After winning the championship last year, Kennington is ready for what the new season has to offer.
“Last year was a good one for us, no doubt,” he said as according to NASCAR.com. “Just about everything we did turned out well and all of the equipment performed great. Will it be that way in 2011? I don’t know, but we’re sure going to try.”
Last year, the St. Thomas, Ontario native won five races and five poles on the way to his first championship.
“It’s as wide open as it has ever been,” Kennington said. “This series is full of veterans who all know how to win.”
“We did the same things last year that we had always done,” Kennington continued. “Everything went our way, so we’ll just keep on doing what we do and hope it turns out for the best.”
The 2011 season starts off this weekend at Mosport Speedway, near Bowmanville, Ontario. Kennington is looking to start off as well as he did last year as he won the first race out of the gate at Delaware Speedway.
“Last year, we got that win at Delaware (Speedway) right out of the gate,” he said. “Everybody on the team was feeling good and we immediately put pressure on all the other teams and forced them to play catch up.”
In the past four starts at Mosport, Kennington has two top-fives and four top-10s.
“It’s probably good that they moved that date since we’ve struggled with the weather the last few years there,” said Kennington. “Mosport is a tricky track, though. It’s fairly flat and both ends are different. It’s almost impossible to get the car to handle well at both ends, so it’s a give and take deal to be competitive there.”
For the 2011 season, he will once again have support from Castro Canada again.
“The consistency we’ve had with Castrol Canada over the years is amazing,” Kennington said. “They’re phenomenal. I don’t know where I’d be without them. It’s an honor being associated with them for the past 17 seasons.”
The only difference will be the new Dodge Challenger nose that will be in place for 2011.
“I like the new look of the Dodge Challenger this year,” he said. “I think the fans will like it, too. It looks like the ones seen on the street and not some hybrid race car body type. I am anxious to see how it handles on the road courses where we carry more straight-line speed than on the ovals.”