D. J. Kennington
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 Dodge Challenger for his own team DJK Racing. He won the 2010 and 2012 Pinty's Series championships. Kennington also competes part-time in the NASCAR Xfinity Series, driving the No. 99 Toyota Supra for B. J. McLeod Motorsports, and part-time in the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series, driving the No. 77 Chevrolet Camaro ZL1 for Spire Motorsports. He is the son of Doug Kennington, a CASCAR driver and founder of St. Thomas Raceway Park.
|D. J. Kennington|
Kennington in 2015
|Born||Douglas James Kennington|
July 15, 1977
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|
|16 races run over 4 years|
|Car no., team||No. 77 (Spire Motorsports)|
|Best finish||39th (2017)|
|First race||2016 Can-Am 500 (Phoenix)|
|Last race||2019 STP 500 (Martinsville)|
|NASCAR Xfinity Series career|
|51 races run over 8 years|
|Car no., team||No. 99 (B.J. McLeod Motorsports)|
|Best finish||24th (2008)|
|First race||2006 Sam's Town 250 (Memphis)|
|Last race||2019 NASCAR Racing Experience 300 (Daytona)|
|NASCAR Gander Outdoors Truck Series career|
|11 races run over 5 years|
|Best finish||40th (2018)|
|First race||2010 Kroger 250 (Martinsville)|
|Last race||2018 Ford EcoBoost 200 (Homestead)|
|NASCAR Pinty's Series career|
|232 races run over 22 years|
|Car no., team||No. 17 (DJK Racing)|
|Best finish||1st (2010, 2012)|
|First race||1998 Mopar 300 (Calgary)|
|Last race||2018 Pinty’s Fall Brawl 200 (Jukasa)|
|First win||2001 Blue Streak Presents the Mosport 250 (Bowmanville)|
|Last win||2019 APC 200 (Jukasa)|
|Statistics current as of June 11th, 2019.|
Monster Energy Cup SeriesEdit
Kennington made his Sprint Cup Series debut at the 2016 Can-Am 500 at Phoenix in the No. 55 for Premium Motorsports, where he finished 35th. In 2017, he joined newly-formed Gaunt Brothers Racing to run the Daytona 500 in the No. 96 Toyota Camry. He qualified in 28th after racing his way in during the second Can-Am Duel qualifying race, but got collected in a 16-car crash on lap 129. He attempted to qualify again for the team at Talladega, but failed to do so. He ran the No. 15 Premium Motorsports at Daytona in July.
In 2018, Kennington returned to Gaunt Brothers Racing, with the team attempting a part-time schedule in the No. 96. At Bristol, Kennington, who is Canadian, ran a paint scheme in memorium following the Humboldt Broncos bus crash. He finished 27th in the tribute car, with the hood being auctioned for charity. For the FireKeepers Casino 400 at Michigan, Kennington drove the No. 7 for Premium Motorsports.
In 2007–2009 he ran the Nationwide Series part-time for MacDonald Motorsports in a Dodge Charger. He has over 30 starts but has never cracked the Top 10. 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. Kennington has also raced for Jennifer Jo Cobb Racing in the NASCAR Nationwide Series in 2011 Montreal event.
Camping World Truck SeriesEdit
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. Three years later, Kennington ran two Truck races for Premium Motorsports at Canadian Tire Motorsports Park and Martinsville Speedway, finishing 14th and 23rd, respectively. In 2017, he and Gaunt Brothers Racing contested the Truck race at Mosport in the No. 96 Toyota Tundra. He rejoined Premium Motorsports' No. 15 truck at Talladega where he finished 15th.
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. 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. At Jukasa Motor Speedway at the end of September 2018, Kennington claimed his first career win since 2013.
Hooters Procup SeriesEdit
In 2004 and 2005 he ran a partial schedule in the USAR Hooters Procup Series as an owner/driver for DJK Racing.
Motorsports career resultsEdit
(key) (Bold – Pole position awarded by qualifying time. Italics – Pole position earned by points standings or practice time. * – Most laps led.)
Monster Energy Cup SeriesEdit
|2017||Gaunt Brothers Racing||Toyota||28||36|
Camping World Truck SeriesEdit
|NASCAR Camping World Truck Series results|
|2010||Rick Ware Racing||6||Chevy||DAY||ATL||MAR
|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
|2017||Gaunt Brothers Racing||96||Toyota||DAY||ATL||MAR||KAN||CLT||DOV||TEX||GTW||IOW||KEN||ELD||POC||MCH||BRI||MSP
Busch North SeriesEdit
|NASCAR Busch North Series results|
|1999||Info not available||LEE||RPS
K&N Pro Series WestEdit
|NASCAR K&N Pro Series West results|
|2011||Bill McAnally Racing||12||Toyota||PHO
Whelen Modified TourEdit
|NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour results|
* Season still in progress
1 Ineligible for series points
Kennington in 2010 at Circuit Gilles Villeneuve
- 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
- 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.
- "GAUNT BROTHERS RACING SETS '17 SCHEDULE; KENNINGTON TO COMPETE AT DAYTONA". NASCAR. January 18, 2017. Retrieved January 18, 2017.
- Southers, Tim (February 24, 2017). "DJ Kennington celebrates making first Daytona 500". Motorsport.com. Retrieved February 25, 2017.
- Hembree, Mike (April 14, 2018). "Canadian D.J. Kennington has drive to honor tragedy-stricken hockey team". USA Today. Retrieved June 4, 2018.
- Long, Dustin (April 16, 2018). "Gaunt Brothers Racing to auction hood for Humboldt Broncos charity". NBC Sports. Retrieved June 4, 2018.
- "2018 Food City 500". Racing-Reference. Retrieved June 4, 2018.
- "DJ Kennington to Drive the Premium Motorsports #7 in the Irish Hills with APC". Premium Motorsports. June 5, 2018. Retrieved June 5, 2018.
- "Spire Motorsports partners with Go-Parts for STP 500". Spire Motorsports. March 20, 2019. Retrieved March 20, 2019.
- Jayski's® Silly Season Site - 2008 Nationwide Series Drivers/Team Table
- D.J. Kennington Career Statistics - Racing-Reference.info
- "2013 Lucas Oil 150". Racing-Reference. USA Today Sports Media Group. Retrieved 2013-11-09.
- "2016 NASCAR Camping World Truck Series Results". Racing-Reference. Retrieved August 28, 2017.
- Wilson, Steven B. (August 28, 2017). "Gaunt Brothers Racing, DJ Kennington to Compete in NASCAR Truck Race". Speedway Digest. Retrieved August 28, 2017.
-  Archived September 26, 2009, at the Wayback Machine
- McNulty, Dean (September 22, 2012). "Kennington wins race, NASCAR Canadian Tire Series title". Welland Tribune. Welland, ONT. Retrieved 2012-09-23.
- "D. J. Kennington – 2007 NASCAR Canadian Tire Series Results". Racing-Reference. Retrieved March 7, 2018.
- "D. J. Kennington – 2008 NASCAR Canadian Tire Series Results". Racing-Reference. Retrieved March 7, 2018.
- "D. J. Kennington – 2009 NASCAR Canadian Tire Series Results". Racing-Reference. Retrieved March 7, 2018.
- "D. J. Kennington – 2010 NASCAR Canadian Tire Series Results". Racing-Reference. Retrieved March 7, 2018.
- "D. J. Kennington – 2011 NASCAR Canadian Tire Series Results". Racing-Reference. Retrieved March 7, 2018.
- "D. J. Kennington – 2012 NASCAR Canadian Tire Series Results". Racing-Reference. Retrieved March 7, 2018.
- "D. J. Kennington – 2013 NASCAR Canadian Tire Series Results". Racing-Reference. Retrieved March 7, 2018.
- "D. J. Kennington – 2014 NASCAR Canadian Tire Series Results". Racing-Reference. Retrieved March 7, 2018.
- "D. J. Kennington – 2015 NASCAR Canadian Tire Series Results". Racing-Reference. Retrieved March 7, 2018.
- "D. J. Kennington – 2016 NASCAR Pinty's Series Results". Racing-Reference. Retrieved March 7, 2018.
- "D. J. Kennington – 2017 NASCAR Pinty's Series Results". Racing-Reference. Retrieved March 7, 2018.
- "D. J. Kennington – 2018 NASCAR Pinty's Series Results". Racing-Reference. Retrieved October 15, 2018.
- "D. J. Kennington – 2019 NASCAR Pinty's Series Results". Racing-Reference. Retrieved June 10, 2019.
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