Kennington, Gaunt Brothers announce Truck effort in Canada

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By Aaron Bearden, Motorsports Editor

Six months after their Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series debut in the Daytona 500, D.J. Kennington and Gaunt Brothers Racing (GBR) are set to contest another national series race a bit closer to home.

The organization, owned by Triad Racing Technologies president Marty Gaunt, announced on Monday their intention to field an entry in Sunday’s Camping World Truck Series race at Canadian Tire Motorsports Park (CTMP).

A native of Ontario, Kennington will pilot the No. 96 Toyota in the tour’s lone Canadian event, competing with sponsorship from Castrol Canada and Spectra Premium.

“We are pleased to have DJ back with us at GBR,” Gaunt said in a release. “Our successful entry together in the Daytona 500 established a relationship that we are honored to continue. Our partners for the event, Castrol Canada and Spectra Premium, both have Canadian roots, so having DJ drive the Castrol Spectra Premium Toyota Tundra makes for an exciting trip to our home province.”

When the green flag waves to begin Sunday’s Chevrolet Silverado 250, Kennington will be among the most experienced drivers in the field. The 40-year-old has three prior victories at CTMP, and is a two-time champion of the Canadian NASCAR Pinty’s Series. Kennington previously competed in the Truck Series event at CTMP for Premium Motorsports in 2016, tying the team’s best result on the year with a 14th-place finish.

Kennington and GBR joined forces in the Cup Series this season, competing in the Daytona 500 en-route to a 36th-place result before failing to qualify for the spring race at Talladega Superspeedway. Kennington competed in the July race at Daytona International Speedway with Premium Motorsports, but will return to GBR for CTMP.

“This is a tremendous opportunity given to me by GBR to compete for a win in a talented division,” Kennington said. “This track has been good to me in the past, and Castrol was there for all three wins. I’m thrilled they’re along for the ride again.”

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