Third place finish for Thomson in NASCAR event

nascarcanadaHamilton’s Don Thomson Jr., garnered another top five placing on Saturday, finishing third place in the NASCAR Canadian Tire Series Komatsu 300 at Riverside International Speedway in Antigonish, N.S.

Thomson, who had the No. 8 pole position, solidified his fourth place standing in the points race. Jeff Lapcevich of Grimsby finished in ninth spot, after starting in the No. 4 hole while Kenny Forth of Lynden was 17th, his start position.

DJ Kennington moved into the driver’s seat for the 2010 NASCAR Canadian Tire Series presented by Mobil 1 championship with the win.

Kennington, who entered the race weekend trailing JR Fitzpatrick by just 21 points, used lapped traffic to take the lead for the final time from Scott Steckly on Lap 215 and withstood Steckly’s challenge on an ensuing restart to pick up the win. The victory, combined with Fitzpatrick’s 13th-place finish gives Kennington the points lead by 40 heading into the final race of the season next weekend.

Kennington led three times for a race-high 144 laps. Fitzpatrick led for 39 laps before being sidelined by clutch issues. While leading the race, Fitzpatrick lost power on the backstretch and coasted back around the track coming to a stop at the entrance of pit road which handed the race lead to Kennington.

Thomson had the lead for one lap.

It was Kennington’s fifth win of the season and the ninth of his series career. The five wins is a series record for oval track victories in a season and is just one behind Andrew Ranger’s record six overall established last season.

Steckly, who won the pole position earlier in the day with a track-record lap, finished second. After Thomson came Ron Beauchamp Jr., and Jason Hathaway to round out the top five.

Kerry Micks was sixth followed by Anthony Simone, Mark Dilley, Lapcevich, Joey McColm, and Jason White.

The race was slowed due to caution seven times for 57 laps and the race lead changed hands 15 times among six drivers.

The Komatsu 300 presented by Wilson Equipment will be telecast by TSN on Sept. 25 at 2 p.m. ET

The race series will crown a new champion on Saturday, Sept. 25 in the Kawartha 250, the 2010 season finale at Kawartha Speedway in Fraserville, Ont.