DJ Kennington wins his third CASCAR Super Series race in a row with a late-race pass on Don Thomson in Saturday night's Mosport Speedway 200 BOWMANVILLE, ON - DJ Kennington extended his CASCAR Super Series winning streak to three feature events...
DJ Kennington wins his third CASCAR Super Series race in a row with a late-race pass on Don Thomson in Saturday night's Mosport Speedway 200
BOWMANVILLE, ON - DJ Kennington extended his CASCAR Super Series winning streak to three feature events on Saturday night when he passed Don Thomson on lap 198 of the Mosport Speedway 200. Thomson had started on the pole and led the virtually the entire race in dominant fashion, but a late caution flag set up a battle between he and Kennington for the final 11 laps.
Following the lap 189 restart, Kennington dogged Thomson's Home Hardware Chevy for several tours around Mosport Speedway's half-mile oval. And after a handful of failed attempts to go underneath Thomson as the pair exited turn 2, the Castrol Dodge driver changed strategy and powered to the outside of the four-time National champion just prior to the start of the final lap.
From there, Kennington moved in front of Thomson and beat him to the checkered flag by just over a third of a second. The victory by the St. Thomas, ON racer mirrored his July 30 win at Vernon, BC's Sun Valley Speedway when he passed Brad Graham just before the end of the race.
"Our car wasn't the best one on the track for most of the race, but it was the best one when it counted," said Kennington. "All that matters is that we led the last lap. I wanted to save the tires and the brakes for the end. I knew Donnie was going to run away with the race because he's awesome here. That caution at the end made all the difference because he was so far ahead before that, that he was in a different area code. Our car is set up to come on at the end and that's what happened again tonight."
Thomson, who has won at Mosport many times in the past, was understandably frustrated to see the win slip away after holding commanding leads for the majority of the 200 laps. According to the Hamilton, ON racer, the set of right-side tires that went on the car during the lap 100 pit stop didn't perform as well as the set that started the race, and that made the difference at the end.
The final podium spot at Mosport Speedway went to Ron Beauchamp Jr., driver of the MOPAR Parts / Exide / Mobil 1 Dodge Charger. The Windsor, ON racer started second in the field of 20 and overcame handling problems with 50 laps to go to take third-place in the eighth of 12 Super Series events in '05.
The next CASCAR Super Series event takes place August 14 at Cayuga 2000 Speedway, south of Hamilton, Ontario.
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POINT STANDINGS: After 8 events. Unofficial Top 15 as of August 6, 2005: 1. #4 Don Thomson Jr. (1582 pts.); 2. #1 Peter Gibbons (1493); 3. #17 DJ Kennington (1474); 4. #9 Mark Dilley (1443); 5. 39 Dave Whitlock (1412); 6. #02 Kerry Micks (1405); 7. #19 Brad Graham (1401); 8. #84 J.R. Fitzpatrick (1390); 9. #60 Ron Beauchamp Jr. (1382); 10. #88 Dave Jacombs (1296); 11. #22 Scott Steckly (1260); 12. #10 Doug Brown (1238); 13. #37 Tara MacLeod ® (1216); 14. #11 Ron VanEs (1206); 15. #3 Stu Robinson Jr. (1168).
® Denotes Rookie of the Year.