DJ Kennington wins the MOPAR 300 at Calgary's Race City Motorsports Park CALGARY, AB - CASCAR Super Series veteran DJ Kennington won Saturday night's MOPAR 300 at Race City Motorsport Park. The Castrol Dodge driver started sixth in the field of...
DJ Kennington wins the MOPAR 300 at Calgary's Race City Motorsports Park
CALGARY, AB - CASCAR Super Series veteran DJ Kennington won Saturday night's MOPAR 300 at Race City Motorsport Park. The Castrol Dodge driver started sixth in the field of 29 who took to the high-banked, half-mile oval for the 300-lap race but quickly carved his way to the front en route to scoring his first-ever win at the Calgary oval.
The St. Thomas, ON resident led a total of 125 laps of the MOPAR 300, including the final 15 tours after passing two-time National champ Peter Gibbons, who showed the way from lap 202 to 285. Gibbons went on to finish second in the race in his Canadian Tire Chevy, ahead of veteran Super Series competitor Dave Jacombs of Mt. Hope, ON in his Lou's BBQ Ford Taurus. Jacombs' run was all the more impressive considering he lined up 18th on the starting grid.
Fourth-place went to last year's rookie of the year runner-up J.R. Fitzpatrick of Ayr, ON. The Cambridge Rigging Chevy driver continues to impress in his sophomore season on the Super Series tour. Rounding out the top five in Calgary was Edmonton, AB resident Kevin Dowler. The multi-time Western Series champ was the top finishing western competitor in the MOPAR 300, which also served as a points race for the Western Series.
Points leader Don Thomson was scored in 14th-place after the motor in his Home Hardware Chevy expired with five laps to go. Fortunately for Thomson, his nearest rivals in the points chase (Mark Dilley and Kerry Micks) also experienced their own troubles, so Thomson will retain a healthy points lead heading to the next event. Gibbons' solid finish in the MOPAR 300 moved him to second in the standings following the conclusion of the first half of the schedule.
A pair of 100-lap qualifying sprint races took place on Friday night at Race City Motorsport Park. In addition to setting the starting field for the MOPAR 300, they were also full Super Series points races. PowerWater Ford driver Kerry Micks and Kevin Dowler (EMCO Ford) picked up checkered flags in their respective sprint races. Kennington's win in the MOPAR 300 was his first Super Series victory since August 9, 2003 at Montreal's Autodrome St-Eustache.
The next CASCAR Super Series event takes place next weekend (July 29-30) at Sun Valley Motor Speedway in Vernon, British Columbia. The race will follow the same Twin 100 plus a 300 lap feature format at the MOPAR 500 Weekend.
POINT STANDINGS: After 6 events. Unofficial as of July 23, 2005: 1. #4
Don Thomson Jr. (1100 pts.); 2. #1 Peter Gibbons (1044); 3. #02 Kerry
Micks (1031); 4. #9 Mark Dilley (1029); 5. #39 Dave Whitlock (984); 6.
#17 DJ Kennington (975); 7. #60 Ron Beauchamp Jr. (952); 8. #84 J.R.
Fitzpatrick (951); 9. #19 Brad Graham (941); 10. #14 John Fitzpatrick
(920); 11. #88 Dave Jacombs (900); 12. #22 Scott Steckly (866); 13. #37
Tara MacLeod ® (844); 14. #50/71 Pete Shepherd (830); 15. #10 Doug Brown
® Denotes Rookie of the Year.