CANADA DAY FIREWORKS AT CASTROL RACEWAY
EDMONTON, AB
(July 2) - Incredible racing along with heated exchanges and fireworks on the racetrack and in the pits pretty well sums up night number one of the 13th Annual Oilmens Invitational at Castrol Raceway. When the checkered flag flew at the end of a grueling 50 lap Feature race, Edson Alberta's Dwight Kennedy grabbed his second consecutive Feature event victory of the 2006 N.P.P. Late Model series. It was Kennedy's first back to back feature event wins in over 3 seasons. "This win hopefully put me near the top in points," says Kennedy, "um....are you sure its been 3 seasons?" The stage was set for Kennedys jump in the standings after current point leader Trevor Emond was black flagged with 4 laps to go. Emond was forced to park his race car after spinning Darrel Midgley who had just passed Emond to regain the lead lost to Emond just 4 laps prior to this incident. Midgley rubbed Emond's car hard going low into turn one to grab back the lead. Emond, not happy with the aggressive pass, tapped the rear bumper of Midgley sending the Sidney BC driver spinning down the back straightaway tapping the wall. Upon entering the pits, several crew members from Midgleys team approached Emonds car and the 'talking' began. Because of this, Midgley also received the black flag which ended a race that he dominated from the drop of the green. Midgley had been the leader for all but 5 laps of the Feature to this point. Gerry Emond ran one of his best races of the season Saturday night by finishing second. After watching his son (Trevor) and Midgley getting black flagged, the Edmonton Alberta driver, who was running 3rd, was handed the race lead. The lead was brief as Kennedy got by Emond on the restart. Sheldon Ford, who was racing in his first event of the season placed third. Scary moments for Hardisty Alberta's Kelvin Bell on lap 24. His motor let go down the back straightaway then caught fire. For an agonizing few seconds Bell was trapped in his flaming car as hot oil inside the car also ignited. Thick smoke billowed skyward as emergency crews rushed to the scene. "This is my first ever fire, my first ever engine blow up.....not fun!" said a dissapointed Kelvin Bell who escaped serious injury, "My car won't be back Sunday night but I'll be here to help Tim (Beausoliel)." On a positive note, Wade Fleming won his first ever heat race in a N.P.P. Late Model and and placed 9th in the Feature. The 7 time Castrol Raceway Sprint Car season champion is a special guest driver this weekend. "I couldn't figure out corner 1 & 2 tonight in the Feature", says Fleming who at one point in the race was as high as 7th, "hey, at least I made it." Night number 2 of the 13th annual Oilmens Invitational runs Sunday night at Castrol Raceway.

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KENNEDY SLIDES INTO FIRST PLACE AFTER OILMENS SWEEP
EDMONTON, AB (July 4) - For the first time this season there has been a change at the top of the standings in the $100,000 Northern Provincial Pipelines Late Model Series. Edson, Alberta's Dwight Kennedy took over the number one spot after sweeping both 50 Lap Feature events Saturday and Sunday night at the 13th Annual Oilmens Invitational. "My boys did a super job on setting up the car," says Kennedy. "it was flawless." There were some concerns for Kennedy's race team going into Sunday nights event at Castrol Raceway. "We were really worried about the motor, we thought we cooked it on the first night of the Oilmens but it made it through. Now its time to prepare for the Gold Cup." After a top 10 showing on Saturday night, Sedgewick Alberta's Tim Beausoliel finished second in Sunday nights Feature race. It's the second time in 4 races Beausoliel has finished in the top 3 this season. "When you have guys like Kelvin Bell helping you out, like I did tonight (Sunday), how can you go wrong." Bell was hoping to race on Sunday night but a scary incident on night number one of the Oilmens Invitational changed everything. Bells engine blew going down the back straight away on Lap 24 then caught fire after the car came to rest in turn 3. The cockpit of Bells race car was briefly filled with flames as he scrambled to safety. "The car is a mess. I really wanted to race tonight but it was sure nice to be involved with Tim's run. It was great to see him do well." Darrel Midgley picked up the pieces from Saturday nights controversy filled Feature event and finished a solid third on Sunday. "You have to put that stuff behind you, " adds the Sidney British Columbia driver, "one of my crew members was banned from tonight's race and we overcame that too." An incident on the track Saturday night with four laps to go, which then spread into the pits, forced race officials to disqualify both Midgely and three time N.P.P. Series Champion Trevor Emond. After the race Emond admitted he was running with a 'hurt' motor. "I think its done." there was a cryptic message added as well after Saturday nights disqualification, "I might be done too." Drivers and race teams of the 2006 N.P.P. Late Model Series have two weeks to prepare for the next event. It is another gruelling two night show. The N.P.P. Series teams up with the Fountain Tire Alberta Sprint Tour at Castrol Raceway for the 2006 Gold Cup.

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HODGSON TO RACE NPP LATE MODEL AT GOLD CUP
EDMONTON, AB (July 11) - The Hodgson name will be represented in two race classes at Gold Cup 2006 this Friday and Saturday night at Edmonton’s Castrol Raceway. As St. Albert’s Jeff Hodgson campaigns his 130mph Sprint Car, his older brother Ryan will make his racing debut in a 100mph Northern Provincial Pipelines Late Model. “It was the weirdest thing,” says Ryan Hodgson, “I was driving home after work on Monday and my cell phone rings and its Dwight Kennedy on the other end. His question was short and sweet - Do you want to try out a Late Model this weekend? You don’t get a chance like this very often so I jumped at it!” Kennedy was a spectator at Castrol Raceway on Saturday night and took keen interest in Hodgson’s driving style in the Bud Super Stock class. “I found out that he’s raced Quads and Go-Carts before,” adds Kennedy, ”so the reflexes are there. I hope he has fun and does well but not too well.” Kennedy is riding a 3 race winning streak heading into the Gold Cup weekend. “I’m scared (expletive) right now,” laughs the resident of Callihoo, Alberta, “I want to do well because this is the biggest Oval event of the year.” There’s no turning back for Hodgson now, Gold Cup 2006 is less than a week away. “I may have to ask my little brother (Jeff) for some advice on nerves!”

GOLD CUP 2006
Friday, Saturday – July 14th/15th
Gates @ 4PM
Racing @6PM

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GOLD CUP SHOWDOWN
EDMONTON, AB (July 11) – The Northern Provincial Pipelines Late Model Series is proud to be a part of this weekend’s Gold Cup 2006 Sprint Car event at Edmonton’s Castrol Raceway. “This is the 6th consecutive season the N.P.P. Late Model Series has competed at Canada’s oldest, most prestigious open wheel race event,” says tour announcer Gord Craig, “speaking on behalf of the Late Model race teams, it truly is an honor to be a part of an Edmonton motorsport event that has roots dating back to 1954.” Just like the 13th annual Oilmen’s Invitational Late Model event two weeks ago, the Gold Cup is another two-night show (Friday/Saturday) for all race teams involved. “We’re ready to go,” says current N.P.P. Series point leader Dwight Kennedy. “My crew has the #81 Dodge running flawlessly right now.” The Edson, Alberta driver has won three consecutive Feature events including the Canada Day long weekend sweep back on July 1st and 2nd. “You can build a lot of momentum at two day race shows. Things can go the other way real fast too.” After roaring to his best season start ever, Trevor Emond’s momentum came to a screeching halt the last race event. “It was a double punch in the gut what happened to me at the Oilmen’s,” says the three time NPP Series Champion, “first you get black flagged from the feature (on track incident with Darrel Midgley) and then you find out later your motor is toast, then you lose the point lead…I’m still more upset with the black flag than anything.” Emond finds himself third in N.P.P. Series points heading into this weekend’s race. “Rest assured, the only thing that Kennedy, Midgley and anyone else will see on this car the rest of the season is the rear bumper!” The Leduc, Alberta driver is indeed looking forward to the ‘showdown’ this weekend at Castrol Raceway!

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MIDGLEY, EMOND DOMINATE, BELL’S CAR ON DIET
EDMONTON, AB (July 16) - The Northern Provincial Pipelines Late Model Series was proud to be a major part of one of the most successful Gold Cup race events in Castrol Raceway track history. “Race teams in both the NPP Series and Fountain Tire Alberta Sprint Tour should be extremely proud of their weekend,” says N.P.P. tour announcer Gord Craig. “That was probably the best two nights of racing from both classes all season. The NPP Late Model Series also would congratulates Bill Boyce on winning the prestigious Gold Cup Sprint Car Feature on Saturday night,” adds Craig, “Boyce came out and supported us when we were racing at his home track in Lethbridge (Bridge County Raceway) earlier this year so I know a lot of the NPP teams were rooting for Bill to win this night. ”I’m glad a Canadian won,” says Darrell Midgley, who won the Friday N.P.P. Late Model Feature and placed second on Saturday. “Based on our performance from the Oilmen’s (July 1/2) I knew we were getting close”, says the Sidney, BC driver, “I would have been very upset if we had not won at least one of these nights. Trevor and I had a real good race going on both nights.” Midgley’s strong performance at the Gold Cup was mirrored by Leduc, Alberta’s Trevor Emond. “We had a good weekend,” say’s the three-time NPP Series champion, “but these two days shows sure take a toll on the crew, the drivers and the car. After what happened to us at the Oilmen’s two weeks ago (black flag/engine problems) it was good to get a win and second place. I would have liked to have gotten my win Saturday night under different circumstances though.” Hardisty, Alberta’s Kelvin Bell was initially awarded the checkered flag after battling with Emond the final 10 laps of the Feature event. “We weighed in 40 pounds too light so my win was taken away,” says an extremely disappointed Bell. “I weighed my car before coming here and it was OK so someone’s scales are out.” Castrol Raceway officials gave Bell the option of having his car weighed on a different set of scales that were set up for the Sprint Cars and it was the same 40 pounds under the 3,000minimum weight rule for the Late Model class. “I’m more upset about having the win taken away because I had a special sponsor sitting in the stands watching me race.” Eagle Agro Services out of Veteran, Alberta was a special two race sponsor on Bells car. “I know they liked what they saw and here’s hoping they’ll join my other sponsor Gregg’s Contracting for the rest of the season.” The Northern Provincial Pipelines Ltd Late Model Series next event is at the brand new Central Alberta Raceway’s in Rimbey, Alberta on Saturday July 29th (2:00PM start). This race is the official halfway point of the 2006 season for Late Model teams.

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N.P.P LATE MODELS PLAYING WITH FIRE
EDMONTON, AB. (July 17) - The Northern Provincial Pipeline Late Model series will be part of Drayton Valley motorsports history in August. "This will be the biggest race show ever to hit the Valley," says event promoter Arvid Fonstad, "Rapid Fire Motorsports Park will be home to three straight days of non-stop racing action." The rescheduled dates of the 'Mega' Motorsports Spectacular are Friday, Saturday and Sunday, August 18th, 19th and 20th. The N.P.P. Late Model Series will be running on Saturday and Sunday. "It's too bad we lost the Fathers Day weekend (due to weather)," adds Fonstad. "but my crew is ready to throw a 3 day motorsports party! On Friday night we are going to offer up an appetizer of 130mph Sprint car action on the Oval track. Saturday and Sunday will be the main course, jammed packed with Monster Truck Freestyle, Demo Derby action, Tuff Trucks, and of course high speed Oval racing. There is something for everyone," says an excited Fonstad, "we want families to come out and enjoy themselves. We'll have a Motorsports Midway with Monster Truck rides, rides in Tanks and other military vehicles, plus live music after racing on Saturday night. Bring your tent, trailer or motorhome too because your spectator admission on Friday and Saturday includes free camping right at the racetrack." The stars of the N.P.P. Late Model Series will once again team up with the stars of the Fountain Tire Alberta Sprint Tour Saturday evening (Aug. 19th). "This will be a pivotal race for teams in both series," says veteran announcer Gord Craig, "irronically both classes will have just four events left in their season after Saturday nights race in Drayton Valley. Racefans will be in for an incredible show." The N.P.P. Late Model series will wrap up their final 2 day show of the season on Sunday in Drayton Valley before three final events at Edmonton's Castrol Raceway to close out 2006.

2006 N.P.P. LATE MODEL SERIES SCHEDULE (revised)
- as of Monday, July 17th
MAY 6 --- CASTROL RACEWAY: Rained out
MAY 13 ---CENTRAL ALBERTA RACEWAYS: Winner - Trevor Emond
MAY 27 --- CASTROL RACEWAY: Winner - Trevor Emond
JUNE 3 ---- BRIDGE COUNTY RACEWAY: Winner - Dwight Kennedy
JUNE 17 - RAPID FIRE MOTORSPORTS PARK Rained out
JUNE 18 - RAPID FIRE MOTORSPORTS PARK Rained out
JULY 1 ---- CASTROL RACEWAY: Winner - Dwight Kennedy
JULY 2 ---- CASTROL RACEWAY: Winner - Dwight Kennedy
JULY 14 -- CASTROL RACEWAY: Winner - Darrel Midgley
JULY 15 -- CASTROL RACEWAY: Winner - Trevor Emond
>JULY 29th -------------CENTRAL ALBERTA RACEWAYS
>AUGUST 5th/6th ---- SPEEDY CREEK RACEWAY
>AUGUST 12th -------- ROCKY MOUNTAIN RACEWAY PARK
>AUGUST 19th/20th - RAPID FIRE MOTORSPORTS PARK
>AUGUST 26th -------- CASTROL RACEWAY
>SEPTEMBER 9th ----- CASTROL RACEWAY
>SEPTEMBER 23rd ---- CASTROL RACEWAY

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RACIN’ IN RIMBEY WITH THE N.P.P.
EDMONTON, AB (July 25) – The $100,000 Northern Provincial Pipeline Late Model Series opened its 2006 season in Rimbey, Alberta back in May. This Saturday afternoon the series return’s to Central Alberta Raceway’s to begin the final half of the season. “This weekend's race in Rimbey kicks off the most grueling part of the 2006 schedule,” says tour announcer Gord Craig, “seven race events are scheduled over the next five weekends. There is tremendous pressure on all race teams heading into Saturday race,” adds Craig, “the drivers at the top of the standings want to stay at the top. Drivers who have struggled the first half of the season know that Rimbey is their big chance to turn things around.” Bruce Broughton knows the importance of getting a good jump in the second half. “The first month and a half was tough,” admits last years N.P.P. rookie of the year, “we’re looking forward to Rimbey and hopefully our first win.” Broughton was near the bottom of the standings the end of May but now sits ninth. A strong performance this weekend could put the Spruce Grove driver into the top five. Three-time N.P.P. Series champion Trevor Emond, who won the season opener in Rimbey and two weeks ago in Edmonton, is looking forward to Saturday. “We’re racing our own race now,” says the Leduc Alberta driver, “there really is no pressure on us. The pressure is on the other guys to beat us. Our goal this weekend is to prepare our car and win our second race in Rimbey this season.” Current point leader Dwight Kennedy has had success in Rimbey. The Edson, Alberta driver won last year and finished third in the feature back in May. “Rimbey’s been good to us,” says Kennedy, “lets hope the trend continues this Saturday.” Another driver looking forward to Rimbey is British Columbia’s Darrel Midgley. “We’ve been having problems running on dry slick race tracks this year but we learned a lot (car set-up) at the Gold Cup race in Edmonton two weeks ago. We’re sitting third in the points right now. Rimbey will be a huge test for us.”

CENTRAL ALBERTA RACEWAYS
- SATURDAY, July 29th
GATES AT NOON
RACING AT 2:00PM

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RAINED OUT IN RIMBEY
EDMONTON, AB. (July 29) - The Northern Provincial Pipelines Late Model Series race event scheduled for Central Alberta Raceways has been officially rained out.

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