Team press release
June 5, 2011. DJ Kennington and the #17 Castrol Edge Dodge team worked doggedly during round number two of the NASCAR Canadian Tire Series at Circuit ICAR just north of Montreal, Quebec this past weekend. Their efforts produced a very fast race car, but due to other competitors actions a sure top-five finish was taken away from them.
The 15 turn race course lay out on the runways and taxiways of Mirabel Airport presented some unique challenges to the #17 Castrol Edge Dodge team. Ã¢â‚¬Å“ItÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s a really tight track with guard rails around it so itÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s pretty toughÃ¢â‚¬Â summed up Kennington. Ã¢â‚¬Å“ItÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s a little similar to Edmonton where weÃ¢â‚¬â„¢ve run before but a much tighter track.
Through the Saturday practice sessions the #17 Castrol Edge Dodge team made improvements to the car and Kennington posted the third fastest qualifying time. Ã¢â‚¬Å“That was a really solid lap for us, the team did a really good job with some changes to the car and it really paid off for usÃ¢â‚¬Â said Kennington.
For the race Sunday afternoon Kennington planned a patient approach with the #17 Castrol Edge Dodge. Ã¢â‚¬Å“I knew there were some guys who would run a really quick pace, but I wanted to save the car and be consistent all day. Doing that should have given us a very good finishing spotÃ¢â‚¬Â explained Kennington.
As the race laps ticked off Kennington worked his plan to perfection. The #17 Castrol Edge Dodge was solidly in the top five. Ã¢â‚¬Å“I wasnÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t pushing hard at allÃ¢â‚¬Â stated Kennington. Ã¢â‚¬Å“I was just waiting for the closing laps to run a little bit harder and push for the frontÃ¢â‚¬Â he added.
He would not get that opportunity. As has happened before to the #17 Castrol Edge Dodge an overly aggressive competitor ran into Kennington from behind and sent him spinning off course. Ã¢â‚¬Å“It was the #27 car and weÃ¢â‚¬â„¢ve had some moments before said the driver. Ã¢â‚¬Å“There was no reason for that and IÃ¢â‚¬â„¢m really upset that there was no action takenÃ¢â‚¬Â said the frustrated driver.
Now back outside the top twenty Kennington charged the #17 Castrol Edge Dodge forward as best he could in the closing laps. Kennington had worked his way back up to fifteenth the race was slowed by caution and set up a green, white, checkered finish. During those last two laps once again there would be contact and Kennington would be dropped back again.
It was a very disappointing end to what should have been a very positive race result for the #17 Castrol Edge Dodge team. Ã¢â‚¬Å“IÃ¢â‚¬â„¢m not sure what to sayÃ¢â‚¬Â replied Kennington. Ã¢â‚¬Å“We should have finished up at the front, but instead weÃ¢â‚¬â„¢ve got a torn up race car and weÃ¢â‚¬â„¢re in a bit of a hole. But this team knows only one way to approach these races and thatÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s flat out. WeÃ¢â‚¬â„¢ll be ready again for the next stop at Delaware next weekendÃ¢â‚¬Â he added.
DJ Kennington and the #17 Castrol Edge Dodge team return to action on Saturday June 11th at Delaware Speedway near London, Ontario. Once again this year fans will be able to watch all twelve races on TSN. Check local listings for times.
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Photo: The #17 Castrol Edge Dodge Challenger on the grid at Circuit ICAR.
Photo and text by Todd Lewis