DJ KENNINGTON DEFENDS NASCAR CANADIAN TIRE SERIES TITLE AT DELAWARE St. Thomas driver wins the Keystone Light 200 presented by the Fleetwood Country Cruize-in Delaware, ON (June 5, 2010) DJ Kennington is still the only driver to win a NASCAR...
DJ KENNINGTON DEFENDS NASCAR CANADIAN TIRE SERIES TITLE AT DELAWARE
St. Thomas driver wins the Keystone Light 200 presented by the Fleetwood Country Cruize-in
Delaware, ON (June 5, 2010) DJ Kennington is still the only driver to win a NASCAR Canadian Tire Series race at Delaware Speedway. The St. Thomas, Ontario, driver won the Keystone Light 200 presented by the Fleetwood Country Cruize-in, the 2010 series' opening race, hosted by Delaware.
After starting from the pole, Kennington led the first 75 laps. He was briefly passed for the lead by Steven Matthews (no. 15) at lap 77 but Kennington regained top spot a lap later and continued out front until pitting at lap 89. When Kennington pitted, JR Fitzpatrick (no. 84) became the third different leader of the race. Like Kennington, Fitzpatrick later surrendered the lead when he made a pit stop, giving up the top spot to Pete Shepherd (no. 7) at lap 106. Despite having to come back through the field, Kennington and Fitzpatrick were destined to meet again.
Shepherd held off the field until lap 131, when Mark Dilley became the fifth different race leader, coming from the ninth starting position to pace the field.
At lap 156, Ron Sheridan (no. 52) gave the hometown fans a thrill when he passed Dilley for the lead, the sixth lead change of the night. Dilley took the front spot away two laps later, only to be overcome by Kennington, who had come through the field through the second half of the race.
A late-race wreck involving Anthony Simone (no. 95) brought out a red flag in an effort to finish the race under green flag conditions. The resulting restart was a wild, rough-and-tumble affair that saw Fitzpatrick restart second on Kennington's outside. Fitzpatrick nearly lost control of his car in between turns three and four as he pushed it just past its limits in an effort to get past Kennington, his rival and good friend.
The final lap saw Sheridan tied up in an incident in turn two, taking away what looked to be a podium finish. Several other cars spun out in other parts of the race track as the leaders took the checkered flag.
For Kennington, the finish marked a successful repeat of his victory one year ago, in the NASCAR Canadian Tire Series' debut at Delaware Speedway. Fitzpatrick was second and Jeff Lapcevich (no. 23) finished third.
After the incident on the final lap, Sheridan ended up eleventh, however his finish does not do justice to how strong his number 52 car was. In his NASCAR Canadian Tire Series debut, the Delaware Speedway weekly competitor ran inside the top five the entire second half of the race, giving himself a chance to win. Another former Delaware Speedway weekly competitor, Jason Hathaway (no. 3) was also running strong at the end but was tied up in the same incident that ruined Sheridan's chances. Hathaway finished tenth.
-source: delaware speedway