EDMONTON, AB (June 2) - Twenty two race teams made their way to Castrol Raceway Saturday, only to be short changed by mother nature-again. "This is getting a little ridiculous," exclaims NPP Series announcer Gord Craig, "we have had three complete race cancellations already this season.  Two events that we managed to get cars on the track were also affected by the weather. Even the race we did complete (Drumheller) had a rain delay at the start.”  NPP Series drivers were very optimistic that Saturday night’s race at Castol Raceway was going to be free of any precipitation. Temperatures hovered near 30 Celsius all day at the track. Then by late afternoon the clouds rolled in. Rain began falling just before the opening heat race. Track officials called a rain delay which lasted 2 hours and 20 minutes. After the delay the NPP drivers hit the track for their session of heat races. Current point leader Jason Beaulieu (Campbell River, BC) and Tim Beausoliel (18th in points) won their first heat races of the year Saturday night. "The extra points could come in handy at the end of the season," says Beaulieu, "now we prepare for the two day show on the Canada Day long weekend." After some bad breaks in Drumheller two weekends ago, veteran race car driver Tim Beausoliel got into the win column for the first time since 2005. "Car felt good tonight, a heat race win was a long time coming.  It would have been interesting to see how the Feature would have gone."  Bruce Broughton meanwhile has now won two heat races in a row. "Won down in Drumheller and now here in Edmonton," says the Spruce Grove, Alberta driver, "we'll try to turn the heat wins into feature wins at the next race." The timing of the victory couldn't have been better. The Broughton Brothers race team had close to 300 guests in the stands of two of their major sponsors (MDM Foundation/Fraser Bros. Roofing). "It’s too bad they couldn't see the Feature," says Broughton, "all they got was a sneak peak at what should have been a full night of racing." Another storm system, even bigger than the first, moved into the area around 10:30pm. The major downpour washed out the Northern Provincial Pipelines Series Feature event. All NPP Series competitors will be awarded points based on their heat race finishes.

Canada Day Long Weekend
Sat/Sun – June 30/July 1
2007 Oilmen’s Invitational
Castol Raceway – Edmonton


DRAYTON VALLEY, AB. (June 14) - Alberta's ongoing labor shortage is now affecting the province’s motorsport scene. Due to a lack of qualified staff, track management of Rapid Fire Motorsports Park has been forced to cancel the Fathers Day race weekend at Drayton Valley (June 16th/17th).  The $100,000 Northern Provincial Pipelines Late Model Series race events scheduled for the same dates have also been cancelled.  “They have maybe 2 volunteer staff members and that’s it," says NPP Series announcer Gord Craig, "we’ve lost races to the weather before but never due to a shortage of manpower.  I'd never thought I'd see a day where a race would have to be cancelled in this way.”  Last year the Drayton Valley track had close to 40 volunteers and staff making sure the event ran smoothly.  “I guess not even the fun and high octane excitement of working at a race track can overcome the lure of high paying jobs in the oil patch.”  Defending NPP Series Champion Dwight Kennedy is disappointed with the cancellation of the race. “I was looking forward to this race,” indicates the Edson, Alberta driver, “I’ve done well in the past here and was thinking this track may be what the doctor ordered to get my season going in the right direction.”  Kennedy, who swept the Drayton Valley event last year, currently sits 17th in the points well back of leader Jason Beaulieu.  The current point leader is also disappointed about the cancellation of the event.  “I’ve never raced in Drayton Valley before,” says the Campbell River, BC driver, “it’s a fast track and a real driver’s track from what I’ve heard.”  Beaulieu however quickly found a replacement event to go compete at.  He’ll load up his other race car (Dirt Modified) and will now compete at Gray’s Harbor Raceway in Elma,Washington instead.  “Never raced there either but at least we’ll get some extra seat time this weekend.”  Next race event for N.P.P. Late Model Series is the Canada Day long weekend.  Edmonton’s Castrol Raceway plays host to the 14th running of the Oilmens Invitational.               

Saturday/Sunday June 30th / July 1st

Racing @ 6PM both nights.


EDMONTON, AB (June 27)The $100,000 Northern Provincial Pipelines Late Model Series touches down at Edmonton’s Castrol Raceway this Canada Day long weekend.  Saturday and Sunday night, race teams will compete at the 14th annual N.P.P. Oilmen’s Invitational. “This is a big dollar Late Model Stock Car race event for everyone invo
lved," says N.P.P. Series Announcer Gord Craig, "it will also be the first back to back race weekend of the 2007 season." There are plenty of reasons for drivers to be a little anxious heading into this weekend’s big show.  There will be 3 Feature events run. Due to the rain out of the Feature at Castrol Raceway on June 2nd, race teams will run a make up race on Saturday June 30th. "Teams will begin the night by running a 25 lap Feature event," adds Craig, "then they will move into the Oilmens program which includes heat races and of course another Feature event. A race like this can build much needed momentum for teams. Do well and chances are good you'll ride the wave for the rest of the weekend. It unfortunately can go the other way too."  Right now less than 120 point’s separates first place and last place.  Teams will have the opportunity to grab over 300 points this weekend.  "We're ready," says Kevin Wheeler, "actually we've been ready since we got rained out in Edmonton." The Whitecourt Alberta driver sits second in the standings heading into this weekends event. "This event is going to be huge. We are right behind Jason (Beaulieu) in the standings. Sure would like to be in front of him when the weekend is over." Last years Oilmen’s Champion Dwight Kennedy is looking to kick-start his season. "I don't like where I am right now in the standings that's for sure," says the Edson, Alberta driver, "if I can get the breaks going my way this weekend, maybe I can sneak into the top 10 in points." Kennedy, who swept both Features at last years Oilmen’s race in Edmonton, currently sits 17th in the standings.