NPP VISITS LAND OF THE NDP
EDMONTON, AB. (August 1) – This August long weekend the Northern Provincial Pipeline Late Model Series visits the Land of Living Skies for the first time in its history. Saturday and Sunday, the chase for the $100,000 season championship touches down at Speedy Creek Raceway in Swift Current, Saskatchewan. “This is quite the amazing road trip for all race teams,” says tour announcer Gord Craig, “this is southern Saskatchewan’s biggest motorsports show of the summer and the N.P.P. Late Model Series is proud to be a part of it.” The Swift Current event is also the official halfway point of the season for the N.P.P. Late Model Series. Current series point leader Dwight Kennedy has history on his side heading into this weekend’s first ever trek into Saskatchewan. The Edson Alberta driver has visited victory lane at the last two inaugural race events. “We won the Series first ever race event in Rimbey last year and then Lethbridge (June 3rd) this year, so I hope to continue the trend in Swift Current.” Kennedy adds that he is feeling a bit of pressure from the drivers behind him in the standings. “We need to keep the #81 Dodge at the front of the pack both nights. Doing poorly is not an option but anything can happen at a two day race event.” This is the third back to back race event in six weekends for N.P.P. Late Model race teams. “Two day race events are extremely tough,” says Bruce Broughton, last years N.P.P. Rookie of the year, “you hope you can make it through the first night with no troubles because it’s no fun working at four in the morning trying to fix things.” The Spruce Grove Alberta driver currently sits tenth in points chase and adds there are benefits to two days shows, “you can really move up in the standings if you do well, but the opposite is true too!” Hoping to turn his season around this weekend in Swift Current is Mike Tom. “It’s been a brutal year,” admits the Salmon Arm BC driver, “destroying our race car back in May really set us back. I was more upset for my dad (Allen) who spends a lot of time on this race car in between events.” Tom, who finished second in the points chase in 2005, was involved in a 3 car wreck in Edmonton back on May 27th. Tom missed 4 scheduled race events because of that one crash. “We’ve got eight races left in the season,” adds Tom, who still has an outside chance of finishing in the top 5 in the standings. “There is no pressure on me right now but maybe I can add a little bit (of pressure) to the front runners and steal a few wins,” smiles Tom, “I don’t like where we are in the standings right now so it’s up to me to change that.”

SPEEDY CREEK RACEWAY
Swift Current, Saskatchewan

SAT/SUN – August 5 & 6
GATES @ 5:00PM
RACING @ 7:00PM

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3 TIME NPP CHAMP MAY MISS INAGURAL SASK. RACE
LEDUC, AB (August 1) - Trevor Emond has had this week circled on his calander now for nine months. It’s not the inaugural race in Saskatchewan but a major event a little more closer to home. “My wife Jen is due any day now,” says the Leduc, Alberta driver, “right now I’m thinking about baby cribs and diapers and not racing this weekend.” Emond is second in the N.P.P. Late Model Series point’s chase heading into this weekend’s event in Saskatchewan. “My wife has supported me during the race season, now it’s my turn. Giving up a race weekend is the least I can do.” Trevor, son Tyler and a very pregnant Jennifer Emond were at Edmonton’s Castrol Raceway Saturday night for the Monster Truck show. “I was hoping the rumbling of the trucks would have started something,” laugh’s Jennifer, “looks like the baby will arrive when it wants to.” Emond adds that his #71 race car will be in Swift Current Saskatchewan this weekend. “The N.P.P. rule book says points are assigned to the race car and not the driver, so I’m going to take advantage of that”, adds Emond, “I have one driver that has already indicated that he would be willing to help me out this weekend.” Emond would not divulge the driver’s names but indicated that he does know his way around a full bodied stock car. “You just don’t hand over the keys to anyone,” laughs the three time N.P.P. Late Model Series champion, "for the record its not Tony Stewart!" The race in Swift Current is the official halfway point of the season for teams in Northern Provincial Pipelines Ltd. Late Model Series.

SPEEDY CREEK RACEWAY
Swift Current, Saskatchewan

SAT/SUN – August 5 & 6
GATES @ 5:00PM
RACING @ 7:00PM

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BROUGHTON WINS FIRST OF THE SEASON
TWO PODIUM APPEARANCES FOR BEAULIEU
SWIFT CURRENT, SASK. (August 6) - The capacity crowd at Speedy Creek Raceway were on their feet several times Saturday night cheering on all race classes that gathered for Southern Saskatchewans largest motorsport event. For 99% of the race fans in the grand stands it was their first look at the $100,000 Northern Provincial Pipeline Late Model Series. Mike Tom, Brent Broughton, Dwight Kennedy, Jason Beaulieu, Cody Graber and Dan Stewart navigated the wide straights and corners of the 3/8 mile track to grab heat race victories. In the feature event Bruce Broughton held off a late charge from Gerry Emond and Jason Beaulieu to capture his first win of the 2006 season. "The track was fun, the people have treated us awesome. I'm glad I got my first win of the season here." The MDM Foundations/LJB Auto sponsored driver out of Spruce Grove moved from ninth to fifth in the N.P.P. Series points chase and is now within striking distance of the point leader." Just two months ago Broughton was hovering near last place in the standings. "Never say never," adds last years NPP. Rookie of the year, "you just go as fast as you can and count 'em' up (points) at the end of the season." Gerry Emond has always done well on the road with podium finishes in Okotoks and Rimbey. Now the Western RV/Hitchworks sponsored driver from Edmonton can add Swift Current to his list. "We were right there. The car was working good and should be better Sunday night. We hope to win it." Emond's second place showing moved him past Darrel Midgley in the point standings up to third. The story of the night was Campbell River BC's Jason Beaulieu. Before the N.P.P. Feature race, Beaulieu raced to victory in his I.M.C.A. Modified. The Swift Current race fans were hoping Beaulieu could score his second feature event win of the night in his Late Model Stock Car. "That #61 car was quick tonight. I don't think I would have been able to get him." says Beaulieu who finished third, "I'm a little tired (running both classes) but it was a good night." Despite fatigue, Beaulieau did enjoy his two podium finishes Saturday night. "Its going to be tough, but it's now a personal challenge to see if I can do it again." Night #2 of the N.P.P.'s innagural trip to the Land of Living Skies is Sunday night (August 6th).

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KENNEDY SCORES FIRST FEATURE WIN
EMOND SR. PODIUMS AGAIN, FONSTAD FUMES OVER DQ
SWIFT CURRENT, SASK. (August 7) - A first time win, controversy and choice words sums up Night #2 of the Northern Provincial Pipelines inaugural trip to Saskatchewan's Speedy Creek Raceway. Shawn Kennedy grabbed his first ever Feature event win in the series Sunday night. Kennedy's performance this night was in sharp contrast to Saturday night’s race. "I was too intense the first night," says the Edson Alberta driver, "I had a chat with my dad after the first night ended and he told me a few things that I had to change. I'm glad I listened! It feels great, I wish I could have won this race under different circumstances but I sure needed a break right about now." Kennedy has been in freefall mode in the point standings since June dropping from second to sixth. Kennedy won his heat race and led the most laps in the Feature event and looked to be headed for certain victory Sunday night when Arvid Fonstad passed him with six laps remaining. Fonstad took the checkered flag. Moments later in the tech area, that first ever Feature win in an N.P.P. Late Model was taken away when he was handed a 'weight infraction'. Fonstad was not amused, "My car weighed 3153lbs, the minimum weight rule is 3,000lbs. Where they 'got' me was that I was over-weight by 'percentage' on one corner of the car. What they're saying (tech) is that I'm not allowed to set up my car this way." Fonstad was coming off an amazing performance in his I.M.C.A Modified Sunday night finishing third in the Feature plus two second place showings in his heats. "I basically used my Modified set up on my Late Model for this track and it worked," says a frustrated Fonstad, "I was over by about 100lbs in my Modified. I.M.C.A. does not check for weight percentage. Why should they?" adds Fonstad, "car set up is part of the race. This is ridiculous! I better stop now before I say something I will regret." Fonstads disqualification gave Shawn Kennedy the win but it also moved Gerry Emond and Mike Tom up one position. For Emond it was the second consecutive night he placed second in the Feature event at Speedy Creek Raceway. "We were lucky to finish as high as we did tonight (Sunday). We missed the setup completely," says the Edmonton, Alberta driver, "maybe we'll miss the set up more often in this Western RV/No Limits sponsored car if it gets me to the front." Mike Tom kicked off the final half of the N.P.P. Late Model season with his best weekend performance of the year. "My car was hooked up all weekend," adds the Salmon Arm BC driver, "the car was bang on. It couldn't have been any better." Tom finished 6th in the Feature Saturday night and third Sunday night. “It’s too bad what happened to Arvid (DQ). It would have been interesting if we could have gotten around the #23 and been able to challenge the leaders." Tom missed much of the first half of the 2006 season due to a vicious crash at Edmonton's Castrol Raceway the end of May. "This race weekend in Saskatchewan is what me and my dad (Allen) needed to kick start the last half of the season. There's no pressure on us right now but were going to start putting the pressure on everyone else."

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BC BASED DRIVER MOVES TO ALBERTA
STONY PLAIN, AB. (August 8) - The major commute for NPP Series competitor Mike Tom just got a lot shorter this past week. The final box was unpacked as the former resident of Salmon Arm, BC now resides on an acreage outside of Stony Plain, Alberta. "I don't even want to think about how many miles or hours I've got on the highway but as far as the major drive to race in Edmonton......she's over!" Before Tom joined up with the N.P.P. Late Model Series in 2004 he raced Super Stock at Yellowhead Raceway in Hinton. Tom won rookie of the year in 1997 and took the track championship. "I got the racing bug real bad in Hinton," smiles Tom, "then work took me and my family to British Columbia. I still wanted to race, thus the long commutes to Hinton every few weeks." With his home in BC, Tom still added 2 more Hinton track championships before hearing about the N.P.P. Series. During his 10 years in Salmon Arm BC, Tom stored his race car at his parents home. This tradition continued when he went racing with the N.P.P. Late Model Series. Tom is still working for the same company that originally took him to British Columbia. "Coe-Newnes-McGehee provides a major service to the forest industry," explains Tom, "they now have an office set up in Alberta and needed someone to run it so I stuck up my hand. So me moving here was perfect." The 2006 N.P.P. Late Model season has not been perfect for Mike Tom. "The first half of the season hasn't been any fun for us. It's been heartbreak after heartbreak. We needed some positives to keep us going and we got them in Swift Current." Tom won a heat race and placed sixth and third in Feature events. "Hopefully our three strikes are behind us and its just good race days ahead." Tom heads into the next event in High River eighteenth in the points chase. "We're thinking positive here," laughs Tom, "we are only 100 points out of being in the top 10. So right now that's our target. If we do better great. We just want to salvage our year as best as we can."

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TEAM EMOND HOPING TO DOMINATE AT THE ROCK
KENNEDY LOOKING OVER SHOULDER

EDMONTON, AB. (August 9) – The $100,000 Northern Provincial Pipelines Late Model series visits southern Alberta for the final time this year. “Our only visit to Rocky Mountain Raceway Park this season turns out to be a pivotal point of the 2006 schedule,” indicates series announcer Gord Craig, “it will be the last time that all race teams have a mathematical chance at being this year’s champion. After Saturday night, the number of team’s that will have the opportunity at taking top prize money ($15,000) begins to shrink.” Mention the name Rocky Mountain Raceway Park and you’ll see a huge smile from Gerry and Trevor Emond. The track, nestled between Okotoks and High River Alberta, has been very kind to this father and son race team. Last year Emond Sr. won the series inaugural visit in July. Emond Jr. took top spot at the August event. “It’s a fun track to run at,” says 3 time N.P.P. Series Champion Trevor Emond, “ I’m looking forward to continuing a bit of a streak started last year.” The Leduc, Alberta driver currently sits third in the N.P.P. standings, his father Gerry is second. “My dad got by me (points) in Swift Current,” adds Trevor, “he’s been tough to beat lately.” Gerry Emond placed second in Feature event action Saturday and Sunday night at Speedy Creek Raceway and now is 119 points behind series leader Dwight Kennedy. Emond has eight top ten finishes in Feature events this season. “We’ve worked very hard,” says the 2004 N.P.P. rookie of the year, “there’s only six races left and a lot can happen between now and the end of September.” Edson Alberta’s Dwight Kennedy, who took over the point lead on the Canada Day Long weekend is not ignoring the challengers behind him who are within striking distance. “I haven’t been in this position (number one in points) for several years. It’s nice to have a Dodge up at the front for a change instead of those Chevy’s,” smiles Kennedy, “seriously though both Gerry and Trevor are running good, so is Darrel (Midgley). Bruce (Broughton) has turned it up as well. It’ll be a battle right to the end.”

ROCKY MOUNTAIN RACEWAY PARK - High River/Okotoks, Alberta
Saturday, August 12

GATES @ 4:00PM
RACING @ 5:00PM

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KENNEDY GRABS FOURTH WIN, EMOND AND TOM SQUARE OFF
OKOTOKS, AB. (August 13) – The $100,000 Northern Provincial Pipeline Late Model Series paid fans at Rocky Mountain Raceway Park a visit Saturday night. This was the N.P.P. Series’ only visit of the 2006 season to this southern Alberta racetrack. A thunder and lightning storm greeted the twenty race teams as they arrived at the track Saturday afternoon. Drivers and crew began wondering if they were even going to get to race. Many huddled inside their trailers. Others began strategizing what effect the rain would have on track conditions. When the sun broke through the clouds all race teams knew it was time to go racing. Cody Graber, Jeff Grundberg, Mike Tom, Gerry Emond, Dwight Kennedy and Jason Beaulieu won their heat races. The father and son race team of Gerry and Trevor Emond were early favorites heading into the Feature event after individual victories at this track last season. But it was Series point leader Dwight Kennedy who won his fourth Feature of the year. The victory was by a less than a fender at the finish line. Jason Beaulieu challenged Kennedy for the final five laps moving under the Edson Alberta driver on the final corner and was just three feet shy of grabbing his first win of the season. “It was close,” says the Campbell River, BC driver, “it would have been nice to put this Dodge in first place but Kennedy ran a good race.” Feature winner Dwight Kennedy was extremely pleased with his hard fought victory. “I had to win plain and simple” says Kennedy, “ with drivers gaining behind me (in points) and considering what happened to me here last year, there was no way I wanted Jason to get by me.” Kennedy was black flagged at his last appearance at Rocky Mountain Raceway. Kennedy believes that disqualification cost him a top three finish in 2005 points. “I had a little bit of a score to settle,” adds Kennedy, “having a Dodge finish one and two just tops it off nicely.” For the third race event in a row, Gerry Emond had a podium finish. Emond says he was fortunate to finish this high. “We were driving a hurtin’ car this evening. We think we broke a push rod so we were running only 7 cylinders. We would have been in real trouble if this was a bigger racetrack.” The third place finish keeps Emond solidly in second place in the N.P.P. Late Model standings. The Edmonton Alberta driver is only 141 points behind Dwight Kennedy. “We are going to push him to the max in Drayton Valley (Aug. 19/20) and the remaining races in September. This season is far from over.” After the Feature there were some fireworks in the competitor pits. Three time series champion Trevor Emond and Mike Tom had a little ‘chat’. The ingredients for the ‘blow up’ were there with Emond desperate to claim his fourth consecutive Series crown and Tom trying to salvage his worst season ever in a stock car. Tom was upset over an aggressive pass Emond made to take over fourth spot. It took several crew members and track staff to separate the two ‘hot’ drivers. No penalties or fines were handed out. Emond sits third in the point standings. Tom is only 74 points out of the top 10 in the N.P.P. standings after missing close to half the season after a devastating crash the end of May in Edmonton. The final road trip of the season wraps up the most grueling part of the 2006 Northern Provincial Pipelines Late Model season. Drivers and crew find themselves at another inaugural race event and back to back race event. N.P.P. Late Model teams visit Rapid Fire Motorsports Park in Drayton Valley this Saturday and Sunday August 26 & 27.

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FIRST TIME VISIT TO THE VALLEY
EDMONTON, AB. (August 17) – The $100,000 Northern Provincial Pipeline Late Model Series wraps up the most grueling part of the schedule this Saturday and Sunday with its first ever visit to Rapid Fire Motorsports Park near Drayton Valley. “This is the second two day show in three weekends,” indicates N.P.P. tour announcer Gord Craig, “It may sound cliché but this is the ‘go hard or go home’ race event for teams involved in the championship chase. The problem right now is that I can see fatigue starting to show on the faces of the teams. This is resulting in shorter ‘fuses’ between teams challenging each other in the standings. We are starting to see more fireworks on the track and in the pits.” Current point leader Dwight Kennedy knows there is a lot of pressure on his race team this weekend. “There are some desperate drivers behind me,” says the Edson, Alberta driver, who’s coming of a Feature win last weekend in southern Alberta, “my team has this #81 Dodge running flawlessly right now, so its really up to me to keep it at the front the rest of the way.” Kennedy last won an N.P.P. Series championship in 2001. “It’s been way too long,” smiles Kennedy who has finished fourth in the N.P.P. standings the last two seasons. One of the hottest drivers on the series right now and the greatest threat to Kennedy’s point lead is Gerry Emond. The Edmonton Alberta driver has raced to three consecutive podium finishes (two seconds and a third) in Feature races this month. “Finding that first win of the season has been tough,” says the 2004 N.P.P. rookie of the year, “we’re right there in the standings and we intend to put the pressure on the leader this weekend and maybe grab our first victory of the year.” Emond’s son Trevor sits third in the standings. “I lost the point lead at a two day show (in Edmonton) and I’m going to use Drayton Valley to try and get it back. These two days shows can make or break your season,” adds Emond, “now’s the time to make a charge.” The three-time N.P.P. series champion trails his father by just 35 points and Dwight Kennedy by 176 points. Trailing Emond by just 41 points is Darrel Midgley. “We’ve got to pick it up a lot from where we were last weekend (Rocky Mountain Raceway Park) that’s for sure,” says the Sidney BC driver who finished sixth in the Feature, “but we’ve made a lot of progress this year. If we put a couple good races together this weekend we’ll be good shape for the stretch run in September.” The stars of the N.P.P. Late Model Series will once again team up with race teams of the Fountain Tire Alberta Sprint Tour on Saturday. "This is a pivotal race for teams in both series," adds announcer Gord Craig, "ironically teams in both the Late Model and Sprint Car Series will have just four races left in their seasons." After Sunday’s race event in Drayton Valley, there will only be three race events left in the 2006 N.P.P. Late Model Series. The remaining races will be run at Edmonton’s Castrol Raceway.

RAPID FIRE MOTORSPORTS PARK - Drayton Valley Alberta
Saturday, August 19 – racing @5PM
Sunday, August 20 – racing @ 3PM

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SPECTACULAR CRASH MARS FINAL NIGHT IN DRAYTON VALLEY
DRAYTON VALLEY, AB. (August 20) – Sunday evening at Rapid Fire Motorsports Park, race fans and race teams were witness to one of the wildest crashes the N.P.P. Late Model Series has ever seen. While taking the green flag to start the 25 lap Feature event, Spruce Grove’s Bruce Broughton lost second gear going down the front straightaway. “I feel bad, I tried to get out of the way but there was no where to go. It was the start of the race and I’m in the middle of the pack.” Broughton’s car began slowing dramatically. Several cars did see that Broughton was in trouble and scrambled to get out of the way. Unfortunately some could not. “I heard something break on Broughton’s car when he went past me, “exclaimed three time N.P.P. Series champion Trevor Emond, who was not involved in the melee, “ when I saw his car move funny I though to my self this could get ugly.” A chain reaction crash ended up involving 4 race cars with spectacular results. All eyes were on the #23 machine of Gerry Emond and the #46 of Chris Skelton. “We came to a sudden stop and here I had a car sitting on top of my roof, “exclaims Emond, “ I was watching that fuel cell fall out of the #46 machine as we were still moving and was wondering where is this thing going!” “It was a wild ride,” says Skelton, “I’ve had some pretty hard hits when I’ve raced my pavement Late Model but this one ranks right up there.” Both drivers walked away from the incident. “At least with the safety equipment we have today everything did what it needed to do to protect myself and Chris.” Skelton’s car was done for the night. Emond’s crew did an amazing patch job on the battered number twenty three machine. Gerry was able to return to the race and managed to finish the feature in tenth place. “I lost a little ground in the point standings,” adds a disappointed Emond, “but I’m still in the chase!”

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KENNEDY SWEEPS WILD WEEKEND IN DRAYTON VALLEY
DRAYTON VALLEY, AB.. (August 20) - Eighteen race teams braved ‘tricky’ track conditions as the $100,000 Northern Provincial Pipelines Late Model Series touched down for the first time at Rapid Fire Motorsports Park. Dwight Kennedy won the Saturday and Sunday night Feature events. It was Kennedy’s third feature win in a row and the second time this season he has won back to back race events at a weekend show. “It was a battle out there,” exclaims Kennedy, “never mind trying to pass other cars, you really had to pick and choose your spots on the racetrack. I feel like I’ve just run a 3 hour marathon.” Both nights the racing surface tossed around the 3,000lb Late Models like they were small toys. In several instances several drivers came together through no fault of their own. Wayne Gideon, Kevin Wheeler, Bruce Broughton, Shawn Kennedy and Ken Clark are just some of the drivers who were involved in fender benders. “There still a body on the race car,” chuckles three time NPP Series Champion Trevor Emond, “it was definitely a struggle this weekend for both me and my dad. We each took some lumps on the track both nights.” Saturday nights Feature event saw Trevor Emonds #71 machine without its two front fenders and the hood. The Leduc Alberta driver was squeezed into the front straightaway wall by Dan Stewart which forced the flagman to throw the black flag to the Seba Beach driver. Six laps later Emond retired with a blown transmission. “The consolation for me, "adds Emond, "was coming back from Saturday night’s gong show and finishing fourth in the Feature.” On Sunday night, Gerry Emond was involved in one of the wildest NPP Late Model crashes in series history. A slowing car on the first lap of the Feature forced several drivers to perform evasive maneuvers. Some made it through. Others did not. Four race cars came to a halt with spectacular results. “We came to a sudden stop and here I had a car sitting on top of my roof, “exclaims Gerry Emond, “I was watching that fuel cell fall out of the #46 machine as we were still moving and was wondering where is this thing going!” Both Emond and rookie driver Chris Skelton were uninjured in the crash. “I saw a lot of dust and shadows of cars elevated,“ indicates Mike Tom, “ so I knew it was bad. I was heavy on the brakes but was tagged from behind. All corners of the car got it but it was mostly cosmetic.” Despite the carnage Tom was one of a handful of drivers that had a top ten finish both nights. Kevin Clark was the only NPP driver other than Kennedy to finish in the top six both nights. The two night consistency from the rookie driver launched him 3 positions in the standings to 11th. The Altario, Alberta driver now sits just five points out of the top 10 and can clinch rookie of the year status with a strong performance in Edmonton. Only three races remain in the 2006 N.P.P. Late Model Series. These events will be held at Edmonton’s Castrol Raceway on August, 26th, September 9th and September 23rd.

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KENNEDY CAN CLINCH CHAMPIONSHIP THIS WEEKEND
EDMONTON, AB. (August 23) – The $100,000 Northern Provincial Pipelines Late Model Series enters the final stretch of the 2006 season this weekend at Castrol Raceway. With only three scheduled races remaining, all to be run in Edmonton, current point leader Dwight Kennedy can clinch the Series championship this Saturday night. “The #81 Dodge has been close to perfect all month. My crew has put me in this position (to win the championship) so now it’s up to me to bring it home.” The Edson Alberta driver has six Feature wins this year making this one of his best season’s ever behind the wheel of an N.P.P. Late Model Stock Car. Those six victories have come in the last ten race events. “I think we were fourth or fifth in the standings when we won our first race of the season back in June,” indicates Kennedy, “that Lethbridge win is the one that really got us going.” Kennedy last Series championship was back in 2001 but has never finished out of the top five in total points since then. “We can see the light at the end of the tunnel now.” Three-time N.P.P. Series champion Trevor Emond says winning his fourth consecutive title will be extremely tough, “Dwight’s got quite the cushion right now. I wish we would have had better consistency in Drayton Valley (placing16th and 4th in Features) so we could have kept pace with Dwight. But we’re still third in points right now and heading back to the track that we’ve had success at over the years (Castrol Raceway). All we can do now is hope for the best.” Gerry Emond, Trevor’s father, agrees. “Anything can happen. Look what happened to me in Drayton Valley last weekend.” Emond and rookie driver Chris Skelton came together at Rapid Fire Motorsports Park with Skelton’s car coming to rest on top of Emond’s. “Wrong place at the wrong time,” sigh’s Emond, who remains second in the N.P.P. standings even after the crash. “We’ll just have to run the wheels off the car the next three races in Edmonton.” Looking for his first podium finish since 2004 is Darrel Midgley. “Consistency will be the key for me in Edmonton,” says the Sidney BC driver, “If we get a win it’s a bonus but keeping the car in the top five at the end each night should put us in pretty good shape. The challenge is finishing ahead of both Trevor and Gerry each night. This won’t be an easy task.” The Northern Provincial Pipelines Late Model Series visited a record six race tracks in 2006. The chase for the $100,000 points fund began on the road in Rimbey, Alberta back on May 13th. If Kennedy clinches the championship this Saturday, it would be the first time in Series history that the championship was decided in the month of August. The remaining N.P.P. race dates are September 9th and 23rd at Edmonton’s Castrol Raceway.

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EMOND WINS, KENNEDY CLINCHES 2006 NPP SERIES CROWN
EDMONTON, AB. (August 27) – The goal of winning four straight Northern Provincial Pipeline Late Model Series championships came to an end for Trevor Emond at Castrol Raceway Saturday night. At first, it looked as though the Leduc Alberta driver denied NPP Series point leader Dwight Kennedy the opportunity to clinch the 2006 Championship after race action concluded. Emond won the Feature event and had a more consistent night in the heat races than Kennedy. Many thought that Emond would still have that slim chance at claiming another title in September but a late night count of the championship point’s revealed a different story. By a slim margin of only two points, Kennedy’s fifth place finish in the Feature and a heat race victory was enough to give the Edson Alberta driver the valuable points needed to clinch top spot for 2006. Kennedy last won the N.P.P. Late Model Series Championship in 2001. “That was too long of a wait,” says the Edson Alberta driver, “after four seasons we finally have a Dodge in top spot. If we can get the other Dodge (Darrell Midgley) into the number two spot it would cap off the season nicely.” “That won’t happen,” exclaims Trevor Emond, who did end Kennedy’s Feature win streak at three, “he may have the Series crown but I’m going to end the season the way we started it with my own winning streak.” Saturday night’s victory did put Emond back into second place in the NPP Series standings just twenty points ahead of a surging Darrell Midgley. “With two races left in the series,” adds Emond, “third place is not an option for me right now.” Darrell Midgley has other ideas though, “We finished seventh in the points last season. We got by Gerry (Emond) in the standings tonight (Saturday) and we’re now sitting third. It’s been a good year. With second place in our sights right now, I’d be a little disappointed if we didn’t get it now.” Continuing to salvage what could have been his worst season ever in a Late Model stock car is Mike Tom. The Stony Plain Alberta driver missed several race events in June and July due to a devastating crash at Castrol Raceway back in May. At one point Tom was last in the NPP point standings. Tom, who finished second in the points in 2005, had his best finish of the season on the weekend finishing second in the Feature. “The home track advantage, “smiled Tom, “we made no real adjustments on the car all night. For the first time this season we were able to show our stuff and it felt pretty good.” Tom has had an incredible month of August with some consistent finishes at NPP race events in Swift Current, Okotoks, Drayton Valley and now Edmonton. Tom has moved from near the bottom of the standings to eleventh place just seventeen points out of a top ten position. “My dad (Allen) and I were hoping we could sneak into the top ten after our brutal start to the year. With two races left, “smiles Tom, “maybe we could grab a win too. That would be a nice touch.” There are two races remaining in the $100,000 Northern Provincial Pipeline Late Model Series and still many positions in the standings to decide. The next NPP Series race is Saturday, September 9th at Edmonton’s Castrol Raceway.

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