Kennington tops NASCAR poll

D.J. Kennington tops NASCAR's Hunter Index as hottest driver in touring and regional series.

D.J. Kennington’s five-race win streak may have ended in Trois-Rivieries, Que., but his hot streak through July and August has not only kept him atop the NASCAR Canadian Tire Series standings, it has him being recognized as one of the hottest drivers across NASCAR’s touring and regional series.

Kennington’s wins at the A&W Cruisin’ the Dub 300 at Vernon’s MotoPlex Speedway, and in Edmonton and Saskatoon have given him a nice cushion as he chases his second NASCAR title.

It also earned the St. Thomas, Ont., driver the top spot for August in the Hunter Index, as voted on by a panel of auto racing writers and NASCAR representatives.

Kennington earned eight of the 16 first-place votes en route to the month’s top honors. He earned 221 points to top NASCAR Whelen All-American Series driver  Lee Pulliam (212 and seven first-place votes) and NASCAR Whelen Southern Modified Tour driver George Brunnhoelzl III (189 and one first-place vote).

Launched in 2010, the Hunter Index is a monthly power poll designed to highlight standout performances in the NASCAR touring and regional series.