ANOTHER TOP-FIVE FOR DJ KENNINGTON AND CASTROL DODGE July 20, 2008. DJ Kennington and the Castrol/ Haldex Dodge headed west for round five of the NASCAR Canadian Tire series looking for more success. Continuing their strong performances the...
ANOTHER TOP-FIVE FOR DJ KENNINGTON AND CASTROL DODGE
July 20, 2008. DJ Kennington and the Castrol/ Haldex Dodge headed west for round five of the NASCAR Canadian Tire series looking for more success. Continuing their strong performances the team scored another top-five finish in the A & W 300 at Sun Valley Speedway near Vernon, BC.
While the Castrol/Haldex Dodge team has shown consistency they have not achieved their goal of a race victory yet this season. "We've been pretty good but there are still some things we're learning about this new car we built" said Kennington. "We decided to try a few things and see if any of them stuck during practice" he added.
Kennington would start the feature event in the fifth spot and maintain a consistent pace running up front with the leaders for most of the entire race. "As usual the guys gave me a good car to work with" said the driver. "Running 300 laps at this track is so tough we didn't want to go too hard in the first half, and we found that our tires remained pretty consistent as they got laps on them so our goal was to be in a good position late in the race".
The Castrol/Haldex Dodge team used their scheduled pit stops for adjustments to the changing track conditions and as the race moved into the final third Kennington was heading for the front of the pack. Driving hard into corner one The Castrol/Haldex Dodge would have contact with the #60 car resulting in serious damage to that car as Kennington looked to take the lead. "I know Ron Beauchamp feels it was my fault but his car turned into me, I honestly think something broke on the wheel before we came together because his car really turned left. I'm sorry it happened but we'll talk about it, he's a good friend of mine and we'll sort it out".
With less than 100 laps remaining and in the lead Kennington's job now was to refocus and stay out front. Several late race cautions would slow the field and not help the Castrol/Haldex teams chances. "We got shuffled to the outside on a couple of restarts and that hurt us" said the driver. "The other problem we had was our right front tire was going down, it blistered really badly and the car got very loose".
Despite the adversity DJ Kennington managed to claim another top-five finish at a very challenging race track. "We got a little lucky with that tire holding onto the end, we'll just keep digging away at it, we still didn't gain any ground in the championship but at least the #22 car didn't win, we'll keep at it".
DJ Kennington has scored top-five finishes in four straight races and sits third in the overall championship standings.