ZERBIN SCORES IN THE USA
LEBANON, OR (July 4)
- After registering a frustrating DNF (did not finish) in both his Heat race and Feature event Saturday night at Willamette Speedway, Lane Zerbin came back strong Sunday earning his first ever Feature win in an open wheel IMCA Modified. "It was a quick learning curve for sure," admits Zerbin who'd never raced at this facility before, "it was just two weeks ago that my dad (Ted) and I decided to come here."  More than 25 IMCA Modifieds were on the property for the two-day show.  The 20-year old from Victoria, British Columbia qualified 2nd for the Sunday night event in the Northern Provincial Pipelines Ltd./Alien Chassis #81.  Zerbin finished second in his Heat race. In the 30 lap Feature, Zerbin held off several hard charging drivers including home track favorite Kyle Yeack and NASCAR Camping World Truck Series regular Matt Crafton to take the win.


ZERBIN MADE HIS IMCA MODIFIED DEBUT ON MAY 9th, 2015
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"Hit my marks and not overdrive the track was all I was thinking," exclaims Zerbin, "the track was dry slick (Sunday night). It was just like asphalt which I'm used to."  Zerbin, who made his IMCA Modified  debut in 2015, is already focused on the next event.  "We're now heading to Cottage Grove, Oregon for a Monday night race (July 4).  It's another first-time track for me again."  Cottage Grove Speedway wraps up their Independence Day Weekend with their third night of racing in four nights. Sprint Cars and IMCA Modifieds headline the race action in Oregon on Monday night July 4th with racing starting at 6:30PM.

- Northern Provincial Pipelines Ltd. has been a proud sponsor and supporter of motorsports for over two decades and is title sponsor of the NPP Late Model Series based in Alberta.

- July 3, 2016
FEATURE (TOP 10)
1. #81 Lane Zerbin - Victoria, British Columbia (MOV: 0.861seconds)
2. #47 Kyle Yeack - Lebanon, Oregon
3. # 5 Collen Winebarger - Corbett, Oregon
4. # 1 Sean Mayea - Bend, Oregon
5. #36 John Campos - Keizer, Oregon
6. #91 Matt Crafton - Mooresville, North Carolina
7. #19 Brad Martin - Warren, Oregon
8. #16 Jerry Schram - Vancouver, Washington
9. #54 Nick Trenchard - Klamath Falls, Oregon
10.#25 Craig Cassel - Albany, Oregon

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UPDATE: (July 5) 27 teams on the property at Cottage Grove Speedway in Oregon Monday night. Zerbin finished 4th in his heat race which transferred him directly to the 'A' Main. He ran as high as 8th in the hard fought Feature and finished 11th.

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AIMING FOR 10
EDSON, AB (July 13) - Officials with the Northern Provincial Pipelines Late Model Series hope to see a few more race teams in the pits and on the track at their next scheduled event.  "We race in Edmonton August 13th," says NPP Series announcer Gord Craig, "I'm really trying to be optimistic here when I say that ten teams should be on the property for this event."  If Craig's prediction holds true this would double the car count that showed up in Rimbey for the 2016 season opener.  "We had five teams show up for our first race weekend of the year."  Craig admits that the state of the Alberta economy has a lot to do with the decreased car count.  "A majority of the drivers and team owners I've talked with said they are hurting.  Things have slowed down dramatically the past several years (in Alberta)."


NPP SERIES GROUP PICTURE FROM 2016 SEASON OPENER
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The car count woes led to NPP Series officials making the extremely difficult decision of cancelling a scheduled appearance in Drumheller, Alberta on the Canada Day long weekend.  "That was not a fun phone call to make," says Craig, " in the sixteen year history of the NPP Series, this was the first time that we've had to cancel a two-day show due to car count issues."  The NPP Late Model Series is not the only racing division in Alberta suffering from reduced participants in 2016.  "Two of the Featured classes that raced in Edmonton (Castrol Raceway) this past weekend had only six cars in the pits."  Craig says the big picture is not pretty for the remainder of the racing season.   "An economic slowdown does not discriminate.  Everyone is affected." There are five race dates left on the 2016 NPP Late Model Series schedule. No make-up dates are planned at this point in time for the cancelled Drumheller weekend.

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TEAM NPP DOUBLE HEADER
EDSON, AB (July 25) - Team NPP will be flying the Canadian flag at two American tracks this weekend at two separate race events.  Lane Zerbin pilots the Northern Provincial Pipelines/Alien Chassis #81 Modified at Grays Harbor Raceway on Friday and Saturday night (July 29th & 30th).  The track in Elma, Washington hosts the 17th annual Shipwreck Beads Modified Nationals.  Just 35 minutes away at South Sound Speedway, Darrell Midgley, the current point leader of the NPP Late Model Series, will be behind the wheel of the Northern Provincial Pipelines/Alien Chassis #81 Super Late Model.  The Rochester, Washington facility is hosting their 21st annual Miller 200 event Saturday night. Both drivers are looking to put in good performances south of the border. "We'd love to lock ourselves into Saturday nights show with a couple good heat finishes Friday night," says Lane Zerbin, "the top sixteen cars in points from night number one are locked into Saturday nights 'A' Main." More than 60 IMCA Modified teams are expected for this weekends Modified Nationals.


ZERBIN FINISHED 15TH AT THE 2015 MODIFIED NATIONALS IN ELMA
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The Victoria, British Columbia driver made his IMCA Modified debut at Grays Harbor Raceway last year and finished 12th.  At 2015 Modified Nationals, Zerbin finished an impressive 15th on Championship night. "I've been around dirt Modifieds for the last ten years or so," adds the former go-cart racer, "I've been watching and learning during this time." Zerbin was an extremely fast learner as he won his first Modified Feature earlier this month (July 3rd) at Willamette Speedway in Lebanon, Oregon. "I surprised myself by winning this early. Hopefully it continues to go up from here." With Zerbin competing on the dirt for two-nights, Darrell Midgley races on the pavement for two-nights. The veteran racer from Sidney, British Columbia is taking this weekends event at South Sound Speedway in stride. "There is always local talent wherever you go and they are always good on their home track. I've been doing this for awhile so I treat every race (in the States) the same now." In his last American appearance at a pavement Late Model event (April 16, 2016) Midgley finished 6th at All American Speedway in Roseville, California. "Its always difficult when you are travelling into someone elses backyard."


MIDGLEY HAS COMPETED AT VARIOUS USA PAVEMENT EVENTS SINCE THE 1980's
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Midgley competed at South Sound Speedway last year but his results were less than impressive. "We broke. Nothing really more happened. So we hope to do better this time." Midgley and team will also be keeping an eye on the other Team NPP car this weekend. "Since we race here on Saturday night, the intention right now is to travel up to Elma Friday and watch Lane race. We have a private test session (at South Sound Speedway) booked on Thursday."


17th annual SHIPWRECK BEADS MODIFIED NATIONALS
GRAYS HARBOR RACEWAY - Elma, Washington
> FRIDAY/SATURDAY, July 29/30
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Gates Open @ 5:30pm
Racing @ 7:00pm
Admission
$15.00 Adults
$10.00 Youth and Senior
Free     Children (6 and under)


21st annual SUPER LATE MODEL MILLER 200
SOUTH SOUND SPEEDWAY - Rochester, Washington
> SATURDAY, July 30

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Gates Open @ 4:30pm
Racing @ 6:30pm
Admission
$22.00 General
$20.00 Youth and Senior
$10.00 Children (age 6 - 12)
Free     Children (under 5)

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BATTLE WOUNDS IN WASHINGTON
ELMA & ROCHESTER, WA. (July 31) -  The race weekend started off strong for both Lane Zerbin and Darrell Midgley down in Washington State.  Mechanical woes on Saturday night unfortunately stopped both Team NPP drivers in their tracks.  Victoria, British Columbia's Zerbin was behind the wheel of his Northern Provincial Pipelines/Alien Chassis #81 Modified at Grays Harbor Raceway in Elma, Washington.  Sidney, British Columbia's Darrell Midgley piloted the Northern Provincial Pipelines/Alien Chassis #81 Late Model at South Sound Speedway in Rochester, Washington.  "We ran pretty good on Friday night," says Zerbin,  "we locked ourselves into Saturday nights (24 car) Feature which was a goal from the start."  Zerbin had a win and a sixth place finish in his Friday night qualifying Heat races.  "We started the A Main in 14th.  In the first few laps my right front shock mount broke.  I stayed out as long as I could but had to pull in."  Zerbin was credited with a 21st place finish in the 17th annual Shipwreck Beads Modified Nationals.

 Just 35 minutes away Darrell Midgley was competing at the 21st annual Miller 200 Super Late Model race.  "We had a private practice session on Thursday," says Midgley, "the car was strong."  On Saturday afternoon Midgley qualified 5th (out of 22 cars).  At the drop of the green Midgley roared to the race lead before 10 laps were on the board.  Midgley held the lead for more than 40 laps before relinquishing top spot to Rossburg, Oregon's Riley Watson.  Just past the halfway point (Lap 105) and while running second, Midgley was forced to pit with a flat tire.  "I have never had so many flat tires," sighs Midgley, "it's unbelievable the number of races we've run strong at have ended with a flat tire."  Midgley returned to the track but down several laps.  Realizing he would not be able to improve on his position,  Midgley returned to the pits after 12 laps and retired from the race.  He was credited with a 17th place finish.  "We had a winning car tonight.  Unfortunately the results show something different."  There was some consolation in the Saturday night event for Midgley as Saanich, British Columbia's Wade Bland navigated through some late race carnage to win the Miller 200.  "Good to see a fellow BC driver take the win."

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