STELLARTON — A Canadian stock car racer spent time in Stellarton last week before taking part last Saturday in the NASCAR Pinty”s Series (NPS) Bumper to Bumper 300 race at Riverside International Speedway.
The race was part of a three-day package at Riverside.
D.J. Kennington, who is from St. Thomas, Ont., spent the week at the Holiday Inn Express in Stellarton, working with his crew on the 2015 Dodge he was preparing to drive at the James River oval.
“I love it,” he said of Riverside. “It’s one of the best tracks in Canada.”
Kennington is a two-time winner of the NPS race at Riverside. Donald Chisholm of Antigonish was also entered.
He said he’s satisfied with the way his car has been performing.
“It works good,” he said. “We’re just getting it ready to race.”
He said, from past experience, cars in his race could average 93 miles per hour and top out at 120 at Riverside.
Kennington led the first 36 laps of the Bumper to Bumper race, while Alex Labbe took the lead from eventual runner-up Kevin Lacroix on the final two laps to win it. Lacroix took the early lead from Kennington and led three other times, including from lap 275 until Labbe overtook him.
Seven cautions consumed 45 of the 300 laps, which nine of the 15 starters completed.
Chisholm withdrew with transmission problems on lap 246 and was officially 13th.
Labbe kept his points lead in the series, while Lacroix is second and Kennington is fourth.
Rain forced postponement of the race from Saturday to Sunday.
The weekend program started on Friday with Sportsman Series racing and the introductory East Coast Mini Stock tour.
Stellarton’s Dale Richardson was runner-up in the Sportsman feature.
The Maritime League of Legends 50-lap race was also on the Saturday program. The Rusty Wallace Racing Experience was also scheduled for Sunday.
Kennington made history earlier this year as the first Canadian in nearly 30 years to compete in the famous Daytona 500 in February.
Members of D.J. Kennington’s crew work on his car in Stellarton before Kennington’s race on Sunday at Riverside International Speedway. (Goodwin photo)