CALIFORNIA CALLING KENNINGTON
FONTANA, CA – Race number two of the NASCAR Nationwide Series schedule is this Saturday at Auto Club Speedway in Fontana California. Canada’s DJ Kennington is coming off his best ever finish in NASCAR competition last weekend. The St. Thomas Ontario driver is hoping to follow up his 17th place finish at Daytona International Speedway with a strong performance in the Red Bank Outfitters/Northern Provincial Pipelines #81 Dodge. “If we can stay out of trouble and have a car that handles well, we can grab a top-15 finish this weekend.” Last year, Kennington qualified 31st and finished 26th at the February race in California. “Pretty well every track we ran at last year we’ve never raced before. This season we can’t use that as an excuse. We really need to back up what we did last weekend with another strong race.” Kennington knows there is some pressure heading into the California race. “I think we have to have a car that handles well. We also have to have a car that is fast. Then we can’t make any mistakes out on the race track or in the pits.” Kennington currently sits 17th in the NASCAR Nationwide Series point standings just 27 points out of the top 10.
STATER BROS. 300 (150 laps/300 miles)
> Friday, February 20th
DJ Kennington was 33rd fastest out of 47 cars in the first practice session for the Stater Brothers 300 at Auto Club Speedway in Fontana California. Kennington found a little more speed in the second practice session of the day. Kennington was 27th fastest on the track.
>Saturday, February 21st
DJ Kennington qualified the Red Bank Outfitters/Northern Provincial Pipelines Ltd. #81 Dodge in the 25th position running 173.93mph (41.396 second lap time) for Saturday afternoons Stater Brothers 300. Carl Edwards qualified number 1 running 179.69mph (40.068seconds).
UPDATE: Canada’s DJ Kennington drivers the Red Bank Outfitters/Northern Provincial Pipelines Ltd. #81 Dodge to a 24th place finish in Fontana California Saturday night. Kyle Busch was the race winner.