DJ Kennington Has a Great Homecoming at Delaware
First Canadian Tire Series Race in Two Seasons Ends With a Victory
NASCAR PR Report
On the third attempt at a green-white-checkered finish, DJ Kennington won the Delaware 200 presented by Belfor Restoration Services in a heated NASCAR Canadian Tire Series race Saturday night at Delaware Speedway in front of a near capacity crowd.

While the weather cooled, the temperature on the track rose. Kennington (No. 17 Castrol/Mahindra Tractor Dodge), from nearby St. Thomas, Ont., battled with Don Thomson Jr. (No. 4 Home Hardware Chevrolet) on the first two attempts to end the race under green. In the end, though, Kennington was able to beat Ron Beauchamp Jr. (No. 60 Mopar/Mobil 1 Dodge) to the finish line by .516 seconds.

“I really hated how that ended with (Thomson). He tried to close the door on me and I wasn’t going to let him,” said Kennington. “We’ll take them any way we can get them.”

It was Kennington’s first win in the NASCAR Canadian Tire Series since Sept. 8, 2007 at Barrie (Ont.) Speedway.

Defending series champion Scott Steckly (No. 22 Canadian Tire/Tow Truck in a Box Dodge) finished third followed by Kerry Micks (No. 02 Beyond Digital Imaging Ford) and Anthony Simone (No. 95 Crown Modular/United Lumber Chevrolet in fourth and fifth, respectively.

Joey McColm, Dave Whitlock, Andrew Ranger, Nik Lapcevich and Thomson rounded out the top 10.

Unofficially in the championship point standings, Beauchamp holds a nine-point edge on Whitlock. Micks and Steckly are tied for third, just a single point behind Whitlock.

The NASCAR Canadian Tire Series is right back on the track next weekend for the Dickies 200 at Mosport International Raceway, the 10-turn road course near Bowmanville, Ont. Practice and qualifying will be held on Saturday, June 13 with the race slated for Sunday afternoon.

NASCAR CANADIAN TIRE SERIES-Delaware 200 presented by Belfor Restoration Services
Unofficial Results
Saturday
At Delaware Speedway
Delaware, Ont.
Lap length: 0.5 miles
(Start position in parentheses)

1. (3) DJ Kennington, St. Thomas, Ont., Dodge, 221 laps, 50.495 mph, $11,000.
2. (6) Ron Beauchamp, Jr., Windsor, Ont., Dodge, 221, $6,200.
3. (2) Scott Steckly, Milverton, Ont., Dodge, 221, $5,100.
4. (9) Kerry Micks, Mt. Albert, Ont., Ford, 221, $4,000.
5. (16) Anthony Simone, Holland Landing, Ont., Chevrolet, 221, $3,000.
6. (18) Joey McColm, Ajax, Ont., Dodge, 221, $3,600.
7. (12) Dave Whitlock, Petrolia, Ont., Dodge, 220, $2,500.
8. (7) Andrew Ranger, Roxton Pond, Que., Ford, 219, $2,400.
9. (19) Nik Lapcevich, Hamilton, Ont., Chevrolet, 217, $2,300.
10. (4) Don Thomson, Jr., Ayr, Ont., Chevrolet, 209, $2,250.
11. (14) Derek Lynch, Warkworth, Ont., Dodge, 209, $2,000.
12. (13) Kent Nuhn, Williamsford, Ont., Chevrolet, 204, $1,800.
13. (21) Dexter Stacey, Chateauquay, Que., Pontiac, 200, $1,700.
14. (20) Joey Hanssen, Venray, Holland, Dodge, 191, $1,650.
15. (11) Jeff Lapcevich, Grimsby, Ont., Chevrolet, 190, $1,600.
16. (1) Mark Dilley, Barrie, Ont., Dodge, 167, $1,500.
17. (17) John Fletcher, Ancaster, Ont., Dodge, 165, drive shaft, $1,450.
18. (10) John Gaunt, Barrie, Ont., Dodge, 161, engine, $1,400.
19. (15) Jason White, Sun Peaks, B.C., Chevrolet, 139, transmission, $1,350.
20. (5) Jason Hathaway, Appin, Ont., Dodge, 81, engine, $1,300.
21. (8) Brad Graham, Glencoe, Ont., Dodge, 26, suspension, $1,250.

Race Statistics

Time of Race: 2 hours 11 minutes 18 seconds
Margin of Victory: .516 seconds
Fastest Qualifier: M.Dilley (94.078 mph, 19.133 seconds)
Caution Flags: 12 for 89 laps.
Lead Changes: 17 among 8 drivers.
Lap Leaders: M. Dilley 1-11; D. Kennington 12-40; D. Thomson,Jr. 41-50; D. Kennington  51-52; M. Dilley 53; D. Kennington 54-62; M. Dilley 63-65; R. Beauchamp,Jr. 66; M. Dilley 67; R. Beauchamp,Jr. 68; M. Dilley 69-88; A. Simone 89-106; J. Gaunt 107-115; A. Simone 116-120; D. Whitlock 121-126; A. Simone 127; S. Steckly 128-145; D. Kennington 146-221.

Standings: 1. R. Beauchamp,Jr., 345; 2. D. Whitlock, 336; 3. K. Micks, 335; 4. S. Steckly, 335; 5. D. Kennington, 305; 6. A. Ranger, 302; 7. A. Simone, 284; 8. D. Thomson,Jr., 282; 9. M. Dilley, 275; 10. J. White, 257.

DJ Kennington in victory lane.  (NASCAR Photo)