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Kennington Runner-Up in ‘Top Prospects Game’

D.J. Kennington finished a close second in the 2011 Toyota All-Star Showdown. Photo by LAT PhotographicFor a number of years, the stars of the NASCAR K&N East and West Pro Series have headed to Toyota Speedway in Irwindale, California for the Toyota All-Star Showdown. This event has been billed by many as the motorsports equivalent to a ‘Top Prospects Game’ found in other sports, and former competitors have included current NASCAR National Series racers Matt Crafton, Brian Ickler, and Justin Loften, as well as former winners David Gilliland and Joey Logano (twice).

The NASCAR Canadian Tire Series champion gets an invite and a guaranteed starting spot in the race, and 2010 D.J. Kennington titlist headed to Cali to compete in the event in late January.

Kennington started 16th in the 225-lap event, and methodically picked his way forward throughout the event, climbing into the top-ten early in the second 100-lap segment. He set his eyes on the top-five and continued negotiating traffic to third-place standing with just a handful of laps to go. After a late restart he moved to second when the leaders made contact. Kennington had one last restart to take a shot at the lead, but came up short by a couple of car lengths to eventual winner Jason Bowles. Andrew Ranger of Roxton Pond, Quebec (2007 and 2009 NASCAR Canadian Tire Series Champion) finished 22nd.

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