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.
Kennington backed up his practice performance with a strong sixth place qualifying effort. Ã¢â‚¬Å“I didnÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t want to overdo it and the track had changed a little but I was happy with how the #17 Castrol Edge Dodge performedÃ¢â‚¬Â he stated.
As the green flag waved Saturday afternoon Kennington expected plenty of action during the race. Ã¢â‚¬Å“With a large field of 33 cars and a few part time racers I just wanted to make sure we had another good finishÃ¢â‚¬Â said Kennington. The Castrol Edge Dodge would run inside the top ten for the entire race.
Kennington was running fifth as the laps wound down but then was passed and dropped back one spot. A late race caution flag set up a green, white, checker dash to the finish. On the final restart Kennington took advantage of the bunched up field and regained the spot with an aggressive pass. Ã¢â‚¬Å“I knew things would be pretty wild at the end and fortunately the #17 Castrol Edge Dodge had plenty of horsepower left and I made the passÃ¢â‚¬Â explained the driver.
The fifth place result also moved Kennington up to second place in the overall championship. Ã¢â‚¬Å“IÃ¢â‚¬â„¢m glad we moved up a spotÃ¢â‚¬Â said Kennington Ã¢â‚¬Å“but weÃ¢â‚¬â„¢ve still got some work ahead of us. We head out to the west now and weÃ¢â‚¬â„¢ve had wins at both Vernon and Saskatoon and weÃ¢â‚¬â„¢ll be expecting good runs from the #17 Castrol Edge Dodge at the next two racesÃ¢â‚¬Â he added.
DJ Kennington and the #17 Castrol Edge Dodge team will next be in action during the NASCAR Canadian Tire Series Western swing on Saturday July 23rd at Motoplex Speedway near Vernon, BC. Once again this year fans will be able to watch all twelve races on TSN.
Race fans are encouraged to keep up to date with the latest team news in several ways. Race fans should bookmark the team website www.djkracing.ca and follow them on twitter, www.twitter.com/djkracing and look for the new DJK Racing Fan Page on Facebook.