D. J. Kennington

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D. J. Kennington
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Kennington in 2015
Born Douglas James Kennington
(1977-07-15) July 15, 1977 (age 40)
St. Thomas, Ontario
Achievements 2010, 2012 NASCAR Canadian Tire Series Champion
Awards 2008 NASCAR Canadian Tire Series Most Popular Driver
Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series career
5 races run over 2 years
Car no., team No. 96 (Gaunt Brothers Racing)
No. 15/55 (Premium Motorsports)
2017 position 39th
Best finish 39th (2017)
First race 2016 Can-Am 500 (Phoenix)
Last race 2017 Can-Am 500 (Phoenix)
Wins Top tens Poles
0 0 0
NASCAR Xfinity Series career
50 races run over 7 years
2016 position 69th
Best finish 24th (2008)
First race 2006 Sam's Town 250 (Memphis)
Last race 2016 Ticket Galaxy 200 (Phoenix)
Wins Top tens Poles
0 0 0
NASCAR Camping World Truck Series career
7 races run over 4 years
Truck no., team No. 96 (Gaunt Brothers Racing)
No. 15 (Premium Motorsports)
2016 position 93rd
Best finish 61st (2013)
First race 2010 Kroger 250 (Martinsville)
Last race 2017 Fred's 250 (Talladega)
Wins Top tens Poles
0 0 0
NASCAR Pinty's Series career
159 races run over 13 years
Car no., team No. 17 (DJK Racing)
2013 position 2nd
Best finish 1st (2010, 2012)
First race 2001 Mopar 250 (Delaware)
Last race 2016 Kawartha 250 (Kawartha)
First win 2001 Blue Streak Presents the Mosport 250 (Bowmanville)
Last win 2013 JuliaWine.com 100 (Trois-Rivieres)
Wins Top tens Poles
26 126 16
Statistics current as of November 12, 2017.

Douglas James "D. J." Kennington (born July 15, 1977) is a Canadian professional stock car racing driver. He currently competes full-time in the NASCAR Pinty's Series, driving the No. 17 for his own team DJK Racing. He won the 2010 and 2012 Pinty's Series championships. Kennington also competes part-time in Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series, driving the No. 96 Toyota Camry for Gaunt Brothers Racing ane the No. 15 and No. 55 Chevrolet SS for Premium Motorsports. He is the son of Doug Kennington, a CASCAR driver and founder of St. Thomas Dragway.[1]

Racing career

Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series

Kennington's car at Daytona International Speedway.

Kennington made his Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series debut at the 2016 Can-Am 500 at Phoenix in the No. 55 for Premium Motorsports, where he finished 35th.[2] In 2017, he joined newly-formed Gaunt Brothers Racing to run the Daytona 500 in the No. 96 Toyota Camry. He attempted qualified again for the team at Talladega, but failed to qualify. He ran the No. 15 Premium Motorsports at Daytona in July. [3] He qualified in 28th after racing his way in during the second Can-Am Duel qualifying race,[4] but got collected in a 16-car crash on lap 129.

Xfinity Series

In 2007–2009 he ran the NASCAR Nationwide Series part-time for MacDonald Motorsports in a Dodge Charger. He has over 30 starts but has never cracked the Top 10.[5] His career best NASCAR Nationwide Series finish was an 11th-place finish driving for Rensi-Hamilton in the Del Monte Ford in the 2010 race in Montreal.[6] Kennington has also raced for Jennifer Jo Cobb Racing in the NASCAR Nationwide Series in 2011 Montreal event.

Camping World Truck Series

In 2010, he ran some races with Rick Ware Racing and finished seventeenth in his first Camping World Truck Series start at Martinsville Speedway.

In 2013, Kennington returned to the Camping World Truck Series at Phoenix International Raceway, driving the No. 1 Chevrolet Silverado for Rick Ware Racing; he finished last after an early accident.[7] Three years later, Kennington ran two Truck races for Premium Motorsports at Canadian Tire Motorsports Park and Martinsville Speedway, finishing 14th and 23rd, respectively.[8] In 2017, he and Gaunt Brothers Racing contested the Truck race at Mosport in the No. 96 Toyota Tundra.[9]

Pinty's Series

In 2007 he drove the No. 17 Castrol sponsored car in the NASCAR Canadian Tire Series. He won both the Barrie Speedway races and a pole, ending up second in the points. Kennington struggled in the 2008 season with no wins. In 2009, he won at Delaware Speedway from pole and had a solid season including the pole at Riverside International Speedway and won the season finale at Kawartha Speedway, lead to him finishing second in points. He started off the 2010 season by defending his win at Delaware and picking up the pole for that event. Kennington won the third race of the year after leading only the last lap passing both Kerry Micks and Scott Steckly en route to victory at Autodrome Saint-Eustache.[10] At Motoplex Speedway he started on the pole and lead the majority of the race but lost to Scott Steckly in the last few laps. Kennington picked up his third win from the pole at Saskatoon but after problems in Montreal Kennington fell back in the points. He won at Barrie Speedway and Riverside Speedway, retaking the points lead. A pole and a third-place finish at the final race at Kawartha Speedway would clinch his first ever NASCAR Championship and a spot in the Toyota Showdown. He would finish second to Jason Bowles, the highest finish for anyone from the Canadian Tire Series. During the 2011 season Kennington won the events at Kawartha and Auto Clearing Speedway to finish Second in the Points standings. In the 2012 Canadian Tire season Kennington went to win a NASCAR touring record of 5 consecutive races at Canadian Tire Motorsport Park, Delaware Speedway, Motoplex Speedway, Edmonton Indy and Auto Clearing Motor Speedway; he won seven total races during the season on his way to the 2012 series championship.[11]

Hooters Procup Series

In 2004 and 2005 he ran a partial schedule in the USAR Hooters Procup Series as an owner/driver for DJK Racing.

Motorsports career results

NASCAR

(key) (Bold – Pole position awarded by qualifying time. Italics – Pole position earned by points standings or practice time. * – Most laps led.)

Monster Energy Cup Series

Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series results
Year Team No. Make 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 29 30 31 32 33 34 35 36 MENCC Pts
2016 Premium Motorsports 55 Chevy DAY ATL LVS PHO CAL MAR TEX BRI RCH TAL KAN DOV CLT POC MCH SON DAY KEN NHA IND POC GLN BRI MCH DAR RCH CHI NHA DOV CLT KAN TAL MAR TEX PHO
35
HOM 60th 01
2017 Gaunt Brothers Racing 96 Toyota DAY
36
ATL LVS PHO CAL MAR TEX BRI RCH TAL
DNQ
KAN CLT DOV POC MCH SON 39th 17
Premium Motorsports 15 Toyota DAY
38
KEN NHA IND POC GLN MCH BRI DAR RCH CHI NHA DOV CLT
55 TAL
33
KAN MAR TEX
15 Chevy PHO
26
HOM
Daytona 500
Year Team Manufacturer Start Finish
2017 Gaunt Brothers Racing Toyota 28 36

Xfinity Series

NASCAR Xfinity Series results
Year Team No. Make 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 29 30 31 32 33 34 35 NXSC Pts
2006 MacDonald Motorsports 72 Chevy DAY CAL MXC LVS ATL BRI TEX NSH PHO TAL RCH DAR CLT DOV NSH KEN MLW DAY CHI NHA MAR GTY IRP GLN MCH BRI
DNQ
CAL RCH DOV KAN CLT MEM
27
TEX 121st 82
Dodge PHO
DNQ
HOM
DNQ
2007 DAY CAL MXC LVS ATL BRI NSH TEX PHO
27
TAL RCH
39
DAR CLT DOV
23
NSH KEN MLW
26
NHA DAY CHI GTY IRP
25
CGV
37
GLN MCH BRI
30
CAL RCH
36
DOV KAN
29
CLT
DNQ
MEM
43
TEX
DNQ
PHO
43
HOM
DNQ
56th 719
2008 81 DAY
33
CAL
26
LVS
29
ATL
34
BRI
34
NSH
34
TEX
30
PHO
26
MXC
25
TAL
26
RCH
27
DAR
20
CLT DOV NSH
23
KEN
26
MLW
24
NHA DAY
29
CHI
31
GTY IRP CGV
27
GLN MCH
29
BRI
29
CAL RCH
27
DOV KAN CLT
25
MEM
20
TEX
31
PHO
22
HOM
26
24th 2099
2009 DAY
17
CAL
24
LVS
33
BRI TEX NSH PHO
23
TAL
19
RCH
24
DAR CLT DOV NSH KEN MLW NHA DAY CHI GTY IRP IOW GLN MCH BRI 66th 625
Specialty Racing 61 Ford CGV
32
ATL RCH DOV KAN CAL CLT MEM TEX PHO HOM
2010 Team Rensi Motorsports 24 Ford DAY CAL LVS BRI NSH PHO TEX TAL RCH DAR DOV CLT NSH KEN ROA NHA DAY CHI GTY IRP IOW GLN MCH BRI CGV
11
ATL RCH DOV KAN CAL CLT GTY TEX PHO HOM 103rd 130
2011 Jennifer Jo Cobb Racing 13 Dodge DAY PHO LVS BRI CAL TEX TAL NSH RCH DAR DOV IOW CLT CHI MCH ROA DAY KEN NHA NSH IRP IOW GLN CGV
40
BRI ATL RCH CHI DOV KAN CLT TEX 75th 15
MacDonald Motorsports 80 Dodge PHO
33
HOM
2016 MBM Motorsports 13 Dodge DAY ATL LVS PHO
36
CAL TEX BRI RCH TAL DOV CLT POC MCH IOW DAY KEN NHA IND IOW GLN MOH BRI ROA DAR RCH CHI KEN DOV CLT KAN TEX 69th 16
B. J. McLeod Motorsports 15 Ford PHO
30
HOM

Camping World Truck Series

NASCAR Camping World Truck Series results
Year Team No. Make 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 NCWTC Pts
2010 Rick Ware Racing 6 Chevy DAY ATL MAR
17
NSH KAN DOV CLT TEX MCH IOW GTY IRP POC NSH DAR BRI CHI KEN NHA LVS MAR TAL TEX PHO HOM 93rd 112
2013 Rick Ware Racing 1 Chevy DAY MAR CAR KAN CLT DOV TEX KEN IOW ELD POC MCH BRI MSP IOW CHI LVS TAL MAR TEX PHO
35
61st 26
84 HOM
26
2016 Premium Motorsports 49 Chevy DAY ATL MAR KAN DOV CLT TEX IOW GTW KEN ELD POC BRI MCH MSP
14
CHI NHA LVS TAL MAR
23
TEX PHO HOM 93rd 01
2017 Gaunt Brothers Racing 96 Toyota DAY ATL MAR KAN CLT DOV TEX GTW IOW KEN ELD POC MCH BRI MSP
14
CHI NHA LVS -* 01*
Premium Motorsports 15 Chevy TAL
15
MAR TEX PHO HOM

Canadian Tire Series

NASCAR Canadian Tire Series results
Year Team No. Make 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 Rank Points
2007 DJK Racing 17 Dodge HAM
25
MOS
5
BAR
1*
MPS
5
EDM
4
MTL
4
MOS2
10
CTR
12
HAM2
3
BAR2
1
RIS
3
KWA
25
2nd 1793
2008 HAM
22
MOS
2
BAR
3
ASE
2
MPS
5
EDM
5
MTL
4
MOS2
3
CTR
4
HAM2
10
BAR2
7
RIS
21
KWA
2
3rd 1972
2009 ASE
16
DEL
1*
MOS
4
ASE
2
MPS
4
EDM
16
SAS
3
MOS2
3*
CTR
3
MTL
4
BAR
10
RIS
18
KWA
1
2nd 2023
2010 DEL
1*
MOS
6
ASE
1
TOR
3
EDM
15
MPS
2*
SAS
1*
CTR
4
MOS2
6
MTL
28
BAR
1
RIS
1*
KWA
3
1st 2117
2011 MOS
5
ICAR
20
DEL
3
MOS2
1
TOR
5
MPS
2*
SAS
2*
CTR
9
MTL
-18
BAR
7
RIS
4
KWA
1*
2nd 1881
2012 MOS
2
ICAR
5
MOS2
1*
DEL
1*
MPS
1*
EDM
1
SAS
1
CTR
5
MTL
5
BAR
21
RIS
1*
KWA
1
1st 517
2013 MOS
4
DEL
4
MOS2
10
ICAR
6
MPS
9
SAS
4
ASE
16
CTR
1
RIS
2
MOS3
4
BAR
2
KWA
4
2nd 471
2014 MOS
5
ACD
7
ICAR
12
EIR
5
SAS
8
ASE
9
CTR
18
RIS
3
MOS2
7
BAR
3
KWA
5
3rd 402
2015 MOS
4
ACD
3
SSS
16
ICAR
9
EIR
4
SAS
16
ASE
5
CTR
7
RIS
16
MOS2
4
KWA
3
7th 382

* Season still in progress
1 Ineligible for series points

Gallery

References

  1. ^ D.J. Kennington's big break: Can a journeyman driver from small-town Ontario make history at the Daytona 500? - Nick Faris, National Post, 17 February 2017
  2. ^ McCallum, Ian (November 15, 2016). "St. Thomas driver D.J. Kennington made his NASCAR Sprint Cup Series debut Sunday in Phoenix". St. Thomas Times-Journal. Retrieved January 18, 2017. 
  3. ^ "GAUNT BROTHERS RACING SETS '17 SCHEDULE; KENNINGTON TO COMPETE AT DAYTONA". NASCAR. January 18, 2017. Retrieved January 18, 2017. 
  4. ^ Southers, Tim (February 24, 2017). "DJ Kennington celebrates making first Daytona 500". Motorsport.com. Retrieved February 25, 2017. 
  5. ^ Jayski's® Silly Season Site - 2008 Nationwide Series Drivers/Team Table
  6. ^ D.J. Kennington Career Statistics - Racing-Reference.info
  7. ^ "2013 Lucas Oil 150". Racing-Reference. USA Today Sports Media Group. Retrieved 2013-11-09. 
  8. ^ "2016 NASCAR Camping World Truck Series Results". Racing-Reference. Retrieved August 28, 2017. 
  9. ^ Wilson, Steven B. (August 28, 2017). "Gaunt Brothers Racing, DJ Kennington to Compete in NASCAR Truck Race". Speedway Digest. Retrieved August 28, 2017. 
  10. ^ [1] Archived September 26, 2009, at the Wayback Machine.
  11. ^ McNulty, Dean (September 22, 2012). "Kennington wins race, NASCAR Canadian Tire Series title". Welland Tribune. Welland, ONT. Retrieved 2012-09-23. 

External links

  • Official website
  • D. J. Kennington driver statistics at Racing-Reference
Sporting positions
Preceded by
Andrew Ranger
NASCAR Canadian Tire Series Champion
2010
Succeeded by
Scott Steckly
Preceded by
Scott Steckly
NASCAR Canadian Tire Series Champion
2012
Succeeded by
Scott Steckly
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