Kennington wins Mosport thriller


Bowmanville – D.J. Kennington keeps the streak of different race winners alive in 2011 as he won the Vortex Brake Pads 200 at Mosport International Raceway on Sunday (June 26) to become the fourth race winner in as many NASCAR Canadian Tire Series races this season.

Kennington, the defending series champion out of St. Thomas, Ont., passed JR Fitzpatrick in Turn 8 on Lap 50 of the 51-lap race to pick up his 10th series career and his first in a road-course event.

Fitzpatrick, who finished 10th in Saturday’s NASCAR Nationwide Series event at Road America in Elkhart Lake, Wisc., was up front all race and battled Robin Buck lap after lap before Kennington’s final lap heroics. Fitzpatrick led a race-high 19 laps and finished second followed by Buck in third.

Jeff Lapcevich of Grimsby and Scott Steckly completed the top five. Jason White, Dexter Stacey, Isabelle Tremblay, Howie Scannell Jr., and Joey McColm rounded out the top 10.

Hamilton’s Don Thomson Jr., who started in the No. 2 spot, finished last (26th) when engine troubles forced him out of the race after just 10 laps.

The race was slowed due to caution six times for 21 laps and the race lead exchanged hands seven times among five drivers.

The Vortex Brake Pads 200 will be telecast by TSN on Saturday, July 2 at 1:30 p.m. ET.

The NASCAR Canadian Tire Series is back in action on Saturday, July 9 to take on the 1.750-mile temporary street course at Toronto’s Exhibition Place in the Streets of Toronto 100 as part of the Honda Indy Toronto.

NASCAR CANADIAN TIRE SERIES-Vortex Brake Pads 200 UNOFFICIAL Results

Lap length: 2.459 miles

(Start position in parentheses)

1. (4) DJ Kennington, St. Thomas, Ont., Dodge, 51 laps, 63.543 mph.
2. (3) JR Fitzpatrick, Cambridge, Ont., Chevrolet, 51.
3. (21) Robin Buck, Campbellville, Ont., Dodge, 51.
4. (5) Jeff Lapcevich, Grimsby, Ont., Dodge, 51.
5. (1) Scott Steckly, Milverton, Ont., Dodge, 51.
6. (10) Jason White, Sun Peaks, B.C., Dodge, 51.
7. (14) Dexter Stacey, Kahnawake, Que., Chevrolet, 51.
8. (15) Isabelle Tremblay, St. Hippolyte, Que., Ford, 51.
9. (19) Howie Scannell, Jr., Milton, Ont., Dodge, 51.
10. (24) Joey McColm, Ajax, Ont., Dodge, 51.
11. (12) Steve Côté, Île Bizard, Que., Chevrolet, 51.
12. (23) Jarrad Whissell, Calgary, Alta., Ford, 51.
13. (11) Kerry Micks, Mt. Albert, Ont., Ford, 51.
14. (22) Martin Roy, Napierville, Que., Dodge, 51.
15. (8) Ron Beauchamp, Jr., Windsor, Ont., Dodge, 51.
16. (13) Noel Dowler, Sherwood Park, Alta., Dodge, 51.
17. (25) David Thorndyke, Oshawa, Ont., Chevrolet, 51.
18. (18) Peter Klutt, Halton Hills, Ont., Chevrolet, 48.
19. (26) Trevor Seibert, Williams Lake, B.C., Ford, 46.
20. (9) Mark Dilley, Barrie, Ont., Dodge, 42.
21. (6) Jason Hathaway, Appin, Ont., Dodge, 41, accident.
22. (20) J.F. Dumoulin, Trois-Rivieres, Que., Dodge, 37, transmission.
23. (16) L.P. Dumoulin, Trois-Rivieres, Que., Dodge, 36.
24. (17) John Farano, Toronto, Ont., Chevrolet, 29, transmission.
25. (7) Steve Mathews, New Liskeard, Ont., Ford, 17, steering.
26. (2) Don Thomson, Jr., Hamilton, Ont., Dodge, 10, engine.

Race Statistics

Time of Race: 1 hour 58 minutes 25 seconds
Margin of Victory: .538 seconds
Caution Flags: 6 for 21 laps.
Lead Changes: 7 among 5 drivers.

Lap Leaders: S. Steckly 1-6; J. Fitzpatrick 7-14; J. White 15-23; R. Buck 24-27; JR Fitzpatrick 28-35; R. Buck 36-46; J. Fitzpatrick 47-49; DJ Kennington 50-51.

Standings: 1. S. Steckly, 695; 2. JR Fitzpatrick, 647; 3. DJ Kennington, 618; 4. D. Thomson,Jr., 600; 5. J. Lapcevich, 576; 6. J. White, 541; 7. R. Beauchamp,Jr., 515; 8. J. Hathaway, 510; 9. K. Micks, 509; 10. M. Dilley, 497.