- our local boy finished 20th, this weekend...
don't follow racing, but still excited for DJ living his dream with his elderly Dad / such a nice family
- father Doug Kennington owned a large transport truck company
- he started business from scratch, probably 40 years ago / sold when he retired, in his mid 70's
- his pops financed his sons hobby, from day1 / and honorable man, meaning a handshake one could rely on
- son DJ drives a snow plow, in the winter months...and could go right past, my place ONTARIO’S KENNINGTON DOING DOUBLE DUTY AT TALLADEGA THIS WEEKEKND
October 12, 2017 NASCAR
MOORESVILLE, NC – St. Thomas, Ontario’s DJ Kennington
will travel to Talladega, Alabama this weekend where he will pull double duty with Premium Motorsports. Kennington will pilot the #55 in the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series, ‘Alabama 500’ with primary sponsor ‘Dirt and Rock’ and he will pilot the #15 in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series, ‘Fred’s Pharmacy 250’ with primary sponsor, ‘Losers Bar & Grill’ at Talladega Superspeedway.
“I’m excited to pull a double duty weekend so I can get more practice on the Superspeedways,” said Kennington. “I’m looking forward to a good run in both the truck and the cup car and my sponsors are equally as excited. I’m hoping to stay out of trouble, avoid the big one, gain some experience and bring home a good finish in both races. I’m thankful to Jay Robinson and everyone at Premium Motorsports for giving me the opportunity to do this”. Mike Ford joins team to prepare the No. 96 Camry for GEICO 500 in second Cup attempt for Kennington.
As announced on Wednesday, D.J. Kennington and Gaunt Brothers Racing will reunite for the upcoming Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series race at Talladega Superspeedway on Sunday, May 7.
The team will have veteran leadership calling shots from the pit box as Mike Ford has joined forces with the team for its second race this season in the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series.
Ford, whose resume includes working with Bill Elliott Racing, Robert Yates Racing and Joe Gibbs Racing, has been a part of 25 wins at the Cup level in his career.
“We're thrilled to bring D.J. back into the fold for Talladega," said Gaunt. “He did everything asked of him in February. With the addition of Mike Ford, we hope to build on what we accomplished in Daytona."
In February, Kennington, became the first Canadian since Trevor Boys in 1988 to compete in the Daytona 500. The St. Thomas, Ontario native started 28th in GBR's No. 96 Toyota Camry before recording a 36th-place finish after he was collected a multi-car crash in the race while running in the top 15 at the time.
Kennington finished 14th in his Can-Am Duel qualifying race, earning the first Cup Series start for GBR and owner Marty Gaunt.
Kennington, a 19-time race winner and two-time champion in the NASCAR Pinty's Series, has made two Cup starts, including his run in the Daytona 500. He feels the experience from Daytona in February will help him next month in his second-career restrictor plate start.
“Talladega weekend can't get here fast enough," said Kennington. “I learned a lot during our Duel race and in the 500. I felt like I was finally getting the hang of drafting before the accident took us out. The car was great in the draft and I know we can apply a lot of what we learned at Daytona to Talladega."
Prior to Talladega, Kensington will participate in a pre-season test day at Canadian Tire Motorsport Park in Bowmanville, Ontario for his NASCAR Pinty’s Series team on Wednesday. He’ll fly directly to Alabama for his second Cup race of the season.