge team at back in action this coming Saturday, September 7th at Barrie Speedway.
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Photo: DJ Kennington leading the way in the #17 Castrol Edge Dodge
Photo Credit: Mathew Manor
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.
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