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SANGUDO SHUFFLE
SANGUDO, AB (January 6) - The grassroots atmosphere of Alberta Stock Car racing is alive and well at Sangudo Speedway.  The racetrack, which opened its doors back in 1990, has released its tentative Oval schedule for the 2016 season. Twelve dates appear on the tentative schedule which is consistent with past seasons.  Six of these race dates are scheduled for long holiday weekends.  All scheduled shows in Sangudo Alberta, for the 2016 season, are also two-day race weekends.  The Northern Provincial Pipelines Late Model Series last competed at Sangudo Speedway in 2014. Sunny and hot conditions that kicked off this race weekend lasted only a few hours.  Heavy rain moved into the region wiping out the remainder of the two-day show.  Day-one Heat and Dash races were the only races to see the checkered flag. 

> SANGUDO SPEEDWAY WINNERS - June 28, 2014 <  

HEAT RACES: BRUCE BROUGHTON AND WAYNE WHEELER


'A' DASH: DWIGHT KENNEDY - - - - - - - - - - - - - 'B' DASH: KEVIN WHEELER

Sangudo Speedway, which features a 1/4 mile dirt oval, is once again on the NPP Late Model Series radar for the 2016 race season.  The NPP Series did not compete at Sangudo Speedway in 2015. A tentative NPP Late Model Series race schedule for 2016 is expected to be released before the end of January.


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SANGUDO, ALBERTA

2016 TENTATIVE OVAL SCHEDULE
Saturday, May 21 (Victoria Day long weekend)
Sunday, May 22
(Victoria Day long weekend)
Saturday, June 18
Sunday, June 19
Saturday, July 2
(Canada Day long weekend)
Sunday, July 3
(Canada Day long weekend)
Saturday, July 30
(Heritage Day long weekend)
Sunday, July 31
(Heritage Day long weekend)
Saturday, August 20
Sunday, August 21
Saturday, September 3
(Labour Day long weekend)
Sunday, September 4
(Labour Day long weekend)

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DRUM BEATS
DRUMHELLER, AB (January 12) - When Hidden Valley Motorsports Park ceased operation at the end of the 2007 season many thought this was the end of racing for the Drumheller, Alberta region. A dedicated group of organizers working behind the scenes had other ideas.  In 2009 Dinosaur Downs Speedway roared to life on the grounds of the Drumheller Ag Society.  Today, Dinosaur Downs Speedway remains the only operating dirt Oval facility in Southern Alberta.  The Northern Provincial Pipelines Late Model Series last competed at Dinosaur Downs Speedway in 2009.


NPP SERIES DRIVERS TURING LAPS IN DRUMHELLER ON JUNE 28TH, 2009

The NPP Late Model Series did schedule a return appearance to Drumheller, Alberta for the 2013 season.  Unfortunately, this scheduled race weekend was cancelled due to rain.  The same storm system that cancelled this 2013 race weekend in Drumheller was also responsible for the massive Southern Alberta floods in Calgary, Canmore and High River. A return to Drumheller is seriously being considered by NPP Series officials for the 2016 race season.  Officials at Dinosaur Downs Speedway have released their tentative 2016 Oval schedule featuring the annual Raptor Run on the Canada Day long weekend which features the IMCA Modified Class.           


DRUMHELLER, ALBERTA

TENTATIVE 2016 OVAL SCHEDULE
Saturday, May 21
Sunday, May 22
Saturday, June 4
Sunday, June 5
Friday, July 1
Saturday, July 2
Saturday, August 13
Sunday, August 14
Saturday, September 10
Sunday, September 11

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2016 SEASON SCHEDULE
EDSON, AB (January 21) - The Northern Provincial Pipelines Late Model Series has released its tentative schedule for the 2016 race season.  Castrol Raceway, Central Alberta Raceways and Dinosaur Downs Speedway will each host a NPP Series championship points events this upcoming season.  The 16th consecutive season of NPP Late Model Series race action starts Saturday, May 28th at Edmonton's Castrol Raceway.  Two weeks later, NPP Series drivers will compete at Central Alberta Raceways.  This June 10th and 11th appearance is one of two schedule weekend races at the Rimbey, Alberta facility for NPP Series race teams in 2016.  Central Alberta Raceways will also host the NPP Series Championship weekend on September 24th and 25th.  Dinosaur Downs Speedway in Drumheller, Alberta is back on the schedule for the 2016 race season.  The NPP Late Model Series will be the support class to the IMCA Modifieds which will be competing in their annual Southern Alberta Raptor Run.  NPP Series teams return to Castrol Raceway for three consecutive race events in the month of August.  Saturday, August 13th will be the second and final one-night race event of the season.  Two weeks later, on Friday and Saturday August 26 and 27, the NPP Late Model Series is back in Edmonton, Alberta for a two-night show.  The Gold Cup Sprint Car event moves to the last weekend of August this season.  The NPP Late Model has been the support class to Canada's oldest running open wheel event since the 1999 season. 


------ 2016 TENTATIVE SCHEDULE
Saturday, May 28                   EDMONTON - Castrol Raceway
Friday, June 10                       RIMBEY - Central Alberta Raceways
Saturday, June 11                   RIMBEY - Central Alberta Raceways
Friday, July 1                          DRUMHELLER - Dinosaur Downs Speedway
Saturday, July 2                      DRUMHELLER - Dinosaur Downs Speedway
Saturday, August 13               EDMONTON - Castrol Raceway
Friday, August 26                   EDMONTON - Castrol Raceway
Saturday, August 27               EDMONTON - Castrol Raceway
Saturday, September 24         RIMBEY - Central Alberta Raceways
Sunday, September 25           RIMBEY - Central Alberta Raceways

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INDOOR RACING
STONY PLAIN, AB (January 30) - The Northern Provincial Pipelines Late Model Series was part of the 18th annual AWANA Grand Prix on the weekend.  For the ninth consecutive year, NPP Series announcer Gord Craig called the action at the East Parkland Bible Church in Stony Plain, Alberta.  The AWANA Grand Prix features wooden race cars of various design themes competing on a ramp style race track.  There were 42 registered teams for this year's race. 


READY TO GO RACING IN STONY PLAIN, ALBERTA

Three years ago AWANA officials added computerized scoring which featured elapsed time and scale speeds for all competitors.  This year's race was one of the fastest yet with cars covering the 30 foot track in about 3 seconds with scale speeds approaching 300kph.  The top four cars from each class advanced from heat races to the final round.  After being runner-up in 2014 and 1015, Stony Plain, Alberta's Amy Klassen took top spot in the Sparks Class (age 5 - 9).  Spruce Grove, Alberta's Andrew Hildebrandt was the champion in the T & T Class (age 9 - 13).  Carvel, Alberta's Joshua Jegodtka was the big winner in the Leaders Class.  AWANA is a non-denominational, Christian youth organization held in more than 30,000 churches around the world. 


GREAT LOOKING RACE CARS IN THE 'PIT' AREA

The countdown to the 2016 season of the Northern Provincial Pipelines Late Model Series continues.  Edmonton, Alberta's Castrol Raceway hosts the season opener on Saturday May 28th.
   
>Official race results<
18th ANNUAL AWANA GRAND PRIX
East Parkland Bible Church
Stony Plain, Alberta
>Saturday, January 30th

 SPARKS (ages 5 – 9)
1st        #23 Amy Klassen - Spruce Grove
2nd      #24 Andrew Johnson - Stony Plain
3rd       #10 Tanner Saunders - Spruce Grove

T & T’s (ages 9 – 13)
1st        #71 Andrew Hildabrandt - Spruce Grove
2nd      #15 Lachlaine Gordon - Stony Plain
3rd       #50 Noah McGann - Spruce Grove

LEADERS
1st        #105 Jacob Jegodtka - Carvel
2nd      #117 Caitlan Klassen - Spruce Grove
3rd       #124 Donna Brignall - Spruce Grove


NPP SERIES PACE CAR AT EAST PARKLAND BIBLE CHURCH

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CACTUS QUEST
TUCSON, AZ (February 4) - The 2015 champion of the Northern Provincial Pipelines Late Model Series kicks off his 2016 race season in Arizona this weekend.  Darrell Midgley competes in the 3rd annual Chilly Willy Super Late Model race at Tucson Speedway on Friday and Saturday.  Midgley will be driving the Northern Provincial Pipelines #81 Dodge.  Below normal temperatures have greeted race teams and fans in Tucson, Arizona for the two-day show.  "It really is the Chilly Willy," exclaims the Sidney, British Columbia driver, "it's cold down here.  The temperature was below freezing this morning (Thursday)."  Despite the cooler than normal temperatures in the Arizona desert, close to 50 teams are on the property for this year's big race.  "Track promoters have increased the purse so it's no surprise that more teams are here to race."  Along with the $10,000US to win and the Cactus trophies for podium finishers, drivers will run 150 laps instead of 100.  At last year's Chilly Willy 100, Midgley had just moved into the top 10 near the midway point of the race, only to be spun by another competitor.  Midgley was credited with a 23rd place finish when the checkered flag flew. 


GREEN FLAG DROPS AT 2015 CHILLY WILLY SLM EVENT

"I was pretty happy with this race despite where we finished.  I was really pleased when we were here late last year."  Midgley lead almost 50 laps of the Turkey Shoot 125 event back in November.  "We took the lead early and stayed in front almost to the halfway point of the race.  We probably would have won it if it weren't for that flat tire."   Midgley wound up 8th.  "This track eats the tires as we found out.  We are going work on the balance of the car so we can be there at the end this time."  Like last year, the Chilly Willy Super Late Model race is a two-day show.  "I'm not going to worry about the big race yet," adds Midgley, "we need to get through Friday first.  The goal is to qualify well and also get a good starting spot in the heat race."  Darrell Midgley will not be the only Canadian in the field.  Jason Frost will be Midgley's team mate this weekend.  The Victoria, British Columbia driver will also be behind the wheel of a Northern Provincial Pipelines Ltd. sponsored entry.  "Jason's a good driver," says Midgley, "he filled in for me a few times last year on the pavement when I was racing in the NPP Series."   

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>FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 5
SLM Practice 1 (Midgley - 8th fastest: 16.194seconds / Frost - 20th:16.429)
SLM Practice 2 (Midgley - 14th fastest: 16.265 / Frost - 19th:16.431)
SLM Qualifying (Midgley - 18th fastest: 16.054 / Frost - 29th:16.471)
SLM Heat 2 (Midgley - 4th / Frost - 5th)

>SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 6

Midgley starts the Chilly Willy in the 18th spot. Frost, in his first ever visit to Tuscson Speedway, starts 22nd.

MIDGLEY: 24th
FROST: 30th

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SEEING DOUBLE IN ARIZONA
TUCSON, AZ (February 8) -  A small letter 'B' skillfully created out of duct tape, along with different colored nose cone trim and a few decals, was all that differentiated the Team NPP #81 Dodges on the weekend.  You couldn't help but feel a little bit of empathy for the Tucson Speedway track announcer when these two cars hit the track at the 3rd annual Chilly Willy 150 on Friday and Saturday night.  Darrell Midgley was making his third trip to Tuscon Speedway.  Jason Frost was making his debut at the southern Arizona track.  Both Midgley (qualified 18th) and Frost (qualified 29th) competed in the same Friday night Heat race.  A fourth and fifth place finish locked both drivers into the Saturday night Feature.  


JASON FROST AND DARRELL MIDGLEY AT TUCSON SPEEDWAY
---------------------------------------------------------------- (all photos: Mandy Love Photos)

Darrell Midgley started the Chilly Willy 150 in the 18th position.  "We were in tire saving mode at the beginning and that worked well for us."  By lap 65 Midgley moved into the top 10.  "We got as high as sixth," exclaims the Sidney, British Columbia driver, "but then I ran over something on the track and the front right tire started to unwind."  By Lap 100 Midgley had dropped to 17th.  "We just rode around out there for the last part of the race.  The tire separated at the end.  I'm surprised I actually finished." Midgley finished 24th.  Midgley's team mate Jason Frost started Saturday nights Feature in the 22nd spot.  "This was my first competitive race in the US since 1999," admits the Victoria, British Columbia driver, "we were only running a limited Late Model with a crate engine [in Tucson].  Everyone else had way more horsepower than us."  The Western Speedway 1996 Late Model Season Champion had some strategy going into his first ever race at Tuscon Speedway.  "It's a rough track that's hard on tires.  I know we couldn't catch the leaders but we'd give guys maybe 10th on back a bit of a challenge if we raced smart."  Saving his tires till the halfway point, Frost took the cue from his spotter.  "About lap 75 we decided to start making our move forward.  I felt we had the right game plan going in.  We actually gained several spots but then lapped traffic got us."  Frost and another driver came together on Lap 86.  "Lots of front end damage.  Came into the pits and had the crew pull the fender off and then went back out under caution.  We lost oil pressure [while back on the track] so I shut the car off and glided back into the pits."  Frost would be credited with a 30th place finish.  Team NPP has a few weeks off and is undecided as to its next race.  Midgley is expected to make the decision by the end of next week.  "Kern County Speedway has a big event later this month [February 28th].  This is one of the races we are considering."  Midgley finished 13th at the inaugural Winter Showdown 250 last year.  "If we don't attend this race there are two other races we are considering." The Madera Speedway 125 in Madera, California is scheduled for March 12th.  All American Speedway in Roseville, California hosts a big Super Late Model show on April 16th.  The 2016 season of the Northern Provincial Pipelines Late Model Series starts May 28th at Castrol Raceway in Edmonton. Midgley is the defending season champion.


CHILLY WILLY 150
Tuscon Speedway - Tuscon, Arizona
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> SATURDAY, February 6th, 2016
1. #07 Chuck Wares - Tucson, Arizona
2. #11 Dustin Ash - Las Vegas, Nevada
3. #12 Bruce Yackey - Greely, Colorado
4. #27 Gracin Raz - Lake Oswego, Oregon
5. # 8 Noah Gragson - Las Vegas, Nevada
6. #99 Linny White - Fontana, California
7. #77 Toni McCray - Highland, California
8. #26 Dylan Jones - Tucson, Arizona
9. #21 Blaine Rocha - Oakdale, California
10.# 3 Jason Irwin - Albuquerque, New Mexico
11.#63 Joe Paladenic - Sierra Vista, Arizona
12.#14 Vanessa Robinson - Las Cruces, New Mexico
13.#22 Paul Banghart - Tucson, Arizona
14.# 5 Trent Phillips - Hemingford, Nebraska
15.#75 Jeremy Doss - Upper Lake, California
16.#89 Bobby Hodges - Carson City, Nevada
17.#80 Victor Pfluger - Morristown, Arizona
18.#11 John Nesmith -  Meridian, Idaho
19.#13 Ned Champine - Benson, Arizona 
20.#09 Thane Alderman - Las Vegas, Nevada
21.# 8 Mariah McGriff - Vail, Arizona
22.#13 Jack Chisholm - Cranbrook, British Columbia
23.#34 Kayli Barker - Las Vegas, Nevada
24.#81 Darrell Midgley - Sidney, British Columbia
25.#74 Robert Scott - Cheyenne, Wyoming
26.#70 Chris Trickle - Las Vegas, Nevada
27.#71 Ron Searle Jr. - Tucson, Arizona
28. #21 Don Zoll Jr. - Phoenix, Arizona
29. #99 Bobby Erdman - Apache Junction, Arizona
30.#81 Jason Frost - Victoria, British Columbia
31.# 6 Dane Jorgenson - Tucson, Arizona
32.#66 Jeff Bischofberger - Tracy, California
33.#34 Rudy Vanderwal - LaSalle, Colorado
34.#16 Brandon Schilling - Tucson, Arizona

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HITTIN' FIFTY
EDMONTON, AB (February 17) - Pace cars and motorsports have gone hand in hand for decades.  Most race tracks in North America have dedicated pace cars that lead competitors to the green flag each and every race weekend.  In the province of Alberta, the Northern Provincial Pipelines Late Model Series is one of the few racing series that has its own dedicated pace car.  Three Dodge Chargers have been used by the NPP Late Model Series since 2008 at 10 different tracks.  The most current 'moving billboard' of the NPP Series pace car recently hit 50,000km's on the odometer (January 27, 2016)


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The 2014 Dodge Charger pace car went into service on July 18, 2014 after the 2012 Dodge Charger pace car was written off in a bizarre late night accident.  NPP Series announcer Gord Craig was returning from a NASCAR race event at Wyant Group Raceway in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan on July 16, 2014 when he crashed into a herd of Black Angus cattle that wandered onto a major highway.

The first pace car, a 2008 Dodge Charger was retired in 2012 after travelling more than 137,00km's. It was last seen, without decals, in the Whitecourt, Alberta region. The current 2014 Dodge Charger pace car is expected to be retired at the conclusion of the 2016 race season.  The three pace cars combined have travelled a total of 260,600km's and have been seen in three Canadian provinces and nine American states.  The official pace car of the NPP Late Model Series will be back on the track once again in 2016 leading NPP Series teams to the green flag.  The 16th consecutive season of NPP Late Model Series action begins May 28th in Edmonton at Castrol Raceway.


2014 DODGE CHARGER
In Service: July 18, 2014
Current mileage: 50,441 (February 17, 2016) 
608.8kms/week


2012 DODGE CHARGER
In Service: March 22, 2012
Retired/Crashed: July 16, 2014 (73,091 km's)
602.6 kms/week



2008 DODGE CHARGER

In Service: December 20, 2007
Retired: March 22, 2012 (137, 101 kms)
617.2 kms/week

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LUCKY NUMBER THIRTEEN?
AVONDALE, AZ (March 6) - The winter hibernation for Canada's DJ Kennington comes to an end this Friday and Saturday in Arizona.  The St. Thomas, Ontario driver straps himself behind the wheel of the Northern Provincial Pipelines Ltd. sponsored #13 Dodge at Phoenix International Raceway.  Kennington will attempt to qualify for the Axalta Faster. Tougher. Brighter 200.  This will be the 54th time that Kennington has entered a NASCAR Xfinity Series event since 2006.  "The car should be getting wrapped as I speak," exclaims the two-time NASCAR Canadian Pinty's Series driver, "can't wait to get back on the track!"  The car will be transformed from its current orange and black color to the more familiar red and white color scheme.


READY FOR A RED AND WHITE WRAP (photo: MBM Motorsports)

It's been four seasons since Kennington last competed in the NASCAR Xfinity Series.  "I definitely want to do better than my last appearance."  Kennington was credited with a 33rd place finish in Phoenix after blowing a tire and smacking the wall on November 11th, 2011.  Kennington's best Phoenix XFinity Series competition, was 22nd back in November of 2008.  His best ever Xfinity Series finish was on the road course in Montreal in 2010 when he finished 11th. 


KENNINGTON AT PHOENIX INTERNATIONAL RACEWAY - NOVEMBER 11th, 2011

Despite no recent Xfinity Series activity, Kennington has been racing in select NASCAR K & N Series events the past five seasons.  He's registered six Top 10 finishes at Phoenix International Raceway since 2011.  Kennington finished 9th at his last K & N Series appearance at PIR back in November.  "There is a big difference between the K & N cars and the Xfinity cars," adds Kennington, "I'm just pleased that there is an extra practice session here in Phoenix.  I'll definitely be taking advantage of the extra track time."  There are three practice session scheduled for Friday, March 11th.  Qualifying and the big race takes place Saturday, March 12th.  The race car Kennington will drive is based out of the MBM Motorsports shop in North Carolina.  NASCAR veteran Carl Long is co-owner of the team and will also be competing in his #40 Dodge this weekend. Joey Logano is the defending event champion. Kyle Busch has won this event 5 times including back to back wins in 2013 and 2014.




> PRACTICE #1 - 26th fastest (27.937 seconds/128.861mph)
> PRACTICE #2
- 35th (28.349 / 126.989)
> PRACTICE #3 - 29th (27.889 / 129.083)
> QUALIFIED 33rd - (27.731 / 129.918) > FINISHED 36th

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PHOENIX PERSEVERANCE
AVONDALE, AZ (March 12) - There was no fanfare when an exhausted DJ Kennington climbed out of his Northern Provincial Pipelines/Clark Construction #13 Dodge Saturday afternoon at Phoenix International Raceway.  Maybe there should have been. While many drivers would have simply parked their ill handling race car, the two-time NASCAR Canadian Pinty's Series champion soldiered on for a 36th place finish at the Axalta Faster Tougher Brighter 200.  This was Kennington's first appearance in the NASCAR Xfinity Series since November 2011.  Kennington qualified 33rd for the 40 car starting line-up. 


DJ TAKES THE GREEN FLAG AT PIR SATURDAY AFTERNOON

The St. Thomas, Ontario driver gained a few spots early in the race but then had to dramatically adjust his driving style before the race was even half over.  "It was around lap 50 when we started getting a pretty good vibration in the car.  At first I thought it was a loose wheel.  We drove around for about a dozen laps but eventually had to pit.  The vibration was just too much."  Kennington pitted under green flag conditions which put him down several laps.  "Pretty tough going down laps like this.  With a lack of yellow flags I knew it was going to be impossible to get them back."  Only three yellow flags would fly in this race which was won by NASCAR champion Kyle Busch.  "When we got back on the track the vibration was still there.  I could have called it a day but stayed on the track.  It made for a long afternoon but we finished the race.  Hats off to my crew." The cause of the vibration is still undetermined. Kennington heads home not knowing when the next call will come for another chance to race in the NASCAR Xfinity Series.  "Probably Phoenix again in November.  Who knows maybe there will be a few more opportunities between now and then."  Kennington's focus will be changing from south of the border to north of the border. The 2016 season of the NASCAR Canadian Pinty's Series is just two months away.


FIRST NASCAR XFINITY SERIES RACE SINCE NOVEMBER 2011
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FIRING UP AGAIN
DRAYTON VALLEY, AB (March 22) - After a decade of dormancy, the sights and sounds of oval racing is returning to Rapid Fire Motorsports Park.  The racing facility, located northeast of Drayton Valley, Alberta, will be re-opening under a new name in 2016.  Drayton Valley Speedway president Brandon Murray is excited about the challenge that lies ahead.  "A lot of work will be needed to get this facility back-up and running again.  There hasn't been an event here since August of 2006." 


UNDER FLAG STAND LOOKING TOWARDS TURN 4

The last event featured the Northern Provincial Pipelines Late Model Series on August 19th and 20th, 2006.  Two-time NPP Series Champion Dwight Kennedy won the Feature event both days. 


NPP SERIES VISIT TO DRAYTON VALLEY IN AUGUST OF 2006

"The NPP Series is welcome here anytime," says Murray, "we're also reaching out to sprint car drivers, modified drivers and street stock competitors.  The invitation is open for any race car in Alberta."  Murray indicates one group of racers has already confirmed their commitment to race at his facility.  "Officials with the Mini sprints have indicated that Drayton Valley Speedway will be their home track once we open." 


FIRST DRAFT OF THE NEW TRACK LOGO RELEASED TODAY

Murray is optimistic that the first event at Drayton Valley Speedway could be held as early as June 4th. "Although the infrastructure is here, it's pretty much a rebuild from the ground up.  Once we start, I figure it will take four to six weeks to get this facility ready to go."

(UPDATE - March 24th, 2016 / tentative schedule added)

DRAYTON VALLEY SPEEDWAY
- tentative 2016 oval schedule
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Saturday, June 4th
Sunday, June 5th
Saturday, July 16
Sunday, July 17
Saturday, August 6
Sunday, August 7
Saturday, September 17
Sunday, September 18
Saturday, October 8
Sunday, October 9

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ROC RACE CAR SELL OFF
EDSON, AB (April 5) - Northern Provincial Pipelines Ltd. is thinning its inventory of Late Model race cars.  The four cars currently listed for sale do have some interesting history attached to them, albeit brief.  With the help of the NPP Late Model Series, Edmonton's Castrol Raceway hosted a Race of Champions/Legends of NASCAR event for two consecutive seasons (2013 & 2014). Drivers Dave Blaney, Kenny Wallace and two-time Daytona 500 winner Sterling Marlin strapped themselves into a NPP Late Model for one of the events, while two-time Daytona 500 winner Michael Waltrip and NASCAR legend Kenny Schrader competed in both events.  Schrader  became the first American to win a NPP Series Feature event in his 2013 appearance.  He backed it up with another victory in 2014. 


KENNY SCHRADER WON THE 2013 AND 2014 ROC EVENTS IN EDMONTON

A Race of Champions event was tentatively scheduled in 2015 by Castrol Raceway then cancelled before the season even began due to driver availability problems.  With the current economic climate in the Province of Alberta, NPP Series officials quickly realized that there is zero chance of holding this event in 2016. The decision was made to sell the cars.


THE SAME RACE CAR WAS USED FOR BOTH MARLIN AND WALLACE

"I think the Waltrip car is the best of the bunch," admits lead NPP Series crew chief, mechanic and driver Shawn Kennedy, "it's got the newest chassis of all the cars. The driveshaft is new. The engine was also freshened."  The 340 Dodge engines used in most of the NPP Series race cars have been dyno'd at over 600 horsepower.  "All the cars are turn-key ready.  Two of the cars have only two races on the chassis and are basically brand new."  Kennedy hopes the future owners of these cars will compete in the NPP Series.  "If running on the dirt is not in the plans, with a bit of work, you could covert one of these race cars to run competitively on the pavement." The 2016 season of the NPP Late Model Series begins in May 28th in Edmonton.

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RAPID REJUVENATION
DRAYTON VALLEY, AB (April 13) - There is added anticipation for teams and fans in the province of Alberta this upcoming race season.  Rapid Fire Motorsports Park, which has sat dormant for close to a decade, is re-opening in 2016.  Track officials say resuscitation work at the facility is ahead of schedule, which will allow an earlier-than-planned opening.  The Drayton Valley Speedway Oval will open its doors for a two-day test and tune weekend on Saturday and Sunday, May 7th and 8th. 


FACILITY REJUVENATION MOVING ALONG NICELY

"All dirt track racers are welcome to come out," says track president Brandon Murray, "time to see some race cars back here again."  More than four-hundred crew hours of work has gone into the facility since April 1st.  "It's starting to look like a track again," smiles Murray, "but you can't have a track without race teams."  Murray says the two-day test is as much for the track as it is for racers.  "We are still assembling our staff and volunteers.  Response to the re-opening of this track has been incredible." 


UNDER FLAG STAND LOOKING TOWARDS TURN FOUR
(PHOTO TAKEN 3:35PM - WEDNESDAY, APRIL 13)

The Drayton Valley test doesn't conflict with any other race tracks test and tune dates.  The oval test and tune at Edmonton's Castrol Raceway is May 14th.  Central Alberta Raceways in Rimbey hosts their oval test and tune a day later on May 15th.  Sangudo Speedway is having a track clean-up day on May 7th but there is no on-track time.  "Working with other race tracks is very important so there are no conflict dates," adds Murray, "our schedule shows that."  Drayton Valley Speedway (Rapid Fire Motorsports Park) last held an oval race weekend on August 19th and 20th, 2006 which featured the Northern Provincial Pipelines Late Model Series.  Two-time NPP Series Champion Dwight Kennedy swept the weekend Features.

DRAYTON VALLEY SPEEDWAY
2016 SCHEDULE

Saturday, May 7th (test 'n' tune) NEW
Sunday, May 8th (test 'n' tune) NEW
Saturday, June 4th
Sunday, June 5th
Saturday, July 16
Sunday, July 17
Saturday, August 6
Sunday, August 7
Saturday, September 17
Sunday, September 18
Saturday, October 8
Sunday, October 9

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CALIFORNIA RACIN
ROSEVILLE, CA (April 17) - Following up his 5th place finish March 19th at Madera Speedway in Madera, California, Canada's Darrell Midgley grabbed a 6th place finish Saturday night at All American Speedway in Roseville, California.  "We were so good as a team Saturday night," exclaims the Sidney, British Columbia driver, "the car was really good as well."  Midgley qualified  13th for the 100 lap race.  Unfortunately for Midgley, the Northern Provincial Pipelines Ltd. #81 Dodge had a tire go down just a few laps into the race.  "We got a flat tire on Lap 5 after running over something on the track.  We didn't have any new tires left so we put on a used tire from the last race and just hoped for the best."  Despite the early race setback, Midgley moved into the top 10 before the race was 25 Laps old.  On Lap 28 Midlgey moved up to eighth.  This was a position Midgley would occupy to just past the halfway point. 


MIDGLEY FINISHED 6TH AT ALL AMERICAN SPEEDWAY SATURDAY NIGHT
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"We made it work [with the used tire]. The car was sure a handful by the end of the race because of the extra worn tires."  From Lap 55 to 75, Midgley and local racer John Moore battled hard for position.  Midgley would get by the California driver with 25 laps remaining to finish in the number six position.  The 6th place finish earned the lone Canadian in the field, the hard charger award. Midgley currently sits tied for fourth in the Pacific Challenge Series points race, just 10 points out of top spot, but that's as high as he will get in the point standings.  "I have to focus on the races at home now," admits Midgley, "we have a track to run.  We're opening up this weekend."  Midgley is the promoter of Western Speedway in Victoria, British Columbia and is also the two-time and the defending season champion of the Alberta based Northern Provincial Pipelines Late Model Series.  "Had fun racing in the States.  Would like to do more but it's just too far away to run.  It would be quite the commute."  The next race of the 12 event PCS schedule is May 7th at Ukiah Speedway in Ukiah, California.  The 2016 season opener for Western Speedway is this Friday and Saturday night (April 22 & 23).  The 2015 season opener for the Northern Provincial Pipelines Late Model Series is May 28th at Edmonton's Castrol Raceway.
 


PACIFIC CHALLENGE SERIES 100
> SATURDAY, APRIL 16th
1. # 8 Jason Romero - Cameron Park, California
2. # 6 Mike Beeler - Modesto, California
3. #66 Jeff Bischofberger - Tracy, California
4. # 5 Chris Scribner - Loomis, California
5. #75 Jeremy Doss - Upperlake, California
6. #81 Darrell Midgley - Sidney, British Columbia
7. #27 John Moore - Granite Bay, California
8. #11 Tracy Bolin - Valley Springs, California
9. # 5 Ryan Peeples - Anderson, California
10.#55 Danny Malfatti - Hayward, California
11.#70 Mike Hite Elk - Grove, California
12.#33 Don Swartz - Grass Valley, California
13.#20 Cole Moore - Granite Bay, California
14.# 1 Matthew Wendt - Lodi, California
15.#39 Jason Mitchell - Redding, California
16.#18 Travis Milburn - Eagle, Idaho
17.#39 Jimmy Stillman - Upperlake, California
18.#05 Eric Schmidt - Roseville, California
19.#07 Dave Skaggs - Woodland, California

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WHO'S IN WHO'S OUT
EDSON, AB (April 22) - The 2016 race season of the Northern Provincial Pipelines Late Model Series is just one month away.  Several NPP Series race teams could be on the track as early as May 7th and 8th as Rapid Fire Motorsports Park (Drayton Valley Speedway) opens its doors for the first time since 2006 with an open test and tune weekend.  Castrol Raceway and Central Alberta Raceways hold their test and tune days one weekend later on May 16th and 17th. 


TWO-TIME NPP SERIES CHAMPION DWIGHT KENNEDY ALMOST READY FOR 2016

Over the next few weeks, the official website of the NPP Late Model Series will be Counting Down to Green.  This news section will show who's in, who's out and who's returning for the 16th consecutive season of race action for the NPP Late Model Series.  The upcoming driver reports will also coincide with some tweaks and modifications to the NPP Series website. The last major changes to the official website of the NPP Series took place back in 2012.

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COUNTDOWN TO GREEN (part 1 of 3)
EDMONTON, AB (April 28) - The top-three drivers from the 2015 season of the Northern Provincial Pipelines Late Model Series continue preparations for the 2016 season.  Darrell Midgley, Mark Miller and Ken Clark all have the season opening date [May 28th] circled on the calendar.  "We are ready to go," exclaims Darrell Midgley, the defending and two-time NPP Series Champion,  "the car is sitting in Edson right now just waiting to be decaled up."  Midgley set an NPP Series record last season winning five consecutive Feature events in his Integra Tire (Edson) #14 Dodge.  "Consistency and no DNF's wins championships," says the Sidney, British Columbia driver, "I know the target is on me this season but that leads to better racing overall."  Midgley already has hundreds of lap under his belt since winning the NPP Series championship last September.  "Had some fun south of the border with the pavement car during the winter."  In the four 'winter' events run, his best finish was a 5th at California's Madera Speedway on March 19th.  "These guys get to race year round and to finish where I did felt pretty good."  Along with racing in the NPP Late Model Series, Midgley also is the promoter of Western Speedway in Victoria, British Columbia where he'll also be competing in 2016. 

 
#14 DARRELL MIDGLEY AND #78 KEN CLARK

Mark Miller, the 2014 NPP Late Model Series champion continues to count down the days till the start of the season.  "The car is all together,"  says the driver of the A1 Autobody #69 Chevrolet, " we are ready to rock.  Hoping to test at Edmonton or Rimbey or both.  Not sure yet."  The Calgary, Alberta driver finished second in the NPP Series championship points chase last season.  "We had a bit of a slow start and that cost us in the end," admits Miller, "we finished seventh at the season opener but was pretty strong the remainder of the year."  Miller registered six consecutive podium finishes including one win after last year's season opener.  "We've got a good team, a good car.  Not too many changes for us this year."


#69 MARK MILLER - 2014 NPP LATE MODEL SERIES CHAMPION / 2ND PLACE IN 2015
(PHOTO: STPRacing Memories)

Ken Clark finished third in the NPP Series Championship point standings last season.  "Hope we can do even better this season," says the Edson, Alberta driver, "we're going to work on the things we did wrong last year.  Looking back we probably could have been second if not for a few problems last season."  Clark already admits that he will not be able to attend any test and tune dates for one simple reason.  "The car is not ready to go yet.  It's up on the jack stands.  Still have some bodywork to do when I get the time."  Clark owns Edson Sign which has had a very busy spring printing season.  "The business and customers come first."  Northern Provincial Pipelines Late Model Series teams have four test and tune dates to choose from before the May 28th season opener.  After shutting down back in 2006, Rapid Fire Motorsports Park (Drayton Valley Speedway)  re-opens for the first time on May 7th and 8th (test and tune).  Castrol Raceway (Edmonton) holds their test and tune on May 16th.  Central Alberta Raceways (Rimbey) test and tune is one day later on May 17th.

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