VENTURE TO BC - THE CHAMPIONS GATHER
EDMONTON, AB. (Aug. 2) - The Northern Provincial Pipelines Late Model Series makes its official debut in British Columbia this Saturday and Sunday night.  Not only is Merritt Speedway expected to break attendance records over the August long weekend, race fans will also see NPP Series history made.  The track just west of Merritt, BC will host the largest ever gathering of past and present NPP Late Model Series Champions at a race event.  "We had four past NPP Series champions compete in Edmonton last month," says NPP Series announcer Gord Craig, "there will be five past champions racing in Merritt, BC this weekend."  For defending NPP Series Champion Mike Tom, this weekend's race in Southern British Columbia is a bit of a homecoming.  "I lived in Salmon Arm for 11 years before moving to Alberta," says the driver of the Jazzy Oilfield/Belterra #55 Chevrolet, "never did race in Merritt but I managed to race a few times in Valemont and Clearwater when the tracks were open."  Tom's close connection with BC remains.  "I still have friends in Salmon Arm.  They never saw us race back in the day but they are coming to Merritt this time, so I want to do well."  The Stony Plain, Alberta driver sits fourth in the NPP Late Model Series Championship points chase.

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-------------------------------------*Broughton used to campaign the #61 Chevrolet.

Spruce Grove, Alberta's Bruce Broughton, the 2010 NPP Series Champion, won the first ever NPP Series Feature at Speedy Creek Raceway in Swift Current, Saskatchewan back in 2006.  In 2008 Broughton would win the first ever NPP Series Qualifying Heat race in the United States.  Broughton would later finish second in the first Feature at Grays Harbor Raceway in Elma, Washington. 
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To show just how huge this inaugural British Columbia race weekend is becoming, three-time NPP Series Champion Trevor Emond returns to the NPP Series as a special guest driver. "I got the phone call from Kevin Clark to see if I would be interested in racing his car in BC." Clark cannot race his #5 Dodge in Merritt because he will be attending a family reunion.  "It took a while but the logistics of getting his car to Merritt were finally figured out."  Emond has been racing his pavement Late Model at select events in the United States in 2012.  "This will be my first Late Model race in Canada this season," exclaims Emond, "I've run three pavement events in the US and so far I haven't finished one yet.  Hopefully the bad run for me comes to an end in Merritt. "  Emond last competed in the NPP Late Model Series in 2010 [finished 4th].  The Leduc, Alberta driver remains the all-time Feature event winner with 32 trips to victory lane.  At the 2007 and 2008 August long weekend races in Okotoks, Alberta,  Emond won both the Saturday and Sunday night Features. Despite his winning record, Emond has never won an inaugural NPP Series race event. His father Gerry however did win the first race held in Okotoks in 2005.

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-------------*Emond is 'borrowing' the #5 Dodge normally driven by Kevin Clark.

Two-time NPP Series Champion Dwight Kennedy has had the inaugural BC race weekend circled on his calendar since the 2012 NPP schedule was released.  "Everyone [in the Series] is going into this race with a blank slate," says the Edson, Alberta driver, "from car set up to track conditions.  Racing in Merritt will be a huge guessing game.  Here's hoping we guess right."  Kennedy, who also competed in Clearwater and Valemont, British Columbia back in the late 1990's, has had good success at inaugural NPP Series races over the years.  The driver of the Integra Tire/All Weather Windows #81 Dodge won the inaugural NPP Series race in Rimbey (July -2005), Lethbridge (June-2006) and Drayton Valley (August-2006).  Although he didn't win at the inaugural weekend at Grays Harbor Raceway in Elma ,Washington in 2008, Kennedy had an average Feature finish both nights of 3.5.

Darrell Midgley, the 2009 Late Model Series Champion, hasn't attended all inaugural NPP Series events over the years.  However, the Sidney, BC driver made sure that there would be no conflicts in attending the inaugural NPP Series race in his home province this weekend with his Intergra Tire #14 Dodge.  Midgley's best finish at an inaugural NPP Series event was a third in Drumheller back in 2007.


> SATURDAY, August 4th
> SUNDAY, August 5th
4:00pm - Gates Open
5:00pm - Merritt Time Trials/NPP Hot Laps
6:00pm - Racing Starts

General Admission $10.00
Youth (age 13 - 17) $6.00
Seniors $6.00
Children 12 and under FREE.
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NPP CHAMPIONS COMPETIING IN MERRITT
2011 Season Champion: Mike Tom
2010 Season Champion: Bruce Broughton
2009 Season Champion: Darrell Midgley
2006/01 Season Champion: Dwight Kennedy
2005/04/03 Season Champion: Trevor Emond
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NOTE: Chris Beaulieu is the current NPP Series point leader and son of 2007 NPP Series Champion Jason Beaulieu.

INAUGURAL NPP SERIES FEATURE WINNERS
2001 Edmonton - Dwight Kennedy
2005 Okotoks - Gerry Emond
2005 Rimbey - Dwight Kennedy
2006 Lethbridge - Dwight Kennedy
2006 Swift Current - Bruce Broughton
2006 Drayton Valley - Dwight Kennedy
2007 Drumheller - Jason Beaulieu
2008 Elma, Washington - Paul Grundberg
2012 Merritt, British Columbia - ?????
2012 Kindersley, Saskatchewan - ?????

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EMOND BEATS THE HEAT IN MERRITT
MERRITT, BC. (August 6) - Record crowds and record temperatures welcomed the debut of  the Northern Provincial Pipelines Late Model Series in British Columbia on the August long weekend.  Trevor Emond kept his cool in a 'borrowed' race car and scored his 33rd and 34th career NPP Series Feature victories.  The three-time NPP Model Series Champion, filling in for NPP Series regular Kevin Clark, also won his Saturday and Sunday night Qualifying Heats.  Emond also won the 'A' Dash Sunday night which gave him pole position for the Feature. "It's always good to come back [to the NPP Series]," says the Leduc, Alberta driver whose been focused on racing his pavement Late Model in 2012, "I had to knock the rust off though."  Emond last competed in the NPP Series in 2010.  "If Kevin wants me to drive every August long weekend I guess I'll fill in." 


EMOND WINS FIRST NPP HEAT RACE IN MERRITT SATURDAY NIGHT

Darin Borysko, Dwight Kennedy and Trevor Emond were the Saturday night lap leaders in the Feature.  Emond would lead all laps in Sunday night's Feature.  "The track really rubbered up but it was nice and smooth all weekend."  With temperatures in the mid-thirties, the Merritt Speedway water truck made several appearances both nights to calm the dusty racing surface.  Dwight Kennedy and Darrell Midgley would finish second and third in Saturday night's Feature.  Curtis Moore and Kevin Wheeler would finish on the podium Sunday night.  The hot temperatures did lead to some hot tempers on and off the race track both nights.  Kevin Wheeler and Curtis Moore were pointing fingers at each other Saturday night after an on-track incident in the 'A' Dash.  Both cars suffered significant damage in the back straight melee.  During Sunday nights Feature, two-time NPP Series Champion Dwight Kennedy and defending NPP Series Champion Mike Tom bumped and battled hard for second down the back straight.  Kennedy would spin going into turn three.  Under the caution flag Kennedy would track down Tom and would give his car a hard nudge.  Kennedy would receive the black flag for his actions.


KENNEDY AND TOM RIVALRY HEATS UP IN MERRITT

It was a tough weekend for current NPP Series point leader Chris Beaulieu.  The Campbell River BC driver was hoping to build off Saturday nights fifth place finish in the Feature.  Sunday night would be a night filled with frustration.  "I had an axle go on me in the Heat race.  Come Main event time, everyone was driving real aggressive and I got collected."  Starting near the back, Beaulieu was involved in a 5 car wreck on the third lap of Sunday nights Feature.  Jeff Grundberg, Kevin Wheeler, Darrell Midgley and Mike Dunn were also involved.  The red flag would be thrown for this incident because the track was blocked. 


RED FLAG CONDITIONS IN MERRITT SUNDAY NIGHT

Beaulieu would recover and run as high as 2nd in the Feature but ended up 8th after spinning late in the race. Beaulieu has a 35 point lead over a surging Mike Tom who had a 5th place finish in Sunday night's Feature. Kevin Wheeler's Qualifying Heat win and a 3rd place finish in the Feature Sunday night puts him just 8 points behind Tom in the NPP Series Championship point standings with just three races to go in the 2012 season.                 

NPP SERIES - THE INSIDE TRACK
- Trevor Emond and Darin Borysko were the only two NPP Series drivers that finished better than 5th both nights.
- this is the second August long weekend sweep for Trevor Emond.  Emond won the Saturday and Sunday Features at the 2008 August long weekend event at Rocky Mountain Raceway Park in Okotoks, Alberta. 
- Darin Borysko grabbed his first ever NPP Series pole position Saturday night winning the 'A' Dash in the All Weather Windows/Habitat for Humanity #35 Dodge.
- Rookie of the Year contender Mike Dunn finished the Feature in the top 10 both nights plus ran his first ever 'A' Dash Sunday night.
- Bruce Broughton has won a Qualifying Heat at the last three tracks the NPP Series has visited;  Merritt Speedway, Castrol Raceway and Central Alberta Raceways.    
- temperature at Merritt Speedway Saturday night at 6:00pm was 35Celcius.
- temperature at Merritt Speedway Sunday night at 6:00pm was 37Celcius.

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THE HOME STRETCH
EDMONTON, AB. (August 15) - Just three races remain in the 2012 Northern Provincial Pipelines Late Model Series race season.  With the August long weekend debut at Merritt Speedway behind them, NPP Series teams return to the familiar confines of Edmonton's Castrol Raceway this Saturday night.  "One race at a time," says current point leader Chris Beaulieu, "a bad night [in Edmonton] is not an option."  The Campbell River, BC driver drove his All Weather Windows #90 Dodge to Feature finishes of 5th and 8th place at the two day show in British Columbia.


NPP SERIES POINT LEADER CHRIS BEAULIEU (#90) AT MERRITT SPEEDWAY
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"Remain calm, cool and play it smart.  I just want to finish every race."  Beaulieu has two Feature wins in Edmonton this season and currently leads defending NPP Series champion Mike Tom by just 35 points in the standings.  Tom is confident heading into the one night show in Edmonton.  "Looking forward to going back to a more familiar track."  The Stony Plain, Alberta driver has 5 Feature wins in the last 8 NPP Late Model Series appearances at Castrol Raceway dating back to the 2010 season.  "I'm pretty comfortable at this track.  There sure is a lot less guesswork in car set-ups."


MIKE TOM HAS NINE NPP SERIES FEATURE WINS IN EDMONTON
------------------------------------------------- (photo: Tarra Sahlin - STP Racing Memories)

Tom finished 5th and 6th in the Features at Merritt Speedway on the August long weekend in his Belterra/TFL Industria #55 Chevrolet.  "If cooler heads prevail we are going to see some great racing [this Saturday night]."


WHITECOURTS WHEELER (#3) WANTS A WIN IN EDMONTON

Whitecourt, Alberta's Kevin Wheeler wrapped up the August long weekend with a third place finish in British Columbia.  "It's too bad about Saturday night [finished 11th]," says the driver of the KW Mechanical/Bill Weins Trucking #3 Dodge, "we salvaged the weekend with a third on Sunday night." Wheeler sits just 8 points behind Tom in the standings and desperately needs a win. "We've been close so many times in Edmonton the last few years." With NPP Feature wins in Lethbridge, Alberta and Elma, Washington Wheeler has yet to stand in Edmonton's victory lane. Wheeler has finished second a total of five times in the last 9 NPP Series Feature events at Castrol Raceway going back to the 2010 season. "It's time for a win in Edmonton. Period." 
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Gates at 4:00pm
Racing starts at 6:00pm
Also racing: The 2012 Extreme Cup featuring Sportsman Sprint Cars.
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Edmonton spectator admission:
$20.00 - Adults
$10.00 - Youth
$10.00 - Seniors
FREE - Children 5 and under

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MISSING IN ACTION
EDMONTON, AB. (August 17) - The Northern Provincial Pipelines Late Model Series will be without three racing regulars this Saturday night in Edmonton.  Both the 2010 NPP Series Champion Bruce Broughton and 2009 NPP Series Champion Darrell Midgley will be absent from the track when the green flag drops.  Rookie of the Year contender Pete Head has announced that he is gone for the season after an incident unloading his race car. Midgley, president of Western Speedway in Victoria, British Columbia puts on his promoter hat for the biggest pavement sprint car event of the year on Vancouver Island.  "It's unfortunate that I have to miss a NPP Series race but I have to be here [at Western Speedway] for this race."  The Daffodil Cup, first run in 1961, is the second longest running open wheel event in Western Canada, next to Edmonton's Gold Cup which was first run in 1954.  Midgley will compete at the inaugural NPP Series event in Kindersley, Saskatchewan on the September long weekend.  Four-time Castrol Raceway champion Kelvin Bell will drive Midgley's Integra Tire #14 Dodge in Edmonton Saturday night.  Meanwhile, Bruce Broughton has announced that he will not be behind the wheel for the remainder of the 2012 season.  The Spruce Grove, Alberta driver has a family reunion to attend this weekend and a wedding on the September long weekend.  "I had these commitments well before the race season began and before the NPP schedule was released.  These are two big family get-together's and I can't miss either one.  So I have to pull myself out of the driver's seat."  Broughton actually sold off his entire #61 Chevrolet racing operation upon the conclusion of the 2011 race season.  "I actually was done with racing," exclaims Broughton, "I had my 13 years of fun behind the wheel of a Stock Car, Sprint Car and Late Model."  Broughton's retirement from racing was brief.  NPP Series team owner Dwight Kennedy contacted Broughton back in April and asked the 2010 NPP Series Champion if he'd like to fill in for a couple of race weekends in 2012  "It was only supposed to race a few weekends but the way things worked out it ended up being most of the season.  I loved racing the #7 Dodge this year.  I want to thank Dwight for giving me the opportunity."  Broughton registered a Feature win in Rimbey and leads all NPP Series drivers this season with four Qualifying Heat race wins.  Whitecourt, Alberta's Dean Deatherage will drive the #7 NPP Dodge Saturday night in Edmonton. Rookie of the Year contenter Pete Head is done for the 2012 race season. "The doctor told me he has never seen a broken ankle as bad as mine." The Whitecourt, Alberta driver was unloading his car when it 'got away'. His right foot was twisted underneath the car. Along with the broken ankle, Head suffered a fractured leg. "At least four months on crutches," sighs the driver of the Venom Energy #48 Chevrolet, "it could be as much as six months." Pins have already been inserted into his ankle. Head is scheduled for several operations in the coming months.  


Gates at 4:00pm
Racing starts at 6:00pm
Also racing: The 2012 Extreme Cup featuring Sportsman Sprint Cars.
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Edmonton spectator admission:
$20.00 - Adults
$10.00 - Youth
$10.00 - Seniors
FREE - Children 5 and under

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KENNEDY WINS EDMONTON
EDMONTON, AB. (August 19) - Two-time Northern Provincial Pipelines Late Model Series Champion Dwight Kennedy returned to Castrol Raceway's victory lane for the first time in almost four seasons.  "It's been a while," says the driver of the Integra Tire #81 Dodge who last won a race in Edmonton on August 23rd, 2008, "we ran a clean race tonight and this proves that you can win without taking someone out."  Kennedy was referring to some excessive aggression  on the track not only in the Feature but the Qualifying Heats and Dashes.  Saturday nights event saw a lot of twisted up race cars. 


PLENTY OF CARNAGE IN BOTH QUALIFYING HEATS

"We have a little damage on the car but we got through the night."  Kennedy was running second with just four laps to go when race leader Kelvin Bell lost his front right tire due to a broken spindle.  "Kelvin was strong tonight," admits Kennedy who nearly hit Bell's suddenly slowing race car, "it's too bad what happened but that's racing."  Bell's car had barely come to a stop when he was hammered hard by Altario Alberta's Kevin Clark who had just changed his driving line on the track.  Clark was battling for 5th with Campbell River BC's Chris Beaulieu.


MOMENT OF IMPACT BETWEEN BELL AND CLARK

Clark was then clipped by Sherwood Park, Alberta's  Curtis Moore who was running sixth.  Bell, the seventh different pole sitter this season, led the most laps after he inherited the lead from Whitecourt, Alberta's Kevin Wheeler on lap six.  "The temperature sensor blew out of my thermostat," sighs Wheeler who had built up a commanding lead, "I lost a bunch of coolant and had to come in [to the pits]."  Wheeler and his KW Mechanical/Bill Wiens Trucking #3 Dodge went to the back of the pack and charged back to the front and finished fourth.  "I definitely  salvaged what could have been a real bad finish."  Another driver that salvaged his race night was Stony Plain, Alberta's Mike Tom in the Belterra/TFL Industrial #55 Chevrolet.  "The track was very difficult tonight", says Tom, "we had a right rear tire going down and I caught a lucky caution."  Tom, who won his Qualifying Heat earlier in the evening, was running 5th when his tire went soft, "changed the tire under caution went to the back and made it back to fifth."  Tom entered race action second in the NPP Series standings just 35 points behind Chris Beaulieu.  Tom hoped to gain some ground on the point leader however Beaulieu also won his Qualifying Heat and finished third in the Feature. 


KENNEDY, BORYSKO AND BEAULIEU GO HARD IN EDMONTON

"This close to the end [of the season] you really have to be thinking about making sure you finish the race," says Beaulieu who remains the NPP Series point leader,  "I played it smart and ended up coming in on the podium."  Edson, Alberta's Darin Borysko had his best finish of year, "I was praying for a good finish tonight and I got one," says Borysko who finished second Saturday night,  "James and Jerry [my crew] have been helping me this year.  The good crew sure helps." With just two races to go in the 2012 season, the points race has never been this tight.  Beaulieu gained a little ground in the standings and now has a 42 point lead over Tom, Wheeler and Kennedy who share second in the NPP Championship point standings.  Borysko sits in third just 26 points behind the trio.  The 2012 NPP Series Championship will be decided at Flatlanders Speedway in Kindersley, Saskatchewan on the September long weekend.  

NPP SERIES - THE INSIDE TRACK
- Kennedys victory Saturday night was his 20th NPP Series Feature win in Edmonton.
- the NPP Late Model Series has never had a three way tie in the points chase. Mike Tom, Kevin Wheeler and Dwight Kennedy all sit tied for second in the standings just 42 points behind Chris Beaulieu after Saturdays event.
- Kelvin Bell has won the pole for four of the last five NPP Series events that he's competed in.
- there has been seven different pole winners this season.  Current NPP Series record for different pole winners is 10 set in 2008. 
- Wayne Wheeler and brother Kevin Wheeler were racing each other on the oval for first time since July 14th, 2007.
- Following last weeks surgery to repair a badly broken ankle and leg, NPP Series competitor Pete Head showed up at the race track Saturday night on crutches. Head's wife Charlene wins Castrol Raceways 50/50 draw.        
- CBC Television is shooting a special documentary on summer 'activities' in Alberta.  Motorsports will be part of the show.  NPP Series driver Crystal Kennedy will be featured in the documentary which will air in late September.  A camera crew from Calgary was at the track Saturday night.

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TOM EXITS SERIES
STONY PLAIN, AB. (August 25) - The Northern Provincial Pipelines Late Model Series will be without its defending season champion at the final race weekend of the year.  With just two races remaining in the 2012 season, Mike Tom has announced he is leaving the Series effective immediately and won't be making the trip to Kindersley, Saskatchewan.  The Stony Plain, Alberta driver made the announcement Tuesday afternoon on an Edmonton racing forum [seanmoran.net].  When contacted by NPP Series officials, Tom indicated that the 'fun' factor of racing for him was gone.  "Our goal was to compete at the top level of racing [in Western Canada] and win at least one championship and we accomplished that [last year]."  Back in 2004 Tom finished fifth in his Rookie season with the NPP Late Model Series.  In 2005 and 2010 Tom finished second in the NPP Series Championship point standings.  Tom finished third in 2008.  "We are in the early stages of deciding what we are going to do next," says Tom, "but we want to do more racing in Edmonton.  More than we are doing now." 


TOM WON 5 OF THE LAST 9 NPP SERIES FEATURE EVENTS IN EDMONTON

All of Tom's nine NPP Series Feature event wins have come in Edmonton. Five of those victories were registered in the 2010 and 2011 seasons.  Tom has two Qualifying Heat wins this season but a visit to victory lane has eluded him in 2012.  His best Feature finish this season came on July 20th also in Edmonton.  Tom currently sits in a three-way tie for second in the NPP Late Model Series Championship point standings. Several competitors have chimed in on Tom's sudden departure from the Series.  "It's sad to see him go," says Kevin Clark, driver of the Clark Construction #5 Dodge, "he's a great racer but we go through a phase every once in a while where you have to step away and re-group.  I've been there.  I can empathize with him on this."  Clark won the NPP Series Rookie of the Year honors in 2006.  In 2007 Clark finished third in the NPP Series points race.  "The pressure I put on myself  to win was crazy.  It wasn't worth it.  I wasn't having fun anymore so I had to step away from racing for a bit." 


CLARK AND TOM FINISHED 1 AND 2 AT THE JULY 20TH FEATURE IN EDMONTON
----------------------------------------------------------------------- (PHOTOS: STP RACING MEMORIES)

Clark has run a limited scheduled the last two seasons and has registered two Feature wins during this time including a trip to victory lane back on July 20th.  "Racing is supposed to be fun.  This is what we do after working all week.  It's not easy but if you can focus on the fun aspect of racing instead of winning all the time, racing can be fun again and the wins will come." The final race weekend of the 2012 season sees Kevin Wheeler and Dwight Kennedy tied with Tom for second in the NPP Series Championship points chase.  "Racing is supposed to get rid of stress and not add to it," says Wheeler, "I completely understand Mikes decision here, I wouldn't do it either if I wasn't having fun.  It's a lot of money and a lot of time."  Wheeler's last trip to victory lane was September 1st, 2008 (Elma, Washington).  The driver of the KW Mechanical/Bill Weins Trucking #3 Dodge has finished on the podium four times season with one second and three third's.  "The fun factor for me is still here," adds the Whitecourt, Alberta driver,  "it was great racing against Mike over the years.  I wish him all the best.  Who knows, maybe he will be back."


WHEELER AND KENNEDY TIED FOR SECOND WITH TOM IN POINTS CHASE

Two-time NPP Late Model Series Champion Dwight Kennedy probably has the longest on-track racing experience with Tom than all current NPP Series competitors combined.  "Mike has always been an intense competitor since day one," says Kennedy, "he wants to win so bad.  I'll give him that.  Back when we raced in Hinton [Yellowhead Speedway - late 1990's] Mike was right there every race."  When Kennedy and a small group of NPP Late Model race teams made their official debut in Edmonton in August of 1999, Tom raced his Street Stock against the group.  "I know Mike and I have had our run-ins on the track over the years but I do wish he and his dad [Alan] well where ever they end up.  Racing is supposed to be fun.  Maybe the time away will be good for him.  I took some time away from the track a few years ago to re-group and think things through.  I'm glad I did."  Kennedy drove to victory lane in Edmonton last Saturday for the first time since August of 2008.  "The door is always open if Tom wants to return next season."
------- 2012 NPP Series Rookie of the Year contender Mike Dunn was disappointed when he heard the news about Tom's departure. "Mike and Allen took me under their wing this year [for my rookie season]," says the New Sarepta, Alberta driver, "definitely going to miss them when we race in Saskatchewan thats for sure." Dunn is the president of Enerbuilt Technologies in Nisku and has sponsored Tom's race car for several seasons. "I originally got involved with the Series through Mike." Dunn could clinch the Rookie of the Year honors at Flatlanders Speedway with a top 10 finish on the first night of the two day show.

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THE SHAPE OF THINGS TO COME
EDMONTON, AB. (August 28) - In a race season that has been filled with both action and drama, the stage is set for the September long weekend 2012 season finale of the Northern Provincial Pipelines Late Model Series. That racing stage is located just west of Kindersley, Saskatchewan at Flatlanders Speedway.  The triangle configuration of the Saskatchewan track is one of the most unique clay/dirt race tracks in all of Western Canada.  "I'm not sure what to expect," says Whitecourt, Alberta's Kevin Wheeler, "I'm going to have to feel the track out."  This is the first time that Flatlanders Speedway has hosted the NPP Late Model Series.  "It's fairly flat from what I understand.  With both races in the day the track will go dry and that could play into my favor." 


WHEELER IS JUST 42 POINTS OUT OF FIRST IN NPP SERIES POINT STANDINGS
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Wheeler, also known as the 'Dry Slick Lunatic', sits tied for second in the NPP Series Championship point standings in his Bill Weins Trucking/KW Mechanical #3 Dodge.  "Anything can happen [at a two day show].  One of my biggest priorities this weekend is getting a checkered flag."  Wheelers last Feature win was at Grays Harbor Raceway in Elma, Washington on September 1st, 2008.  "I need two solid races this weekend."  Wheeler sits just 43 points behind leader Chris Beaulieu of Campbell River, British Columbia.  Not including passing points in the 'A' and 'B' Dashes, a total of 420 Championship points are on the table for NPP Series competitors this Saturday and Sunday.


SINCE JULY BORYSKO HAS MOVED FROM 7th TO 3rd IN POINTS
------------------------------------------------------------ (photo: STP RACING MEMORIES)

Edson, Alberta's Darin Borysko has quietly been moving up in the standings since July.  At one point the driver of the All Weather Window's/Habitat for Humanity #35 Dodge sat 7th in the NPP Series Championship points chase.  With an average Feature finish of 3.3 the last three NPP Series events, Borysko has moved into third in the overall standings.  Like Wheeler, Borysko realizes that this upcoming two day show at Flatlanders Speedway will make or break his season.  "Patience will be the key this weekend.  We were patient in Merritt and kept out of trouble and we finished well both nights.  Jim [Mears], my crew chief, has been excellent at reading the all tracks we've raced at this season.  Our second place in Edmonton [August 18th] was just plain hard work from everyone."  Borysko finished third in the 2011 NPP Series Championship point standings.  "We started this season aiming for a podium finish.  Thanks to my crew we are third in points right now.  It's a fine balance of risk taking and holding firm.  Knowing when to step out and take a chance and knowing when to hold your line.  Keeping out of trouble will be very important at an unfamiliar track."  Borysko is just 26 points back of second place in the NPP Championship point standings and 68 points behind the leader.  "Using your head on the track will determine a lot this weekend as well." Finishing the race will be just as important as winning the race for many NPP Series teams this weekend in Saskatchewan.

INAUGURAL NPP SERIES FEATURE WINNERS
2001 Edmonton - Dwight Kennedy
2005 Okotoks - Gerry Emond
2005 Rimbey - Dwight Kennedy
2006 Lethbridge - Dwight Kennedy
2006 Swift Current - Bruce Broughton
2006 Drayton Valley - Dwight Kennedy
2007 Drumheller - Jason Beaulieu
2008 Elma, Washington - Paul Grundberg
2012 Merritt, British Columbia - Trevor Emond
2012 Kindersley, Saskatchewan - ?????
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NPP CHAMPIONSHIP WEEKEND
19th Annual OILMENS CLASSIC (Sunday)
FLATLANDERS SPEEDWAY - Kindersley,  Saskatchewan

>Saturday, September 1st
Gates at 2:00pm
Racing starts at 4:00pm

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Sunday, September 2nd
Gates at Noon
Racing starts at 2:00pm

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