TORONTO, Sept. 26, 2012 /CNW/ - For the second time in the last three
seasons DJ Kennington is the 2012 NASCAR Canadian Tire Series
Champion. The driver of the #17 Castrol Edge Dodge scored his seventh
race win of the season in the final event at Kawartha Speedway near
Peterborough, ON on Saturday night to secure the points title.
The #17 Castrol Edge Dodge team's methodical approach to the season once
again had them as the fastest car during practice and Kennington would
net the fourth starting spot with his qualifying run. "The car felt
great at usual" said the driver. "The team did an awesome job and we
were set up to run really consistent over long runs" he added.
Needing a 19th finishing position or better to assure himself of the championship,
Kennington ran with the lead group of cars inside the top five in the
early going of the 250 lap feature. He maintained that status for
pretty much the entire race. "We wanted to run up front as we usually
do and give ourselves a chance at the win and also secure the
championship" explained Kennington.
In the late stages of a green flag run Kennington would slip by the #84
car on lap 231. A late caution would set up a green-white-checker
finish and the #17 Castrol Edge Dodge would hold off the challenges and
cross the finish line first giving the St. Thomas, ON driver his
seventh win of the year and his second championship.
Not only did the race win assure Kennington of the championship but he
set several series records including; most victories in a single season
with seven, most oval track wins in a year with six, and a testament to
the team's consistent performance in 2012, most top five finishes in a
In victory lane following the race Kennington was generous with his
praise of all those that made this record setting season possible.
"I've said this before but I've got the best group of guys on any team.
Starting with Dave Wight they just worked their butts off all year" he
stated. "My Dad, nobody knows how hard he works but I do and I can't
thank him enough along with the rest of my family".
"And none of this would be possible without the great partners we have.
Castrol Edge, without them I wouldn't be racing, simple as that.
Mahindra Tractors who stepped up their program this year, Super Clean,
Hitachi Power Tools, Contact Welding Supplies, Bryan Cathcart, we
couldn't do what we do without their support".
After finishing as a runner up on several occasions Kennington claimed
his first series title in 2010 and it was a very emotional experience.
Sharing his second with his new wife Jaimie who is pregnant with the
couple's first child was another kind of emotion. "It's been an
unbelievable year" said Kennington, Jaimie and I got married early this
year, we found out that we were going to be parents this November and
to share this with them is really very special" he stated.
You can watch the NASCAR Canadian Tire Series race from Kawartha
Speedway in High Definition on Saturday 6th at 4:30PM Eastern.
Kennington will be honoured for his championship along with other NASCAR
Touring Series champions on Saturday December 8th at the NASCAR Touring Series Awards in the Grand Ballroom in the
Charlotte Convention Centre at the NASCAR Hall of Fame.
Race fans are encouraged to keep up to date with the latest DJK Racing
team news in several ways. Race fans should bookmark the team website www.djkracing.ca and follow them on twitter, @djkracing and fans should also "like" the
team Facebook Page DJK Racing.
Image with caption: "Syntec2Edge.com (CNW Group/Castrol)". Image available at: http://photos.newswire.ca/images/download/20120926_C9711_PHOTO_EN_18518.jpg
Image with caption: "DJ Kennington in the #17 Castrol Edge Dodge with the checkered flag at Kawartha Speedway. (CNW Group/Castrol)". Image available at: http://photos.newswire.ca/images/download/20120926_C9711_PHOTO_EN_18517.jpg
Image with caption: "DJ Kennington with the Championship trophy. (CNW Group/Castrol)". Image available at: http://photos.newswire.ca/images/download/20120926_C9711_PHOTO_EN_18516.jpg
For further information:
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P: 416-252-5511 ext 4480