Gordon Brothers Backing No. 96 At Martinsville

Kennington To Make First Cup Short Track Start

D.J. Kennington and Gaunt Brothers Racing will compete in Sunday’s Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series race at Martinsville Speedway. (NASCAR photo)

MOORESVILLE, N.C. – Global advisory, restructuring and investment firm Gordon Brothers will back Gaunt Brothers Racing’s No. 96 Toyota Camry and driver D.J. Kennington Sunday at Martinsville Speedway.

The STP 500 will mark GBR’s third Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series race of the season, following starts at the season-opening Daytona 500 in February and at Arizona’s ISM Raceway on March 11.

“GBR is pleased to partner with Gordon Brothers this weekend at Martinsville,” said team owner Marty Gaunt. “Partnering with Gordon Brothers helps GBR to grow. We take pride in bringing new companies into the Cup Series and helping them benefit from their participation in NASCAR.”

“Gordon Brothers is excited to partner with the GBR team this weekend,” said Jim Burke, Director of Gordon Brothers, Commercial and Industrial. “It’s a great fit given our experience and capabilities within professional motorsports.”

Sunday’s event will serve as Kennington’s first Cup Series start on a track less than one mile in length. However, Kennington made two career Martinsville starts in NASCAR Camping World Truck Series competition, with a best finish of 17th in 2010.

“I’m pumped to get back on the track,” said Kennington, a two-time champion of NASCAR’s Pinty’s Series in Canada. “At the end of the Phoenix race, we had our car handling where we wanted it. We’re still building our foundation for the shorter tracks, and Martinsville should provide us a solid proving ground.”

The news comes following Monday’s announcement that Gordon Brothers will handle the sale of the Triad Racing Technologies engine shop. Gaunt has long been one of the head figures within Triad’s management structure.