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Kennington, Lordco, and Castrol Return to GBR at Daytona

By Seth Eggert, Staff Writer 

After a successful run in the season-opening Daytona 500, D.J. Kennington and sponsors Lordco Auto Parts and Castrol (Canada), will return to the Gaunt Brothers Racing No. 96 Toyota Camry. The team finished 24thin the ‘Great American Race’ at Daytona International Speedway earlier this year.

So far in 2018, GBR has competed in seven Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series events. Five with Kennington, including the duo’s best finish, 20that Talladega Superspeedway, and two with Parker Kligerman. The Coke Zero Sugar 400 will mark the organization’s ninth Premier Series race since it debuted in the 2017 Daytona 500.

“We’re fortunate to have our original combination of sponsors, as well as D.J., with us for Daytona,” said Marty Gaunt, GBR team owner. “We started our program with restrictor plate racing and with Lordco and Castrol on our Toyota Camry. We’ve improved our result with every restrictor plate start, and we hope that trend continues.”

Saturday night’s race will mark Kennington’s sixth restrictor-plate race, and 12thstart in the top level of NASCAR. All of his starts have come with either GBR or Jay Robinson’s Premium Motorsports. Kennington’s most recent start in the Cup Series was with Robinson at Michigan International Speedway.

“We keep gaining speed with every restrictor plate race and had a good day at Talladega last time out,” said Kennington. “It’s great to have Lordco and Castrol back on board. I can’t wait to get to Daytona and get back behind the wheel of the GBR Toyota Camry.”

In addition to his appearance’s in NASCAR’s Premier Series, Kennington is competing full-time in the NASCAR Pinty’s Series. In three races this season, he has two top-5 and three top-10 finishes. Kennington, a two-time Pinty’s Series Champion (2010 and 2012), currently sits sixth in Championship Standings. The next Pinty’s Series event is the Pinty’s Grand Prix Toronto on July 14.

Now Kennington will hope to pull off the upset and bring a trophy back to Canada.

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Seth Eggert has followed NASCAR his entire life. Seth is currently pursuing a writing career and is majoring in Communications and Journalism. He is an avid iRacer and video gamer. Seth also tutors students at Mitchell Community College in multiple subjects. He has an Associate's Degree in History.