PROMO THE PEOPLE
EDMONTON, AB (July 7) - Castrol Raceway hosted one of Canada's biggest drag race events on the weekend.  Track officials have already declared the 12th annual IHRA Mopar Rocky Mountain Nationals a huge success.  Thousands of race fans poured through the gates for the three-day motorsports extravaganza.  On display in the concourse area was the Northern Provincial Pipelines Late Model Series official pace car.


NPP SERIES PACE CAR ON DISPLAY AT THE DRAG RACES

The portable motorsport 'billboard', as its sometimes called, was advertising Western Canada's toughest racing Series on the dirt and its upcoming race dates for the month of July.  Three race dates are scheduled in July making it the busiest month of the 2014 season for NPP Series teams. NPP drivers and crew continue to prepare for the Gold Cup race on Friday and Saturday, July 18th and 19th.  The Gold Cup, first run in Edmonton back in 1954, celebrates its 60th anniversary at Edmonton's Castrol Raceway this year.  The NPP Late Model has been the support class at the Gold Cup open wheel sprint car event since 1999. 


NPP SERIES POINT LEADER DWIGHT KENNEDY
DEFENDING GOLD CUP SPRINT CAR CHAMPION TRAVIS RILAT
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To wrap up the month of July,  NPP Late Model Series competitors will be taking to the oval track on a Wednesday night for the second year in a row.  The second annual Race of Champions/Legends of NASCAR event takes place on July 30th.  NASCAR drivers Kenny Wallace, Ken Schrader and two-time Daytona 500 Champion Michael Waltrip will challenge the stars of the NPP Series in a full night of racing.  Schrader swept last year's event in Edmonton winning his Qualifying Heat, the 'A' Dash and the Feature. 


FLAGMAN LES FARRAR AND ANNOUNCER GORD CRAIG WITH KEN SCHRADER
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The Concord, North Carolina driver is the first American driver to win a NPP Series Heat and Feature race.  Castrol Raceway's official website has in-depth coverage of both the upcoming Gold Cup and the Race of Champions/Legends of NASCAR events.

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GET READY FOR GOLD
EDMONTON, AB (July 14) - Canada's longest running open wheel race event is this weekend at Castrol Raceway.  First competed at Edmonton's Speedway Park (1954 - 1969), the 60th anniversary of the Gold Cup  runs Friday and Saturday night.  Castrol Raceway has hosted the prestigious Gold Cup event since the track opened back in 1991.  "The Gold Cup race weekend has always had special meaning to us," says Northern Provincial Pipelines Late Model Series announcer Gord Craig, "it was at the 1999 Gold Cup that the NPP Late Model made its official debut in Edmonton."  Dwight Kennedy, the founder of the NPP Late Model Series [launched in 2001], won the very first NPP Late Model Feature in Edmonton.  "We've certainly come a long way as a Series," says Kennedy, "hard to believe we've raced that long in Edmonton."  Kennedy enters the race weekend as the NPP Late Model Series point leader in his familiar red and white #81 Dodge.  "It's sure been awhile since I've been able to say that." Wheeler needed a break anyways.  He's been sitting in the top spot for too long."  The last time Kennedy sat number one in the NPP Series Championship points chase was September of 2008.  "I know Wheeler is going to come on strong this weekend." Kennedy has three NPP Series Feature wins at Gold Cup events since 2001. The Edson, Alberta driver struggled at last years Gold Cup finishing 11th.


#3 WHEELER AND #81 KENNEDY BATTLE AT 2014 SEASON OPENER
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Whitecourt, Alberta's Kevin Wheeler sits just four points behind Kennedy in the standings. Wheeler won the NPP Series Feature at the 2013 Gold Cup and intends to take back the point lead this weekend.  "We're not going to hold back at all," says the driver of the Bill Weins Trucking/Tundra Oilfield #3 Dodge, "it took us a few years but we've finally figured out Edmonton."  Wheeler went seven seasons without a win in Edmonton.  "I know we probably had four or five race wins slip through our fingers over the years. Right now though as a team, we are a lot more confident going to Edmonton."  Wheeler has an opportunity to set a brand new NPP Late Model Series record Friday night.  A Feature win would be Wheelers sixth consecutive NPP Series Feature win which has never been accomplished before in the 14 year history of the Series.  Wheeler and retired NPP Series  driver Mike Tom currently share the record with five consecutive Feature wins. 


MILLER INCHING CLOSER TO FIRST WIN IN NPP SERIES
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Entering race action third in the NPP Series points chase is Calgary, Alberta's Mark Miller.  Not only will Miller be looking at whose ahead of him on the track this weekend, he'll be keeping an eye out for a brand new driver making his NPP Series debut.  "I'm pretty excited to be able to race against Ken Webster this weekend."  Ken Webster and the Miller family have known each other for close to two decades.  "When I first got into racing, Ken actually lent me a Legend Car. Without Ken I really don't know if I'd be racing today."  Miller indicates that the Sylvan Lake, Alberta driver will be a tough competitor in the NPP Series once he figures out his new car.  "Ken is no stranger to racing, he's raced Sprint Cars, Legend Cars, Dragsters and Funny Cars.  That guy can race anything. He'll be fun to race against.  I hope to kick his  butt!"  Miller sits just seven points out of top spot in the NPP Series Championship points chase.  The driver of the A1 Autobody #69 Chevrolet feels a trip to victory lane is getting closer.  "We've run pretty good for only our second full year on the dirt.  Hopefully if things go according to plan we'll pick up a win."  Miller finished 9th in the Gold Cup Feature last year.


FUNNY CAR RACER WEBSTER WILL MAKE NPP SERIES DEBUT FRIDAY NIGHT
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CRAIG SURVIVES CRUNCH
BATTLEFORD, SK (July 17) - Northern Provincial Pipelines Late Model Series announcer Gord Craig is resting comfortably at home after a scary crash in Saskatchewan late Wednesday night.  Just shortly after 11pm Craig drove the NPP Series Pace Car into a herd of more than 25 Black Angus cattle which had wandered onto Highway 16 west of Battleford.  Craig suffered some bumps and bruises in the crash.  Several of the cattle were seriously injured in the collision. At least one of the injured cattle had to be put down.  RCMP say Craig is extremely fortunate that he was not more seriously hurt in the collision. 


NPP PACE CAR HIT A WALL OF COWS IN SASKATCHEWAN

The herd Black Angus Cattle was seen wandering in the ditch and median when emergency crews arrived on scene.  No other vehicles struck the wayward cattle.  Craig was returning to Alberta after attending the NASCAR Canadian Tire Series event in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan.  He is expected to be behind the microphone for the NPP Late Model Series race at Edmonton's Castrol Raceway on Friday and Saturday night. 

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RACE DAY: EDMONTON, ALBERTA
EDMONTON, AB (July 18) - The Northern Provincial Pipelines Late Model Series is proud to be a part of the 60th anniversary of the Gold Cup.  First run at Edmonton Speedway Park in 1954, the Gold Cup is Canada's oldest, most prestigious open wheel race event.  Edmonton's Castrol Raceway has hosted the Gold Cup since 1991.  The NPP Late Model made its official debut at the 1999 Gold Cup as the support class to the open wheel Sprint Cars.  Edson, Alberta's Dwight Kennedy won the very first 'pre-Series' NPP Feature event.  Sixteen years after the original debut, Kennedy is the NPP Late Model Series Championship point leader heading into the 2014 Gold Cup weekend.  The two-time NPP Series Champion has a slim four-point lead over Whitecourt, Alberta's Kevin Wheeler.  Wheeler, the defending season Champion, won last year's NPP Series Gold Cup Feature.  Wheeler has won five consecutive NPP Series Features and could set an all-time NPP Series win streak record with a trip to victory lane Friday night. Calgary, Alberta's Mark Miller sits third in NPP Series Championship points, just three points behind Wheeler.  The weather forecast is calling for possible showers and thundershowers both nights which has NPP Series race officials and Castrol Raceway track officials a little concerned.


#3 WHEELER AND #81 KENNEDY BATTLE IN EDMONTON BACK IN JUNE
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NPP SERIES - THE INSIDE TRACK:
- With Mark Millers victory Friday night there have been 10 different winners in the last 11 NPP Series Gold Cup Features at Castrol Raceway since 2007..
- only two drivers have swept the NPP Series Gold Cup Features on both nights [Bruce Broughton - 2010 and Trevor Emond - 2005]
- the NPP Series Official Pace car won't be making an appearance in Edmonton this weekend.  It was involved in a serious accident returning home from Auto Clearing Speedway in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan Wednesday night.
- Alberta Racing veteran Ken Webster from Sylvan Lake, Alberta had engine problems Friday night and did not make his NPP Series debut in the #01 Chevrolet. 
- Darin Borysko drove the #36 Dodge to a second place finish Friday night. This car will be driven by Kenny Wallace at the NASCAR Legends event on Wednesday July 30th.
- Travis Rilat (Forney, Texas), with sponsorship by Northern Provincial Pipelines, is the defending Gold Cup Champion in his open wheel Sprint Car.

NPP SERIES FEATURE WINNERS
AT GOLD CUP RACES SINCE 2001
Trevor Emond            5
Jason Beaulieu            3
Dwight Kennedy         3
Larry Simpson            3
Bruce Broughton        2
Darrell Midgley          2
Mike Tom                  2
Chris Beaulieu            1
Kevin Clark               1
Mark Miller --------- 1
Kevin Wheeler           1


--2014 GOLD CUP

>SATURDAY, July 19th
Spectator Gates open at 4:00pm
Sprint Car time-ins at 5:00pm
Racing at 6:00pm

SPECTATOR ADMISSION
General $20.00 // Youth (age 6 - 14) and Seniors $10.00

EVENT UPDATE
: Calgary Alberta's Mark Miller sweeps Friday nights NPP Series race in Edmonton. This is Millers first NPP Series Feature win. Miller now sits number 1 in the NPP Series Championship points chase heading into action Saturday night.

WEATHER UPDATE #1
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(as of 12:30pm Saturday July 19th) Edmonton track officials say NIGHT #2 of the 2014 Gold Cup is a go. Gates open at 4:00pm - Sprint Car time in's at 5:00pm - racing at 6:00pm

WEATHER UPDATE #2: A rain and lightning storm moved into the Castrol Raceway region just shortly after 6:00pm. Heavy rain began to fall at 6:15pm. Track officials made the decision to cancel Night #2 of the Gold Cup. This race will not be rescheduled/run on Sunday (July 20th). This is the second year in a row that Gold Cup Saturday night has been cancelled due to rain.

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MILLER TIME IN EDMONTON
EDMONTON, AB (July 19) - The Northern Provincial Pipelines Late Model Series was the support class to the open wheel Sprint Cars at the 60th anniversary of the Gold Cup this past weekend. On Friday night, in only his 9th start in NPP Series competition, Mark Miller won his first Feature event.  Miller not only went to victory lane, the Calgary, Alberta driver also won his first NPP Series Heat race plus the 'A' Dash which secured him his very first  NPP Series pole position.  Miller's sweep at Castrol Raceway also rocketed him from third to the number one spot in the NPP Series Championship point standings.  "This feels awesome.  The guys back home have the car working perfectly."  Miller built a commanding three and a half second lead over the rest of the field in the Feature but a mid-race caution changed everything.  "After the restart the car was running a little hot.  I was losing power [every lap] but we managed to get the victory which was great."  The margin of victory for Miller was just .252 seconds at the finish line.  It was quite visible just how hot the A1 Autobody #69 Chevrolet was running. At the end of the race in victory lane, the radiator hose blew.  At just 27 years of age, Miller is now the youngest point leader in the 14 year history of the NPP Late Model Series.


MILLERS CAR BLOWS A RAD HOSE IN VICTORY LANE

Race fans in Edmonton also got a sneak peak at the race car Kenny Wallace will be driving at the Castrol Raceway NASCAR Legends event on July 30th.  Fill-in/relief driver Darin Borysko piloted the Jaynart Directional Drilling #36 Dodge to a second place finish.  "Kenny is getting a pretty good race car," exclaims the Edson, Alberta driver,  "Dwight [Kennedy] said to go out, don't wreck it and win.  So I was trying!"  Borysko started the Feature in the number five position and got by Dwight Kennedy and Kevin Wheeler to challenge Miller for the lead with just four laps to go.  "I was trying to race clean and race hard and put on a good show for the fans." 


#36 DARIN BORYSKO AND #3 KEVIN WHEELER BATTLE FRIDAY NIGHT IN EDMONTON
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Defending season Champion Kevin Wheeler finished third in the Friday night Feature in his KW Mechanical/Tundra Oilfield Trucking #3 Dodge.  The Whitecourt, Alberta driver had won the previous five NPP Series Feature events and was going for a record sixth win in a row.  "We struggled early in the Feature but were are pleased with a podium finish."  Wheeler won his Heat race earlier in the evening.  "I'm very happy for Miller right now.  For a young guy it's good to see him out here.  He had a fast car and drove a heck of a race."  Wheeler sits just five points behind the new point leader.  "I do like to chase.  Being out in front you do have a target on your back.  The pressure is off me [when I lost the point lead in Sangudo] now we can focus and chase him [Miller] back."

The NPP Late Model Series is back in action on a rare Wednesday night at Castrol Raceway.  Special guest drivers Michael Waltrip, Ken Schrader and Kenny Wallace run for NPP Series Championship points at the Race of Champions/Legends of NASCAR event on July 30th.

NPP SERIES - THE INSIDE TRACK:
- Miller is the third driver to lead the NPP Series Championship points chase this season.  Kevin Wheeler and Dwight Kennedy have also lead the points chase in 2014.
- Dwight Kennedy tapped Kevin Wheeler on the opening lap pushing the hood off the hood pins. Despite limited visibility Kennedy would hold onto second for a majority of the race but finished fifth.     
- Shawn Kennedy snapped the rear end housing and bent the driveshaft on his Equipment Sales and Service #7 Dodge in the heat race and missed the Dash and the Feature.
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- After finishing 4th in his heat, Darrell Midgley's Integra Tire #14 Dodge refused to stay running.  The 2009 NPP Series Champion would miss the Dash race and the Feature.
- Alberta Racing veteran Ken Webster from Sylvan Lake, Alberta tried to make his NPP Series debut.  While exiting the pits to compete, the engine seized in his #01 Chevrolet.  Webster got a brand new engine installed for Saturday only to have the rain wipe out the night.    
- Wayne Wheeler spun his Whitecourt Auto Sales #4 Dodge on the white flag lap while in a three car battle for fourth.  Last year's NPP Series Rookie of the Year would be credited with a 9th place finish. Wheeler sits fourth in the point standings.
- Bruce Broughton had a season high fourth place finish in the Feature Friday night. The 2010 NPP Series Champion sits 5th in the point standings.  

NOTE: The Northern Provincial Pipelines Late Model Series offers condolences to family and friends of Albert Kosolofski. Albert was the flagman at Merritt Speedway in Merritt, British Columbia. Kosolofski passed away at the race track Saturday afternoon.

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NPP AND NASCAR
EDMONTON, AB (July 27) - For the second year in a row the Northern Provincial Pipelines Late Model Series welcomes some NASCAR star power to its line-up.  Castrol Raceway is the stage for the second annual Race of Champions/Legends of NASCAR event on Wednesday, July 30th.  Ken Schrader, Kenny Wallace and two-time Daytona 500 Champion Michael Waltrip compete in Western Canada's toughest racing series 'on the dirt'.  Schrader won the inaugural ROC/Legends event in 2013.  "I really enjoyed my time [in Edmonton] last year.  Being around Mikey Waltrip...... that was fun too.  Looking forward to coming back and meeting with all the race fans again." 


2013 ROC/LEGENDS OF NASCAR FEATURE WINNER KEN SCHRADER
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Schrader is coming off a fourth place finish at the NASCAR Truck race event at Eldora Speedway in Rossburg, Ohio last Wednesday night.  "I run about 80 - 90 events a year," says the veteran driver, "I won [in Edmonton] last year but what happened in the past doesn't make a difference.  You go and everything resets."  Schrader became the first American driver to win a NPP Series Feature and will once again pilot the All Weather Windows #52 Dodge on Wednesday night. "I was surprised how hard you can run these cars.  I know Kenny [Wallace] is going to have a blast when he comes to Edmonton." 


SCHRADER'S ALL WEATHER WINDOWS #52 DODGE

Kenny Wallace will be a first-time competitor at this year's Race of Champions/Legends of NASCAR event. Wallace will be behind the wheel of the Jaynart Directional Drilling #36 Dodge. "I love racing in Canada," says Wallace, "the third race of my entire racing career was in Canada."  Before jumping to NASCAR in 1988, Wallace was the 1986 ASA Rookie of the year and competed at Ontario's Cayuga Speedway.  "I've run at Race City Speedway in Calgary back in the 80's during Stampede Week." With just over 900 NASCAR starts Wallace finds himself spending more times racing at dirt tracks.  "I'm kinda doing this racing thing backwards," admits the Concord, North Carolina driver, "I started racing dirt just nine years ago. Now I'm racing around 40 dirt shows a year."  Wallace is coming off an emotional victory earlier this month at Tri- City Speedway. Wallace won the third annual Russ Wallace Memorial race on July 18th.  This race is named in honor of his father who holds several records at the Granite City, Illinois track.  "Really looking forward to coming to Edmonton and having fun putting on a show for everyone."  


MICHAEL WALTRIP RETURNS TO EDMONTON

Michael Waltrip is the third NASCAR driver that will be a special guest at the Wednesday night show.  Waltrip finished ninth at last year's ROC/Legends event.  Waltrip will be driving the Clark Construction/NAPA Auto Parts #55 Toyota.

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VICTORY FOR SCHRADER
EDMONTON, AB (July 31) - Ken Schrader won a hard fought and often gritty Northern Provincial Pipelines Late Model Series Feature at Castrol Raceway on Wednesday night.  The second annual Race of Champions/Legends of NASCAR event welcomed Schrader, Kenny Wallace and two-time Daytona 500 Champion Michael Waltrip to Edmonton, Alberta.  "I thought we were going to have a bit of a problem starting where we did in the Feature [5th] but the race track widened out a lot.  It was sure a lot different than last year."  Schrader swept the 2013 ROC/NPP Series event in Edmonton winning the Heat, Dash and Feature.  "I think I lost the deposit on my car tonight," joked Schrader in victory lane, "last year we didn't put any dents on the car.  Looking at my car right now, it's a little rough."  Schrader avoided several on-track incidents throughout the evening in his All Weather Windows #52 Dodge including a two-car crash in the 'A' Dash where he scrubbed the back straight wall. 


CLOSE CALL FOR SCHRADER IN THE 'A' DASH

"We got lucky with some lapped traffic [in the Feature] and was able to make things work.  Getting the lead tonight was a lot tougher than being able to keep it."  Schrader took over the race lead from fellow American driver Kenny Wallace at the halfway point of the Feature.  Wallace gave up second place to 2009 NPP Series Champion Darrell Midgley just one lap later. 


WALLACE (3rd) - WALTRIP (7th) - MIDGLEY (2nd) - SCHRADER (1st)
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"What an honor it is to race against guys like these," says Midgley, "it really steps up the race competition level.  These guys are at an elite level and it's just an incredible opportunity to run with them."  Midgley grabbed his 10th all-time NPP Series pole position after winning the 'A' Dash race Wednesday night.  Unfortunately his time at the front in the Feature was short lived.  "I ran the bottom in my heat race and figured we'd do the same in the Feature.  Bad idea.  Everyone blew by me."  Midgley handed over the race lead to Altario, Alberta's Kevin Clark before the end of lap 1.  Kenny Wallace and Ken Schrader would also drive by Midgley's Integra Tire #14 Dodge.  The Sidney, British Columbia driver spent the rest of the Feature fighting his way back to the front. 


WALLACE AND SCHRADER BATTLE FOR THE LEAD IN EDMONTON

Kenny Wallace, making his first appearance at Castrol Raceway, finished third in the NPP Series Feature.  It did not take the North Carolina driver long to figure out his Jaynart Directional Drilling #36 Dodge.  "Kenny Schrader taught me that whenever you go to any new race track that's dirt, you let off easy and enter [corners] in the middle."  The strategy worked as Wallace won his Wednesday night heat race.  In the Feature, Wallace took over the race lead from Kevin Clark on lap 4.  Wallace would hold onto the number 1 spot till the halfway point of the Feature.  "It was a fun race. I'm a little disappointed.  I had the lead, then had second but lost them both. I wanted to run second to Schrader but the 14 car was fast.  He was really good.  He was on the wheel when he got by me."  Wallace started the Feature in the fourth position.  "Tricky track tonight as it had a bit of a cushion.  If you jumped it just a little bit you mess up."  Rounding out the top five from Wednesday nights Feature in Edmonton.  After leading the opening laps,  Kevin Clark wound up fourth.  Dean Deatherage scored his first top five finish of the season. Current point leader Mark Miller did not finish the feature due to overheating problems.

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North Carolina's Michael Waltrip returned to Edmonton for the second year in a row to run with the NPP Late Model Series.  The NASCAR team owner finished 7th Wednesday night, two spots better than his 2013 appearance.  "It was a good night.  We certainly had goals when we came to the race track to finish better than 7th."  Waltrip admits that he is more accustomed to running on the pavement.  "I don't race dirt that often.  The last time I raced dirt was last year here [in Edmonton]."  Waltrip had other goals in mind in Wednesday night when he hit the track.  "I wanted to be respectful and not cause any cautions and keep the car in one piece.  I accomplished that tonight."  Waltrip puts the team owner hat back on for this weekend's race in Pennsylvania.  Brian Vickers and Clint Boyer will attempt to secure a spot in the NASCAR Chase for the Championship at the Pocono 400.

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