Kennington leads Super Series points after two events. LONDON, ON - DJ Kennington's victory at Peterborough Speedway on Sunday afternoon was worth more to him than just a trip to victory lane. With his win in the Logel's Auto Parts 200, the ...
Kennington leads Super Series points after two events.
LONDON, ON - DJ Kennington's victory at Peterborough Speedway on Sunday afternoon was worth more to him than just a trip to victory lane. With his win in the Logel's Auto Parts 200, the Castrol Intrepid driver was propelled to the top of the CASCAR Super Series points chase, following two of 12 events.
The St. Thomas, ON resident has picked up where he left off last season, and is demonstrating the same high level of consistency that made him one of the most successful racers on the tour in 2001. Just two races into the 2002 campaign, Kennington has one win, one pole and anther sixth-place result. His record is all the more impressive considering the rough nature of the races at Delaware and Peterborough.
Kennington's two race total of 319 points places him seven markers ahead of Robbie Thompson, who won at Delaware and appeared to be on his way to victory at Peterborough when a flat tire on his Logel's/SMP Intrepid took him out of contention. Several pre-season favourites for the CASCAR Super Series championship have experienced tough times in the opening two events, but are no means out of contention. Sitting 10th is Peter Gibbons, the two-time National champion, who is looking to rebound after a difficult 2001 season. The Stouffville, ON racer has won the last two Super Series races at St-Eustache and will no doubt be looking ahead to this Saturday night's race at the flat Montreal oval to get the Canadian Tire Chevy back into contention.
Meanwhile, perennial points-race contenders like Dave Whitlock (12th in points), Al Turner (22nd), Dave Jacombs (23rd) and Ron Beauchamp (24th) are all hoping to get their respective seasons jump-started following difficult starts. All have been fast on the track, but were the victims of either mechanical gremlins or accidents at Delaware and/or Peterborough. On Sunday afternoon, both Turner and Beauchamp were in contention for top finishes, late in the race, when they were involved in a heavy crash.
CASCAR NOTES: Defending CASCAR Western Series champion Carl Harr won at PGARA Speedway in Prince George, BC on Friday night (May 24), ahead of Don Sales and Daryl Harr. The second portion of the double-header weekend, which was to have taken place on Sunday at Quesnel, BC's Gold Pan Speedway, was rained out. The event has been rescheduled for August 3... Steve Maheux bested veteran racer Claude Leclerc and Stephane Messier in the CARQUEST Sportsman race, which was held Saturday night (May 24) at Montreal's Autodrome St-Eustache.