The gala event concluded nearly a full week of events and celebrations for Kennington, the #17 Castrol Edge Dodge team and other NASCAR Touring Series Champions that included photo shoots, media events and a very competitive race at a local Kart track. "It's just a really great week for all of us" said Kennington. "We really get the royal treatment from everyone and I'm happy for all my guys that came down to get the recognition they deserve as well, none of this would have been possible without all of their hard work," he added.
The highlight of the week of course is the black tie awards gala that took place Saturday night at the NASCAR Hall of Fame. During the awards presentation Kennington received his second series Championship ring from NASCAR President Mike Helton.
2012 has been a special year for Kennington both on and off the track and his heartfelt thoughts recognize how thankful he is for all that's been achieved.
"In the spring I got married to my wonderful wife Jaimie, shortly after we found out we were going to have our first child, we had an incredibly successful year at the track winning seven races and a championship, and just over a week ago my wife delivered our son Chase. I miss them and I love them and wish they could have been in Charlotte with me but it wasn't possible. But I'm heading home right after the awards to see them."
After such a dominant season and with his second championship in the last three years Kennington knows that he will be the man everyone is targeting next season. "Everyone in the series does their homework and gets better every year" explained Kennington. "We know we'll have to be better too. It's a big boost to us that Castrol is solidly behind us again in 2013; I wouldn't be where I am in racing without them. And Mahindra Tractors has also confirmed they'll be back with us next season, they've been a great partner for our program. Having that kind of support and stability gives us the opportunity of getting to work early on next season."
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