D.J. Kennington battled his way to the front at Canadian Tire Motorsports Park to finish fourth and take over the points lead, three points ahead of Scott Steckly.

Kennington started off the weekend qualifying 12th, not getting the qualifying effort the defending series champion would’ve hoped for.

“There was some oil put down earlier in the qualifying session and we tried a couple of adjustments that didn’t work out. But I was sure we’d be good for the race,” Kennington said.

Though working his way to the front and a good pit strategy handed Kennington a solid top five finish. The race was cut short due to being at its time limit at the time the lap 42 caution came out. Otherwise, Kennington thought he had a shot to win.

“I really think we had a shot,” Kennington said. “I was saving the car, not pushing too hard and waiting for the last few laps.”

Last year, Kennington had a comfortable points lead heading into the final stretch of the season. However, this year, with only being three points ahead of Steckly, it’ll be a close race between them all the way till the end of the season.

“That’s exactly where we want to be,” he said of the points lead. “We’ve got two races left and we’ve got wins at both those tracks and looking forward to getting going next week.”

At Barrie Speedway, Kennington has three wins and seven top 10s in eight starts. He finished 21st last year after having a fuel pump problem.

At Kawartha Speedway, Kennington has three wins (including the last two races) and five top fives in six starts. He finished 25th in 2007 in his first start due to motor problems.

If Kennington can repeat that success, look for him to repeat as series champion.