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D.J. Kennington Battles Back to Come Up Shy of Championship

By: Ashley McCubbin

LONDON, Ontario — The final standings will show that D.J. Kennington placed third in the standings, just a mere 11 markers behind L.P. Dumoulin. However, that does not begin to tell the story of the season, or even this past weekend at Delaware Speedway.

With this being his home track, the goal was simple – make sure everybody knew they were there that weekend. He ensured that, by winning the initial two of three races across the three days, including a bump and run to win on the first.

Unfortunately, he was unable to sweep the weekend, having to rebound from a spin midway through the Pinty’s Fall Brawl to finish fifth.

“Really happy; the first race, the car was awesome,” he told NEWS FROM THE PITS. “The Castrol Edge / Spark Power Dodge was good all weekend – can’t complain at all. We had a rough go in the second one with two flat tires and Brandon Watson got loose there in three and hit us and spun us out and cut a tire, but that’s just hard racing. What do you do? You fight back and get back in the top-five, so we’ll take it and run with it.

“They knew they were here this weekend. Delaware Speedway is my home track and I love it here, and I love Luke and everybody and what they’ve done. I can’t wait for next year.”

The weekend followed the year he had as a whole, with a bit of highs and lows. The veteran started the year off with a 17th at Sunset Speedway due to a fuel-pump failure, before rattling off four straight top-10 finishes. He then rebounded from a 24th at Canadian Tire Motorsports Park to place second at Flamboro Speedway, and enter this weekend ranked fourth.

“It’s been a great year – up and down, had a problems, but to come back to finish third in points – any year you can do that is a good year,” he summed it up.

Now moving forward to 2022 while recognizing they had speed everywhere, he says the off-season will be spent going back, looking over their notes, and seeing where they can be stronger.

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