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D.J. Kennington roars to win at Delaware, Lane Zardo crowned super stock champ

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DJ Kennington couldn’t have dreamed up a better start to a busy weekend.

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The NASCAR Pinty’s Series veteran passed pole-sitter Treyten Lapcevich with a bold move on the final lap to win the Canadian Tire 125 and kick off the on-track Fall Brawl festivities Friday at Delaware Speedway. It was his first visit to victory lane this year and there is still a season-ending doubleheader to go Sunday at his home track. 

“(Lapcevich) left an opening at the bottom and I took it,” the 44-year-old from St. Thomas said. “It’s the last lap, everybody is racing hard, and that’s how it goes. I’m never going to wreck somebody for the win, but when that gap opened up, that’s fair game.” 

Kennington, who recorded the quickest lap time in his No. 17 Castrol Edge Dodge during practice, and Lapcevich had the fastest cars in the field. They led 60 and 65 laps respectively.

Andrew Ranger finished third for his fifth top five result in eight races this season. He’s third in the championship standings behind leader Alex Tagliani and L.P. Dumoulin. 

Cole Powell and Shae Gemmell were fifth and sixth respectively. Kennington is fourth in the standings and has been a strong competitor on oval tracks this season.

He has now won four of seven Pinty’s Series races held at Delaware since 2009. 

“We’ve been close a couple of times this year and it’s great to get a win here at Delaware in front of these great fans,” he said. “All our partners that help us do what we love, we couldn’t do it without you. And we’ll have two more chances to do it again on Sunday”.

On Saturday, the APC United Racing Series’ late model champion will be crowned. Brandon Watson is the current leader.

SUPER STOCK CHAMP: Lane Zardo erased Trevor Collver’s five-point lead in impressive fashion and claimed both the final 50-lapper of the season and the APC Racing Series’ Quick Wick super stock championship title Friday at Delaware. The series expanded to five races this year after running a three-race inaugural campaign during pandemic restrictions in 2020.

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