BEAULIEU BEST IN THE WEST
ELMA, WA. (August 1) – British Columbia’s Jason Beaulieu is making the most of his limited racing season in 2010.  The 2007 Northern Provincial Pipelines Late Model Series Champion drove his open wheel Modified to victory lane at the 11th annual Shipwreck Beads Modified Nationals at Grays Harbor Raceway Saturday night.  “I’ve been racing a long time and I have to say that this is my biggest win ever in a modified.”  The Campbell River, BC driver says the competition was extremely tough with a record 68 teams (including 4 Canadian teams) at this years event.  “You have the best of the best racing here (this weekend) and to be able to come out on top is something else.”  Beaulieu’s race weekend got off to a strong start by qualifying second fastest in his brand new #90 Alien Chassis sponsored Modified on Friday night.


BACK TO BACK FEATUE WINS FOR BEAULIEU IN WASHINGTON

Beaulieu won his Heat then grabbed the Friday night Feature which automatically locked him into Saturday night’s big show.  “I drew a #12 pill for the start of Saturday night’s race so I knew I had a lot of work ahead of me.”  At the drop of the green it took Beaulieu just 8 laps to take over the race lead from his starting position.  Challenging Beaulieu the remaining 32 laps was the #1 qualifier on the weekend Scott Lenz from Shady Grove, Oregon.  “I knew he was behind me but we managed to hold him off.”  At the checkered flag only 8 of the 24 cars that started Saturday nights Feature finished on the lead lap.  “We had a pretty good run to the front,” admits Beaulieu, “the car was hooked up in the corners.  Yes there was a bit of a challenge getting through the lapped traffic but that’s all a part of the race.”  Beaulieu’s son Chris finished 9th in Saturday nights Feature.  NPP Late Model Series backup driver Lawrence O’Conner from Port Hardy, British Columbia finished in 6th.  Beaulieu is the manager and co-owner of Pacific Cachalot, a tugboat company in Campbell River, BC.  “Work has really gotten in the way of racing this year,” admits Beaulieu, “this was only my second race weekend of the season.”  Beaulieu has been the winningest driver the past two seasons in the NPP Late Model Series with eight feature wins.

SATURDAY FEATURE (top 10)
1. #90 Jason Beaulieu; Campbell River, BC
2. #51 Scott Lenz; Shady Grove, OR
3. # 7 Brian Poppa; Medford, OR
4. # 6 Travis Perry; Fort Jones, CA
5. # 3 Josh Muller: Montesano, WA
6. #27 Lawrence O’Conner: Port Hardy, BC
7. #28 Mark Wauge; Medford, OR
8. #34 Albert Gill: Central Point, Oregon
9. #90 Chris Beaulieu; Campbell River, BC
10.#14 Craig Moore: Seabeck, WA

FRIDAY FEATURE (top 5)
1. #90 Jason Beaulieu, Campbell River, B.C.
2. #26 Scott Miller, Shelton, WA.
3. # Travis Perry, Fort Jones, CA.
4. # 5 Jesse Williamson, Eugene, OR.
5. #21 Jon DeBenedetti, Medford, OR.

ALL PHOTO CREDITS TO JOHN FLETCHER
-Fletcher Motorsports Photography-
fletch1999@comcast.net or 1-360-649-5063

NPP' RACER NEWS FLASH: Leduc, Alberta's Trevor Emond won race number three of the new Dakota Dunes Pavement Late Model Series at Auto Clearing Speedway in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan. Emond qualified number one at the Saturday night August 14th event. For the third consecutive Dakota Dunes race, Emond accepted the front row challenge and started the Feature in the back row. The last two times Emond had come up just one position short of winning. This time Emond took home the checkered flag in the crash marred race (two red flags) and now has a 30 point lead in the drivers standings with two races to go.

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NPP ON THE WWW
EDMONTON, AB. (August 10) – The official website of the Northern Provincial Pipelines Late Model Series reaches a major milestone this week.  “Leading up to the Oilmens race, the NPP Series website will be recording its 100,000th visitor.”  NPP Series announcer Gord Craig indicates visits to the website continue on an upward trend.  “The website has seen amazing growth since its official launch back in May of 2007.  We saw visits increase by over 100% from launch to the end of 2008.  Visits increased by over 50% between 2008 and 2009.  Despite several rainouts and race cancellations visits to the website are up just over 10% this year.”  Craig says posting information like race results and current points after race events is key.  “No one should have to wait several days for race results to be posted.  A website is a major information tool.  It should always be current and relevant.”  The NPP Late Model Series has big plans in store for the website in the 2011 season.  “It’s the 10th anniversary of the NPP Series next season.  The plan right now is to broadcast several live video events on-line.  The technology is available and its time we utilized it.”  The next scheduled event of the NPP Late Model Series is the 17th annual Oilmens Classic event at Edmonton’s Castrol Raceway on Friday and Saturday May 20th and 21st.  The NPP Series is joined by the Alberta Sportsman Sprint Tour and their running of the 2010 Xtreme Cup.  
  

WEB SITE VISITS - ALL TIME (as of 12:01AM Tuesday, Aug. 10th)
TOTAL VISITS: 99,741
TOTAL PAGE VIEWS: 258,212

TOTAL HITS: 3,333,815

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OILMENS MEMORIES
EDMONTON, AB. (August 16) – The 17th running of the Oilmen’s Classic, one of Western Canada’s longest running stock car events, is set for this weekend at Castrol Raceway.  Northern Provincial Pipelines Late Model Series racer Travis Day competed in the very first Oilmen’s race and is looking forward to Saturday nights Feature.  “Over the years we’ve had some pretty good Oilmen’s races and some real bad ones too.” 


"OILMEN'S" WERE ORIGINALLY RUN AT HINTON'S YELLOWHEAD RACEWAY

The fondest Oilmen’s memories for the driver of the Trappers Auto Parts #10 Chevrolet goes back to the 1994 race at Yellowhead Raceway in Hinton, Alberta.  “This was the very first Oilmen’s and we finished third.  I remember that very well,” smiles the Whitecourt, Alberta driver, “it was a major battle just to get to the Feature.”  Days first ever Oilmen’s race unfortunately began with a bang.  “I had one of my tires ripped off in a heat race crash and at first I thought that was it we were done.”  Day and his crew managed to patch up his damaged #10 Camaro in time for the Oilmen’s Feature. “I think this is the first time I’ve admitted this but because of the crash we had no brakes in that Feature.”  Day indicates he was forced to come up with a creative way to slow down his brakeless race car.  “Hinton has no inner walls.  They had just a dirt burm to mark the inner line of the track.  Just before going into the corners I would intentional go low and use this burm to scrub off some speed.  It was a pretty rough way to slow a race car down but it worked.”  The Oilmen’s Classic has been run at Edmonton’s Castrol Raceway since 2001. 


DAY SITS 7TH IN NPP SERIES CHAMPIONSHIP POINTS

This year the NPP Late Model Series and the Alberta Sportsman Sprint Car Series team up for two nights of action.  Friday will be an open practice night for NPP Late Model Series competitors and preliminary races for Sportsman Sprint Car teams.  Saturday is the big race night with the NPP Late Model Series Oilmen’s Classic and the Sportsman Sprint Cars X-treme Cup races.

2010 OILMENS CLASSIC WEEKEND
>FRIDAY, August 20th
- NPP Series optional on track practice/test 'n' tune

>SATURDAY, August 21st
- racing starts at 6:00PM

PAST OILMEN’S WINNERS
2009    Trevor Emond
2008    Dwight Kennedy
2007    Dennis MacEachern
2006    Dwight Kennedy
2005    Wayne Gideon
2004    Dwight Kennedy
2003    Trevor Emond
2002    Trevor Emond
2001    Dwight Kennedy
2000    Larry Simpson
1999    Dwight Kennedy
1998    Dwight Kennedy
1997    Dwight Kennedy
1996    Dwight Kennedy
1995    Dwight Kennedy
1994    Dwight Kennedy

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TOM STORMS TO OILMENS VICTORY
EDMONTON, AB.
(August 22)A major storm system held off long enough to allow Mike Tom the opportunity to win the 17th annual Oilmen’s Classic at Castrol Raceway Saturday night.  “I’m really excited about putting my name alongside the list of drivers that have won this event.  I’m so proud of my team.”  Rain began falling just as Northern Provincial Pipelines Late Model Series race teams were making their way onto the track for the Oilmen’s Feature.  The shower lasted several minutes then suddenly stopped.  Doppler radar showed a small window of opportunity to get the race in before the next wave of heavier rainfall was to move into the region.  “When it started to rain I think a lot of us (drivers) thought we were done.  It was nice to see that green flag.”  The Stony Plain, Alberta driver started the Oilmen’s Feature in the third position in his Enerbuilt Technologies #55 Chevrolet.  “We made some bold set up changes that we’ve never tried on this car before.” Whitecourt, Alberta’s Pat Fines sat on the pole and jumped out to a commanding lead.  For over half the Oilmen’s Feature Tom, Travis Day and Kevin Clark battled hard for track position. 


TOM (#55) CHALLENGES RACE LEADER FINES WITH FOUR LAPS TO GO

With five laps to go Tom managed to break away from the battle with Day and Clark and set his sights on the race leader.  Fines was just four laps away from claiming his first ever Feature win in a NPP Late Model when Tom began his challenge for the race lead.  “Pat ran an incredible race.  He was a bit higher up on the track than where I wanted to run.  He held his line the entire time.  His car was definitely stronger on the straights where I think we were better in the corners.”  Tom grabbed the race lead with four laps to go.  Current NPP Series point leader Bruce Broughton, who had handling problems the entire Oilmen’s Feature, managed to move up to third getting past Day.

 
TOM CELEBRATES OILMENS VICTORY IN THE POURNG RAIN

On the final corner Whitecourt’s Kevin Wheeler made a bold move squeezing between Fines and Broughton to steal second place. Moments after the checkered flag flew the rain began to fall. Mike Tom’s victory and Kevin Wheeler’s second place finish narrows the gap in the NPP Championship point standings.  Only 55 points separates the top three drivers with one race to go in the 2010 season.    

NPP RACE NOTES
- for the first time in the 17 year history of the Oilmen’s no caution flags were flown in the Feature.    
- this is the second time in three season’s that Kevin Wheeler has finished second at the Oilmen’s Championship race.     
- no driver has won a Feature from the pole position in 2010. 
- Battle of the Manufacturers: Chevrolet has won 7 of the last 10 NPP Series Feature events.
 
NPP SERIES OILMENS CHAMPIONS
2010    Mike Tom
2009    Trevor Emond
2008    Dwight Kennedy
2007    Dennis MacEachern
2006    Dwight Kennedy
2005    Wayne Gideon
2004    Dwight Kennedy
2003    Trevor Emond
2002    Trevor Emond
2001    Dwight Kennedy

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CHEERING THE OUTLAWS
EDMONTON, AB.
(August 29) The World of Outlaws Sprint Car Series made their annual stop at Edmonton’s Castrol Raceway on the weekend.  Close to a dozen NPP Late Model Series race teams were in attendance Friday and Saturday night cheering on their favorite Sprint Car drivers. “Steve Kinser is my guy,” says Whitecourt Alberta’s Kevin Wheeler, “he’s just a down to earth kind of guy.  He’s out there racing having a good time and making a living at it too.”  Kinser finished 11th and 7th in the Oil City Cup Features.  Stony Plain Alberta’s Mike Tom was split as to who he was rooting for both nights.  “I wanted the local guys do well.  At the same time I wanted to see Jason Meyers in victory lane.” 


KEVIN WHEELER AND MIKE TOM TAKING IN OIL CITY CUP ACTION

Meyers won Friday nights Feature race and finished 4th on Saturday night.  Sherwood Park’s Sean Moran was the top finishing local driver in the Friday nights Feature (14th).  Leduc’s Casey Adams finished 16th in Saturday nights Feature. 


FLYING THE NPP LOGO, JASON SOLWOLD FINISHED 8TH SATURDAY NIGHT

Bruce Broughton’s favorite driver has a connection to NASCAR.  “I’m a huge Kasey Kahne fan and anything connected with him, I’m right there.”  Joey Saldana drives for Kasey Kahne racing.  After sweeping last year’s event at Castrol Raceway, Saldana was the early favorite heading into the 2010 event.  Unfortunately Saldana crashed out of the Feature on Friday night and finished 19th.  It was a major turnaround for Saldana on Saturday night.


SALDANA AND CREW CELEBRATE OIL CITY CUP VICTORY
(photo: Perry Nelson)

The Brownsburg, Indiana driver raced to victory in an incredible Feature to claim his second consecutive Oil City Cup championship.  “I’m sure glad Joey Saldana won,” adds Broughton, “it capped off an excellent weekend of racing.” 

----------------------4th annual OIL CITY CUP - Edmonton, Alberta
------->Friday, August 28th (Top 5)  ----                       >Saturday, August 29th (Top 5)
1.#14 Jason Meyers; Clovis, California         1.# 9 Joey Saldana; Brownsburg, Indiana
2.# 3 Kerry Madsen; St. Mary's, Australia    2.#15 Donny Schatz; Fargo, North Dakota

3.#15 Donny Schatz; Fargo, North Dakota   3.#15 Sam Hafertepe Jr.; Sunnyvale, Texas
4.# 7 Jason Sides; Bartlett, Tennessee 
---- --4.#14 Jason Meyers; Clovis, California--------

5.#91 Paul McMahan; Nashville, Tennessee  5.#91 Paul McMahan; Nashville, Tennessee

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