2007 NPP SCHEDULE RELEASED
EDMONTON, AB (January 10) -  The Northern Provincial Pipelines Late Model Series has released its 2007 race schedule. This upcoming season marks the seventh consecutive year of the tour which features some of the best Late Model Stock Car drivers in Western Canada.

N.P.P. LATE MODEL SERIES
2007 OFFICIAL SCHEDULE
Saturday, April 28th      Castrol Raceway - Test ‘n’ tune
Saturday, May 5th         Castrol Raceway – Season Opener
Saturday, May 19th       Hidden Valley Motorsports Park
Sunday, May 20th         Hidden Valley Motorsports Park
Saturday, May 26th       Central Alberta Raceway
Saturday, June 2nd        Castrol Raceway
Saturday, June 16th       Rapid Fire Motorsports Park
Sunday, June 17th         Rapid Fire Motorsports Park
Saturday, June 30th       Castrol Raceway – N.P.P. Oilmen’s Invitational
Sunday, July 1st            Castrol Raceway – N.P.P. Oilmen’s Invitational
Friday, July 13th            Castrol Raceway – N.P.P. Gold Cup
Saturday, July 14th        Castrol Raceway – N.P.P. Gold Cup
Friday, July 20th            Rocky Mountain Raceway Park
Saturday, July 21st        Bridge County Raceway
Saturday, July 28th        Central Alberta Raceway
Saturday, August 11th   Castrol Raceway
Friday, August 17th       Castrol Raceway – World of Outlaws Show
Saturday, August 18th   Castrol Raceway – World of Outlaws Show
Saturday, Sept. 1st        Bridge County Raceway
Saturday, Sept. 2nd       Bridge County Raceway
Saturday, Sept. 8th        Castrol Raceway
Saturday, Sept. 22nd     Castrol Raceway – Season Championship

2007 N.P.P. SERIES TRACKS
Bridge County Raceway – Lethbridge
Castrol Raceway – Edmonton, Alberta
Central Alberta Raceway – Rimbey, Alberta
Hidden Valley Motorsports Park – Drumheller, Alberta
Rapid Fire Motorsports Park – Drayton Valley, Alberta
Rocky Mountain Raceway Park – High River/Okotoks, Alberta

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N.P.P. SERIES TO RACE ALONGSIDE OUTLAWS
EDMONTON, AB (February 2) - The Northern Provincial Pipelines Late Model Series is proud to announce that it will be part of the inaugural Oil City Cup at Edmonton’s Castrol Raceway this summer.  This major motorsport event will feature the stars of the World of Outlaws Sprint Car Series.  “To be a part of this history making race event on August 17th and 18th is a huge honor and privilege for all the N.P.P. Series teams,” says tour announcer Gord Craig, “most of our Late Model Stock Car drivers are Sprint Car fans too.  So it won’t surprise me to see a few extra cameras in the pits as teams try to get pictures of their favorite drivers.”  The World of Outlaws Sprint Car Series was formed in 1978.  The Outlaw series last raced on Canadian soil back in 1982.  “They (Outlaws) have been racing for close to 30 years,” adds Craig, “on the other hand the N.P.P. Late Model Series is really still in its infancy.  2007 will be only our seventh full season of racing.  This by far will be the biggest race event the N.P.P. Late Model Series has been apart of.”  The excitement is already building for the 2007 Oil City Cup.  “This will be a great day for motorsports,” exclaims Dwight Kennedy, the 2006 N.P.P. Late Model Series Champion, “how can you not get excited when drivers like Danny Lasoski, Donny Schatz and Steve Kinser are coming to town.  It’s going to be quite the show.  The race fans will be the big winner’s that’s for sure.”  Both Series’ (N.P.P. & Outlaws) will be just past the midpoint of their respective seasons when the August race weekend rolls around.  That means the points chases will be heating up when race teams from both series invade Edmonton’s Castrol Raceway.

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COUNTDOWN TO THE 2007 SEASON UNDERWAY
EDMONTON, AB. (February 6) – The Northern Provincial Pipelines Late Model Series marks its 7th consecutive season of racing action in Alberta this year.  “Planning for this season got underway almost immediately at the end of the 2006 season,” says N.P.P. Tour announcer Gord Craig, “our Series has drivers that love to race and that is reflected in our 6 track, 21 race event schedule for 2007.”  Several teams are already counting down the days to the season opener at Edmonton’s Castrol Raceway May 5th.  “Our goal this year is to win a championship,” indicates Stony Plain, Alberta racer Mike Tom, “we were so close in 2005 (finished second) unfortunately last year was a completely different story.  We were playing catch-up all season.  From the season opener we were behind the eight ball.  Forced to pit early at the season opener in Rimbey and finished dead last, then we wrote the car off (accident) at the next race in Edmonton.”  Tom did manage a respectable 11th place finish in the season standings despite missing 3 consecutive race events.  “2006 was our worst season in 10 years of racing,” sighs Tom, “my dad (Allen) and I hope to make 2007 our best.”  Defending N.P.P. Late Model Series Champion Dwight Kennedy knows there will be a lot of pressure going into this season to repeat.  “We fought hard for the 2006 Championship,” smiles the Edson, Alberta driver. “Trevor has set the benchmarch for performance in the series.  I guess it’s my turn to have the big target the back for a change.”  Three time N.P.P. Series champion Trevor Emond has already indicated he won’t be a threat to take the championship in 2007.  “I want to spend more time with Jennifer, my son Tyler and my new daughter (Tara),” says the Leduc, Alberta driver, “I’ll be picking and choosing the races I compete at this year.  It will be a bit more relaxing but the races I do compete at I won’t be holding back.”  Emond won three consecutive N.P.P. Championships (2003, 04, 05) and finished second in the standings last year. 

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2007 COUNTDOWN TO GREEN
EDMONTON, AB - The Northern Provincial Pipelines Late Model Series celebrates its 7th season in 2007. A record 21 races are scheduled for 6 Alberta race tracks this season. Over the next few weeks a look at select N.P.P. Late Model Series drivers and how they are preparing for the chase for the NPP Series Championship and the prize money that goes with it.

SEASON PREVIEW #81 DWIGHT KENNEDY
EDSON, AB (April 15) - “There will be a lot of pressure on me to repeat in 2007,” smiles the 2006 N.P.P. champion, “I know there are a few teams who will be gunning for the #81 Dodge but I’ll be ready.” The 2006 season was Kennedy’s best showing on the track since he last won the championship in 2001. Kennedy picked up Feature wins at four of the six racetracks the series visited in 2006. “Sweeping the Canada Day long weekend (Oilmens) race was definitely a highlight for me. Winning down in Lethbridge was huge too because we’ve never raced at that track before.” Kennedy ended the season with 6 Feature wins. “We have a 21 race schedule this year. I sure hope we can match or even better last year’s performance.

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SEASON PREVIEW: # 5 KEVIN CLARK
ALTARIO, AB (April 16) - The 2006 N.P.P. Series Rookie of the Year will debut a new paint scheme for 2007. “The car is the same, the number is the same but I’m changing up the paint a little bit,” indicates the Altario, Alberta driver. “Same colors (blue/silver) but I decided I want a different look for my second season in this class.” Numerous top 10 finishes the latter half of the 2006 season put Clark just out of the top ten in points (finished 12th). “I was very happy with my performance the last few races. I do want to turn it up a notch win a few more heat races. I would love to win a Feature event as well. That would be awesome.”

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SEASON PREVIEW: #61 BRUCE BROUGHTON
SPRUCE GROVE, AB (April 17) - “We’re going to run as many races as we can and have fun doing it," indicates Spruce Grove's Bruce Broughton, "we only got 1 feature win last year (Swift Current), this season we’re going for 4 or 5.” The Spruce Grove, Alberta driver is chomping at the bit for the season to begin. “There are more two night shows in 2007. It’s going to be hard on the crew but the benefit is that we don’t have to race every single weekend. That’s what burns out race teams. I’m really looking forward to the races down in Lethbridge this year. It’s a pretty big track and our cars like the big tracks. I’m also looking forward to the World of Outlaws show as well at Castrol Raceway. Just being a part of this show in front of the home town crowd is going to be awesome.”

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SEASON PREVIEW: #80 CURTIS MOORE
SHERWOOD PARK, AB (April 18) - The Northern Provincial Pipelines Late Model Series welcomes a new driver to the tour in 2007.  Curtis Moore moves from Castrol Raceway’s Super Stock division to the richest touring series on dirt in Canada.  “I have been eyeing this class for several years now,” indicates the Sherwood Park, Alberta driver, “my team has known both Bruce and Brent Broughton’s for several years now and they have really been a huge help in making the change.  Now I’m looking forward to be able to go out and race against them this season.”  Moore has been one of the more consistent competitors over the years in the Bud Stock class.  Since 2003, Moore never finished out of the top 10 in points (fourth in 2006).  “It was time for a change,” says Moore, “I’m really looking forward to the touring part and racing at different tracks.”  The first opportunity Moore will get to try out his new race car is April 28th at Castrol Raceways test ‘n’ tune day.  “The race car has been sitting in the garage since I picked it up last week.  I’ve sat in it a few times trying to familiarize myself with the new surroundings.  I think I’m ready to go!”  

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SEASON PREVIEW: #2 ARVID FONSTAD
ENTWISTLE, AB (April 19) - “We’re going to run as hard as we always do in the N.P.P. class.  If I can get the breaks maybe I can grab a couple of feature wins.”  The Entwistle, Alberta driver indicates it still stings a bit when reminded about being disqualified from one race last season.  “I’m having a tough time forgetting about that one (Swift Current).  The feature event win that was taken away from me due to a weight infraction.  It’s up to me to just deal with it.”  Fonstad is one of a few N.P.P. Series drivers that will be competing in two different classes this season.  “I’ve already competed in my first I.M.C.A. Modified race down in Las Vegas.  I’ve got about a dozen major I.M.C.A events I would like to compete in as well but time and the pocket book will dictate that.”  Fonstad is also organizing the annual Fathers Day Motorsports Spectacular at Drayton Valley's Rapid Fire Motorsports Park June 16th and 17th.  "Its a lot of work but its worth it when it all comes together."

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SEASON PREVIEW: #00 DAN SNOW
ST. ALBERT, AB (April 20) - Running for the Northern Provincial Pipelines Late Model Series Rookie of the Year honors in 2007 will be a driver who has plenty of experience behind the wheel of a racecar. "I started racing in 1969," exclaims Dan Snow, "I've raced bare bones stock cars, pavement Late Models, and most recently Cascar Street Stocks in Wetaskiwin." Despite his many years of experience, the 61 year old St. Albert, Alberta driver notes one thing missing from his racing resume. "I have never raced on dirt. Period. I've got about 20,000 laps on the pavement in Race City.....I finished 8th in points on the pavement in Wetaskwin in 2005. I do have lots of pavement racing experience but as far as racing on dirt tracks, not one lap." Snow spent much of 2006 building his NPP Late Model Stock Car by hand. "Me and my 12 year old grandson (Clayton) have just over 200 hours on the new race car. Its now ready to go. My son Blair, who still races a pavement Late Model (NewAlta Series), will be helping me as well in the pits this year. It's going to be a real family race team." Weather and track conditions permitting, Snow will run his first lap around Castrol Raceways clay/dirt oval on Saturday April 28th during test 'n' tune 07. "Sure can't wait to get out there!"

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SEASON PREVIEW: #16 BRENT BROUGHTON
EDMONTON, AB (April 23) - "I’m pretty much handing the keys over to my niece Ashley this season. I may race only 2 or 3 times and that’s it. Last year it was incredible to watch her get behind the wheel and speed around the track at 100mph. It was more fun watching her than racing the car myself.” Even with the change of drivers, the sponsors of the #16 will not be changing. “This is our 5th season in the series and MDM Foundation and LJB Auto have always been on board as our major sponsors. They even sponsored our old Super Stock car back in 2000, 2001 when my brother (Bruce) and I drove it to two consecutive track championships.”

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SEASON PREVIEW: #18 TIM BEAUSOLIEL
SEDGWICK, AB (April 24) - “We’re planning on running the entire season if the parts hold out,” says the veteran driver out of Sedgewick, Alberta,”we lost one motor in Lethbridge last year, then our backup motor started giving us trouble in Okotoks so we decided enough was enough for 2006 lets save some bucks and look to next season.”  After finished 9th in points in 2005, Beausoliel finished just out of the top ten in 2006.  “Not happy with that,” laughs Beausoliel, “but what do you expect when you four miss races.  This season, I hope, we will be in the battle for the front every night.  Gotta get those Dodges and put them in their place.”  For Beausoliel his car will virtually be the same as last year.  “I still have the same car but we’re trying out some new things.  If we can get the right set up we will be right there every night.”  Beusoliel adds the exterior of his #18 Chevrolet will undergo a bit of a cosmetic change.  “The car hits the paint booth this week.  It will still be red and white but there will be a bit more red on the car compared to last season.”  Beusoliel hopes to have his race car ready in time for test ‘n’ tune 07 at Castrol Raceway on Saturday April 28th.

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SEASON PREVIEW: #14 DARRELL MIDGLEY
SIDNEY, BC (April 26) - The race season hasn’t even started yet and Darrell Midgley is facing some added challenges. “Along with running the N.P.P. Series this year, I’ll be running Western Speedway in Victoria, British Columbia.” What’s ironic about this situation is that the only racing the Sidney, BC driver will probably get to do this year will most likely be N.P.P. events in the province of Alberta. “On scheduled race nights here in BC I’ll be too busy behind the scenes to race,” laugh’s Midgley, “I have to travel to Alberta to get my racing fix. I am looking forward to this season though and the new challenges before me. If I can get a good start (N.P.P. Season) and be on the ‘good’ side of the flagman, I think my team has a chance at winning this thing in 2007.” Last season, Midgley finished third in the N.P.P. point standings. Midgley also finished third in the point standings in 2004.

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SEASON PREVIEW: #12 JEFF GRUNDBERG
WHITECOURT, AB - Interests away from the racetrack are forcing Jeff Grundberg to temporarily hang up the helmet for 2007. “The Grundberg name will still be at the track,” indicates the Whitecourt, Alberta driver, “my brother Paul, who helped out on my crew last season, will be driving the #12 car this year.” Jeff Grundberg was one of the winningest drivers in the NPP Series last year when it came to heat race victories. “I didn’t win a Feature last year, came close a few times but those Heat race wins were a bonus.” Grundberg scored 8 heat race victories in 2007 and finished the season ninth in the standings. Ironically Grundberg won the exact same number of heat victories that last years NPP Series champion (Dwight Kennedy) had. “Wonder where I would have finished if I had grabbed at least 1 feature win and a few more top fives?” Jeff Grundberg won’t be abandoning the motorsport scene all together. “I hope help out my brother at some of the events this season. It will be a different perspective though.”

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SEASON PREVIEW: #12 PAUL GRUNDBERG

WHITECOURT, AB - “It’s going to be fun being back behind the wheel of a race car again, “says Paul Grundberg, “this is a new class for me but I saw a great field of competitors the times I was helping out my brother the last two seasons.” The Whitecourt, Alberta driver is taking over the driving duties (car #12) from his brother Jeff Grundberg in 2007. Paul Grundberg is no stranger to racing. He’s also no stranger to the fact that racing is a dangerous sport. Grundberg ran an open wheel sprint car until an innocent looking crash in 2003 nearly paralyzed him. “It was not a serious crash at all (in Edmonton). There was very little damage. It was just the way it landed that caused the injury.” Grundberg suffered a serious neck injury. “Hearing from Doctors that bone fragments were pointing at my spine was not a fun experience for me whatsoever. I had to wear a brace. I was out of commission for a very long time. I do know I’m very lucky to be able to get back in a race car again.” Grundberg is one of 6 new drivers who will challenge for NPP rookie of the year honors in 2007. “I’m really looking forward to the season.”

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