3 TIME NPP SERIES CHAMPION EMOND TO RACE IN OKOTOKS
LEDUC, AB (August 1) - After a two year sabbatical, a familiar name returns to the NPP Late Model Series this weekend at Rocky Mountain Raceway Park. Trevor Emond will compete in his first NPP race event since September of 2006.  The 2003, 2004 and 2005 NPP Series champion will not be competing in his familiar #71.  “I’m driving the number five this weekend,” says the Leduc Alberta driver, “It's a fill in job this weekend. I want to thank Kevin (Clark) for the opportunity.  It will be good to drive one of these cars again. It’s been awhile. See if I can shake the rust off.”  Kevin Clark won’t even be near the track this Saturday and Sunday.  The Altario, Alberta driver has his annual family reunion and is unable to compete.  “We’ve had our family reunions on the August long weekend for close to two decades now," says Clark, "I didn't want the car sitting idle. Thank goodness Trevor was available this weekend. Even if it is just for the weekend, its pretty neat to see him back behind the wheel in our Series again.  He will do well.” 


3 time NPP Champion will race the #5 this weekend (inset:Trevor Emond in 2006)

Trevor Emond, who has been helping with the chassis set up on Clark’s race car the past several events, is no stranger to the Southern Alberta track.  Emond won a NPP Series race at Rocky Mountain Raceway Park in August of 2005.  He finished fourth at the August 2006 race.  Shortly after the 2006 NPP season (finished 2nd in points) Emond announced he would be taking a little ‘breather’ from racing to spend more time with his family.  In 2008 Emond returned to the racing scene to compete in the ARCA West Late Model pavement Series. With one win and two seconds in four scheduled events so far this year in his #17 Glentel Pontiac Grand Prix, Emond sits number one in the ARCA West Late Model point’s chase.

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EMOND GRABS WIN, ROOKIE McCAUGHAN NEW POINT LEADER
OKOTOKS, AB
(August 2) - A familiar name returned to the Northern Provincial Pipelines Late Model Series for the first time since September 2006. Leduc Alberta's Trevor Emond was filling in for regular NPP Series competitor Kevin Clark at Rocky Mountain Raceway Park Saturday night. It was almost a perfect night for the three-time NPP Series champion (2003, 04, 05). Emond drove the Clark Construction #5 Dodge to a Qualifying Heat win, a second place in the 'A' Dash and a Feature event win. "I had fun tonight," says Emond, "it's good to be back racing with these guys again." The last time Emond competed in an NPP Series race was September 9th 2006 in Edmonton (Heat win/Feature win). Emond is currently the point leader in the ARCA West Pavement Late Model Series. Along with Emond's return to the Series, race fans at Rocky Mountain Raceway Park witnessed history Saturday night. Local driver Brian McCaughan's second place finish on his home track gave him the NPP Series point lead. It's the first time in the 8 year history of the NPP Series that a rookie driver has lead the points chase. "Trevor ran a great race," says the driver of the #42 avenuebuilt.com/Lucas Oil Chevrolet, "he got me on the outside. I was hoping for some lapped traffic (to get spot back) but that didn't happen." Kevin Wheeler started the Feature in the 13th position and moved through the field to finish third in his KW Mechanical sponsored #3 Dodge. "We had to run the 'B' Dash again tonight," sighs the Whitecourt, Alberta driver, "thats three in a row for us now. We have to get to the 'A'. Starting from near the back of the pack in the Feature is getting old." The podium finish moved Wheeler from 10th to 9th in NPP points chase. Dwight Kennedy, who slipped from number one to third in NPP points had one of his most frustrating nights of the season. "We had carburator problems all night," says the driver of the Lucas Oil #81 Dodge, "no power on a track where we needed it." For the fifth consecutive race, the Edson, Alberta driver ran the 'B' Dash event. "We managed to finish 8th. The only way we could have finished higher is if there were mistakes made by the other drivers." That did not happen. Just 4 caution flags flew in the 30 lap Feature. Rounding out the top 5. Coming off his third place finish in Rimbey last Saturday night (July 26th), Campbell River BC's Chris Beaulieu finished fourth in the #46 All Weather Window's Dodge. Chris Beaulieu was once again filling in for his father, defending season champion Jason Beaulieu, who was racing his Dirt Modified in Elma, Washington. Despite an ill handling race car, Stony Plain Alberta's Mike Tom placed 5th in his Hinton Oilfield Service #55 Chevrolet. Tom moved up one spot to 4th in the NPP Points chase. Day two of the NPP Shootout weekend at Rocky Mountain Raceway Park just south of Okotoks goes Sunday afternoon. Racing starts at 4PM.

NPP PIT BITS
- #42 Brian McCaughan had a bit of a scare Saturday night when he was preparing to head out onto the track for hot laps. Zero oil pressure. Brand new oil filter installed turned out to be defective.
- # 8 Pat Fines lost a tire during hot laps. Missed his Qualifying heat to repair damage.
-#78 Ken Clark has had his best finishes of the 2008 season at RMRP. Clark finished 6th Saturday night. He had a third and an eighth place finish in May.
-#88 Crystal Kennedy has run back to back 'A' Dash races after running 5 consecutive 'B' Dashes.
-several NPP regulars decided to take the long holiday weekend off. 5 NPP cars had 'Fill in' drivers behind the wheel:
#01 Sean Moskal (regular driver: Dan Stewart)
# 4 Rod Wilde (Corry MacDougall)
# 5 Trevor Emond (Kevin Clark)
#14 Brad Purdey (Darrell Midgley)

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NPP ‘VISITOR’ HAS NEAR PERFECT WEEKEND IN OKOTOKS
OKOTOKS, AB (August 3) A familiar name returned to the Northern Provincial Pipelines Late Model Series for the first time since September 2006. Leduc Alberta's Trevor Emond was filling in for regular NPP Series driver Kevin Clark at Rocky Mountain Raceway Park Saturday and Sunday night. It was a near perfect weekend for the three time NPP Series champion (2003, 04, 05).  Emond drove the Clark Construction #5 Dodge to back to back Feature event wins and never finished worse than second in the Qualifying heats and ‘A’ Dash races.  (won Heat Saturday and won ‘A’ Dash Sunday).  The last time Emond competed in an NPP Series race was September 9th 2006.  “It was good to be back racing with these guys again,” says Emond, “I have missed it. This brought back a lot of good memories running here this weekend.”   Emond left the NPP Series at the end of the 2006 season to spend more time with his family.  Emond has since returned to the racing scene running the 2008 ARCA West Pavement Late Model Series where he currently sits number one in points. 


Emond wins back to back features at RMRP

“Had to adjust our driving style a little bit coming back over to the dirt from the pavement but we managed well.”  Emond remains the all-time Feature win leader in the NPP Late Model Series.  His weekend sweep gives him 29 NPP Feature wins, four more than two-time NPP Series champion Dwight Kennedy. Both Saturday and Sunday’s race events were action packed.  What was expected to be a carnage filled weekend on the tight ¼ mile Southern Alberta race track never materialized. There were a few crumpled fenders and banged up bumpers but no major incidents. Saturday night’s Feature had only 4 yellow flags fly in 30 laps.  Sunday saw 8 cautions fly.  Edson Alberta’s Ken Clark and Whitecourt Alberta’s Rod Wilde swept their Qualifying heats both nights.  Stony Plain Alberta’s Mike Tom and Trevor Emond were the other qualifying heat race winners.  Brian McCaughan and Trevor Emond won the weekend ‘A’ Dash events.  ‘B’ Dash wins went to Kevin Wheeler and Sean Moskal.  After four consecutive weekends (6 race events) teams of the Northern Provincial Pipelines Late Model series get a much need two week break. Next race action is the biggest Oval event of the season at Edmonton Alberta’s Castrol Raceway.  Two racing Series team up for two big nights.  The Northern Provincial Pipelines Late Model  Series and the World of Outlaw Sprint Car Series compete at the 2nd annual Boston Pizza Oil City Cup which runs Friday and Saturday, August 22nd and 23rd. 

NPP PIT BITS
-Trevor Emond has won the last four NPP Features he’s competed in.  (Okotoks weekend plus Aug 26th/Sept 9th, 2006 in Edmonton)
-Brian McCaughan is the fourth different NPP Series point leader this season.
-Mike Tom won three out of the four Qualifying heats he ran at Okotoks this season.  The Stony Plain driver also moved from 6th to 4th in NPP standings on the weekend with a fifth and a second in the Features.
-after a fourth place finish in the Feature Saturday night, Campbell River BC’s Chris Beaulieu spun twice in the Feature.  Two yellow flag rule forced Beaulieu to park the car for the rest of the Feature.

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ROOKIE DRIVER GRABS NPP SERIES POINT LEAD ON HOME TRACK
OKOTOKS, AB (August 3) Race fans at Rocky Mountain Raceway Park witnessed history on the weekend. Brian McCaughan's second place finish in the Feature Saturday night gave him the Northern Provincial Pipelines Late Model Series point lead.  It's the first time in the 8 year history of the NPP Series that a rookie driver has led the points chase.  McCaughan took the point lead away from Edson Alberta’s Dwight Kennedy who has been number one in Series points since the beginning of June.  At first the Okotoks Alberta driver did not know if he was even going to be able to race. 


McCaughans car on the hoist at the RMRP garage.

"Starting up the car to head out for hot laps Saturday night, the oil pressure gauge said zero.  Several crew members from other NPP teams came rushing over to help diagnose the problem.  It turned out that a brand new oil filter we installed was defective.  No flow.”  McCaughan would have pole position for Saturday nights Feature but gave up the lead near the halfway point of the feature.  "Trevor ran a great race," says McCaughan, “he got me on the outside. I was hoping for some lapped traffic (to get spot back) but that didn't happen.”  Sunday’s race at RMRP would see McCaughan defend his newly acquired Series point lead for the first time.  “I kinda like it up here,” smiles the driver of the #42 avenuebuilt.com/Lucas Oil Chevrolet, “it’s a different kind of pressure that’s for sure.”  Tense moments returned late in the Feature Sunday evening when McCaughan was forced to pit with a flat tire with just five laps to go.  The flat tire came just as a caution flag was waving for an on track spin.  If the flat tire would have occurred under green flag conditions McCaughan would have had no chance for a top 10 finish.  McCaughan finished the feature in eighth and has a 13 point lead over Edson, Alberta’s Dwight Kennedy heading into the next NPP Series event in Edmonton August 22nd and 23rd.     

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NIGHT #2 FEATURE RESULTS IN OKOTOKS REVISED
EDMONTON, AB (August 5) - Upon video review, the fourth place finish given to Lethbridge Alberta’s Sean Moskal Sunday night has been taken away.  “Awarding the #01 car a fourth place clearly was an error,” says NPP Series announcer Gord Craig, “it should have been caught at the track Sunday night but it wasn’t.”  After the long holiday weekend, NPP officials received several phone calls from several teams questioning the finishing order of Sunday nights Feature at Rocky Mountain Raceway Park.  “From time to time there are inquiries as to how the results are determined,” adds Craig, “we do have one camera that record's the races.  In the event of disputed results, the video of the race will be analyzed. In this case it was a pretty glaring error." The #01 car spun on the final lap of the Feature and was not with the lead pack when it crossed the finish line.  Saturday nights Feature results have been adjusted.  NPP Late Model Series points have been adjusted as well.       

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NPP SERIES ANNOUNCER GOES TRACTOR PULLING THIS WEEKEND
EDMONTON, AB (August 8) – Veteran Alberta motorsports announcer Gord Craig will be flying the rookie flags off his microphone this weekend in Darwell, Alberta.  The Northern Provincial Pipelines Late Model Series announcer and media relations director will be calling his first ever tractor pull event.  “I'm closing in on 600 total race events announced since 1992," adds Craig, "I have called oval races, drag races, monster trucks, demolition derbies and even mud bogs but never have I announced a tractor pull.”  The event is the 13th annual Darwell Ag Drags, one of the biggest tractor pulls in all of Western Canada.  “Last year they apparently set an attendance record of close to 5,500 spectators.”  The event is sanctioned by the Alberta Tractor Pullers Association.  “I’ve seen tractor pulls on television before but never first hand so I am really looking forward to this weekend.” The official pace car of the Northern Provincial Pipelines Late Model Series will also be on display in Darwell this weekend.

www.darwellag.com 

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BONUS NPP RACE DATE ADDED TO SCHEDULE
EDMONTON, AB (August 12) Grays Harbor Raceway in Elma Washington is holding its annual Lucky Eagle Casino BIG ‘E’ Labor Day weekend spectacular on Saturday, Sunday and Monday, August 30th, 31st and September 1st.  The Northern Provincial Pipelines Late Model Series is proud to announce it will be be playing a much larger role in the race weekend by competing on two of the three nights.  “The NPP Series will be making its American debut Saturday night,” says tour announcer Gord Craig, “the touring Series from Canada actually is kicking off the BIG ‘E’ race weekend at Grays Harbor Raceway. We will now help wrap up the BIG 'E' festivities by racing side by side with the World of Outlaw Sprint Car Series on Monday night.”  This will be the second time this season the Northern Provincial Pipelines Late Model Series and the World of Outlaw Sprint Car Series have teamed up for a night of racing.


SATURDAY, August 30th
>Northern Provincial Pipelines Late Model Series
 Cut Rate Auto Parts Hobby Stocks
Racing @ 6:30PM

SUNDAY, August 31st
ASCS ‘360’ Sprint Cars
Ford Focus Midgets
Fireworks after the Features
Racing @ 6:30PM

MONDAY, September 1st
World of Outlaws Sprint Car Series
>Northern Provincial Pipelines Late Model Series (NEW)
Racing @ 6:30PM

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NPP DRIVERS READY FOR A PIECE OF THE ACTION THIS WEEKEND
EDMONTON, AB
(August 18) – Castrol Raceway’s biggest oval show of the season is this Friday and Saturday night.  For the second year in a row, the Northern Provincial Pipelines Late Model Series will be part of it.  The NPP Series and the World of Outlaws Sprint Car Series are once again joining forces in Edmonton for the second annual Boston Pizza Oil City Cup.  “It’s a huge honor and privilege to be apart of the big show this weekend,” says NPP tour announcer Gord Craig, “race fans are in for two incredible nights of racing.”  Both racing series (NPP & Outlaws) are just past the mid-point of their respective seasons.  “I can’t think of a better way to kick off the NPP Series stretch drive than to race in Edmonton.”  Only six race dates remain for NPP Late Model Series teams in what has been the closest point chase in the Series’ eight year history.  Only 134 points separates the top 5 in the NPP point’s chase (309 points separated first from fifth last season).  Sitting number one is Brian McCaughan in his #42 avenuebuilt.com sponsored Chevrolet. 


McCaughan has a slim 18 point lead heading into the big race weekend in Edmonton

“It’s been a crazy run,” says the Okotok’s Alberta driver, “we’ve been going hard, trying to place well and also to keep it clean and not make any enemies on the track.”  McCaughan is one of seven different drivers to register a Feature event win in 2008.  He’s also the fourth different driver to sit number one in points this season.  “It’s a close battle with Dwight (Kennedy) right now,” adds McCaughan, “he’s had some trouble with his car but I expect him to be charging hard in Edmonton this weekend.”  McCaughan has a slim 18 point lead over two-time NPP Series Champion Dwight Kennedy from Edson, Alberta.  “We’ve been struggling with the car set up the past few race events and it hurt us in the standings,” says the driver of the #81 Lucas Oil Dodge, “getting the point lead back is huge for us right now.  A couple of wins in Edmonton would sure help us out.” 


Kennedy looking to regain NPP Series point lead for the third time

Kennedy has five podium finishes (three Feature wins) in the last seven appearances at Castrol Raceway dating back to last August.  Two of those wins came when Kennedy swept the Oil City Cup weekend.  One driver who will be noticeably absent from this weekends race will be defending NPP Series Champion Jason Beaulieu.  “It’s my mothers 65th birthday this weekend,” says the Campbell River BC driver, “it really was a tough call what to do.  In this case family has to take priority.” 


Veteran racer Cooke to race for Beaulieu this weekend

Beaulieu sits just 27 points behind Kennedy and 45 points out of first in his All Weather Windows #46 Dodge.  Beaulieu has contacted fellow British Columbia driver Graham Cooke to run his car in Edmonton this weekend.  The Port Hardy BC driver, has three heat race wins, one feature win and numerous top 10 finishes in nine race events dating back to 2004.  Rounding out the top 5 in the points chase heading into weekend action, Stony Plain, Alberta Mike Tom, who started out the year blowing two motors has quietly moved into fourth place in the standings in his Hinton Oilfield Services #55 Chevrolet.  Kevin Clark, from Altario Alberta sits fifth in his Clark Construction #5 Dodge.         

NPP RACE NOTES
- 7 different drivers have won Features this season
-13 different drivers have won heat races this season.
- only 3 drivers that won the ‘A’ Dash this season (pole position) have gone on to win the Feature: Brian McCaughan, Jason Beaulieu, Trevor Emond. 
- 3 drivers that won the ‘B’ Dash this season (13th starting spot) have finished fifth or better in the Feature; Dan Stewart (4th), Dwight Kennedy (3rd) and Kevin Wheeler (3rd)
- after running 7 consecutive ‘A’ Dash events, Whitecourt, Alberta’s Kevin Wheeler has now run four consecutive ‘B’ Dash events.
- Stony Plain Alberta’s Mike Tom has finished 5th or better (win / two seconds) in six out of the last seven NPP Features.
- Edson, Alberta’s Crystal Kennedy is looking for her third consecutive top ten finish in an NPP Feature this weekend.
- Brian McCaughan’s lowest finishes in 11 Feature events this season have occurred at the same track: Rocky Mountain Raceway Park in Okotoks. (7th – Aug. 3rd / 9th – May 17th)

 

FRIDAY– August 22nd
Gates at 4:00pm
Cars on track at 6:00pm*

SATURDAY – August 23rd
Gates at 4:00pm
Cars on track at 6:00pm
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*Racing to follow after hotlaps and time ins.  Be at the track early if you don’t have reserved seats.

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NPP TO SUPPORT ALBERTA DRIVER AT OUTLAW RACES
EDMONTON, AB (August 19) - Northern Provincial Pipelines Ltd., proud title sponsor of the NPP Late Model Series, is pleased to announce that Wade Fleming, seven time Castrol Raceway Sprint Car season champion, will be racing the Boston Pizza Oil City Cup this Friday and Saturday night in Edmonton.  In order to run competitively with the 'Outlaws', Fleming’s #7 Northern Provincial Pipelines Sprint Car will be powered by an 850 horsepower, '410' cubic inch engine instead of its normal '360' power plant.  "I'm very excited to be given this huge opportunity," says the Ardrossan, Alberta driver, “the most important thing for me will be to race smart and finish both nights."  Fleming will also be joining the Northern Provincial Pipelines Late Model Series with his NPP sponsored Sprint Car on a road trip to Washington State.  The NPP Late Model Series will be racing at Grays Harbor Raceway on August 30th and September 1st. 


Fleming to fly NPP sponsorship at 5 Outlaw races

Fleming will be just a little busier, racing four consecutive nights in Washington State.  Fleming will be racing with the Outlaws in his ‘410’ Sprint Car at Skagit Speedway on August 29th and 30th.  He races his NPP sponsored ‘360’ Sprint Car at Grays Harbor Raceway on August 31st.  He then races with the Outlaws again on September 1st. 

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KENNEDY TAKES BACK POINT LEAD, CLARK WINS AND CRASHES
EDMONTON, AB
(August 24th) The Northern Provincial Pipelines Late Model Series competed at Castrol Raceway’s biggest oval race of the season on the weekend.  More than 15,000 race fans packed the stands for The Boston Pizza Oil City Cup.  The race featured the NPP Series and the World of Outlaw Sprint Car Series.  Friday night would see Kevin Clark run a perfect night grabbing maximum points.  The Altario, Alberta driver would win his heat race and then go on and win the Feature event. Bruce Broughton, who also won his heat race, would lead 16 of the 20 laps in the Feature.  However a rare driving error late in the race denied the Spruce Grove competitor the opportunity for a perfect race night and his second Feature win of the season.  Broughton would get out of shape in turn 2 on Lap 18 and would end up losing six positions.  The miscue handed Clark the lead and the eventual victory.  This would be the third consecutive trip to victory lane for the familiar blue and silver #5 Clark Construction Dodge. Three-time NPP Series Champion Trevor Emond drove the same car to back to back victories at Rocky Mountain Raceway south of Calgary August 2nd and 3rd while Clark attended a family reunion.  Edson Alberta’s Dwight Kennedy finished second in his Lucas Oil #81 Dodge Friday night.  Southern Alberta’s Brian McCaughan (Okotok’s) placed third in his #42 avenuebuilt.com Chevrolet. 


1 - 2- 3 finish for Clark, Kennedy and McCaughan Friday night (Perry Nelson photo)

Kennedy and McCaughan entered Friday night’s race separated by just 18 points in the standings.  McCaughan’s lead in the NPP Championship chase would shrink to just 10 points over Kennedy heading into Saturday nights event.
           
It was a rough start for three NPP Series drivers in Heat race action Saturday night in Edmonton. 


Paul Grundberg (#12) just misses Pat Fines, Kevin Clark does not. (Perry Nelson photo)

On lap two, Kevin Clark struck the spinning #8 Dodge of Pat Fines head-on.  Fines’ was able to drive his car to the pits to begin major repair work but Clark’s race car would have to be towed from the track.  The winner of Friday nights Feature suffered severe front end damage to his race car and would be done for the night.  This would be the first time this season that Clark has missed a Feature event due to mechanical problems. Current Series point leader Brian McCaughan would lose a fuel pump in his heat race and had to be pushed into the pits.  With his DNF in the heat, McCaughan would start the Feature from near the back of the pack.   Bruce Broughton and Rod Wilde would win their respective heat races Saturday night. 


Kennedy has 3 Feature wins in 2008 (two wins in Edmonton)

Dwight Kennedy would win the 20 lap Feature event in his #81 Lucas Oil Dodge.  It would be the Edson Alberta driver’s first win since June 29th. Kennedy would also get back the NPP Series point lead he lost to McCaughan on August 2nd.  Making it to the podium the hard way Saturday night was Sidney BC’s Darrell Midgley and Okotoks Brian McCaughan.  Midgley started the Feature in the 17th position and placed second. This was Midgley’s best finish in a NPP Feature since placing second back on July 12th. McCaughan started in the 15th spot and finished third.  McCaughan has now finished 3rd in a NPP Feature four-times this season.

A historic race is next on the schedule.  For the first time in its 8 year history, the Northern Provincial Pipelines Late Model Series will race in the United States.  The NPP Series will headline race action at Grays Harbor Raceway in Elma Washington Saturday evening August 30th.  On Monday September 1st, the NPP Series will once again be the support class for the World of Outlaws Sprint Car Series.  This will also mark the first time in NPP Series history that a scheduled race event takes place on a Monday.

NPP  PIT BITS
- after failing to crack the top 5 in four consecutive Features (three eighth place finishes and a sixth) Kennedy now has a third a second and a win in his last three Features events.
- Kennedy and Brian McCaughan finished on the podium both nights.
- mechanical woes continue for Arvid Fonstad.  A spectacular fire erupted underneath the Chemserve #2 Dodge during Friday nights Feature. Fonstad was uninjured in the blaze.
- Calgary’s Blair Snow, filling in for his father Dan, ran his first ever race on dirt on the weekend.  Snow finished a respectable 13th in the Feature Saturday night gaining six positions from his starting spot.
- the #46 All Weather Windows Dodge suffered major mechanical problems both nights in Edmonton.  Friday night (broken axle) Saturday (blown motor). After several weeks away from NPP Series competition (Dirt modified schedule), defending champion Jason Beaulieu is expected to be back to compete in Elma,Washington.

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AMERICAN DEBUT FOR NPP SERIES THIS WEEKEND
EDMONTON, AB (August 27th) – For the first time in its eight year history, the Northern Provincial Pipelines Late Model Series competes south of the border. “This is the final road trip of the 2008 season,” indicates NPP Series announcer Gord Craig, “it’s also a history making road trip that drivers and teams will remember for a very long time.” Eighteen race teams are planning to make the long 16 hour drive from various parts of Alberta to Elma, Washington (west of Seattle).


NPP Series heads to the USA for the first time. (Perry Nelson photo)

The NPP Late Model Series will join about 100 other race teams from 3 different racing divisions at Grays Harbor Raceway for the Big ‘E’ weekend Saturday, Sunday and Monday.  “We race Saturday and Monday night,” adds Craig, “we have Sunday off.”  Only four races remain on the 2008 NPP schedule.  Edson, Alberta’s Dwight Kennedy sits number one in points heading into race action this weekend.  “The win in Edmonton on Saturday night (Aug. 23rd) was huge for us,” says the driver of the #81 Lucas Oil Dodge, “we got the point lead back and some pretty good momentum for the final four races of the season.  Maybe we can add to our point lead with a win in Washington this weekend.”  Four different drivers have sat number one in the NPP point’s chase this season.  Kennedy is at the top of the points chase for the third time this season.  The 2008 NPP Championship points chase has been one of the closest battles in Series history.


Kennedy leads the NPP Series points chase headtng to Washington. (Perry Nelson photo)

Fifteen points separates Kennedy from Brian McCaughan out of Okotoks, Alberta.  It’s a classic Northern Alberta versus Southern Alberta battle.  Only 210 points separates the top five in the standings.  “We are right where we want to be,” says McCaughan, “just keep our nose clean, run strong and hope for the best.”  The Okotoks, Alberta driver had back to back third place finishes in Edmonton last weekend.


       ELMA, WASHINGTON

BIG ‘E’ WEEKEND
-presented by the Lucky Eagle Casino

>SATURDAY, August 30th    >SUNDAY, August 31st
Pit gates @ 2:30pm                          Pit gates @ 2:30pm
Spectator gates @ 4:30pm               Spectator gates @ 3:30pm
Racing @ 7:00pm                            Racing @ 6:30pm

Classes                                          Classes
N.P.P. Late Model Series               ASCS ‘360’ Sprint Cars
Hobby Stocks                                Ford Focus Midgets

Spectator Admission                   Spectator Admission       
Adults (15 & Up): $10.00             Adults (15 a& Up): $20.00
Juniors (6-14): $5.00                   Juniors (6- 14): $5.00
Child (0-5): Free                           Child (0 – 5): Free
Premium Seating: $15.00               Premium Seating: $28.00

>MONDAY, September 1st
Pit gates @ 2:00pm
Spectator gates @ 3:30pm
Racing @ 6:30pm

Classes
World of Outlaws Sprint Car Series
Northern Provincial Pipelines Late Model Series

Spectator Admission
Adults (15 & Up) - $35
Juniors (6-14) - $17
Child (0-5) – Free
Premium Seating: SOLD OUT!

NOTE: No ATM on Site

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NPP TO MAKE SERIES HISTORY SATURDAY NIGHT
ROCHESTER, WA (August 29th)
- Anticipation is growing for drivers and teams of the Northern Provincial Pipelines Late Model Series. A history making weekend begins in only a few hours time. Saturday and Monday night, the first ever NPP Series points race takes place at an American race track. Grays Harbor Raceway in Elma Washington is home to the BIG 'E' Weekend. "You can't find a motel room for miles," says NPP Series announcer Gord Craig, "local campgrounds are jammed packed with racefans and racers. This is going to be an incredible race weekend." The NPP Late Model Series headlines the race action Saturday night at Grays Harbor Raceway along with the local Hobby Stock class. NPP teams have Sunday night off but are back in action Monday night, backing up the World of Outlaw Sprint Car Series.


EAGLES LANDING HOTEL PARKING LOT FRI. NIGHT IN ROCHESTER, WA.

There are several firsts that NPP drivers will be aiming for Saturday night in Elma; Heat race win, Dash win, Feature win. "Everyone is focused on Saturday night right now," adds Craig, "no one will say it out loud but you know that winning the first Feature on US soil is very much the number one goal right now for everyone here." There has been 8 different Feature event winners in 2008. Adding to the intensity of this weekends race. It's the closest point battle in the NPP Series 8 year history. Just 400 points separates first through tenth in the point standings. Currently point leader Dwight Kennedy (Edson, Alberta) has a 15 point lead over Brian McCaughan (Okotoks, Alberta). Stony Plain Alberta's Mike Tom currently sits third, just 101 points back of McCaughan and 115 points back of Kennedy. Including this weekend there are only four races left in the season with 600 points still yet to be awarded.

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GRUNDBERG WINS FIRST NPP FEATURE IN UNITED STATES
ELMA, WA (August 30th)- The Northern Provincial Pipelines Late Model Series raced its first ever point event in the United States Saturday night. NPP teams were given some bonus hot laps about 45 minutes prior to the official start of the nights race schedule at Grays Harbor Raceway in Elma, Washington. Spruce Grove Alberta's Bruce Broughton was the first NPP driver to register a heat race victory south of the border. Arvid Fonstad,who has run a limited season, made the long haul from Entwistle, Alberta and registered his first heat race win of 2008. Whitecourt, Alberta's Rod Wilde, running his final NPP race weekend of the season, grabbed the third and final heat of the night. Edson Alberta's Crystal Kennedy won the 'B' Dash race. In the 'A' Dash, Altario Alberta's Kevin Clark and Sherwood Park Alberta's Curtis Moore battled hard for the lead. After losing the race lead on the very first lap, Clark would take back the number one spot from Moore with 3 laps to go and drive on to his second 'A' Dash win of the season. Kevin Wheeler, was the hard charger in the 'A' Dash. The Whitecourt, Alberta driver, who started in the 8th position, made all his passes on the high groove in his KW Mechanical sponsored #3 Dodge and got past Moore on the final lap of the 'A' Dash to finish second. Clark and Wheeler would sit on the front row for the start of the 35 lap Feature event. The start of the Feature would see Wheeler immediately taking the lead. Kevin Clark fell off the pace in his Clark Construction #5 Dodge with electrical problems and would retire on lap 21. Wheeler was challenged for the lead several times by Whitecourt driver Paul Grundberg and Stony Plain Alberta's Mike Tom. Tom was able to get by Wheeler underneath the flagstand on the start of lap 20. The NPP Feature would go 22 straight laps before the first and only yellow would fly. Edson Alberta's Ken Clark and Shelton Washington's Jay Cole would slow at opposite ends of the race track forcing officials to throw the caution. Both drivers irronically suffered broken trailing arms on their race cars. On the restart, Mike Tom and his Hinton Oilfield Services #55 Chevrolet would hang onto the lead until lap 32 when Grundberg, who was running third, would slingshot past Wheeler and Tom coming out of turn four down the front straight. Grundberg would lead the final three laps of the Feature and drive his Carlan Services #12 Pontiac to victory at Grays Harbor Raceway. Mike Tom who was heading for a second place finish, had the spindle on the left front tire break, causing him to spin on the final corner. Bruce Broughton drove on to a second place finish in his #61 LJB Auto Chevrolet and Wheeler finished third.

VIDEO ( Nathan Prince - Grays Harbor Raceway videographer)
Click: NIGHT #1 HEAT RACES
Click: NIGHT #1 'A' & 'B' DASHES
Click: NIGHT #1 FEATURE (part 1)
Click: NIGHT #1 FEATURE (part 2)

PHOTOS ( Fletch Photos - 360-649-5063)
Click: NIGHT#1 PHOTOS


Grundberg wins Saturday night Feature at Grays Harbor Raceway.



Grays Harbor Raceway scoreboard.

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