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Dec 10

Kennington honoured at NASCAR Night of Champions

Dowler recognized at NASCAR awards

DJ Kennington Awards Gala with TrophyNoel Dowler & Chris Wright at AwardsDriver of the #17 Castrol Edge Dodge DJ Kennington was recognized for his superb season this past weekend at the annual NASCAR Night of Champions Awards Gala. The event took place at the NASCAR Hall of Fame in Charlotte, NC and Kennington along with the race team were acknowledged for their tremendous season in which they set records for most victories and most top five finishes in a single season and Kennington claimed his second NASCAR Canadian Tire Series title.

The gala event concluded nearly a full week of events and celebrations for Kennington, the #17 Castrol Edge Dodge team and other NASCAR Touring Series Champions that included photo shoots, media events and a very competitive race at a local Kart track. “It’s just a really great week for all of us” said Kennington. “We really get the royal treatment from everyone and I’m happy for all my guys that came down to get the recognition they deserve as well, none of this would have been possible without all of their hard work” he added.

The highlight of the week of course is the black tie awards gala that took place Saturday night at the NASCAR Hall of Fame. During the awards presentation Kennington received his second series Championship ring from NASCAR President Mike Helton.

2012 has been a special year for Kennington both on and off the track and his heartfelt thoughts recognize how thankful he is for all that’s been achieved.

“In the spring I got married to my wonderful wife Jaimie, shortly after we found out we were going to have our first child, we had an incredibly successful year at the track winning seven races and a championship, and just over a week ago my wife delivered our son Chase. I miss them and I love them and wish they could have been in Charlotte with me but it wasn’t possible. But I’m heading home right after the awards to see them”.

After such a dominant season and with his second championship in the last three years Kennington knows that he will be the man everyone is targeting next season. “Everyone in the series does their homework and gets better every year” explained Kennington. “We know we’ll have to be better too. It’s a big boost to us that Castrol is solidly behind us again in 2013; I wouldn’t be where I am in racing without them. And Mahindra Tractors has also confirmed they’ll be back with us next season, they’ve been a great partner for our program. Having that kind of support and stability gives us the opportunity of getting to work early on next season”.

Race fans are encouraged to keep up to date with the latest DJK Racing team news in several ways. Race fans should bookmark the team website www.djkracing.ca and follow them on twitter, @djkracing and fans should also “like” the team Facebook Page DJK Racing.

Dowler recognized at NASCAR awards

Sherwood Park, Alberta’s Noel Dowler, driver of the #5 EMCO-Kohler/Rheem Dodge in the NASCAR Canadian Tire Series showed continuous improvement on the race track in his first full season of competition in 2012. The young man scored five top ten finishes during the season including his first series podium result at the very difficult Barrie Speedway. For these accomplishments Dowler was presented with the series “Driver Achievement Award” during the annual NASCAR Touring Grand Champions Ceremony.

“It’s a great honour to be recognized like this in our first full season of competition” stated Dowler. “I’m so proud of our whole team, everyone worked so hard all year, we’re improving every week and I can’t wait to get started in 2013” he added.

The NASCAR Canadian Tire Series race schedule for 2013 was announced during the weekend and the #5 EMCO-Kohler/Rheem Dodge team is looking forward to getting back in action.

“We’ve got eight oval events next year and I’m excited about that” said Dowler. “I’m really enjoying the challenge of getting into a rhythm on the ovals and we’re all focused on building for even more success in 2013” he added.

Though the calendar has yet to flip to the New Year, plans are already being cemented for 2013. “We’re very happy to have all of our partners with EMCO, Kohler and Rheem on board for another season. They have been really supportive, I get to see it firsthand when I make a visit to the dealer locations and it’s very special”.

“We’re also planning on doing some racing during Speedweeks in February to learn and gain some more experience. I think it will really give us a boost for the Canadian Tire Series competition as well”.

The entire #5 EMCO-Kohler/Rheem Dodge team would like to wish everyone a Happy and Safe Holiday season. We look forward to seeing everyone at the races again in 2013. For more information about Noel Dowler log onto www.apollomotorsports.ca and follow him on twitter, @noeldowler.

source: Todd Lewis & TL Sports & Entertainment, tlsportsent.com, photo : Getty Images for NASCAR