A BRAND NEW YEAR
EDMONTON, AB (January 1) - The Northern Provincial Pipelines Late Model Series and Team NPP wish you a Happy New Year. The 2018 championship chase for the NPP Late Model Series begins in May. Next race event for Team NPP is the end of this month.

The 5th annual Chilly 150 Super Late Model race runs January 25th - 27th at Tucson Speedway. The popularity of this race has forced race officials in Arizona to add an extra race day making this a three-day event for the very first time.

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RULEBOOK REVIEW
EDMONTON, AB (January 11) - Changes are coming to the Northern Provincial Pipelines Late Model Series.  The official rulebook of the NPP Late Model Series is undergoing a major review.  "The last major change (carburetor rule) was back in 2008," says NPP Series announcer Gord Craig,  "needless to say the current rulebook is a little stale and is in need of a major refresh."  


SCREENSHOT FROM THE NPP SERIES WEBSITE

Some of the anticipated changes to the NPP Late Model Series rulebook will attempt to address the rising costs of racing.  "We've been reaching out to drivers asking for input," says Craig, "so far the common theme of discussion has been engines, tires and suspension."  Shawn Kennedy is one NPP Series driver that is welcoming a revamped rulebook. "The rulebook is very old.  I've submitted a lot of suggestions to make the cars more consistent, safer and perform better." 

The Edson, Alberta driver won the last scheduled NPP Series Feature event on September 25th, 2016 at Central Alberta Raceways.  There were no NPP Series events run last year.  The 2017 season was cancelled by NPP Series officials due to a low car count. 


THE CAR COUNT WAS NOT A PROBLEM 5 YEARS AGO
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"This class still has the potential to be something that really stands out," admits Kennedy, "there are ways to shed costs that the Series should be allowing."  Consultations will continue with race teams for the remainder of January.  A revised NPP Series rulebook is anticipated sometime in February.  NPP Series officials continue to work on a tentative 2018 race schedule.



KENNEDY WINS FINAL RACE OF 2016 SEASON

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TEAM NPP TO TUCSON
TUCSON, AZ (January 21) - The short winter hibernation is over for Team Northern Provincial Pipelines Ltd.  Tucson Speedway hosts its 5th annual Chilly Willy Super Late Model race January 25th - 27th.  British Columbia's Darrell Midgley and Brandon Carlson will once again pilot the Team NPP #81 and #81C Dodge Chargers.  Both drivers are feeling confident going into the race weekend in Arizona.  "Multiple night events is something new (for this race)," says Darrell Midgley,  "it's pretty exciting."  This will be Midgley's fourth consecutive Chilly Willy race. The Sidney, BC driver has led laps at the two previous Chilly Willy events. His best finish was 10th at last years big show. "We need to get through the races (50 Lap Features) on Thursday and Friday. For Saturday nights 150 lap race, the key to winning is to conserve tires."  At Tucson Speedway's Turkey Shoot 125 in November, Midgley ended 2017 with a 14th place finish in his brand new Super Late Model.  "We definitely had something in this race until a lapped car got into us." Midgley was running 7th when the contact occurred.  "It was a good race car, we put down some good lap times. I was very happy with it."


FOURTH CONSECUTIVE CHILLY WILLY FOR MIDGLEY in 2018
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(photo: Mandy Love Photo)

There will be a different vantage point for Victoria, BC's Brandon Carlson at this year's Chilly Willy event. "This will be my third year in a row at the Chilly Willy.  I was crewing for Darrell Midgley at the first two.  This will be the first time that I'm behind the wheel."  Carlson made his Team NPP debut last November in Tucson and finished 9th at the Turkey Shoot 125 event.  "I want to see the 81 car up front (this weekend).  My result in November was a reflection of me playing the tire strategy a little bit wrong. That's where I shot myself in the foot a little bit." 


TEAM NPP'S BRANDON CARLSON IN TUCSON

Last November Carlson was battling for the lead in Tucson before the midway point of the race.  "I think we proved we could run up front.  We ran in the top five for a good portion of the race.  Tire conservation is huge here."  More than 40 Super Late Model race teams have registered for this year's Chilly Willy.  A brief two-hour practice sessions is scheduled in the Arizona desert on Thursday afternoon. "We are ready to go."




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> THURSDAY, JANUARY 25th
Carlson qualified 22nd 16.310 (-0.563) for Thursday nights race.
Midgley qualified 23rd 16.327 (-0.580) for Thursday nights race.
Feature #1 (50 laps) - Midgley finished 14th (Winner: Noah Gragson - Las Vegas, Nevada)
Feature #2 (50 laps) - Carlson finished 8th (Winner: Preston Peltier - Brighton, Colorado)

> FRIDAY, JANUARY 26th
Carlson qualified 19th 16.058 (-0.515)
Midgley qualified 20th 16.066 (-0.523)
Feature #1 (50 laps) - Carlson finished 9th (Winner: Christian McGehee-Ontario, California)
Feature #2 (50 laps) - Midgley finished 18th (crash)
(Winner: Jace Hansen - Denver, Colorado)
Midgley will be running the Team NPP backup car for Saturday nights Feature event.
  
> SATURDAY, JANUARY 27th
Chilly Willy 150 (36 car field)
=Carlson finished 14th=
=Midgley finished 18th=

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TUCSON TRIALS FOR TEAM NPP
TUCSON, AZ
(January 27) - The 2018 race season is officially underway for Team Northern Provincial Pipelines Ltd. Three consecutive nights of racing at Tucson Speedway concluded with the 5th annual Chilly Willy Super Late Model event on Saturday night.  Brandon Carlson, making his official Chilly Willy debut finished 14th, while Darrell Midgley drove the back-up car to a 18th place finish.  Leading up to Saturday nights Chilly Willy 150 were two preliminary 50-lap Features run Thursday and Friday night.  Victoria, British Columbia's Carlson finished 8th and 9th in his two Features.  Sidney, BC's Midgley finished 14th Thursday night and then was taken out in a spectacular crash on Friday night.  Midgley was running 6th when several cars spun in front of him.  "I managed to stop but then I got smacked from behind. Rung my bell good.  He was so far into my car he tore the carburetor off his car."  The crash forced Midgley and crew to bring out the back-up car and prepare it for Saturday night's 150-lap Feature. 


MIDGLEY FINISHED 18TH SATURDAY NIGHT IN THE BACK-UP CAR
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(photo: Mandy Love Photo)

"We had two practice sessions on the back-up car (Saturday).  We did run the car here two years ago."  Midgley had to start the Chilly Willy 150 at the rear of the 36 car field.  The starting position however was looked on as a challenge for Midgley.  By lap 35 he had already cracked the top 20 in the NPP/Alien Race Cars #81 Dodge.  "Car felt pretty good," says Midgley, "we were going in the right direction."  Carlson meanwhile had already gained several positions in the NPP/Alien Chassis #81C Dodge when he got tangled up in a multi-car incident on lap 45 while running 16th.  "It was just one of those racing deals.  I was the pinball bouncing off several cars.  In the end I think this prevented some major damage to the car.  It tore up the bumper and knocked out the setup."  There were several consecutive yellow flags following this incident that allowed Carlson's crew to complete repairs.  "The guys put the car back together as best as they could.  It was close to what we had at the beginning of the race." 


CARLSON FINISHED 14TH IN HIS CHILLY WILLY DEBUT
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(photo: Mandy Love Photo)

At the halfway point (Lap 75) Midgley was running 15th and Carlson was running 25th.  Midgley then began losing track position just past Lap 80.  "I had a right rear tire going down," sighs Midgley, "it happens to me a lot here for some reason."  On Lap 92 Midgley was passed by his team mate.  "I was hoping a caution flag would fly so I could pit."  That caution flag did fly on Lap 159 for a single car incident. With 8 laps to go a multi-car crash brought out a red flag.  Although Carlson missed the accident, Midgley almost had his second major incident of the weekend.  "I got a little right front damage but still managed to get through." With five laps to go Carlson had made it up to 12th and Midgley was running 21st.  Midgley gained three spots in the dying laps to finish 18th while Carlson finished 14th. Erie, Colorado's Chris Eggleston drove to victory lane in the Chilly Willy 150.

1.(2) #22 Chris Eggleston – Thornton, Colorado
2.(1) #48 Preston Peltier – Brighton, Colorado
3.(33)#99 Linny White - Fontana, California
4.(9) #10 Owen Riddle – Naches, Washington
5.(13)#15 Tayler Riddle – Naches, Washington
6.(16)#16 Brandon Farrington - Tucson, Arizona
7.(12)#9 Ron Norman – Tucson, Arizona
8.(11)#32 Brett Yackey – Greeley, Colorado
9.(7) #12 Bruce Yackey – Greeley, Colorado
10.(28)#14 Vanessa Robinson – Las Cruces, New Mexico
11.(17)#84 Tom Berrow – Surrey, British Columbia
12.(5) #11 Matt Levin – Tucson, Arizona
13.(34)#43 Kody Vanderwal - LaSalle, Colorado
14.(19)#81 Brandon Carlson - Victoria, British Columbia
15.(18)#23 Curtis Lansing - Tucson, Arizona
16.(27)# 6 Dane Jorgenson - Sierra Vista, Arizona
17.(29)#34 Kayli Barker - Las Vegas, Nevada
18.(35)#81 Darrell Midgley - Sidney, British Columbia
19.(3)#12 Christian McGhee - Ontario, California
20.(31)#5 Trent Phillips - Hemingford, Nebraska
21.(21)#22 Paul Banghart - Tucson, Arizona
22.(22)#51 Sean Bray - Tucson, Arizona
23.(20)#01 Chuck Wares - Tucson, Arizona
24.(26)#37 Mike Longton - Moxee, Washington
25.(30)#16 Dylan Jones - Tucson, Arizona
26.(32)#47 Stephen Blankenship - Tenino, Washington
27.(36)# 8 Mariah McGriff - Vail, Arizona
28.(6) #91 Chris Atkinson - Cheyenne, Wyoming
29.(10)# 8 Noah Gragson - Las Vegas, Nevada
30.(15)#34 Rudy Vanderwal - LaSalle, Colorado
31.(14)#26 John Newhouse - Twin Falls, Idaho
32.(4)#08 Jace Hansen - Denver, Colorado
33.(24)#01 Ron Searle Jr. - Tucson, Arizona
34.(25)#20 Ricky Bogart - Phoenix, Arizona
35.(23)#36 Luke Hall - Fortuna, Californa
36.(8) # 4 Brandon Schilling - Tucson, Arizona

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TRACK SCHEDULE RELEASES
EDMONTON, AB (February 11) – All Alberta race tracks have now released their 2018 race schedules.  Drayton Valley Speedway was first out of the gate releasing its oval schedule back in December.  Over the past few weeks, Edmonton, Rimbey, Drumheller and Sangudo track officials released their oval race dates for the upcoming season.  Looking at the newly released 2018 schedules, single-night oval events appear to be a thing of the past in the province of Alberta.  Castrol Raceway has moved to a two-night format for a majority of its oval events this season for the first time since the facility opened its doors back in 1991.  The change to a two-night race weekend format means the Edmonton track will have three additional race dates in 2018.  Conflicting dates between tracks are few for the upcoming season.  Both Castrol Raceway and Central Alberta Raceways in Rimbey have scheduled their season opener on the same weekend in May.  An oversight may have taken place by track officials when it came to scheduling race dates on one particular summer weekend.  Drayton Valley Speedway, Sangudo Speedway and Dinosaur Downs Speedway all have a two-day show planned for the Canada Day long weekend.  At least one track may have to adjust Canada Day long weekend race date.  Officials with the Northern Provincial Pipelines Late Model Series continue to work on the 2018 race schedule. The NPP Series hopes to have a finalized event schedule (8 - 10 race dates) before the end of the month.


May 12 - Test and Tune
Friday/Saturday, May 25/26
Friday/Saturday, June 8/9
Friday/Saturday, July 20/21
Friday/Saturday, July 27/28 - Xtreme Cup
Friday/Saturday, August 17/18 - Gold Cup (Sprint Cars only)
Friday, September 7

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>RIMBEY, ALBERTA
Saturday, May 5 - Test n’ Tune
Friday/Saturday, May 25/26
Friday/Saturday, June 15/16
Friday/Saturday, July 6/7
Friday/Saturday, August 10/11
Saturday/Sunday, September 15/16


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>DRAYTON VALLEY, ALBERTA
Saturday/Sunday, May 26/27
Saturday/Sunday, June 30/July 1
Saturday/Sunday, July 21/22
Saturday/Sunday, August 18/19
Saturday/Sunday, September 15/16


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>DRUMHELLER, ALBERTA
Saturday/Sunday, May 12/13
Saturday/Sunday, June 2/3
Saturday/Sunday, July 30/July 1
Saturday/Sunday, August 11/12
Saturday/Sunday, August 25/26 (motorcycles only)
Saturday/Sunday, September 8/ 9
Saturday/Sunday, September 29/30 (rain date)

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>SANGUDO, ALBERTA
Saturday/Sunday, May 19/20
Saturday/Sunday, June 9/10
Saturday/Sunday, June 30/July 1
Saturday/Sunday, September 1/2

 

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DJ DAYTONA DO OVER
DAYTONA BEACH, FL (February 16) – For the second year in a row a Canadian will be competing in the “Great American Race”.  DJ Kennington will roll off the grid in 30th when the green flag drops on Sunday for the 60th running of the Daytona 500.  “I’m one of the fortunate ones to have the people and the backing to do this,” exclaims the St. Thomas, Ontario driver, “a lot of people never get the opportunity.” 


DJ READY FOR SUNDAYS DAYTONA 500
.. ............................(photo: Gaunt Brothers Racing)

Last year Kennington was the first Canadian, since 1988, to start the Daytona 500.  “We were consistent.  We qualified for the race. We ran real well and we were in the mix but just got caught up in the big one at the end.”  Kennington was credited with a 36th place finish after getting caught up in a 16 car crash in the Lordco/Castrol Edge #96 Toyota.  This year Kennington becomes the first Canadian since 1988 to make consecutive starts in the Daytona 500.  Calgary, Alberta’s Trevor Boys made five consecutive starts at the “Great American Race” starting in 1984.  “I learned a lot last year,” exclaims Kennington, “hopefully I can use that to run better (this year).” 


KENNINGTON FINISHED 26TH LAST NOVEMBER
................................................. (photo: Premium Motorsports)

With major sponsorship from Alberta based Northern Provincial Pipelines Ltd and Clark Construction, Kennington scored his best ever Monster Energy NASCAR Cup finish at Phoenix International Raceway back on November12th.  The two-time NASCAR Canada Pinty’s Series Champion finished 26th at the Arizona facility.  “When the checkered flag flys you hope the car is still running.  Anything can happen anywhere.  There is nowhere to hide on the track.  Just go out there and do your best.” Kennington finished 15th Thursday night in the second of two 60 lap Duel races at Daytona International Speedway.

> SUNDAY, FEBRUARY 18th
8:00AM - GATES OPEN
2:15PM – DRIVER INTRODUCTIONS
3:00PM – 60th DAYTONA 500

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UPDATE: DJ Kennington's appearance at the 60th running of the Daytona 500 almost ended early Sunday afternoon. The St. Thomas, Ontario driver clipped a spinning Kyle Busch on Lap 51. Busch cut down a tire. Kennington suffered damage to the left front fender of his race car. Kennington did not have to go to the garage but still went down 1 lap due to repairs at his pit stall. He remained off the lead lap for the remainder of the race. Kennington was running 34th at the halfway point of the race (Lap 100). A multi-car crash on Lap 102 took out several cars. This crash moved Kennington up to 28th. Kennington hovered around the 28th and 29th position in his damaged race car for the next 77+ laps. With only 2 laps to go.....yet another multi-car crash. With four cars unable to continue due to damage, Kennington gained four spots. The St Thomas, Ontario driver finished 24th when the checkered flag flew.

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RULE BOOK REVISIONS
EDSON, AB (February 23) – When you’ve been competing under the same rulebook for more than a decade, implementing major rule changes is not an easy task.  The Northern Provincial Pipelines Late Model Series has released its updated 2018 rulebook.  “Yes there are some tweaks to the rulebook,” says NPP Series announcer Gord Craig, “tires, chassis and suspension rules have been modified.  Major changes to engine rules however remain on the drawing board.”  Craig says one-on-one consultations with teams will continue once the season starts.  “This may be the first re-write (of the rulebook) in 10 years but that does not mean we are done with changes.” A closer inspection of the updated rulebook reveals an open invitation to current owners of 'former' NPP Series race cars and NPP ‘style’ race cars competing in other divisions.  “We’d love to see them come over and have some fun in the NPP Series this year.”  NPP Series officials continue working on putting the finishing touches on the 2018 race schedule. Test n tune dates are May 5th at Central Alberta Raceways in Rimbey and May 12th at Edmonton’s Castrol Raceway. Drayton Valley Speedway will not be hosting a test and tune in 2018. The 2018 season opener will be held in either Edmonton or Rimbey.

CLICK HERE FOR NPP SERIES RULEBOOK

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TRACK TIME IN TUCSON
TUCSON, AZ (February 27) – Team NPP is back on the track in Arizona this weekend.  Canada’s Darrell Midgley looks to play spoiler Saturday night at Tucson Speedway as the race for the 2018 track championship begins in the Super Late Model Class. “This is the first time I’ve raced at their season opener,” says the Sidney, British Columbia driver, “we’re not running the entire season here (Tucson).  After this race we are bringing the car back to Canada.”  This will be Midlgey’s 10th appearance at Tucson Speedway since 2015.   “Really have enjoyed racing at this track the past few years.  It’s like our home base during the winter now.”  The driver of the Northern Provincial Pipelines Ltd./Alien Race Cars #81 Dodge has three top 10 finishes at Tucson Speedway.  “We’ve led laps here,” says Midgley, “we’ve had a good enough car to win several times.  I really think we have a solid chance (to win it) this time.”


TEAM NPP #81 LATE MODEL ON POSTERS AND PIZZA BOX
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Pizza Hut restaurants in Tucson are sponsoring the 2018 season opener.  Much to Midgley’s surprise the restaurants have attached event posters to its pizza boxes that feature the familiar red and white #81 Dodge.  “I guess I’m going to have to order some ham and pineapple pizza.”  Midgley and Team NPP will be on the track Friday afternoon for a brief practice session.  Another Super Late Model practice session is scheduled for Saturday before qualifying begins.  “We have good handle on the brand new car.  Just need a little bit of luck on our side.”

MIDGLEY FINISHES AT TUCSON SPEEDWAY
March 2, 2018 - ????? (2018 season opener)
November 25, 2017 - finished 18th (Turkey Shoot)
October 28, 2017 - finished 6th (regular track night)
February 4th, 2017 - finished 10th (Chilly Willy)
November 26, 2016 - finished 11th (Turkey Shoot)
October 29, 2016 - finished 13th (regular track night)
February 6th,  2016 - finished 24th (Chilly Willy)
November 28th, 2015 - finished 8th (Turkey Shoot)
February 7th, 2015 - finished 22nd (Chilly Willy)


- Tucson, Arizona
PIZZA HUT 2018 SEASON OPENER
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> FRIDAY, MARCH 2nd
5:00pm - Practice

> SATURDAY, MARCH 3rd
3:15pm - Practice
5:15pm - Qualifying
7:00pm - Racing starts

Classes racing:
Late Models
Hobby Stocks
Pro Stocks
Super Late Models
Super Trucks

 

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TOP TEN IN TUCSON
TUCSON, AZ (March 3) – A top-10 finish capped off what was an extremely frustrating weekend for Team NPP in southern Arizona.  Darrell Midgley drove the Northern Provincial Pipelines Ltd./Alien Race Cars #81 Dodge to an 8th place finish Saturday night at Tucson Speedway’s 2018 season opener.  “It’s not much to brag about,” exclaims the Sidney, British Columbia driver, “it was a very rough weekend for us.”  Twenty-four hours earlier the mood was more upbeat.  “We were the fastest car on the track in practice Friday.  Things were going well.  Nearing the end of practice the upper link broke.”  The damage caused by the broken part was catastrophic.  “It took out the drive shaft, the transmission, the rear end and the oil lines.  We were at the track past midnight putting the car back together.”  Midgley did not get any practice time on race day.  “It was a lot of work just to get the car running again.  The damage put us so far behind.”  The start of the Pizza Hut 100 Super Late Model race came to a screeching halt early.  A multi-car crash took place on the lap one.  “It seemed like half the field was involved in the wreck,” says Midgley, “I can’t believe you can wreck that many cars on the first lap.”  The race was red flagged for more than half an hour to allow track crews to clean up debris and spilled fluid.  The race resumed after the lengthy delay.  “We got to race.  Unfortunately we didn’t get to go the distance.”  A broken fuel pump forced Midgley to retire to the pits just past the halfway point of the race.  Only about a half dozen cars remained on the track when the checkered flag flew.  The early misfortune of others resulted in Midgley securing his 4th top 10 finish at Tucson Speedway in just 10 starts. Next race for Darrell Midgley and Team NPP is next month in Washington State. The Wenatchee Valley Super Oval hosts the Leonard Evans 150 on Saturday, April 28th.

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BREAKING NEWS: With major sponsorship from Northern Provincial Pipelines Ltd and Clark Construction, Canada's DJ Kennington will be competing in the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series race at ISM Raceway in Phoenix,Arizona on Sunday, March 11th.

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ARIZONA APPEARANCE
AVONDALE, AZ
(March 6) – DJ Kennington will provide Canadian content to the big NASCAR race at ISM Raceway (formally Phoenix International Raceway) this weekend in Arizona.   Kennington will drive the Northern Provincial Pipelines Ltd/Clark Construction #96 Toyota in the Ticket Guardian 500 on Sunday.  The car is prepared out of the Canadian owned Gaunt Brothers Racing shop based in Mooresville, North Carolina.  “We have a brand new car which has just been put together.  Hopefully we put on a good show.” 


KENNINGTONS CAR AT THE RACE SHOP IN NORTH CAROLINA
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Kennington is coming off a 24th place finish at the Daytona 500 last month.  This was Kennington’s best ever finish in the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series in only his fourth start.  Since 2006, Kennington has raced in all four of NASCAR’s racing divisions at the Arizona facility.  “Really comfortable at Phoenix,” exclaims the St. Thomas, Ontario driver, “I’ve had plenty of opportunity to run there which really helps.”  This will be Kenningtons 21st appearance in Phoenix.  “If you have told me ten years ago that we’d have that many starts at this track I’d say you were crazy.  Just very fortunate and lucky to have Dwight (Kennedy) and Kevin (Clark) support me and my program when we go to Phoenix.  It’s great to have them on board again.  Without them I’d probably have zero starts in Phoenix.”  Alberta based Northern Provincial Pipelines Ltd. and Clark Construction have been major sponsors of Kennington in Phoenix for several years. Kennington finished 26th at the Phoenix race last November.  “The race team is getting better and we’re getting better.  If we can grab a few extra spots (this weekend), that would be fantastic.” Kennington hits the track for practice on Friday morning in preparation for afternoon qualifying. Two practice sessions are scheduled for Saturday. The big race goes Sunday.   


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> FRIDAY, March 9
10:00AM – Spectator Gates open
10:35AM – Practice
3:15PM – Qualifying

> SATURDAY, March 10
10:00AM – Spectator Gates open
10:05AM – Practice
12:30PM – Final Practice
 
> SUNDAY, March 11
8:00AM – Spectator Gates open
11:50AM – Driver introducttions
12:30PM – TicketGuardian 500, Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series (312 laps / 500kms)

 

KENNINGTON FINISHES AT PHOENIX
November 12, 2017 – finished 26th (NASCAR Monster Energy Cup Series)
November 13, 2016 - finished 35th (NASCAR Sprint Cup Series debut)
November 12, 2016 - finished 30th (NASCAR Xfinity Series)
March 12, 2016 - finished 36th (NASCAR XFinity Series)
November 12, 2015 - finished 9th (NASCAR K&N Series)
November 6, 2014 - finished 7th (NASCAR K&N Series)
February 27, 2014 - finished 5th (NASCAR K&N Series)
November 8, 2013 - finished 36th (NASCAR Camping World Truck Series)
November 8, 2013 - finished 26th (NASCAR K&N Series)
March 2, 2013 - finished 7th (NASCAR K&N Series)
March 3, 2012 - finished 10th (NASCAR K&N Series)
November 12, 2011 - finished 33rd (NASCAR Nationwide Series)
November 12,  2011 - finished 11th (NASCAR K&N Series)
February 24, 2011 - finished 10th (NASCAR K&N Series)
April 17, 2009 - finished 23rd (NASCAR Nationwide Series)
November 8, 2008 - finished 22nd (NASCAR Nationwide Series)
April 11, 2008 - finished 26th (NASCAR Nationwide Series)
November 10, 2007 - finished 43rd (NASCAR Busch Series)
April 20, 2007 - finished 27th (NASCAR Busch Series)
November 11, 2006 - DNQ (NASCAR Busch Series)

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COPPER STATE CRUISE
AVONDALE, AZ
(March 11) – In only his 7th start in the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series, Canada's DJ Kennington finished 31st at ISM Raceway (formally Phoenix International Raceway) Sunday afternoon. The Ticket Guardian 500 was Kenningtons 20th official NASCAR start in the Copper State. Since 2007, Kennington has raced in all of NASCAR's racing divisions at the Arizona track. The St. Thomas, Ontario driver qualified 34th in the Northern Provincial Pipelines Ltd./Clark Construction #96 Toyota. At the midway point of the 312 lap race Kennington had managed to gain just two positions. On lap 200, Kennington cracked the top 30 for the first time in the race.


GREEN FLAG PITSTOP FOR KENNINGTON AT ISM RACEWAY
.. ............................................................................(photo: Gaunt Brothers Racing)

On lap 250, Kennington was running 28th, however just five laps later one small bright spot from the race weekend. For the first time in the afternoon, Kennington broke into the top 20. Green flag pitstops saw many of the front runners head to the pits for fuel and tires. By lap 262 Kennington was running in the 16th position. His time in the top 20 was short lived as he too would eventually have to pit for fuel and tires. Just before lap 270, under green flag conditions, Kennington headed to the pits. All on-track positions gained would be returned. Kennington finished 31st at ISM Raceway when the checkered flag flew. The race was won by Kevin Harvick, his third consecutive win of the 2018 season.


RACE RESULTS - SUNDAY, MARCH 11, 2018
(x) - starting position
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1.(10) # 4 Kevin Harvick - Bakersfield, California
2.
(7) #18 Kyle Busch - Las Vegas, Nevada
3.
(3) # 9 Chase Elliott - Dawsonville, Georgia
4.
(6) #11 Denny Hamlin - Chesterfield, Virginia
5.
(1) #78 Martin Truex Jr. - Mayetta, New Jersey
6.
(19) #14 Clint Bowyer - Emporia, Kansas
7.
(22) #10 Aric Almirola - Tampa, Florida
8.
(15) #19 Daniel Suarez - Monterrey, Mexico
9.
(9) #20 Erik Jones - Byron, Michigan
10.
(23)#41 Kurt Busch - Las Vegas, Nevada
11.
(13)#31 Ryan Newman - South Bend, Indiana
12.
(11)#24 William Byron – Charlotte, North Carolina
13.
(4)#88 Alex Bowman – Tucson, Arizona
14.
(17)#48 Jimmie Johnson - El Cajon, California
15.
(25)# 2 Brad Keselowski - Auburn Hills, Michigan
16.
(12)#12 Ryan Blaney - High Point, North Carolina
17.
(18)# 3 Austin Dillon - Welcome, North Carolina
18.
(2)#42 Kyle Larson - Elk Grove, California
19.
(5)#22 Joey Logano - Middletown, Connecticut
20.
(21)# 6 Trevor Bayne - Knoxville, Tennessee
21.
(20)#47 AJ Allmendinger - Los Gatos, California
22.
(16)#38 David Ragan - Unadilla, Georgia
23.
(29)#17 Ricky Stenhouse Jr. - Olive Branch, Mississippi
24.
(26)#95 Kasey Kahne - Eunamclaw, Washington
25.
(30)#32 Matt DiBenedetto - Grass Valley, California
26.
(8)# 1 Jamie McMurray - Joplin, Missouri
27.
(36)#15 Ross Chastain – Alva, Florida
28.
(27)#43 Darrell Wallace Jr.- Mobile, Alabama
29.
(24)#37 Chris Buescher - Prosper, Texas
30.
(28)#13 Ty Dillon - Lewisville, North Carolina
31.
(34)#96 DJ Kennington - St. Thomas, Ontario
32.
(31)#34 Michael McDowell - Glendale, Arizona
33.
(35)#51 Timmy Hill – Port Tobacco, Maryland
34.
(32)#23 Gray Gaulding – Colonial Heights, Virginia
35.
(37)#00 Jeffrey Earnhardt - Mooresville, North Carolina
36.
(14)#21 Paul Menard - Eau Claire, Wisconsin
37.
(33)#72 Corey LaJoie - Concord, North Carolina

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RETURN TO RIMBEY
EDMONTON, AB (March 23) – The Northern Provincial Pipelines Late Model Series has released four more race dates for its upcoming 2018 race season.  NPP Series announcer Gord Craig says two of the most important dates on any race schedule will be held at the same track. “The season opening and season championship weekends will both be competed in Rimbey this year.  I know that there are a lot of drivers that can’t wait to put in some laps at this track again.” 


NPP SERIES FEATURE EVENT - JUNE 23, 2012

The 2018 race season will begin at Central Alberta Raceways on Friday and Saturday night May 25th & 26th.  “We’ve always had a special connection with this track,” adds Craig, “we were the first racing series to compete at this facility when it first opened back in 2005.”  The crowning of the 2018 season champion will also take place in Rimbey.  “The race season will conclude Saturday and Sunday September 15th and 16th.”  Eight different drivers have won a Feature event at Central Alberta Raceways in 14 NPP Series appearances.  It was July 30th, 2005 when NPP Late Model Series founder Dwight Kennedy won the first ever Central Alberta Raceways Feature event on its brand new 3/8 mile oval.  Shawn Kennedy (Dwights son) won the last NPP Series Feature event competed in Rimbey on September 25th, 2016.


MIDGLEY HAS FIVE FEATURE WINS AT CENTRAL ALBERTA RACEWAYS

Three-time NPP Series champion Darrell Midgley leads all drivers with five Feature event wins at Central Alberta Raceways.  The Sidney, British Columbia driver had two trips to victory lane in Rimbey in 2016.  The 2018 race season starts in two months.   NPP Series officials are still hopeful they will be able to secure at least two race dates at Edmonton’s Castrol Raceway for the upcoming season.    Race dates at Sangudo Speedway in Sangudo, Alberta are also being discussed. 

2018 NPP SERIES SCHEDULE
Friday, May 25th         Central Alberta Raceways – Rimbey, Alberta
Saturday, May 26th     Central Alberta Raceways – Rimbey, Alberta
Saturday, June 30th     Drayton Valley Speedway – Drayton Valley, Alberta
Sunday, July 1st           Drayton Valley Speedway – Drayton Valley, Alberta
TBA                            Castrol Raceway – Edmonton, Alberta
TBA                            Castrol Raceway – Edmonton, Alberta
TBA                            Sangudo Speedway – Sangudo, Alberta
TBA                            Sangudo Speedway – Sangudo, Alberta
Saturday, September 15th Central Alberta Raceways – Rimbey, Alberta
Sunday, September 16th Central Alberta Raceways – Rimbey, Alberta

 


FEATURE WINNERS
5 - Darrell Midgley
2 - Bruce Broughton
2 - Mark Miller
1 - Dean Deatherage
1 - Trevor Emond
1 - Dwight Kennedy
1 - Shawn Kennedy
1 - Brian McCaugha

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PAYING TRIBUTE
BRISTOL, TN (April 13) – Canada’s DJ Kennington and the Gaunt Brothers Racing team will be competing this weekend at Bristol Motor Speedway in honor of the Humbolt Broncos.  “It’s an awful tragedy,” says the St. Thomas, Ontario driver, “being a hockey player myself (goaltender) and loving the game, its unimaginable what happened.”  A huge Humbolt Bronco’s logo now graces the hood of the GBR #96 Toyota.  “Marty Gaunt and I wanted to honor them.  The racing community is thinking of them and praying for them.” 


READY FOR A RACE WEEKEND AT BRISTOL
.................................................... (photo: DJ Kennington)

This is Kenningtons first appearance at Bristol Motor Speedway in a decade.  Kennington has three previous appearances at the Tennessee track in the NASCAR Xfinity Series. Those appearances date back to the 2007/08 seasons. His best finish was 29th (August 2008).  This will be Kenningtons first start at Bristol in the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series.  The Food City 500 is Sunday.



BRISTOL MOTOR SPEEDWAY - Bristol, Tennessee
(all times EST)

> FRIDAY, April 13th
35th fastest in practice (123.269mph / -6.608mph )
Qualified 35th (121.389mph / -7.433mph)
Kyle Busch qualified #1 / 128.822mph

> SATURDAY, April 14th
35th fastest in practice (123.467mph / -5.537mph )
35th fastest in Final practice (122.053mph / -5.434mph )

> SUNDAY, April 15th
Only 204 laps (of 500) were completed Sunday afternoon at Bristol Motor Speedway. With the start of the race delayed by rain and three red flags for rain during the race, NASCAR officials decided enough was enough and postponed the remainder of the event. Remaining laps will be run on Monday, April 15th with the green flag at 1pm (est). Kyle Larson was race leader when the red flag flew for the final time Sunday afternoon. DJ Kennington will restart the race in the 30th position when racing resumes Monday.
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Red Flag conditions: 1 hour 48 minutes
-Green Flag condition: 1 hour 38 minutes

> MONDAY, April 16th
1:00pm (est) - light snow currently falling at Bristol Motor Speedway. Jet dryers on track.
1:35pm (est) - New re-start time for the race. (Actual re-start = 1:43pm)

Checkered flag at 3:26pm / Kyle Bucsh wins in Britstol. DJ Kennington finishes 27th.

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NINJA TAKE THE WHEEL
EDMONTON, AB (April 17) – When Castrol Raceway shut down its motocross track in 2016 many believed the next domino to fall was the oval track.  Spectator and competitor counts have dropped dramatically at the Edmonton facility the past five seasons.


OPEN WHEEL SPRINT CAR RACING AT EDMONTONS CASTROL RACEWAY
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Looking to reverse the downward trend is Ginja Ninja Dirt Promotions who has entered into an agreement with Castrol Raceway to run the oval track (excluding Annihilation Night and Monster Truck show) in 2018 and beyond. Ron MacDonell leads the Ginja Ninja Dirt Promotions group.  “There are still some details to be worked out but what I can say is all staffing, safety and track preparation will be up to us.  We also have control over the front and back gates.  We’ll be responsible for all signage and sky box suites as well.” 

Competitors will see an immediate benefit with the new group taking over day to day operations of Nite Thunder oval events.  “We will be lowering the competitor admission at the back gate,” says MacDonell, “looking ahead we will be having our own oval championship banquet at the end of the year as well.” MacDonell, who’s been directly involved in the motorsports scene since 1986, is looking forward to the challenge.  “It’s going to be a scramble.  I’m just wanting to get the news out there (new management) and get people into the seats.”  The 2018 oval season opener at Castrol Raceway is scheduled for May 25th and 26th.  The Castrol Raceway Oval test and tune is scheduled for May 12th.  A complete list of team members will be released in the coming weeks however one key position is already being announced.  “Mike Quigley will be race director and responsible for track prep in Edmonton this season.”  Quigley is former owner of Billings Motorsports Park in Montana and founder of the North American Speed Association.  The NSA (Sprint Cars) will be a major part of the oval schedule in Edmonton this season. 


NPP LATE MODEL SERIES AT CASTROL RACEWAY IN 2014
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“We plan on adding some classes to our Nite Thunder schedule this season.  I know the NPP Late Model Series has reached out to us as has the Legends class.”  MacDonell doesn’t think he will have a problem filling key track positions leading up to the start of the 2018.  “There are a lot of staff and volunteers that are at the track that still want to be a part of the action.  We’ll be looking for positive people."


2018 OVAL SCHEDULE
May 12th - Test n Tune
May 25th - Nite Thunder
May 26th - Nite Thunder
June 8th - Nite Thunder
June 9th - Nite Thunder
July 20th - Nite Thunder
July 21st - Nite Thunder
July 27th - Extreme Cup
July 28th - Extreme Cup
August 17th - Gold Cup
August 18th - Gold Cup
September 7th - Season Championship

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COUNTDOWN TO GREEN 2018
EDMONTON, AB (April 23) – The big melt is finally taking place at Castrol Raceway and Central Alberta Raceways.   “Winter definitely overstayed its welcome this year,” says Northern Provincial Pipelines Late Model Series announcer Gord Craig, “the roads are nice and dry getting to the tracks but once you step onto the facilities you can still see remnants of a long winter and recent spring snow storms.” Craig visited two of the tracks the NPP Late Model Series will be competing at in 2018.


UNDER FLAGSTAND LOOKING TOWARDS TURN 1/2

“There is a bit of a race as to which track will dry out first.  Right now I think Edmonton has a slight lead as far as a lack of snow on the ground.”  Central Alberta Raceways has scheduled an oval test and tune for May 5th.  Castrol Raceways oval test and tune runs May 12th. 


UNDER FLAGSTAND LOOKING TOWARDS TURN 1/2

Craig did not visit Drayton Valley Speedway in person which is another facility the NPP Series will be competing at in 2018.  “Drayton Valley didn’t schedule a test and tune this year however the track did send me a few pictures. As far as snow on the ground, it looks like its somewhere in between Edmonton and Rimbey.”


LOOKING DOWN FRONT STRAIGHT FROM CORNER 1&2
...........................................................(photo: Drayton Valley Speedway)

The NPP Series is scheduled to return to Drayton Valley Speedway on the Canada Day long weekend.  The 2018 NPP Series season opener is May 25th and 26th at Central Alberta Raceways.  The NPP Series returns to Castrol Raceway in July.

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WEEKEND IN WENATCHEE
WENATCHEE, WA (April 26) – Team NPP and Darrell Midgley return to the track this weekend in Washington State.   The 4th annual Leonard Evans Memorial 150 runs Saturday, April 28th at the Wenatchee Super Oval.  Close to 30 teams are registered for the first major Super Late Model event of spring in the Pacific Northwest.  “We had a real good run going at this race last year,” exclaims the Sidney, British Columbia driver, “unfortunately we got caught up in somebody else’s mess and that put an end to our day.”  Nearing the halfway point of last year’s race, Midgley avoided a multi-car crash.  Unfortunately another competitor couldn’t avoid the slowing Midgley and slammed into the Northern Provincial Pipelines Ltd./Alien Race Cars #81 Dodge.  Damage was too severe to continue and Midgley was credited with a 19th place finish.  “We ran well (until the crash) so hopefully we will be good again this year.” 


MIDGLEY FINISHED 8TH AT TUCSON SPEEDWAY ON MARCH 2ND
............................................................................................... (photo: Amanda Olds)

Midgley is aiming for his first ever top-10 finish at the Wenatchee, Washington facility. The 3-time NPP Late Model Series Champion is coming off an 8th place finish at Tucson Speedway in Arizona back on March 2nd.  “We brought the car back to the race shop (Victoria, British Columbia) after Tucson and have been working hard on the car.  We’ve spent a lot of time on the chassis and getting to know it better.”  The brand new Team NPP Super Late Model made its official debut at Las Vegas Motor Speedway last October.  The new car replaced a near 10 year-old Super Late Model.  “We tested the car earlier this week (at Western Speedway in Victoria, BC).  Really looking forward to getting on the track here (Wenatchee) and make some laps.”  Midgley and Team NPP will be on the ¼ mile oval Friday and Saturday for several on-track practice sessions. Qualifying is Saturday afternoon with the Leonard Evans 150 Memorial race Saturday night.


DARRELL MIDGLEY: WENATCHEE SUPER OVAL FINISHES

??? – April 28th, 2018 (Northwest* Super Late Model Series)
19th -
April 29th, 2017 (Northwest* Super Late Model Series)
11th
- April 26th, 2015 (Northwest* Super Late Model Series)
18th - April 26th, 2014 (Northwest* Super Late Model Series)
17th - August 10th, 1996 (NASCAR Auto Zone Northwest Series)
19th - April 28th, 1990 (NASCAR Winston Northwest Tour)
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*formally the Tri-Track Super Late Model Series

LEONARD EVANS 150
Wenatchee Valley Super Oval

-Wenatchee, Washington
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Classes racing:
Super Late Models
Super Stocks
Legends
Bandeleros

> SATURDAY, April 28th
SLM Practice 1 - 21st fastest (13.196 seconds / -0.330 seconds )
SLM Practice 2 - 15th fastest (12.986 / -0.268)
Midgley Qualified 15th (12.952 / -0.211)
#1 Qualifier: Britanny Zamora - Kennewick, Washington (12.741)

>> Darrell Midgley finished 9th in the Leonard Evans Memorial 150
Taylor Riddle from Naches, Washington was the winner.

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