HAPPY CANADA DAY

Race teams and officials from the Northern Provincial Pipelines Late Model Series would like to wish you a Happy Canada Day. Enjoy this time with family and friends. We will see you at the next race event at Edmonton's Castrol Raceway on Friday and Saturday July 9th and 10th.

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ROOKIES ARE GOLDEN
EDMONTON, AB. (July 5) – For the tenth consecutive season the Northern Provincial Pipelines Late Model Series is proud to be a part of Canada’s oldest open wheel race event.  First run back in 1954, the annual Gold Cup featuring ‘360’ Sprint Cars, will be competed at Castrol Raceway this weekend.  Current NPP Series point leader Bruce Broughton had a best finish of 2nd in his rookie season at the 2005 Gold Cup event   “We had everything working our way that night,” says the driver of the Fraser Brothers Shingling #61 Chevrolet, “unfortunately we’ve been going the wrong way at this particular event since then.”  The Spruce Grove Alberta driver has had an average finish of 11th at Gold Cup events since 2006.


BROUGHTON (#61) TO STEP IT UP AT THIS WEEKENDS GOLD CUP

“Everyone steps it up at the bigger shows there is no doubt about it.  We need to do the same.”  Also looking for a strong Gold Cup weekend is Pete Head.  The Whitecourt, Alberta driver is making his NPP Late Model Series debut in the #48 Kal Tire Chevrolet.  “I have to admit that I do have some butterflies but once I get out on the track I should be okay.” Head, eager to try out his new race car, did manage to complete a few laps on the roads of his acreage subdivision. 


AFTER A SHORT DRIVE, HEAD PARKS THE #48 ON HIS HOME 'TURF'

“Got a few stares for sure,” laughs Head, “I’m looking forward to going racing for real this weekend.”  Despite his rookie status in the NPP Late Model Series, Head does have experience piloting a race car.  In 2005 Head did spend some time behind the wheel of a stock car on the dirt track in Bishop’s Falls Newfoundland.

TOP ROOKIE FINISHES AT PAST GOLD CUP EVENTS
2009 – Blair Snow (12th)
2008 – Brian McCaughan (5th)
2007 – Travis Day (5th)
2006 – Darin Borysko (5th)
2005 – Bruce Broughton (2nd)
2004 – Gerry Emond (2nd)
2003 – Bruce Reinhart (4th)
2002 – (sorry: looking for complete results)
2001 – (sorry: looking for complete results)

SOUTHGATE GMC 2010 GOLD CUP
- presented by Northern Provincial Pipelines

CASTROL RACEWAY - Edmonton, Alberta
>Friday, July 9th (*please note adjusted Friday start times)
Spectator Gates @ 4:00PM*
Racing @ 6:00PM*

>Saturday, July 10th
Spectator Gates @ 4:00PM
Racing @ 6:00PM

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TWO WINS IN ONE
EDMONTON, AB. (July 11) – Spruce Grove, Alberta’s Bruce Broughton extended his championship points lead in the Northern Provincial Pipelines Late Model Series with a weekend sweep of Feature events at Castrol Raceway.  Both victories took place on the same day.  A major thunderstorm delayed the start of Fridays Gold Cup event by almost three hours.  The NPP Feature started at 12:30AM Saturday morning.  Broughton would again visit the winners circle in Edmonton just 18 hours later.  “Proud to be the point leader in the Series that’s for sure,” smiles the driver of the #61 MDM Foundations Chevrolet, “to win both Gold Cup features was a bonus because everyone steps it up at the bigger events.”  All NPP Series race teams had to contend with a wild swing in track conditions.


BROUGHTON HAS WON THREE STRAIGHT FEATURES (STP RACING PHOTOS))

“It was north and south tracks both races,” exclaims Broughton, “the rain gave us a sticky heavy track the first night and for some reason the track went extremely dry on night number two.  It was a dry as they come that’s for sure.”  Broughton credits his crew for getting him to the winners circle both nights.  “I have a great bunch of guys behind me.  The car hooked up both races and the changes and adjustments they made to the race car got me here.”  It’s the third Feature win in a row for Broughton. A feat which was last accomplished by NPP Series competitor Dwight Kennedy back in 2007.  “Three in a row is something special.  I’ve never done it in a NPP Late Model before.  For my team we are very proud of this accomplishment.” 

NPP RACE NOTES:
- Leduc Alberta’s Trevor Emond won all four heat races driving the #5 Dodge for Kevin Clark who was at a wedding.       
- Curtis Moore severely damaged his #80 Dodge in a heat race crash Friday night and is done for the season.
- Rookie driver Pete Head blew his engine in Saturday night’s heat race.    
- the pole sitter has not won a Feature race in 2010.  Only 7 Features have been won from the pole position the last 30 NPP Series events.
- Northern Provincial Pipelines sponsors Jason Solwolds Sprint Car.  Solwold won the 2010 Gold Cup Saturday night.   

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LOST AND FOUND
EDMONTON, AB. (July 15) – Northern Provincial Pipelines Late Model Series officials have cancelled this weekends scheduled event at Castrol Raceway.  “There are only five teams that indicated they would attend this race in Edmonton.  Eleven drivers said they aren’t coming out for a variety of reasons.”  NPP Late Model Series announcer and media relations director Gord Craig says it’s been a difficult season.  “There was a major assumption that everyone who competed last year was going to be racing the full season this year.  Never assume anything.”  The lower car count this season has been blamed on everything from the shortage/ban of leaded race fuel in the spring to driver burnout to drivers and crew being extremely busy at work. “I thought that once we got through the month of May (race fuel shortage) we would be back to normal.” 


BUSINESS OWNERS: KENNEDY (#81)AND BEAULIEU (#46)

Some of the top competitors in the NPP Series have not turned a wheel at Castrol Raceway this season including two-time NPP Series champion Dwight Kennedy and the winningest driver the past two seasons (8 Feature victories) Jason Beaulieu of Campbell River, BC.  “Both Kennedy and Beaulieu have told me they’ve been too busy at work to even think about racing.”  Beaulieu however has competed in one event this year.  “He raced his Modified down in Elma, Washington back in May.  Jason made the trip worth it because he won.”  Beaulieu is the manager and co-owner of Pacific Cachalot, a tugboat company in Campbell River, British Columbia. Kennedy is the owner of Northern Provincial Pipelines Ltd. in Edson, Alberta. “A majority of competitors in the NPP Late Model Series are business owners,” adds Craig, “Travis Day for example owns Trappers Auto Parts and Towing in Whitecourt.  He can’t race this weekend (in Edmonton) because he is short one tow truck driver.  Guess who has to fill in?  Running your business comes first.” Day has run just one event this season and currently sits 7th in the NPP Series Championship points chase.  


TRAVIS DAY - "WORK BEFORE RACING"

The Northern Provincial Pipelines Late Model Series next event is more than a month away (August 20th, 21st). Many are hoping that there will be a full field of race cars.  “I think we are going to be fine for this race,” adds Craig, “it’s the Oilmen’s.  It’s always been the highlight of the season.”  For several NPP competitors, who haven’t raced this season, a perfect Oilmen’s attendance record is in jeopardy.  The Oilmen’s event was first held in 1994 at Yellowhead Speedway in Hinton, Alberta.  Edmonton’s Castrol Raceway has been home to the Oilmen’s for ten consecutive seasons. 

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'NPP' RACER NEWS FLASH: Leduc, Alberta's Trevor Emond was the top Canadian driver finishing 4th at 20th Annual Coors Light Montana 200 (Saturday, July 17th) on the high banked paved oval at Montana Raceway Park in Kalispell, Montana.

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PARADE LAP
EDMONTON, AB. (July 20) – For the second year in a row the Northern Provincial Pipelines Late Model Series will be participating in the annual Capital X Parade in downtown Edmonton.  “I was blown away at the crowd last year,” says NPP Series announcer Gord Craig, “its incredible exposure for the Series that’s for sure.”  The Edson Chrysler/Lucas Oil Dodge Charger Pace Car will be joined by the Trappers Auto Parts #10 Chevrolet of Travis Day.  “Travis and crew are driving down from Whitecourt to be in the parade.  This will be an experience that this race team will remember for a long time.” 

Various media outlets will be positioned along the four kilometer long parade route broadcasting to the capacity crowd which is expected to exceed 300,000.  The parade is also being televised locally on Shaw TV.  “The NPP Late Model Series location in the parade lineup is a little past the halfway point (entry #71), adds Craig, “we will be just in front of the Calgary Exhibition and Stampede Float.”  Currently there are 117 individual entries registered for this year’s parade which is expected to take two hours to complete.  The NPP Late Model Series is not the only racing themed entry.  The Honda Indy of Edmonton, which runs this weekend (July 23rd – 25th), is well represented at this year’s parade (entry #26).

2010 CAPITAL X PARADE
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Thursday, July 22nd @ 10:00AM in Downtown Edmonton

PARADE ROUTE: Starting point is 99th Street and 102nd Avenue. Parade heads westbound on 102nd Avenue to 108th Street, turns north to 103 Avenue, turns right heading eastbound and finishes at 97 Street.

Capital X Midway at Northlands: Friday, July 23rd - Sunday, August 1st.

Honda Edmonton Indy at City Center Airport: Friday, July 23rd - Sunday, July 25th

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PARADE DAY
WHITECOURT, AB. (July 23) – Less than twenty-four hours after Thursday’s Capital X Parade in downtown Edmonton, Northern Provincial Pipelines Late Model Series competitor Travis Day is still talking about the experience.  “It was an awesome day, great weather and one of the biggest parades I’ve ever been in.”  More than 225,000 people lined the four kilometer parade route to watch marching bands, floats, horses and several motorsport themed entries.

 
WAITING FOR THE 'GREEN' FLAG IN THE STAGING AREA

To be apart of the 105th annual Edmonton parade, Day and crew chief Brett Wilson left Whitecourt just before sunrise Thursday morning to drive the two and a half hours to the downtown parade assembly area.  “It was pretty easy (to get to downtown Edmonton).  We just followed the pace car to get where we had to go.” 

Both Day and Wilson managed to watch more than half of the parade at the official starting point before heading back to their flat bed truck hauling the Trappers Auto Parts #10 Chevrolet. The NPP Late Model Series entry (Lucas Oil Dodge Charger Pace Car/ Day’s race car) was in good company in the parade line up.  It was sandwiched between the Knights of Columbus and the Calgary Exhibition and Stampede float.  A fly-over by three CF 18 fighter jets kicked off the two hour parade which was televised locally on Shaw TV. 


TRAVELLING ALONG PARADE ROUTE

Day has participated in many parades over the years and pointed out one major advantage.  “Unlike a race we really don't have to do anything to the car after a parade. It’s all nice and clean, in one piece and ready to go.”  Day will be ready for the next scheduled NPP Series on-track race event.  The 17th annual Oilmen’s Classic runs Friday and Saturday August 20th and 21st at Edmonton’s Castrol Raceway.  Day was a participant in the very first Oilmen’s back in 1994.

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NPP' RACER NEWS FLASH: Leduc, Alberta's Trevor Emond qualified #1 and finished second at Auto Clearing Speedway in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan Saturday night July 24th. This was race number two of the new Dakota Dunes Pavement Late Model Series. For the second consecutive Dakota Dunes race, Emond accepted the front row challenge and started the Feature in the back row. Emond is the current point leader in this Series. Edmond is the all time Feature win leader in the NPP Late Model Series and is the only driver to win three consecutive championships (2003, 2004, 2005).

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