Kennington still planning additional races with Gaunt Brothers

From an interview with

Albino: What’s it about the Cup Series that attracts you to it after spending so much time in the Pinty’s division?

Kennington: It’s a lifelong dream of mine. I think it’s a lifelong dream of any stock car driver because Cup is the top level there is. I think you always question your abilities. You compare yourself to other racers, and it’s always a measuring contest when you’re racing. I get the opportunity to run in the Cup Series from the small town of St. Thomas, Ontario, Canada. If you would have told me that when I was five years old racing go-karts behind the pig barn that I would be racing in the Daytona 500 in a Cup car, I would have thought you were crazy.

To get that opportunity and to have the sponsors who have made this happen for me, it’s an opportunity you can’t turn down. I’m not a young guy anymore, but Kevin Harvick is proving the point right now you don’t have to be young to win races.

Albino: Do you have any aspirations of going full-time Cup racing in the future?

Kennington: I’ve got a family now with two kids and a beautiful wife, and I have two full-time teams in the Pinty’s Series. I have two corporate sponsors, so life is pretty good for me in Canada. I’m very proud of the Pinty’s Series. Of course, I would love to run Cup full-time, but this late in the game I’m not sure that’s what I would want to do. But if an opportunity did come along, it’s hard to say no when you’re a racer.

Albino: What’s your Cup schedule like moving forward in 2018?

Kennington: Not 100 percent sure, yet. We are trying to get the program more versatile, so they are going to run the Coca-Cola 600. I do have Daytona locked up, so it looks like we will be at Daytona for sure, and hopefully a couple more races as well. The plan was to run 10 for the season, and we just have to see how sponsorship and everything comes together.

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