May 20, 2013. After months of preparations NASCAR Canadian Tire Series defending champion DJ Kennington was anxious to kick off the new season and pick up where he left of last year. The #17 Castrol Edge Dodge driver did just that with an excellent result in the opening round for 2013 at Canadian Tire Motorsport Park this past weekend.
Right from the start of practice the #17 Castrol Edge Dodge performed beautifully and was among the quickest cars. That continued through qualifying and Kennington recorded the fifth quickest time to begin the race from the inside of row three. “The boys did their homework and the car was really good all day” said Kennington. “We were set up perfectly”.
As the race began Sunday afternoon, race fans watching live on television coast to coast saw Kennington had little difficulty keeping the #17 Castrol Edge Dodge near the front all afternoon. “I thought the first few cars would try and get away but was confident we’d be in the mix for the end of the race with the strategy we had mapped out” explained Kennington.
The team brought Kennington in for a scheduled fuel stop early and then made a second stop to change all four tires on the #17 Castrol Edge Dodge later in the race. “Everything was playing out pretty much as we expected” said the driver.
In the closing laps Kennington pushed harder and gained a position to take over fourth spot and in the closing laps was looking to secure a podium finish but came up just a little short. “I just ran out of time and couldn’t quite get that next spot” said Kennington. “But this is a great result for us to start the season, another top five at this really tough track so we’ll take it and head for Delaware” he added.
The #17 Castrol Edge Dodge team will return to action for round two of the NASCAR Canadian Tire Series on Saturday June 15 at Delaware Speedway near London, 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 racing hard this past weekend.
Photo Credit: Mathew Murnaghan
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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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