Kennington Romps To Fifth Straight
SASKATOON, Saskatchewan — The Kennington Express continued to rumble across Canada Wednesday as D.J. Kennington scored his fifth straight win in the NASCAR Canadian Tire Series presented by Mobil 1 at Auto Clearing Motor Speedway.
With each win, the 2010 series champion from of St. Thomas, Ontario, has extended the series record for consecutive victories. Kennington’s win at Saskatoon also puts him atop the list of career series victories, with 16.
Kennington, who started fifth on the grid in his No. 17 Castrol Edge/Mahindra Tractors Dodge, led briefly just past the midway point of the race before being passed by Jason Hathaway.
Kennington gained the lead back when Hathaway’s car broke on a lap 196-restart. From there he held off numerous challenges from pole-sitter J.R. Fitzpatrick and Mark Dilley. Kennington held on for the win, despite contact with Dilley in turn three on the last lap. Dilley took second, with Fitzpatrick crossing the line in third. Defending series champion Scott Steckly finished fourth, with Jim White in fifth.
The 250-lap race featured five lead changes among four drivers – Kennington, Fitzpatrick, Steckly and Hathaway. The pace of the event was slowed by six cautions covering 46 laps.
Kennington became the first driver with multiple wins on the .333-mile Saskatoon track, having also won there in 2010.
In the standings, Kennington has opened a formidable lead of 41 points over Steckly with Ranger and Fitzpatrick holding down the third and fourth positions, respectively.
D.J. Kennington, Mark Dilley, J.R. Fitzpatrick, Scott Steckly, Jim White, Kamloops, Andrew Ranger, L.P. Dumoulin, Ron Beauchamp Jr., Nick Jewell, Martin Roy, Jarrad Whissell, Mike Scholz, Ryley Seibert, Dan Shirley, Bob De Lorme, Noel Dowler, Jason Hankewich, Nathan Weenk, James Van Domselaar, Jason White, Jason Hathaway, Trevor Seibert.