NPP SERIES POINT LEADER READY FOR BATTLE
EDMONTON, AB. (August 9) The $100,000 Northern Provincial Late Model Series returns to Edmonton’s Castrol Raceway this Saturday night. After a rather hectic July for drivers and teams (six races at four tracks), the last two months of the NPP season will seem rather tame with just three events this month and four in September. “The month of July really shook up the standings in a way I wasn’t expecting,” indicates NPP Series announcer Gord Craig, “the only thing that didn’t change was the name of point leader (Jason Beaulieu) but from second on down, the standings took on a different appearance after every race.” The point spread between all the drivers also narrowed. Only 191 points separates second place from tenth in the standings. The gap between first and second also got closer. “With just seven races left in the season I can guarantee that we will see one of the best battles ever for the championship in the seven year history of the N.P.P Series.” One driver who will be in that battle is Jason Beaulieu. The Campbell River, BC driver has been number one in points in the All Weather Windows sponsored #46 since the first race of the year. “The season is far from over,” says Beaulieu, “some people say we have dominated this year. We have run very well but dominate may be the wrong choice of words. It only takes one bad race to mess up a point lead.”  Beaulieu enters race action this weekend with a 181 point lead over last year’s rookie of the year. “July just about wiped my team out,” laughs Kevin Clark, “wow, you could hardly catch your breath from one race and it was off to another track. Looking back (now that I have time) July was pretty good to us.” The Altario, Alberta driver was 13th in the point standings in June. “Right now we’re focusing on Jason but we also have to keep in mind who is behind us as well. Darrell (Midgley) and Shawn (Kennedy) are right there. You can’t count out Dwight (Kennedy) either. Just last month he (Dwight Kennedy) was second in the standings where we sit right now.” The chase for the NPP Series Championship can be seen on Channel 10; SHAW TV Edmonton. NPP Speed presented by All Weather Windows and Boychuk Transport.  The August 11th NPP Series event at Castrol Raceway will be re-broadcast on Sunday August 19th, Wednesday August 22nd and Saturday August 25th.

NEXT NPP SERIES RACE
Saturday – August 9th at Castrol Raceway

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BEAULIEU WINS FEATURE, KENNEDY MISSES FIRST EVER RACE
EDMONTON, AB. (August 11) – Jason Beaulieu extended his commanding lead in the Northern Provincial Pipelines Late Model Series points chase by winning his fifth Feature event of the season Saturday night at Castrol Raceway. Beaulieu took the lead away from rookie Paul Grundberg with 5 laps to go and drove on to victory. “It was a bitter-sweet win tonight,” indicates the Campbell River BC driver, “on the track it was a great race. Getting by Paul near the end wasn’t easy. They have a great team over there." Rookie driver Paul Grunberg placed second in the feature. “If you got to lose to somebody at least was him,” sighs an obviously disappointed Grundberg, “we ran the tires off this thing but we showed we can run with the top drivers in this series.” Grundberg credits his crew for even getting him to the Feature. “We hurt our transmission in the last heat race so it was a scramble.” Grundberg moves into fifth place in the NPP Series standings and is number one in rookie points this season. Grundberg and Beaulieu, along with all race teams of the NPP Series, had driver Dwight Kennedy on their minds this particular night.  The familiar #81 race car was at the track but Kennedy was not.  “It just felt strange not seeing Dwight at the track tonight,” adds Beaulieu, “I really think we were all racing for him in a way tonight.”  The defending NPP Series Champion was in hospital due to serious throat problems. “He wanted to be on that race track so bad,” says N.P.P. Series announcer Gord Craig, “Dwight has never missed an NPP event, ever. The doctors basically had to read him the riot act because he was determined to race.” An emergency call went out to sprint car driver Sean Moskal who already filled in for NPP driver (Dan Stewart) at a July event in Lethbridge. “I learned real quick how to drive one of these full bodied race cars that night,” says the Lethbridge Alberta driver, “tonight (Saturday) I had some pretty big shoes to fill.” Moskal stunned the Castrol Raceway crowd and drove the #81 to a third place finish in the Feature. “Putting the car on the podium is for you Dwight. Get better real soon."  Depending on what doctors say, Kennedy plans on being in attendance at Edmonton’s Castrol Raceway next weekend (Aug 17th /18th) as a driver or a spectator for the inaugural Oil City Cup which features the World of Outlaws Sprint Car Series and the NPP Late Model Series.

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NPP SERIES RACING ALONGSIDE OUTLAWS THIS WEEKEND
EDMONTON, AB (August 16) – The $100,000 Northern Provincial Pipelines Late Model Series is proud to compete at Castrol Raceway's biggest ever oval ever this Saturday and Sunday.  The inaugural Oil City Cup features the stars of the World of Outlaws Sprint Car Series. “To be a part of this history making race event is a huge honor and privilege for all NPP Series teams,” says NPP tour announcer Gord Craig, “most of our Late Model Stock Car drivers are Sprint Car fans too. So it won’t surprise me to see a few extra cameras in the pits as teams try to get pictures of their favorite drivers.”  The World of Outlaws Sprint Car Series was formed in 1978. The Outlaw series last raced on Canadian soil back in 1982. “They (Outlaws) have been racing for close to 30 years,” adds Craig, “on the other hand the NPP Late Model Series is really still in its infancy. This is only our seventh full season of racing.” Both Series’ (NPP & Outlaws) are just past the midpoint of their respective seasons. The battle for season championships will be near full boil when the green flag drops this weekend.  Jason Beaulieu, the current NPP Series Point leader, is looking forward to this Friday and Saturday night for different reasons. “It’s another two day race weekend with valuable points on the line,” says the Campbell River, BC driver, “there are only six races left in our schedule. We can’t get too comfortable just because we’ve got a big lead in the points. It’s up to me right now to make sure my team has a worry free September.” Beaulieu has been point leader since the season opener in Drumheller back in May. “We’re not giving up the chase,” says Kevin Clark, “we’re putting the pressure on Jason.  If we do well this weekend we can still catch him.  You have to treat every two night show as season makers but they can turn to season breakers in a big hurry.” Clark won his first Feature of the year (Okotoks) on the first night of a two race weekend in July. “Jason won the second night (Lethbridge) to stay ahead of us in the points.  “The goal right now is to have him finish behind us everytime were on the track with him. That’s the only way we can catch him.”  The NPP Late Model Series hits the highway for one final road trip in 2007 after this weekend’s event at Castrol Raceway.  Bridge County Raceway in Lethbridge welcomes the NPP Series for its first ever two-day show on the September long weekend. 

DRIVER UPDATE: Doctors have given 2-time NPP Series Champion Dwight Kennedy the all clear to race this weekend at Edmonton's Castrol Raceway. Kennedy spent almost a week in and out of Hinton Hospital suffering from a serious throat ailment.  He was released on Wednesday.  The Kennedy family would like to thank the racing community and fans for their incredible phone calls of support over the past week.

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WEEKEND SWEEP FOR KENNEDY IN EDMONTON
EDMONTON, AB (August 22) - Just two days after being released from Hinton Hospital defending NPP Late Model Series Champion Dwight Kennedy found himself holding the winners trophy, not once but twice at Castrol Raceway over the weekend. With IV bandages still on his arm, Kennedy jumped into his familiar #81 and grabbed both Friday and Sunday nights Feature events. "I knew as soon as I turned that ignition switch on that everything would be ok, " says Kennedy, "I got the doctors approval to race on Thursday and that was all I wanted to hear." Kennedy missed his first race in NPP Series history one week ago after coming down with a severe throat ailment. It was serious enough that Kennedy had to be hospitalized. "Missing that race last Saturday (Aug. 11th) was tough. It was nice to get this Dodge up to the front both nights. I'll take the wins over hospital food any day."  Back to back victory’s puts Kennedy into second place in the NPP Series point standings. "We've got 4 races to go, Jason still is in front of us and we're going to do everything we can to try and catch him." Jason Beaulieu meanwhile finished right behind Kennedy in Edmonton both nights. "We've put ourselves in a pretty good position to win this (Series) with just a few races to go. We not going to coast," says the Campbell River BC driver, "we're still going to try to win it every time we're on the track but we don't have to knock ourselves out of a race trying to get to the front." With a 270 point lead in the NPP Series, Beaulieu can clinch the championship in Lethbridge on the September long weekend. For one NPP Series driver, finishes of third and fifth on the weekend felt like wins. "Very happy at this point," indicates Stony Plain, Alberta's Mike Tom, "finished back to back races still running with no major problems is a small victory in itself."  Tom has blown four motors this year and is well back in the point standings. "We are building for next year that’s for sure. I really don't look at points anymore. Where we finish is where we finish. We know we are better than what the standings show. I wish we could have finished higher like we did a few years ago (2nd in 2005). With these next few race events remaining, we're going to dig hard to get to the podium again.”  The $100,000 Northern Provincial Pipelines Late Model Series hits the highway for one final road trip in 2007.  The City of Lethbridge welcomes the NPP Late Model Series for its first ever two-day show on the September long weekend at Bridge County Raceway.

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BEAULIEU AIMS CHAMPIONSHIP THIS WEEKEND
EDMONTON, AB (August 29) – With just four scheduled race events left this season, the $100,000 Northern Provincial Pipelines Late Model Series could see history made this long holiday weekend in Lethbridge, Alberta.  Jason Beaulieu is poised to become the first British Columbia based driver to ever win an NPP Series championship. “It would be neat to clinch it this weekend,” says Beaulieu, “we won in Lethbridge the last time we raced there (July 21st). After that particular race I think it was the first time all season we as a team spoke openly that maybe we can win this thing. So to win it in Lethbridge would be a nice touch.”  Beaulieu has been the Series point leader in the All Weather Windows sponsored #46 Dodge since winning the season opening race in Drumheller back in May. “I have had many breaks go my way this year, I’ll admit that.  I’ve been in the right place at the right time but that’s all part of racing.” While Beaulieu has led the points since day one, he has had five different drivers behind him occupying second in the standings. “Jason knows I am not going to give up,” says defending season champion Dwight Kennedy, “he mathematically can’t clinch it the first night and I am going to make sure I am in front of him the second night.” Kennedy currently sits 270 points behind Beaulieu in the standings and is coming off back to back wins in Edmonton. The Edson, Alberta driver is currently sitting second in the point standings for the second time this year. “Losing the transmission while leading in Lethbridge really set us back. We went from second to fifth because of that and we’ve been fighting hard ever since to get back to the front.” Last years NPP Series rookie of the year admits catching Beaulieu is going to be tough task but says his team is ready for the challenge. “We’ve have had one of the faster cars this season,” says Kevin Clark, “the set up has been there every night but we have had some bad luck at the wrong time.” The Altario Alberta driver who sits third in points has been as high as second in the standings. Clark also won his first ever feature race in Okotoks back in July. “This weekend’s the goal is pretty simple. We have to finish ahead of Jason and Dwight if we want to be in the running for the Championship in Edmonton the end of September.” This will be the third and fourth visit of the NPP Late Model Series to Bridge County Raceway in Lethbridge and first ever two night show. Dwight Kennedy and Jason Beaulieu won the previous Feature events. 

BRIDGE COUNTY RACEWAY
Lethbridge, Alberta
Saturday/Sunday, September 1/2
Gates @ 5:00PM
Racing @ 7:00PM

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