Kennington finishes 38th during qualifying on Sunday

Canadian driver second-fastest of the four cars vying for final two starting spots in this year’s Daytona 500

Canadian D.J. Kennington qualified a respectable 38th out of 42 cars during his first qualifying attempt for the Daytona 500 at Daytona International Speedway.

The St. Thomas, Ontario native finished with a time of 48.175 seconds (186.819 mph) in his Toyota prepared by Gaunt Brothers Racing.

Kennington joins Timmy Hill, Corey LaJoie and Reed Sorenson as the drivers who will try and claim one of the two remaining spots in the starting lineup for next Sunday’s race.

Kennington will join the other 41 drivers on Thursday in the Can-Am Duel races to set the final starting lineup for the race. 

Chase Elliott won the pole for the second consecutive year with Dale Earnhardt Jr. on the outside of the front row. Those are the only two positions locked in for the Daytona 500 unless they suffer damage to their cars in one of the two Duel events Thursday night.

Kennington is going after his second career start in the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series. Kennington made his first start in the series at Phoenix International Raceway in November.

See complete qualifying results here.