September 11, 2011. DJ Kennington and the #17 Castrol Edge Dodge team returned to Barrie Speedway this past weekend for round number ten of the NASCAR Canadian Tire Series looking to pick up their fourth win at the track. While they didnÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t score the victory, Kennington did tighten up the pointÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s race for the overall championship.
The day began as expected when Kennington posted the quickest time around the very tricky 1/3 mile oval track in the #17 Castrol Edge Dodge. Ã¢â‚¬Å“The car was really good and it got even better with the adjustments we made during practiceÃ¢â‚¬Â said Kennington.
DJ would start the 300 lap race in the #17 Castrol Edge Dodge from the fifth position and easily keep pace with the leaders. Ã¢â‚¬Å“So many things happen at this track you have to be sure and survive the 300 lapsÃ¢â‚¬Â explained Kennington. Ã¢â‚¬Å“I didnÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t want to do anything risky too earlyÃ¢â‚¬Â he added.
Following several caution periods for incidents the #17 Castrol Edge Dodge team made their first pit stop of the night for fuel. Ã¢â‚¬Å“We wanted to have track position later in the raceÃ¢â‚¬Â said Kennington about the strategy. Ã¢â‚¬Å“With a few other caution periods we decided to also make stops for tires and be able to run the rest of the night without stoppingÃ¢â‚¬Â he stated.
The rough racing continued with several incidents. Meantime Kennington continued to keep the #17 Castrol Edge Dodge in position for a late charge. In the late stages of the event however Kennington was hit from behind and spun out of contention. Ã¢â‚¬Å“I know you are going to have contact on this small track, but I feel I was deliberately moved out of the way and thatÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s wrongÃ¢â‚¬Â said Kennington.
Despite the setback Kennington charged hardest in the closing laps and salvaged a seventh place result in the #17 Castrol Edge Dodge. It also tightened the championship fight with still two races remaining. Ã¢â‚¬Å“We had a chance to really tighten it up until that spin, but we made some progress and weÃ¢â‚¬â„¢re off to Riverside to winÃ¢â‚¬Â stated the driver.
With the seventh place finish Kennington pulls to within 69 points of the overall championship lead. Round eleven of the NASCAR Canadian Tire Series will take place Saturday September 17th at Riverside Speedway in Antigonish, Nova Scotia.
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