Right from the beginning of the Saturday practice Kennington felt his #17 Castrol Edge Dodge would be a strong contender.
“It’s good,” he said simply when asked about his ride. “With what we’ve been able to do on ovals this year I think we’ll be good for the race” he added.
Rain showers arrived at the Speedway and postponed the 300-lap feature event until the following afternoon. With the qualifying session rained out Kennington would start the #17 Castrol Edge Dodge on the pole Sunday afternoon by rule as he posted the quickest practice lap time.
The two-time winner at Riverside was also carrying a hand written note in his car that his 4-year-old son Chase had left for him.
“I leave the kids a note when I have to leave for a race and Chase wanted to leave one for me,” said the proud father.
Kennington would lead the first 36 laps in the #17 Castrol Edge Dodge before surrendering the lead.
“The car was just a little bit free,” he explained and it was tough to hang on. But I knew we’d be able to make adjustments during the break and better later on” he added.
During the scheduled stop for fuel, fresh tires and maintenance the #17 Castrol Edge Dodge team made some handling adjustments that improved the car.
“It really started to come back in the second half” said the driver. “We made up a few positions and had another really strong run”.
Kennington would bring the #17 Castrol Edge Dodge across the finish line in third position and while pleased with another very good outing, he and the team still want more.
“I like what we’re doing but I really want to win one of these things” he said afterwards. “A huge thank you to Castrol and everyone that helps us out, we’re going to get the job done soon”.
The #17 Castrol Edge Dodge team are back in action September 3rd during the NASCAR weekend at Canadian Tire Motorsport Park.
Race fans are encouraged to keep up to date with the latest team news during the off-season in several ways. Race fans should bookmark the team website www.djkracing.ca and follow them on twitter, @djkracing and Instagram. Fans should also “like” the DJK Racing Fan Page on Facebook. Also follow @CastrolCanada on twitter and Facebook.