By Seth Eggert, Staff Writer
After finishing 24th in the Daytona 500, D.J. Kennington and Gaunt Brothers Racing will return to the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series at ISM Raceway. Kennington will drive the No. 96 Northern Provincial Pipelines Toyota Camry in the Ticket Guardian 500.
The race marks the first non-restrictor plate entry for Gaunt Brothers Racing. The team has made the Daytona 500 in both 2017 and 2018. The race on Sunday, March 11, will mark the team’s third start in the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series.
“It’s an honor to once again partner with D.J. and join forces with a reputable Canadian company in Northern Provincial Pipelines,” said team owner Marty Gaunt. “We look forward to a successful weekend both on and off the track with N.P.P.”
The 24th-place finish at Daytona was a career best for Kennington. It was an improvement from his 26th-place finish at the recently-rebranded Phoenix International Raceway, now known as ISM Raceway last year.
“I’m thrilled to be back with GBR, in the Northern Provincial Pipelines Toyota Camry, at a track I really enjoy,” said Kennington. “Last month in Daytona was a tremendous experience. I got my best Cup finish to date, and now I’m looking for more.”
Last year’s race at ISM Raceway was Kennington’s only race at the 1.0-mile track. The two-time NASCAR Pinty’s Series Champion also has eight starts at the Avondale, AZ track in the NASCAR Xfinity Series with a best finish of 22nd in 2008. 10 of Kennington’s 63 NASCAR National Series starts have come at ISM Raceway.
Kennington also has eight career starts in the NASCAR K&N Pro Series West, all of which have come in Phoenix. In those eight starts, he has one top-five and six top-10 finishes.
Now Kennington, Gaunt, and the entire team will look to have a successful run at ISM Raceway.
Gaunt Brothers Racing Heading West with D.J. Kennington and N.P.P.
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