ITS BEEN MODIFIED
EDSON, AB (August 4) - Whether it be at the local level (NPP Late Model Series in Alberta) or the upper echelons of NASCAR, the Northern Provincial Pipelines Ltd. logo has emblazoned many race cars over the years. 


TRUCK SERIES - 2010 [1 race] // NATIONWIDE SERIES: 2006 - 2011
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TOP FUEL DRAGSTER // '360' & '410' SPRINT CARS
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K&N SERIES: 2011 - present // PAVEMENT LATE MODEL/SUPER LATE MODEL

In 2015 a brand new car entered the racing stable of Dwight Kennedy, owner of Northern Provincial Pipelines Ltd. in Edson, Alberta.  "I've sponsored several race teams over the years but I've really only owned stock cars [dirt and pavement].  I've been a stock car guy since day one so this is a little bit different."  Kennedy had Ted Zerbin at Alien Chassis build an open wheel Modified.  "The car was not for me to run," explains Kennedy, "Ted's son is driving it."  Kennedy has yet to see his open wheel Modified compete in person.  "I've got pictures and that's it.  I've been too busy [at work] to get to a track but I know that the car is in good hands."  So far, 19 year old Lane Zerbin from Victoria, British Columbia, has run 7 events in his NPP #81 Modified.  All events have been run in Washington State.  In these events, Zerbin has had an average finish of 10.3 in his Rookie season.  The best Feature finish for the former go-cart racer was 5th at Skagit Speedway back on June 6th.  He made his official Modified debut one month earlier (May 9th) at Grays Harbor Raceway and finished 12th (out of 20 cars).   


ZERBIN RUNNING STRONG AS A ROOKIE IN NPP #81 MODIFIED
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Just two weekends ago (July 24th/25th)  Zerbin raced against some of the best open Wheel Modified competitors in the Pacific Northwest.  With more than 60 teams entered into the 16th annual Northwest Modified Nationals, Zerbin raced to a 15th place finish on Championship Saturday night.  The father and son team of Ted and Lane Zerbin are back in action on the September long weekend with three consecutive nights of racing in Washington State:  September 5th and 6th at Skagit Speedway in Alger, Washington and September 7th at Grays Harbor Raceway in Elma, Washington.        

- Northern Provincial Pipelines Ltd. has been a proud sponsor and supporter of motorsports for over two decades and is title sponsor of the NPP Late Model Series based in Alberta.

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PACKING IT IN
EDMONTON, AB (August 13) - Northern Provincial Pipelines Ltd. has been a proud sponsor and supporter of motorsports in the province of Alberta for over twenty years.  Head to the dirt track at Castrol Raceway in Edmonton, Alberta and one will clearly see the 'support' end of the sponsorship spectrum.  Northern Provincial Pipelines Ltd. owns a fleet of ten classic Dodge Ramchargers, eight have been designated for race track use.  Whether it be 'packing' the freshly watered dirt track, push starting a 700 horsepower open wheel Sprint Car or bump starting a Stock Car or Modified that has lost power, NPP has provided this


TWO OF THE FOUR NPP PACK/PUSH TRUCKS IN EDMONTON

vital piece of equipment to the Edmonton track for well over a decade.  "We try to help out where ever we can," says Dwight Kennedy, owner of Northern Provincial Pipelines Ltd., "if it helps with the show for the fans that's good.  If it gives race teams extra time to prep their cars for the night [instead of packing the track] that's good too."  The NPP Late Model made its debut in Edmonton back in 1999.  The red Dodge Ramchargers made their appearance about a year later and have been a familiar part of the Edmonton racing landscape ever since. 


NPP PACK/PUSH TRUCKS IN RIMBEY, ALBERTA

Back in 2005, the NPP Late Model Series christened the dirt oval at Central Alberta Raceways.  To aid in their track prep and race day operations, two red NPP Dodge Ramchargers have been stationed in Rimbey, Alberta since the Series debut.  Sometimes however there is the unfortunate task of having to retrieve pack trucks.  "Picking up the two Dodges that we had down in Lethbridge was not fun," admits Kennedy, "sure miss racing there."  Bridge County Raceway in Lethbridge, Alberta closed its doors at the end of the 2011 season.  "If they [Lethbridge] were to announce that they were re-opening again, we'd have two pack trucks loaded up and headed south in the morning."  The NPP pack/push trucks will be extremely busy the end of August.  The NPP Late Model Series race in Rimbey, Alberta along with Modifieds and Stock Cars Friday and Saturday, August 21st and 22nd.  The World of Outlaws Sprint Car Series touches down in Edmonton on Friday and Saturday August 28th and 29th

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NPP SEAT & CAR SHUFFLE
EDSON, AB (August 17) - Two-time NPP Series Champion Dwight Kennedy is hanging up the helmet for the remainder of the 2015 race season.  Kennedy leads all active drivers with 151 race starts in the Northern Provincial Pipelines Late Model Series and has not missed a race since the 2010 season.  "We are just swamped at work," says the owner of Northern Provincial Pipelines Ltd., "I have crews working several other jobs right now.  We start a new job this week which means we needed some extra bodies." 


TWO-TIME NPP SERIES CHAMPION DWIGHT KENNEDY
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Kennedy currently sits in a tie for third with Dean Deatherage in the NPP Series Championship point standings.  "I wanted to be behind the wheel of my race car but this is a specialized [pipeline] job that we've been hired to do.  Work comes first this time [instead of racing]."  Despite Kennedy's absence, his familiar red and white #81 Dodge will still be heading to the track but with a different driver behind the wheel.  "My son Shawn will be racing.  I know he'll do a good job."  The younger Kennedy will pilot his father's car for the final four dates of the season at Central Alberta Raceways.


DEATHERAGE AND KENNEDY BATTLE EARLIER THIS SEASON
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Shawn Kennedy was the early season points leader, however two blown engines in his THE REBEL.media #7 Dodge dropped the Edson, Alberta driver down to seventh in the standings.  A new engine has been installed in Kennedy's car. It will be at the next race in Rimbey, Alberta but will sporting the #18 and be driven by Beaumont, Alberta's Dean Deatherage.  The frame on Dean Deatherage's Scott Safety #18 Dodge was damaged in a late race incident in Edmonton at Gold Cup weekend.  Repairs took longer than expected.  It currently sits at Alien Race Cars in Victoria, British Columbia awaiting transportation back to Alberta. 


DEATHERAGE'S REPAIRED RACE CAR
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Ironically Deatherage sits tied for third in points with Dwight Kennedy.  Both Dean Deatherage and Shawn Kennedy will now have to familiarize themselves with different race cars for the remainder of the season.  Sidney, British Columbia's Darrell Midgley and Calgary, Alberta's Mark Miller currently sit one and two in the NPP Series Championship point standings and hope to take advantage of the surprise driver and car change scenario.


NUMBER CHANGE COMPLETE

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LIGHTS OUT IN RIMBEY
RIMBEY, AB (August 19)  - You can't blame Central Alberta Raceways track officials for being a little concerned but as the old saying goes: The show must go on!  Portable lighting, which illuminated the 3/8 mile clay/dirt oval track for the first time last year, has suddenly become unavailable for the final four night races of the 2015 season in Rimbey, Alberta.  "The lights did not work out for us this year," sighs oval race director Quin Fahrenschon, "we are OK for this race weekend but the September race will be switched to Saturday and Sunday afternoon [from Friday and Saturday night]." 


DARRELL MIDGLEY AND SHAWN KENNEDY UNDER THE LIGHTS IN RIMBEY
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Although the days are getting noticeably shorter, Fahrenschon is not worried about drivers running out of daylight at this weekend's oval event.  "It will be close for time but we have been running four classes at our events in less than 3 hours all summer."  Sunset this Friday and Saturday night for Rimbey, Alberta is 8:47pm and 8:45pm.  The green flag drops at 6:00pm both nights.  Northern Provincial Pipelines Late Model Series race teams have four race dates at Central Alberta Raceways to wrap up the 2015 season including this Friday and Saturday, August 21st and 22nd.  Due to the lighting issue at the Rimbey, Alberta track,  the NPP Series season championship weekend will now be run on Saturday and Sunday, September 12th and 13th starting at 2pm both days. Due to the portable lighting issue, track officials at Central Alberta Raceways will be discussing the possibility of installing permanent lighting on the oval track for the 2016 race season.


> FRIDAY/SATURDAY, August 21st/22nd
- Racing at 6:00pm both nights
Classes competing:
NPP Late Model Series

Western Canadian Modifieds
Hobby Stock
Mini Stock
NOTE: Concert after Saturday night racing concludes.
Saturday is also a double header race day at C.A.R. with action on the 1/8th mile dragstrip starting at 11AM.

(Note date and time change for final NPP Series race of 2015!!)

> SATURDAY/SUNDAY, September 12th/13th
- Racing at 2:00pm both days*
Classes competing:
NPP Late Model Series

Western Canadian Modifieds
Hobby Stock
Mini Stock
Sportsman Sprint Cars (Sunday only)

*originally was night time race on Friday/Saturday, September 11th/12th

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UPDATE: (11:20am - Thursday, August 20th) - Track officials at Central Alberta Raceways have cancelled race action scheduled for Friday night August 21st. A massive storm system, bringing 10 - 20mm of rain, will begin is trek through the province starting Thursday night. This weather system will exit the province late Friday afternoon. The scheduled NPP Series race for Saturday, August 22nd is still a go pending track and facility conditions.

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UPDATE: (3:20pm - Frdiay, August 21st) - Central Alberta Raceways track officials say the oval pits will be a bit soggy but the oval track will be just fine. The scheduled Saturday, August 22nd event is still a go. To make up for the loss of the Friday night Feature, NPP Series race teams will run two Feature events on Saturday. Race action in Rimbey, Alberta is scheduled to start at 6:00pm but could be bumped to 5:30pm.

 

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RACEDAY: RIMBEY, ALBERTA
RIMBEY, AB (August 22) - For only the second time in the 15 year history of the Northern Provincial Pipelines Late Model Series, two Feature events will be run during a single race night. This scheduling twist is courtesy Friday nights rainout at Central Alberta Raceways.  Track officials in Rimbey, Alberta have given the go ahead to NPP Series officials that will allow two Features on Saturday night.  Darrell Midgley leads the NPP Series Championship point standings and has won six consecutive NPP Series Feature events dating back to last season.  Ironically his six race winning streak could end where it all began.  Midgley, who had never won at Central Alberta Raceways before, swept the weekend Features at the end of the 2014 season.  "Things are just going our way right now," says the Sidney, British Columbia driver, "I just want to keep racing for the wins."  If Midgley wins the first Feature of the night on Saturday, he would be the first driver in NPP Series history to win five consecutive Feature events to start off a season.  Right now the 2009 NPP Series Champion has a 62 point lead over defending season champion Mark Miller. 


MIDGLEY & MILLER BRING THE POINTS BATTLE FOR TOP SPOT TO RIMBEY
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"You can never have too big of a point lead," adds the driver of the Integra Tire(Edson) #14 Dodge, "if we keep finishing up near the front, the points take care of themselves."  Mark Miller meanwhile is looking at the two Features as opportunity to catch Midgley in the standings.  "We definitely don't need any car problems Saturday night, " says the Calgary, Alberta driver, "he's [Darrell] finished in front of us every Feature so far. Hopefully we can finish in front of him for a change [Saturday night]."  Miller has three consecutive second place finishes in NPP Late Model Series action.  In his two previous starts at Central Alberta Raceways, the driver of the A1 Autobody #69 Chevrolet finished 3rd and 7th.  "The car got banged up a bit at the last race of the year.  I don't want to repeat that."  With his severely damaged car Miller managed to clinch his first ever NPP Series Championship in Rimbey, Alberta last September.


DEATHERAGE AND CLARK LOOKING TO CLOSE THE GAP IN THE STANDINGS
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Midgley and Miller could have some company atop the 2015 NPP Series Championship point standings after the Saturday night Features are run.  Beaumont, Alberta's Dean Deatherage currently sits third in the standings, 80 points back of Midgley and only 18 points back of second place Miller.  Edson, Alberta's Ken Clark is just 25 points behind Deatherage.  While all eyes are on the top four cars, Stony Plain, Alberta's Bruce Broughton knows anything less than a Feature win Saturday night will put him out of the running for a second NPP Series Championship.  "We are looking for a win just to get some confidence back," indicates the driver of the Habitat for Humanity #61 Dodge, "I think it's important for everyone [and not just me] to take a shot at Darrell and knock him off the podium."


BROUGHTON STILL IN THE HUNT FOR SECOND NPP SERIES CHAMPIONSHIP
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Broughton has been as high as third in the NPP Series Championship point standings in 2015 but currently sits fifth.  "Losing that engine at the last race was tough as far as points go.  Engine failures happen.  We are all fixed up and want to make it from the green flag to the checkered flag." The 2010 NPP Series Champion leads all drivers with five Heat race wins and two pole wins at Central Alberta Raceways.  Broughton's last Feature win in the NPP Late Model Series was in 2012 at Central Alberta Raceways.  


> SATURDAY, AUGUST 22nd
DOUBLE HEADER RACEDAY AT CENTRAL ALBERTA RACEWAY'S
Spectator Gates Open @ 10:00am
Competitors on dragstrip @ 11:00am
Oval Racing @ 6:00pm (Note: possible start-time of 5:30pm)
Oval Classes competing:
NPP Late Model Series
Western Canadian Modifieds
Hobby Stock
Mini Stock

Spectator Admission
$20.00 - General
$10.00 - Youth (Ages 9 - 15)
FREE - children under 8

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BIG WINS FOR MIDGLEY & MILLER
RIMBEY, AB (August 22) - Friday nights rainout at Central Alberta Raceways set the stage for a wild Saturday night event where point leader Darrell Midgley saw his amazing winning streak continue and then come to a dramatic halt on the same night. Two Feature events would be run the same race night for only the second time in the 15 year history of the Northern Provincial Pipelines Late Model Series.  In the first NPP Series Feature, Midgley would muscle his way from the number six starting spot to second in just four laps.  Midgley took over the lead from Edson, Alberta's Ken Clark at the halfway point of the Feature and drove to victory claiming his fifth consecutive Feature event win of 2015. 


FEATURE #1: MIDGLEY TAKES OVER THE LEAD IN RIMBEY

The win for Midgley set a brand new NPP Series record for consecutive Feature wins in a single season. "We've had a lot of bad luck over the years but things really are going our way right now.  Nice to have this record as well."  The original record of 4 consecutive Feature wins in a single season was set back in 2004 by three-time NPP Series Champion Trevor Emond.  Midgley's victory, in his Integra Tire (Edson) #14 Dodge, also re-set another consecutive win streak record.  His victory was his seventh consecutive NPP Series Feature win dating back to last season's September weekend sweep at Central Alberta Raceways.  "It's a tough track to figure out," exclaims Midgley, "you never know what it's going to throw at you."  This was Midgley's 10th Feature event win in NPP Series competition moving him into the number four spot on the all-time NPP Series Feature win list.


BRUCE BROUGHTON SAT ON THE POLE FOR BOTH SATURDAY NIGHT FEATURES

In the second Feature, defending season champion Mark Miller took over the race lead from pole sitter Bruce Broughton on lap two.  The Calgary, Alberta driver then had to contend with a hard charging Midgley near the halfway point of the Feature.  Midgley's cars however developed a major handling problem thanks to a tire going soft.  Midgley slowed his pace as the tire eventually went flat.  Miller pulled away from the field in his A1 Autobody #69 Chevrolet and grabbed his first Feature win of the season gaining ground on Midgley in the NPP Series Championship point standings.


FEATURE #2: DOMINATING AND MUCH NEEDED VICTORY FOR MILLER

"It was nice to get a good finish finally [in Rimbey].  It was unfortunate for Darrell to get a flat tire but the bounces went our way tonight and we got a victory."  Miller finished second in the opening Feature to Midgley.  With his strong night on the track, the defending season champion sits 53 points back of Midgley with two races to go in the 2015 season.  Shawn Kennedy, filling in for his dad Dwight in the NPP #81 Dodge, finished third and second in the two NPP Series Features Saturday night.  Both Kennedy and Miller were the only drivers to finish on the podium in both of the Rimbey, Alberta Features. Next race for the NPP Late Model Series is back at Central Alberta Raceways for Season Championship weekend on September 12th and 13th.

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LIGHT UP THE NIGHT
RIMBEY, AB (August 31) - The final two races of the Northern Provincial Pipelines Late Model Series will be run under the lights at Central Alberta Raceways.  Less than two weeks ago track officials in Rimbey, Alberta announced a major adjustment to their 2015 schedule for the month of September.  All remaining night races would have to be run during the day because portable lighting used at last season's September race, suddenly became unavailable. 


FINAL TWO NPP SERIES RACES OF 2015 ARE BACK UNDER THE LIGHTS

Hertz Equipment Rentals in Red Deer heard about the illumination dilemma and  contacted track officials. Portable lighting towers for the 3/8 mile oval track will be delivered next week. The originally scheduled NPP Late Model Series race dates of Friday and Saturday night, September 11th and 12th, have been rescued.  Race action will start at 7:00pm* on Friday and 6:00pm on Saturday.  Without these lights, races were going been held on Saturday and Sunday (Sept. 12/13) with a 2:00pm start time.

*might be changed to 6:00pm    

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