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.
The race weekend began with a wet practice session on Thursday afternoon. Ã¢â‚¬Å“The track got soaked just before practice and there was no rain in the forecast for the rest of the weekend so we only ran a few laps to make sure the #17 Castrol Edge Dodge was ready to goÃ¢â‚¬Â said Kennington.
Kennington qualified on the outside of row six and began the 100km race in the #17 Castrol Edge Dodge carefully. Ã¢â‚¬Å“With 37 cars I took it easy at first to make sure we got through the start okayÃ¢â‚¬Â explained the driver.
Now settled into a rhythm Kennington began looking for his chance to gain positions in the #17 Castrol Edge Dodge and he found them. Ã¢â‚¬Å“Our approach at these road course events is to come away with the best finish possible, knowing thereÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s a lot of guys who only run a couple of these racesÃ¢â‚¬Â explained Kennington. Ã¢â‚¬Å“We know who weÃ¢â‚¬â„¢re racing against for the championship and thatÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s what IÃ¢â‚¬â„¢m concentrating onÃ¢â‚¬Â he added.
Kennington continued his professional approach to the event and was poised for a good result on the day when another car made contact with the #17 Castrol Edge Dodge. Ã¢â‚¬Å“Everything was looking goodÃ¢â‚¬Â said the driver. Ã¢â‚¬Å“We were running our race and had the #22 car right there with us, thatÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s who weÃ¢â‚¬â„¢re battling with right now for the championship and we get clobbered by a part timerÃ¢â‚¬Â he stated.
The contact along the right side of the #17 Castrol Edge Dodge would cause him to spin and lose a great deal of track position. Kennington fell all the way back to 26th spot. Kennington immediately knew his job was to regain as much as possible in the closing laps and would push the car hard and manage an eighteenth place result.
While pleased he climbed back inside the top twenty Kennington knows itÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s going to be a tough job the rest of the season. Ã¢â‚¬Å“WeÃ¢â‚¬â„¢re going to have to approach the final three races with the mindset weÃ¢â‚¬â„¢re going to win them allÃ¢â‚¬Â said the driver. Ã¢â‚¬Å“WeÃ¢â‚¬â„¢ve won at all three tracks and weÃ¢â‚¬â„¢ll do our best to do it again starting with BarrieÃ¢â‚¬Â he added.
Despite the disappointing result Kennington remains second in the overall championship.
DJ Kennington also participated in the NASCAR Nationwide event piloting the #13 Dodge. Kennington retired after lap 28 with a broken track bar.
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Photo of the #17 Castrol Edge Dodge on track at Circuit Gilles Villeneuve by Joe Hamilton.