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Gaunt Brothers Racing, D.J. Kennington Finish 31st at ISM Raceway

March 12, 2018

GBR Team Makes First NASCAR Cup Series Start on 1-Mile Phoenix-Area Track

AVONDALE, Ariz. (March 12, 2018) — Gaunt Brothers Racing (GBR) and driver D.J. Kennington finished 31st Sunday evening at ISM Raceway.

Making its second start of the 2018 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series season, the No. 96 Northern Provincial Pipelines Toyota Camry team scored a result three positions better than its 34th-place qualifying effort. Sunday’s race, what amounted to a 500-kilometer learning process for the young team, was GBR’s first visit to a 1-mile track for a Cup Series race. Attempting to alleviate a tight handling condition, GBR was able to provide Kennington with satisfactory comfort toward the conclusion of the event.

“By the last run, we were pretty decent,” said Kennington, who made his 12th career NASCAR national series start at ISM. “At that point, we were [in line with] the fast guys. It stinks we started off so tight, but we learned a lot.”

GBR owner Marty Gaunt praised his team’s race-long effort.

“We want a result better than that, but all things considered, it wasn’t a bad day,” said Gaunt. “Our guys worked really hard. Today was another stepping stone toward getting our team to where we want to be.”

About Gaunt Brothers Racing: Gaunt Brothers Racing, owned by Ontario, Canada native Marty Gaunt, operates out of Mooresville, N.C. The Toyota team competes in select Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series and NASCAR Camping World Truck Series events. They were Daytona 500 participants in both 2017 and 2018. GBR previously fielded teams in the NASCAR K&N Pro Series and NASCAR Pinty’s Series, for drivers Alex Bowman and Jason Bowles and Canadian racers John Gaunt and D.J. Kennington, recording a victory in the Toyota All-Star Showdown and a track record qualifying time on the Toronto street course.

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