June 22, 2013. Castrol Edge Dodge driver DJ Kennington was hoping to be the final winner of the NASCAR Canadian Tire Series on the oval at Canadian Tire Motorsport Park. The track is scheduled to close later this year and while Kennington didn’t claim victory he did maintain his hold on top of the overall championship standings.
Not surprisingly the #17 Castrol Edge Dodge was among the quickest cars during the afternoon practice session. However qualifying did not go as Kennington hoped. “We went out first in qualifying and I didn’t get a good lap, it was my mistake” said the driver.
When the 200 lap race began Kennington was immediately on the hunt to gain positions and did just that and before long had made his way into the top five. “I knew we had a good race car” explained Kennington. “I just had to be patient and save something for the end of the race” he added.
As the competitors cycled through scheduled pit stops for fuel and fresh tires Kennington continued to keep the #17 Castrol Edge Dodge in good position for the end of the race.
In the late stages the #17 Castrol Edge Dodge had moved up to third when a late caution slowed the field. On the restart Kennington looked to pounce and go for the victory, however the field bunched up and he was struck from behind by the #15 car lifting the back end off the track. When it landed a rear gear was broken and Kennington would coast to the end with a tenth place result.
“We had a shot to win” said a disappointed driver. “I knew how good the car was, it was so hard to be patient and wait until the end knowing other guys wouldn’t be as fast. As soon as I started to push we got up front and we were right there at the end. It’s a tough break but at least we still have the points lead and we’ll be ready to fight again in a couple weeks” said Kennington.
DJ Kennington and the #17 Castrol Edge Dodge team are back in action at round four on Sunday July 7 at Circuit ICAR in Mirabel, QC
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Photo: DJ Kennington in the #17 Castrol Edge Dodge on track at CTMP.
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.
Latest posts by DJ Kennington (see all)
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- Kennington Finishes Fourth and Retakes Championship Lead - September 2, 2013
- Kennington Powers Castrol Edge Dodge to Second Place Result - August 18, 2013
- Kennington Wins at Trois-Rivieres - August 12, 2013