D. J. Kennington

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D. J. Kennington
17 D.J. Kennington.jpg
Kennington in 2015
BornDouglas James Kennington
(1977-07-15) July 15, 1977 (age 41)
St. Thomas, Ontario
Achievements2010, 2012 NASCAR Canadian Tire Series Champion
Awards2008 NASCAR Canadian Tire Series Most Popular Driver
Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series career
16 races run over 4 years
Car no., teamNo. 77 (Spire Motorsports)
2018 position53rd
Best finish39th (2017)
First race2016 Can-Am 500 (Phoenix)
Last race2019 STP 500 (Martinsville)
Wins Top tens Poles
0 0 0
NASCAR Xfinity Series career
51 races run over 8 years
Car no., teamNo. 99 (B.J. McLeod Motorsports)
2016 position69th
Best finish24th (2008)
First race2006 Sam's Town 250 (Memphis)
Last race2019 NASCAR Racing Experience 300 (Daytona)
Wins Top tens Poles
0 0 0
NASCAR Gander Outdoors Truck Series career
11 races run over 5 years
2018 position40th
Best finish40th (2018)
First race2010 Kroger 250 (Martinsville)
Last race2018 Ford EcoBoost 200 (Homestead)
Wins Top tens Poles
0 0 0
NASCAR Pinty's Series career
230 races run over 21 years
Car no., teamNo. 17 (DJK Racing)
2018 position3rd
Best finish1st (2010, 2012)
First race1998 Mopar 300 (Calgary)
Last race2018 Pinty’s Fall Brawl 200 (Jukasa)
First win2001 Blue Streak Presents the Mosport 250 (Bowmanville)
Last win2018 Pinty’s Fall Brawl 200 (Jukasa)
Wins Top tens Poles
27 185 21
Statistics current as of March 24, 2019.

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.[1]

Racing career[edit]

Monster Energy Cup Series[edit]

Kennington's car at Daytona International Speedway.

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.[2] In 2017, he joined newly-formed Gaunt Brothers Racing to run the Daytona 500 in the No. 96 Toyota Camry.[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. 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.[5] He finished 27th in the tribute car, with the hood being auctioned for charity.[6][7] For the FireKeepers Casino 400 at Michigan, Kennington drove the No. 7 for Premium Motorsports.[8]

For the 2019 STP 500, Kennington joined Spire Motorsports' No. 77 Chevrolet.[9]

Xfinity Series[edit]

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.[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.[11] Kennington has also raced for Jennifer Jo Cobb Racing in the NASCAR Nationwide Series in 2011 Montreal event.

Camping World Truck Series[edit]

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.[12] Three years later, Kennington ran two Truck races for Premium Motorsports at Canadian Tire Motorsports Park and Martinsville Speedway, finishing 14th and 23rd, respectively.[13] In 2017, he and Gaunt Brothers Racing contested the Truck race at Mosport in the No. 96 Toyota Tundra.[14] He rejoined Premium Motorsports' No. 15 truck at Talladega where he finished 15th.

Pinty's Series[edit]

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.[15] 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.[16] At Jukasa Motor Speedway at the end of September, Kennington claimed his first career win since 2013.

Hooters Procup Series[edit]

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[edit]

NASCAR[edit]

(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[edit]

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
2018 Gaunt Brothers Racing 96 Toyota DAY
24
ATL LVS PHO
31
CAL MAR
28
TEX BRI
27
RCH TAL
20
DOV KAN CLT POC DAY
13
KEN NHA POC GLN MCH BRI DAR IND LVS RCH CLT DOV MAR
27
TEX 53rd 01
Premium Motorsports 7 Chevy MCH
34
SON CHI TAL
34
KAN PHO
27
HOM
2019 Spire Motorsports 77 Chevy DAY ATL LVS PHO CAL MAR
32
TEX BRI RCH TAL DOV KAN CLT POC MCH SON CHI DAY KEN NHA POC GLN MCH BRI DAR IND LVS RCH CLT DOV TAL KAN MAR TEX PHO HOM
Daytona 500[edit]
Year Team Manufacturer Start Finish
2017 Gaunt Brothers Racing Toyota 28 36
2018 30 24

Xfinity Series[edit]

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
2019 B. J. McLeod Motorsports 99 Toyota DAY
33
ATL LVS PHO CAL TEX BRI RCH TAL DOV CLT POC MCH IOW CHI DAY KEN NHA IOW GLN MOH BRI ROA DAR IND LVS RCH CLT DOV KAN TEX PHO HOM -* -*

Camping World Truck Series[edit]

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 88th 01
Premium Motorsports 15 Chevy TAL
15
MAR TEX PHO HOM
2018 49 DAY ATL LVS MAR DOV KAN CLT TEX IOW GTW CHI KEN ELD POC MCH BRI MSP
12
LVS TAL MAR
25
TEX PHO
21
HOM
26
40th 65

Busch North Series[edit]

NASCAR Busch North 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 NBNSC Pts
1999 Info not available LEE RPS
DNQ
NHA TMP NZH HOL BEE JEN GLN STA NHA NZH STA NHA GLN EPP THU BEE NHA LRP N/A -

K&N Pro Series West[edit]

NASCAR K&N Pro Series West results
Year Team No. Make 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 NKNPSWC Pts
2011 Bill McAnally Racing 12 Toyota PHO
10
AAS MMP IOW LVS SON IRW EVG PIR CNS MRP SRP AAS 48th 264
81 PHO
11
2012 PHO
10
LHC MMP S99 IOW BIR LVS SON EVG CNS IOW PIR SMP AAS PHO 62nd 34
2013 PHO
7
S99 BIR IOW L44 SON CNS IOW EVG SRP MMP SMP AAS KCR 44th 55
Dwight Kennedy Dodge PHO
26
2014 PHO
5
IRW S99 IOW KCR SON SLS CNS IOW EVG KCR MMP AAS PHO
7
31st 76
2015 Toyota KCR IRW TUS IOW SHA SON SLS IOW EVG CNS MER AAS PHO
9
49th 35

Whelen Modified Tour[edit]

NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour results
Year Car owner No. Make 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 NWMTC Pts
2011 Ron Sheridan 17 Dodge TMP STA STA MND TMP NHA RIV STA NHA BRI DEL
8
TMP LRP NHA STA TMP 42nd 142

Pinty's Series[edit]

NASCAR Pinty's Series results
Year Team No. Make 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 NPSC Pts Ref
2007 DJK Racing 17 Dodge HAM
25
MSP
5
BAR
1*
MPS
5
EDM
4
CGV
4
MSP
10
CTR
12
HAM
3
BAR
1
RIS
3
KWA
25
2nd 1793 [17]
2008 HAM
22
MSP
2
BAR
3
ASE
2
MPS
5
EDM
5
CGV
4
MSP
3
CTR
4
HAM
10
BAR
7
RIS
21
KWA
2
3rd 1972 [18]
2009 ASE
16
DEL
1*
MSP
4
ASE
2
MPS
4
EDM
16
SAS
3
MSP
3*
CTR
3
CGV
4
BAR
10
RIS
18
KWA
1
2nd 2023 [19]
2010 DEL
1*
MSP
6
ASE
1
TOR
3
EDM
15
MPS
2*
SAS
1*
CTR
4
MSP
6
CGV
28
BAR
1
RIS
1*
KWA
3
1st 2117 [20]
2011 MSP
5
ICAR
20
DEL
3
MSP
1
TOR
5
MPS
2*
SAS
2*
CTR
9
CGV
18
BAR
7
RIS
4
KWA
1*
2nd 1881 [21]
2012 MSP
2
ICAR
5
MSP
1*
DEL
1*
MPS
1*
EDM
1
SAS
1
CTR
5
CGV
5
BAR
21
RIS
1*
KWA
1
1st 517 [22]
2013 MSP
4
DEL
4
MSP
10
ICAR
6
MPS
9
SAS
4
ASE
16
CTR
1
RIS
2
MSP
4
BAR
2
KWA
4
2nd 471 [23]
2014 MSP
5
ACD
7
ICAR
12
EIR
5
SAS
8
ASE
9
CTR
18
RIS
3
MSP
7
BAR
3
KWA
5
3rd 402 [24]
2015 MSP
4
ACD
3
SSS
16
ICAR
9
EIR
4
SAS
16
ASE
5
CTR
7
RIS
16
MSP
4
KWA
3
7th 382 [25]
2016 MSP
3
SSS
6
ACD
10
ICAR
4
TOR
25
EIR
10
SAS
6
CTR
9
RIS
8
MSP
8
ASE
2*
KWA
4
6th 438 [26]
2017 MSP
17
DEL
3
ACD
4
ICAR
8
TOR
6
SAS
2
SAS
2*
EIR
6
CTR
8
RIS
3
MSP
9
ASE
7
JUK
17
5th 486 [27]
2018 MSP
4
JUK
6
ACD
5
TOR
8
SAS
5
SAS
5
EIR
5
CTR
6
RIS
3
MSP
6
ASE
7
NHA
5
JUK
1*
3rd 511 [28]

* Season still in progress
1 Ineligible for series points

Gallery[edit]

References[edit]

  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. ^ Hembree, Mike (April 14, 2018). "Canadian D.J. Kennington has drive to honor tragedy-stricken hockey team". USA Today. Retrieved June 4, 2018.
  6. ^ Long, Dustin (April 16, 2018). "Gaunt Brothers Racing to auction hood for Humboldt Broncos charity". NBC Sports. Retrieved June 4, 2018.
  7. ^ "2018 Food City 500". Racing-Reference. Retrieved June 4, 2018.
  8. ^ "DJ Kennington to Drive the Premium Motorsports #7 in the Irish Hills with APC". Premium Motorsports. June 5, 2018. Retrieved June 5, 2018.
  9. ^ "Spire Motorsports partners with Go-Parts for STP 500". Spire Motorsports. March 20, 2019. Retrieved March 20, 2019.
  10. ^ Jayski's® Silly Season Site - 2008 Nationwide Series Drivers/Team Table
  11. ^ D.J. Kennington Career Statistics - Racing-Reference.info
  12. ^ "2013 Lucas Oil 150". Racing-Reference. USA Today Sports Media Group. Retrieved 2013-11-09.
  13. ^ "2016 NASCAR Camping World Truck Series Results". Racing-Reference. Retrieved August 28, 2017.
  14. ^ Wilson, Steven B. (August 28, 2017). "Gaunt Brothers Racing, DJ Kennington to Compete in NASCAR Truck Race". Speedway Digest. Retrieved August 28, 2017.
  15. ^ [1] Archived September 26, 2009, at the Wayback Machine
  16. ^ McNulty, Dean (September 22, 2012). "Kennington wins race, NASCAR Canadian Tire Series title". Welland Tribune. Welland, ONT. Retrieved 2012-09-23.
  17. ^ "D. J. Kennington – 2007 NASCAR Canadian Tire Series Results". Racing-Reference. Retrieved March 7, 2018.
  18. ^ "D. J. Kennington – 2008 NASCAR Canadian Tire Series Results". Racing-Reference. Retrieved March 7, 2018.
  19. ^ "D. J. Kennington – 2009 NASCAR Canadian Tire Series Results". Racing-Reference. Retrieved March 7, 2018.
  20. ^ "D. J. Kennington – 2010 NASCAR Canadian Tire Series Results". Racing-Reference. Retrieved March 7, 2018.
  21. ^ "D. J. Kennington – 2011 NASCAR Canadian Tire Series Results". Racing-Reference. Retrieved March 7, 2018.
  22. ^ "D. J. Kennington – 2012 NASCAR Canadian Tire Series Results". Racing-Reference. Retrieved March 7, 2018.
  23. ^ "D. J. Kennington – 2013 NASCAR Canadian Tire Series Results". Racing-Reference. Retrieved March 7, 2018.
  24. ^ "D. J. Kennington – 2014 NASCAR Canadian Tire Series Results". Racing-Reference. Retrieved March 7, 2018.
  25. ^ "D. J. Kennington – 2015 NASCAR Canadian Tire Series Results". Racing-Reference. Retrieved March 7, 2018.
  26. ^ "D. J. Kennington – 2016 NASCAR Pinty's Series Results". Racing-Reference. Retrieved March 7, 2018.
  27. ^ "D. J. Kennington – 2017 NASCAR Pinty's Series Results". Racing-Reference. Retrieved March 7, 2018.
  28. ^ "D. J. Kennington – 2018 NASCAR Pinty's Series Results". Racing-Reference. Retrieved October 15, 2018.

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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