DJ KenningtonDJ Kennington and the Castrol/Mahindra Dodge team continued to build on the momentum they have established this season during round number five of the NASCAR Canadian Tire Series at Sun Valley Speedway.  Kennington would start the 300 lap main event on the outside of the front row and come home with his fourth consecutive top-five finish.

The Castrol/Mahindra Dodge team confirmed they would be among the contenders from the early part of practice and Kennington would post the quickest lap.  “We only did a few laps” said DJ Kennington the car was absolutely great and it was very hot so we didn’t see a need to beat up our equipment” he added.

As the green flag dropped to start the race Kennington would hound the #60 trying to the Castrol/Mahindra Dodge trying to take over top spot.  “It was a good little battle between us through the first part of the race” smiled DJ.  “The car was really good and I just tried to keep the heat on him and we eventually took the lead” he added.

Kennington would claim top spot on lap 80 and the five bonus points that go along with leading a race lap.  “It’s what we always want to do, get the Castrol/Mahindra Dodge out front to lead at least one lap and get those bonus points, they really add up” said the driver.

As the race neared the mid point and the first yellow flag was displayed the Castrol/Mahindra crew took the opportunity to make their first pit stop.  The car was becoming difficult to handle and needed adjustments.  Unfortunately the second half of the race would be a struggle for Kennington.  “The car got very loose at halfway and we just seemed to really lose the handle on it” said the driver.

Despite the teams best efforts to correct the handling on the Castrol/Mahindra Dodge the difficulties persisted.  Kennington would also speculate that it was not only adjustments that were the issue.  “We don’t know for sure but it might have been a sway bar that backed off but it was so loose that I could barely hang onto it”.

With an ill handling race the plan was to make sure to bring the car home in one piece and secure the best possible finish.  Kennington would claim four spot as the checkered flag waved.  “It’s a decent points day for us so we’ll take it and run, it’s not what we wanted but we’ll be busy this coming week to get ourselves ready for the next race at Edmonton” said the driver optimistically.

With his fourth straight top-five finish Kennington maintains his position of second in the overall championship.

Round number five of the NASCAR Canadian Tire Series western swing continues Saturday July 25th with a stop at the Edmonton Indy weekend.  This years schedule includes events at Trois Riveres and at the NASCAR weekend in Montreal.  All thirteen races will again be broadcast on TSN.  To cast your vote for DJ Kennington as the mot popular NASCAR Canadian Tire Series driver click http://www.nascar.com/news/features/mpd.poll.canadian.tire.series/index.html and for more on DJ Kennington log onto www.djkennington.com

Photo by Todd Lewis.