RACE, WRECK, REPAIR
EDMONTON, AB (August 8) -The dust has settled on the Northern Provincial Pipelines Late Model Series biggest race of the season.  It's been more than a week since the 2014 Legends of NASCAR event at Castrol Raceway.  The race was edgy and action packed.  Of the 18 teams that started the night, only 12 would see the checkered flag at the end of the night.  Bruce Broughton and Kevin Wheeler were two NPP Series drivers that received some racing lumps at the mid-week event.  "For having a smashed up race car at the end, I still had a lot of fun," reflects Bruce Broughton, "running with Michael Waltrip in the Feature was incredible.  We went back and forth several times but he got me by me in the end."  The Stony Plain, Alberta driver finished 8th in his Habitat for Humanity/All Weather Windows #61 Dodge.  Waltrip, the two-time Daytona 500 Champion, finished 7th in his Clark Construction/NAPA #55. 


WALTRIP AND BROUGHTON BATTLE IN EDMONTON
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"The NASCAR boys had the competitor hats on this year," admits Broughton, "even the way they interacted with us [NPP Series drivers] was different than last year.  They seemed to be more comfortable in their surroundings."  For the second year in a row Concord, North Carolina's Ken Schrader won the NPP Series Wednesday night Feature.  "Would have loved to have been up at the front in this race but it was nice to see Darrell [Midgley] up there and finish as good as he did."  Midgley, from Sidney, British Columbia finished second.  Kenny Wallace, from North Carolina finished third. Alberta drivers Kevin Clark and Dean Deatherage rounded out the top five.  "Hats off to the track ownership and management as well for promoting this event," adds Broughton,  "we don't say this enough but as racers we really appreciate them having a nice facility for us to come play at."  Broughton the 2010 NPP Late Model Series Champion has been racing at Castrol Raceway since 2000. 


SCHRADER GOES LOW AS BROUGHTON AND WHEELER TRADE PAINT

Two-time and defending NPP Series Champion Kevin Wheeler took his tough night at the Legends of NASCAR event in stride.  The Whitecourt, Alberta driver crashed out of his Qualifying Heat and the Feature.  "That was one of the worst nights of racing for me period!"  Wheeler was credited with an 11th place finish in the Feature.  "I was due for a bad night.  I've been pretty lucky over the past few years."  While running 6th, with just 2 laps to go, Wheeler crashed into the inside wall coming out of turn 4.  "That was a hard hit.  Probably one of my hardest hits ever." 


WHEELER CRASHED HARD IN THE WEDNESDAY NIGHT FEATURE

Earlier in the night Wheeler and Bruce Broughton came together in their heat race.  "I was watching Bruce and Ken [Schrader] battle for the lead.  They were both heading low in the corner.  The next thing I see is Bruce's car.  I was hoping to glance off of him but I climbed up on his car instead."  Both Wheeler and Broughton did not finish their heat.  "The way my night went I was positive I dropped big time in the point standings but everyone else had issues too." 


TRACK CREWS SEPARATE BROUGHTON AND WHEELER AFTER HEAT RACE TANGLE

Despite not finishing the Feature, Wheeler sits second in the NPP Series Championship points chase just 10 points back of leader Mark Miller with two races to go in the season.  Miller bowed out of the Wednesday night Feature with overheating problems.  Dwight Kennedy, third in points, parked his car just past the halfway point of the Feature with brake failure.  "It's going to make for an interesting championship weekend in Rimbey." Wheeler sits fifth on the NPP Series all-time win list with 9 Feature wins (74 starts). Broughton sits sixth with 8 NPP Series Feature wins (83 starts).

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WHATS UP WITH WEBSTER
SYLVAN LAKE, AB (August 20) - The newest driver to the Northern Provincial Pipelines Late Model Series is probably one of the biggest motorheads you will find in Western Canada.  Ken Webster made his NPP Late Model Series debut in July and finished a respectable 11th in the Feature.  "I stayed out of trouble," exclaims the Sylvan Lake, Alberta driver,  "I just wanted to go out there and play with the boys.  One thing I don't want to do is interfere with drivers running for a championship.  This year is my learning year in the NPP Series." 


NPP SERIES DEBUT FOR WEBSTER LAST MONTH IN EDMONTON
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Although he won the Legend Series Championship on the paved oval at Calgary, Alberta's Race City Speedway back in 2005, Webster admits that his racing focus has been on the drag strip for more than a decade.  "Until the last race [in Edmonton], I hadn't been on a dirt track in about 15 years."  Webster owns a total of 27 race cars which includes 7 dragsters and 5 funny cars.  His massive 'fleet' of race cars are not just for his enjoyment.  "My two sons [Jesse and Kenny] race Top Dragster and Legend Cars.  My daughter [Shaylene] runs a Jr. Dragster and a Funny Car."  Ken and his son Jesse were recent participants at the Hot August Night drag race event in Edmonton.  "My son Jesse was behind the wheel of his Top Dragster and I got to have some fun with my Wheelstander."  


TWO-TIME NPP SERIES CHAMPION KEVIN WHEELER WITH KEN WEBSTER

Webster had a personal goal for his Edmonton appearance when he ran his exhibition Wheelstander called StuckUp.  "I wanted to hit 150mph at the finish line on the back wheels," says Webster, "I came close but will have to try again next time."  Webster's best speed on the drag strip was just over 134mph(214kph) on his back wheels. Although he wanted to go faster, Websters pass was good enough to set a brand new Castrol Raceway Wheelstander track record. 


WEBSTER LIGHTS UP THE NIGHT IN EDMONTON
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Webster owns KEW Services in Sylvan Lake which is heavily involved in Alberta's booming oil and natural gas industry. "I'm more busy during the winter months which gives me some time to play [with my toys] in the summer.  And when I say play, I mean go racing."  Webster will play a few more times on the dragstrip and oval before winter arrives.  Next oval event for Webster will be at Central Alberta Raceways in Rimbey in September.

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PACING THE FIELD
EDMONTON, AB (August 29) - The official pace car of Northern Provincial Pipelines Late Model Series was called into duty at Castrol Raceway's premier oval event of the season.  The 2014 Oil City Cup, featuring the World of Outlaws Sprint Car Series, took place in Edmonton. "It was nice that we could help out," says NPP Series announcer Gord Craig, "I found out [at the track] that there was no dedicated pace car for the race weekend so I offered up the use of our car." The NPP Late Model Series is the only Alberta racing series to have a full-time pace car.  Craig handed over the keys of the 2014 Dodge Charger to some very relieved World of Outlaws officials. 


LOOKING BACK: 20-TIME WORLD OF OUTLAWS CHAMPION STEVE KINSER

"They [World of Outlaws] were going to use a little rental car for the entire weekend," admits Craig,  "I'm sure glad that they didn't have to."  This was the 8th consecutive year that the World of Outlaws Sprint Car Series has come to Edmonton.  The NPP Late Model Series was the support class to the World of Outlaws for three years (2007 - 2009).  The Northern Thunder Late Model class became the support class to the World of Outlaws back in 2010. 


LEADING THE WORLD OF OUTLAWS PACK
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Talks are underway for the NPP Late Model Series to return as the support class to the World of Outlaws for the 2015 season.  The NPP Late Model Series congratulates Donny Schatz from Fargo, North Dakota, this year's Oil City Cup Champion.  The NPP Late Model Series also congratulates Fort Saskatchewan's Terry Carter and Edmonton's Dave Smith, the Feature winners in the Northern Thunder Late Model class on Friday and Saturday night.

OIL CITY CUP
- support class Feature winners
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NORTHERN PROVINCIAL PIPELINES LATE MODEL SERIES
Dwight Kennedy - Edson, Alberta----------3
Jason Beaulieu - Campbell River, BC----- 1
Kevin Clark - Altario, Alberta-------------- 1
Trevor Emond - Leduc, Alberta------------ 1


NORTHERN THUNDER LATE MODEL

Dave Smith - Edmonton, Alberta ---------- 5
Stu Hayward - Calgary, Alberta ------------4
Terry Carter - Ft. Saskatchewan, Alberta-- 1


NPP SERIES OFFICIAL PACE CAR AT WoO RACE IN EDMONTON
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