August 17, 2013. Castrol Edge Dodge driver DJ Kennington arrived at Riverside Speedway near Antigonish, NS looking to continue his momentum into round number nine of the NASCAR Canadian Tire Series. Kennington again showed the heart and determination of a champion claiming a second place result.
While the #17 Castrol Edge Dodge was solid in first practice the team made adjustments that further improved the cars performance. “We made a few handling changes and it really helped” said Kennington who would post the fifth fastest time during qualifying.
As the 300 lap feature event Kennington maintained a position with the top runners in the #17 Castrol Edge Dodge. He would make a scheduled pit stop for fuel and left side tires during the first caution period just past lap 50.
Throughout the event the #17 Castrol Edge Dodge was one of the most consistent cars on track. Long green flag runs throughout the race whittled the number of cars on the lead lap down to just a handful.
When the final caution flag fell over the field it set up a shoot-out to the finish. Kennington made a pit stop to change left side tires and would line up third on the restart. The front runners pushed and shoved each other around the race track jockeying for position in the closing laps. “When you get down to the end fighting for the win we all went as hard as we could” said Kennington.
The #17 Castrol Edge Dodge would cross the line second and that result keeps the title fight close among Kennington and several other drivers. “We didn’t gain ground tonight but this is going to be a great fight right to the finish and we’re going hard for another championship” said Kennington.
After nine events DJ Kennington sits second in the overall championship only four points behind the top spot.
DJ Kennington and the #17 Castrol Edge Dodge team return to action on September 1st 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 leading the way in the #17 Castrol Edge Dodge Riverside International Speedway.
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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