After I posted the above image the other day, someone suggested that this sequence was just waiting to be turned into an animated gif. A bit of poking about and it would seem that I have taught myself how to create one. So, here you have it: DJ Kennington getting into the back of Stefan Rzadzinksi in the closing stages of the first NASCAR Canadian Tire Series race of 2014.
This past weekend former NASCAR Canadian Tire Series Champion DJ Kennington competed in both the NASCAR Nationwide and the K & N Pro Series West events at Phoenix International Raceway. Kennington piloted the #80 MacDonald Motorsport entry in the Nationwide series, and the #81 car from Bill McAnally Racing in the K & N event. Both cars featured sponsorship backing from Northern Provincial Pipelines, Whitemud Mechanical, Clark Construction and Mahindra Tractors. It was a long and hectic weekend of activity, but also a successful venture for everyone involved.
The first on track activity on the newly reconfigured and resurfaced track was Thursday afternoon with Nationwide Series practice. Friday was a full day of practice laps beginning with the K & N Pro Series. Ã¢â‚¬Å“I like racing at Phoenix and the Thursday session gave us some time to feel out the new trackÃ¢â‚¬Â said Kennington. Ã¢â‚¬Å“Friday we worked on set up for both cars to make them faster on the new trackÃ¢â‚¬Â he added.
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.
August 21, 2011. DJ Kennington and the #17 Castrol Edge Dodge team once again came to Montreal for round number nine of the NASCAR Canadian Tire Series looking for another solid result at Circuit Gilles Villeneuve, a track theyÃ¢â‚¬â„¢ve run very well at in the past. Kennington and the team were focusing on claiming a solid result to continue their push in the overall championship battle.
August 8, 2011. DJ Kennington and the #17 Castrol Edge Dodge team had to battle the competition and the elements during round number eight of the 2011 NASCAR Canadian Tire Series at the Grand Prix of Trois Rivieres. Rain fell during almost the entire event yet Kennington was still able to see his way through the showers to a ninth place finish.
Through practice and qualifying the #17 Castrol Edge Dodge team was on their game as Kennington posted very fast lap times. He would back that up with a third best qualifying time. Ã¢â‚¬Å“What a job the team did preparing the carÃ¢â‚¬Â said Kennington. Ã¢â‚¬Å“It was such a pleasure to drive, we got absolutely everything out of it during qualifyingÃ¢â‚¬Â he added.
Just before the feature race of the weekend Sunday at the Grand Prix of Trois Rivieres showers dampened the track and teams would begin the event on rain tires. Ã¢â‚¬Å“I was pretty worried about what might happenÃ¢â‚¬Â said the driver. Ã¢â‚¬Å“I just wanted to go easy and just make sure we finished the race wellÃ¢â‚¬Â he added.
July 28, 2011. DJ Kennington and the #17 Castrol Edge Dodge team closed out the western swing for the 2011 NASCAR Canadian Tire Series with their second consecutive second place finish of and closed up the gap in the overall point standings during round number seven at Auto Clearing Motor Speedway in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan.
July 24, 2011. DJ Kennington and the #17 Castrol Edge Dodge team began the 2011 NASCAR Canadian Tire Series swing through western Canada with another strong outing. Now at the half way point of the season, Kennington and the team have hit their stride and grabbed a second place finish at round number six at Motoplex Speedway near Vernon, BC.
July 10, 2011. DJ KenningtonÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s push toward the top of the NASCAR Canadian Tire Series Championship standings continues. Following a fifth place finish in race number five on the streets of Exhibition Place in his #17 Castrol Edge Dodge Kennington moved from up to second in the championship.
Action began for the #17 Castrol Edge Dodge team on Friday with practice on the 1.755 mile temporary street circuit. Kennington set about his usual routine to make sure the set up on the car was right for the conditions. Ã¢â‚¬Å“The team did a great job and we were up near the top the time sheetsÃ¢â‚¬Â said Kennington.
June 26, 2011. Castrol Edge Dodge driver DJ KenningtonÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s season is officially back on track following round four of the2011 NASCAR Canadian Tire Series at Mosport International Raceway. Following a third place finish at the last event Kennington scored his first win of the season on the famed road course near Bowmanville, Ontario and jumped to third in the overall point standings.
The weekend began under misty skies on Saturday where a damp track limited the number of on track laps and cancelled the qualifying session. By rule the #17 Castrol Edge Dodge would line up fourth on the starting grid. Ã¢â‚¬Å“We didnÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t get a lot of laps because of the weather but the car felt good so we used our best guess on the set up for a dry and warm race day on SundayÃ¢â‚¬Â said Kennington.
When the 200km event began Sunday afternoon Kennington mixed it up with the front runners but as always gave each of his challengers plenty of racing room. Ã¢â‚¬Å“I would have liked to have led a lap earlier but I also wanted to pace myself and make sure our car was good for the end of the raceÃ¢â‚¬Â explained the #17 Castrol Edge Dodge driver.
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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.