Barrie II: DJ Kennington race notes

CASTROL DODGE TEAM FIGHTS TO THE FINISH AT BARRIE September 7, 2008. The Castrol Dodge team was prepared for and expected more of the same kind of success they had become used to achieving at Barrie Speedway during round number eleven of the ...

CASTROL DODGE TEAM FIGHTS TO THE FINISH AT BARRIE

September 7, 2008. The Castrol Dodge team was prepared for and expected more of the same kind of success they had become used to achieving at Barrie Speedway during round number eleven of the NASCAR Canadian Tire series on Saturday night. What the team couldn't have prepared for was a bump in the night that set them back late in the race.

The plan for the 300 lap event at Barrie is simple, survive until the end and make the best of your track position at the end. Kennington and the Castrol team looked to be in good position early with a sixth place starting spot and had no trouble running with the lead group of cars in the early stages of the race. "The car was great" said Kennington afterwards "probably the best I've had all season, especially at the end of the race which is what you need to have a chance at a place like this" he added.

Though he didn't lead the race Kennington would have the Castrol Dodge up in position for success throughout much of the event. Even following routine pit stops for service DJ would have little difficulty moving the Castrol Dodge back into a strong position to succeed. "

The Castrol Dodge team fortunes would change in the final third of the race. Battling for position and looking to move to the front of the field Kennington was battling hard with the #19 car. There was contact between the two cars and the Castrol Dodge would spin losing plenty of valuable track position. "He kind of drove down into me going into corner one, I don't know if he's still mad and it was a little payback from some contact we had earlier in the season, but that's racing".

The plenty of traffic ahead of him and a limited number of laps remaining the task ahead was enormous for Kennington and the Castrol Dodge team. Forced to make a pit stop to clear body work from the right front tire Kennington set about making the best of a bad situation. DJ worked the Castrol Dodge forward as best he could in the few remaining laps and claimed a seventh place finish. Only one spot back of where he started the race. "With all the traffic we had to climb through late in the race we just tried to do the best we could, the car was really good but we just ran out of time. In the last couple of races we're really going to go for a win. Winning the championship is pretty slim, but we've got a great shot a runner up" he added.

DJ Kennington sits fourth in the overall championship standings after eleven events.

-credit: www.djkennington.com

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