EDMONTON, AB - DJ Kennington and the Castrol Dodge Crew looked to continue with their strong consistent performance as the NASCAR Canadian Tire Series retuned to road racing on the Edmonton City Centre Airport course. This very demanding 14 turn temporary circuit can be tough to tame. But Kennington and the Castrol Dodge team were up to the challenge.
Always meticulous in the preparation of their equipment, DJ Kennington was a top runner during the practice sessions in Edmonton. Having little trouble maintaining a pace that would have him near the top of the time sheets, Kennington elected to run only a handful of laps. “I didn’t see any sense in wearing out the car” he concluded. “(Car Chief) Dave Whyte and the guys had worked really hard on the Castrol Dodge to get us this good right out of the box and I wasn’t about to make more work for them”.
Kennington would start the 100km event from the eighth spot and as the green flag waved to begin the race DJ knew that there would be a battle right at the front, and some other challengers would pushing hard from behind. “I just wanted to run the race that was best for us and not worry about some of the other stuff” said Kennington afterwards. “I just wanted to make my moves at the right time”.
As was the case during practice Kennington was able to stay in touch with the top runners never falling outside the top-ten. “After we got to about half way was when I started to go a little harder” said the Castrol Dodge driver. Kennington had preserved his equipment for the late stages of the race and was able to gain positions. DJ Kennington would bring the Castrol Dodge home with a fourth place finish. That’s three straight top-five finishes for Kennington including a victory at Barrie Speedway.
“The car was very solid all afternoon” said the driver afterwards. “I wonder if I’d started a bit earlier if we might have had a chance at a podium position, but I’m pretty happy with how things are going. This trip was a good boost for all of the Castrol Crew.
After five races DJ Kennington and the Castrol Dodge team sit fourth in the overall point standings.
The NASCAR Canadian Tire series continues with another road racing event at Circuit Gilles Villeneuve on August 4th. Kennington is also planning to run the NASCAR Busch series race that same day. The twelve race NCATS schedule features events from coast to coast in Canada including stops at the best ovals in the Country along with temporary street circuits in Edmonton and Trois Rivieres. Look for more information all season at www.nascar.ca All twelve races of the NASCAR Canadian Tire Series will also be broadcast on TSN.
This release prepared by TL Sports & Entertainment