D.J. Kennington and Wakefield Canada, the manufacturer and distributor of Castrol branded lubricants in Canada, have agreed to a multi-year contract extension that will see Kennington continue to drive the No. 17 Castrol Edge Dodge in the NASCAR Pinty’s Series.
“This is a relationship that goes way beyond racing,” said Kennington. “It started as a business partnership but quickly evolved into much more. I think we all have people in our lives that are not blood relatives that we consider family, that’s how this is. I’ve been so proud to represent them for my entire career.”
The familiar Castrol logo has been visible on Kennington’s race cars for a multitude of milestone moments. He is the only driver to compete in each of the 166 NASCAR Pinty’s Series races, accumulating 21 wins and 99 top-five finishes. Kennington claimed the pole for his first NASCAR Pinty’s Series event in 2007 along with series championships in 2010 and ’12.
“I’m not much of a look back guy, I’m always focused on the next race and how we can be better, but there’s no denying that the success on the race track in the No. 17 Castrol Edge Dodge in the Pinty’s Series and all the other NASCAR events, I owe it all to the long-term association with everyone at Castrol Canada and Wakefield,” said Kennington.
“We’re excited to be back with D.J. and the No. 17 team in 2021 and are confident our partnership can continue to win both on and off the track,” said Rob Fifield, Marketing Manager, Brand & Sponsorship for Wakefield Canada. “D.J. has been a great ambassador for our brand and we’re looking forward to leveraging this partnership further and creating new opportunities to win in the years to come.”
Kennington’s attention is now squarely on the 2021 NASCAR Pinty’s Series season.
“Our shop is busy; we’ve got cars just about ready to go so once spring arrives and we can begin testing we’ll be at the track,” said Kennington. “We also want to remind everyone to be safe and stay healthy during the holiday season as we battle COVID-19. Hopefully we’re at the point that it’s safe to have our fans back at the track next season, we can’t wait for that.”