Feb 25

Andrew Ranger 7th and Kennington in the top-ten at Phoenix

DJ Kennington was back racing this past Thursday night at Phoenix International Raceway

DJ KenningtonNASCAR K&N Pro SeriesFollowing an incredible second place finish in the NASCAR All Star Showdown at Irwindale, California Kennington picked up another ride with Bill McAnally Racing for the K & N Pro Series event at Phoenix International Raceway and gained thirteen positions during the race to score a top-ten finish.

Action began with Kennington behind the wheel of the #12 Northern Provincial Pipelines/Castrol Edge car for practice and finding the speed they wanted was a struggle. Kennington would qualify with the 23rd fastest time for the 100 lap feature event.

As the race began DJ used the initial laps to assess the handling and feel of the #12 NPP/Castrol Edge machine and with a caution period even before lap 20 he chose to bring his car to pit road for service. “We wanted make a stop early and do any adjustments then and hopefully be in a good position with track position for the end of the race” said Kennington.

When the racing resumed Kennington did push the #12 NPP/Castrol Edge car forward into the top-ten and ran as high as fourth position. “It felt good to run up front” said the driver. “But it wasn’t even half way yet and there was plenty of action going on” he added.

As the race progressed the handling of his #12 NPP/Castrol Edge ride began to go away and Kennington was forced to pit again during another caution period. “That pit stop put us back in the field and our strategy was to try and go hard and get what we could in the remaining laps” he explained.

When racing resumed Kennington charged forward and when the checkered flag waved the #12 NPP/Castrol Edge car claimed a tenth place finish. “I think we did really well after not having a great qualifying spot” said Kennington. “I have to thank Dwight Kennedy and Northern Provincial Pipelines and of course Bill McAnally Racing for this opportunity, hopefully we can do it again soon”.

Of Note: The pre season edition of the 2011 Hunter Index Rankings, a monthly power poll that highlights the top development series drivers, was released on Thursday February 24th and DJ Kennington placed fourth on the basis his 2010 NASCAR Canadian Tire Series Championship along with his strong second place showing at the NASCAR All Star Showdown at Irwindale, California.

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source: Todd Lewis & TL Sports & Entertainment, Photo: Getty Images for NASCAR