Daytona II: DJ Kennington race report

After 100 laps at Daytona on Friday night in the Winn-Dixie 250, Kennington just scratched is head. "We ran faster without the draft than with it?" questioned Kennington. DJ battled all evening as the car pushed to the outside wall when drafting.

After 100 laps at Daytona on Friday night in the Winn-Dixie 250, Kennington just scratched is head. "We ran faster without the draft than with it?" questioned Kennington. DJ battled all evening as the car pushed to the outside wall when drafting. "It was a bad areo push, and at these speeds, just a flutter of the pedal or brake and your done. The good thing is we know what we have to work on."

Kennington, who ran so well at Talladega, had to start with a new ride for the Daytona event. "I'd love to have the car back, but it is done. We can tweak with this one and we have all winter to do it. By the time we come back in February, we should have another car as stout as DJK-001." A 29th place finish isnt what the MacDonald Motorsports team was looking for but there are some positives from the event. Kennington did climb in the point standings to 23rd, and ultimately the car's new engine package is very strong. With Daytona tests in February, the #81 should be a top contender.

Up next for the Mahindra Tractors Dodge is Chicagoland on Friday night. "Mile and half tracks have been a struggle for us, but I feel pretty good about our car for the event. and look for our first top 15 of the season. This is the car we raced at Las Vegas and was a great car. We got spun on lap 3 under caution and tore it up pretty good. Even with the back end and front end damage, the car was still fast. The team have worked non-stop on this car since February and we feel really good about it."

Chicagoland is another track that Kennington has not been to before. "I haven't raced there but I have learned so much since the beginning of the season that it shouldnt take long to find speed at the track."

After racing at the World Center of Speed in Daytona, Kennington raced the following day in St Estuche', Quebic, Canada. DJ Kennington started his next series of events with travel. After driving 90 minutes from Daytona to Orlando, the St. Thomas, Ontario native jumped on a commercial flight at 6:00 am for his trip to St Eustache'. Four and half hours later, Kennington was on Canadian turf and heading to the track.

With a small breakfast and little sleep, DJ jumped in the Castrol Syntec/N.P.P. Avenger and put the car 4th on the qualifying grid. "The car is pretty good. I really love this place and look to challenge for the win today." When asked about the difference between Daytona and St Eustache', Kennington laughed. "It just banking and the size!"

As the green flag dropped, Kennington moved up into the 3rd position and challenged the leaders often. During the first caution the Castrol/NPP crew went to work to adjust the car as Kennington returned in 8th position. With a mission, Kennington moved up into the 2nd position and remained there until the checker flagged waved.

"It was a good finish to a long weekend.  1,400 miles of travel, another
300 miles of racing in just 24 hours.  Im living the dream."

-credit: mm

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