HOME TRACK FOR BC DRIVERS
EDMONTON, AB (June 3) Since the very first season (2001), Castrol Raceway has been the home track of the Northern Provincial Pipelines Late Model Series.  Many of the twenty NPP Series race teams reside within a 2 ½ hour drive to the Edmonton facility.  However, calling Castrol Raceway the home track is a bit of a stretch for two British Columbia drivers that currently sit on top of the NPP championship point standings.  British Columbia drivers Jason Beaulieu and Darrell Midgley sit first and second after grabbing Feature wins at the Lucas Slick Mist Season Opener at Bridge County Raceway in Lethbridge last month.  The Vancouver Island competitors are separated by just two points heading into this weekends double header at Edmonton’s Castrol Raceway (Friday night) and Rimbey’s Central Alberta Raceway (Saturday afternoon).  Beaulieu hopes the winning ways continue.  “I’ve had success in Edmonton over the years that’s for sure,” says the Campbell River BC driver, “I wrapped up the season last year with a victory in Edmonton and I sure wouldn’t mind a win at the Edmonton home opener Friday night.” 


BEAULIEU IS JUST TWO POINTS AHEAD OF MIDGLEY IN POINT STANDINGS

Including last months win in Lethbridge, the 2007 NPP Series Champion has gone to victory lane a total of sixteen times.  Eleven of those wins have taken place in Edmonton.  Darrell Midgley meanwhile is off to his best start ever in the NPP Late Model Series after a Feature win and a third in Lethbridge.  “It was sure a long time between wins wasn’t it,” indicates the Sidney, BC driver, whose first NPP victory came on July 14th, 2006, “we’ve been close so many times.  It was nice that the planets finally aligned for us to have two strong nights back to back.”  Midgley scored 17 top 10 finishes which included five runner-ups and four third place finishes in between his two feature wins. 

 

 

 


MIDGLEY CRUISED TO VICTORY IN LETHBRIDGE LAST MONTH

“I’m looking forward to the weekend.  I sure don’t want to wait another three years for a win.  Edmonton is definitely the track I like running at the best so if we get a few breaks maybe we can win another one.  If not Edmonton, than maybe we can pick one up in Rimbey (Saturday).” 

>Friday, June 5th
EDMONTON – Castrol Raceway
Gates @ 5:00PM
Racing @ 7:00PM

>Saturday, June 6th
RIMBEY – Central Alberta Raceways
Gates @ 3:00PM
Racing @ 4:00PM

WEEKEND RACE NOTES
- after missing the 2009 season opening weekend in Lethbridge, Spruce Grove’s Bruce  Broughton and Whitecourt’s Travis Day will be on the hunt for maximum points in Edmonton and Rimbey.
- Broughton won the first NPP Feature in Edmonton last season.
- 99 points separates 1st from 11th in the NPP Series standings.
- the pole sitter has won just 6 of the last 20 NPP Features dating back to 2007.
- Friday’s race is the 88th visit of the NPP Late Model Series to Edmonton’s Castrol Raceway.
- Saturday’s race is the 5th visit of the NPP Late Model Series to Rimbey’s Central Alberta Raceways.
- June is the busiest month for NPP Late Model Series race teams this season.  The NPP Series has six scheduled race dates at five different Alberta race tracks over the next four weekends. 

2009 NPP LATE MODEL SERIES JUNE SCHEDULE
Friday, June 5th             Edmonton – Castrol Raceway
Saturday, June 6th         Rimbey – Central Alberta Raceways
Friday June 19th            Edmonton – Castrol Raceways
Saturday, June 20th       Okotoks – Rocky Mtn Raceway Park
Saturday, June 27th       Lethbridge – Bridge County Raceway
Sunday, June 28th         Drumheller – Dinosaur Downs Speedway

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NPP RACE WEEKEND RAINED OUT
EDMONTON, AB (June 5) – Northern Provincial Pipelines Late Model Series race teams will have to wait a few more weeks before racing on their home track. Rain and poor weather conditions have forced Castrol Raceway officials to cancel tonight’s event (Friday, June 5th). 

CASTROL RACEWAY OVAL (LOOKING TOWARDS TURN ONE)

A COLD AND RAINY FRIDAY AFTERNOON AT CASTROL RACEWAY

The same weather system which brought rain to the Edmonton region also dumped precipitation an hour and a half away in Rimbey.  The excessive amount of rain has forced track officials at Central Alberta Raceway’s to cancel race action scheduled for Saturday (June 6th) afternoon. This is the first time in the nine year history of NPP Late Model Series that back to back race events at two tracks have been lost due to inclement weather.

Next race action for the NPP Late Model Series will be on Friday and Saturday, June 19th and 20th. Edmontons Castrol Raceway will host the NPP Series on Friday night. Rocky Mountain Raceway Park just south of Okotoks hosts the Alberta based racing series on Saturday night.     

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BLAME IT ON THE RAIN
EDMONTON, AB (June 8)It’s been a frustrating start to the season for Northern Provincial Pipelines Late Model Series race teams.  Only two of five scheduled race dates have been run thus far in 2009.  Coming off a weekend where back to back races (Edmonton/June 5th and Rimbey/June 6th) were cancelled due to weather, many are beginning to wonder if this is the worst start to a race season ever.  “It may seem like a horrible start,” says NPP Series announcer Gord Craig, “but believe it or not, the start of the 2007 season was far worse.  But not by much.”  The NPP Series has completed two races so far in 2009.


Second night of a NPP Series race weekend was rained out in Drumheller in 2007

In 2007 it took until the Canada Day long weekend to register two complete race events.  “That year we lost one race date in Drumheller due to rain and then we got snowed out in Rimbey.  We had our Feature rained out in Edmonton.  To top things off, two race days in Drayton Valley were cancelled due to a labor shortage.” After the slow start to the 2007 season, the NPP Late Model Series would lose only one more race date which would be the infamous September Hail Out event at Edmonton’s Castrol Raceway. 


Who could forget the 2007 Hailout at Edmonton's Castrol Raceway.

Despite the extended pitstop to kick off the 2009 race season, many NPP Series drivers remain upbeat:

#46 Jason Beaulieu:  “It’s not bothering me too much,” indicates the current NPP Series point leader from his home in Campbell River, BC, “but if we get a few more of  these (cancellations) people who are back in the standings might become a little more vocal.”    
                              
#55 Mike Tom:  “We are just finishing up our new race shop so in a way this past weekend helped us out a little bit. However I'd rather be racing that watching the rain.” Tom currently sits third in the NPP Series point standings. “The more races we run the better it is for us,” says the Stony Plain, Alberta driver, “we are finally getting some consistent finishes and the more races we run, the better our position will be in the standings.” 

#81 Dwight Kennedy:  “What can you do,” says the two time NPP Series Champion, “you can’t fight mother nature.  Hopefully we’ll get this bad streak of weather out of the way so we can go racing again.”     

#17 Trevor Emond:  “We definitely have had a bit of free time to play with haven’t we,” says the Leduc, Alberta driver, “It’s not fun.  We have been away from this Series for two straight years. The racing season is too short as it is up in these parts (climate). I wanted to use the first few races to knock some rust off.”  Emond sits 8th in the NPP Series point standings. 

#80 Curtis Moore: “My son MacKenzie has raced more events than I have this year,” says the Sherwood Park, Alberta driver, “its been good family time with the Jr. Sprint car but we are getting a little anxious to go racing again with the big car. It is loaded and waiting for the next event.”     
     
Next race action for the Northern Provincial Pipelines Late Model Series will also be a first for the Series in its nine year history.  In one single race weekend, NPP Series race teams will compete in Northern Alberta and Southern Alberta.  Friday night June 19th, NPP teams will make a third attempt at racing on their home track of Castrol Raceway in Edmonton.  Less than twenty four hours later teams will compete for valuable season points at Rocky Mountain Raceway Park just south of Okotoks.    
 

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NPP SERIES RISES TO NEW HEIGHTS
EDMONTON, AB (June 12) – Next time you are in Edmonton, Alberta and you turn on the radio, you just might hear the tour announcer for the Northern Provincial Pipelines Late Model Series talking about an accident on Yellowhead Trail or indicate there is a slow down on Whitemud Drive due to construction.  NPP Series announcer Gord Craig has been hired on by the Canadian Traffic Network as a relief traffic reporter. 

“The phone call came right out of the blue,” indicates Craig, “it’s just a fill in position, mornings only.  Start at 6am and off the air before 9am.”  Craig says there is opportunity for exposure for the NPP Series given the uniqueness of the situation.  “The radio station hosts know I am heavily involved in the racing scene.  A motorsports announcer giving traffic reports is pretty good morning show material.”  CTN currently provides traffic updates to seven Edmonton radio stations.  “The NPP Series is now in the process of securing some advertising time with CTN.  The Oilmen’s Invitational in August is one event that we do want to have advertised to Edmonton listeners.” Craig recently took a helicopter flight over Castrol Raceway and managed to take a few pictures of the NPP Late Model Series home track. 

“It’s a pretty neat perk being able to go up in a helicopter and stare down at a track I have announced at the past 17 seasons.” The Northern Provicinal Pipelines Late Model Series next event is Friday, June 19th at Edmonton's Castrol Raceway. The Series then races in Southern Alberta for the second time this season. Rocky Mountain Raceway Park south of Calgary (near Okotoks) plays host to the NPP Series on Saturday, June 20th.

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PROGRAMS, GET YOUR PROGRAMS!
EDMONTON, AB (June 16) This weekend, race fans at Castrol Raceway (Edmonton) and Rocky Mountain Raceway Park (Okotoks) will be the first to flip through the official 2009 souvenir program of the Northern Provincial Pipelines Late Model Series.  “This is the fourth consecutive season we’ve had a souvenir program,” says NPP Series announcer Gord Craig, “it’s a good looking program with more full color race photos than last year plus there are more chances for fans to win.” 

Two of the more popular NPP contests return.  “The NPP Jr. Crew Chief award is back for the younger race fans.  For the adults, someone at the end of the season is going to win a leather recliner from City Furniture.  The Great Wash is a brand new program sponsor this season and they are giving away free carwashes to their brand new 7 bay facility in Edmonton.”  Race fans will also have the opportunity to win product from Series sponsor Lucas Oil. 

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FREQUENT RACER MILES
EDMONTON, AB (June 18) – The Northern Provincial Pipelines Late Model Series resumes its 2009 season schedule with a Northern Alberta, Southern Alberta race weekend.  “This is going to be a pretty intense weekend for everyone,” says NPP Series announcer Gord Craig, “we haven’t raced in over a month due to the weather and now we run back to back races in two different area codes.”  This Friday night (June 19th) the NPP Series competes at Edmonton’s Castrol Raceway.  Less than twenty-four hours later the scene shifts to Rocky Mountain Raceway Park south of Calgary.  Current point leader Jason Beaulieu is looking forward to the challenge.  “Both tracks are fun to race at,” says the Campbell River, BC driver, “Okotoks is probably the tougher of the two tracks.  It’s small and tight and tough to pass.  Track position is everything.” 


After a big win in Lethbridge, Beaulieu looks to add to his point lead this weekend

The 2007 NPP Champion, who has 11 Feature wins at Castrol Raceway, has yet to visit victory lane at Rocky Mountain Raceway Park.  “It’s one track I definitely want to win at that’s for sure.”  Beaulieu’s best performance at RMRP was a second place finish in August of 2006.  Three-time NPP Series champion Trevor Emond has 25 Feature wins at Castrol Raceway and three Feature wins at Rocky Mountain Raceway Park.  “Two different tracks over two nights is pretty tough,” admits the Leduc, Alberta driver, “hopefully there won’t be too much carnage in Edmonton Friday night.” 

Emond’s last NPP Feature win at Castrol Raceway came on September 9th, 2006. As a guest driver during the 2008 season, Emond won back to back Features at the August long weekend event at Rocky Mountain Raceway Park.  “After being away from the Series for two years it was a good feeling to win on the dirt again,” says the driver of the #17 Glentel Wireless Chevrolet, “maybe we’ll do it again this weekend in my own car.”  Emond currently sits 8th in the NPP Series points chase.


Edmonton, Alberta
>Friday, June 19th
Pit Gates: 4:00pm
Spectator Gates: 5:00pm
Racing: 7:00pm


Okotoks/High River, Alberta
>Saturday, June 20th
Pit Gates: 2:00pm
Spectator Gates: 5:00pm
Racing: 6:00pm

WEEKEND RACE NOTES
- Trevor Emond is driving the same race car his dad (Gerry) took to victory lane at the inaugural NPP Series Race (July 2005) at Rocky Mountain Raceway Park.
- Trevor Emond, Dwight Kennedy and Kevin Clark are the only NPP Drivers that have won a Feature event at both Castrol Raceway and Rocky Mountain Raceway Park.
- In the last 5 NPP Series races at RMRP, the #5 Clark Construction Dodge has visited the winners circle three times.
-this is the only NPP Series visit to Rocky Mountain Raceway Park this season..
- Darrell Midgley will miss Saturday night’s race in Okotoks.  Chris Beaulieu will be the relief driver in the #14 Lucas Oil Dodge.
- Friday’s race is the 88th visit of the NPP Late Model Series to Edmonton’s Castrol Raceway.
- Saturday’s race is the 9th visit of the NPP Late Model Series to Rocky Mountain Raceway Park.
- the pole sitter has won just 6 of the last 20 NPP Features dating back to 2007.

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EDMONTON RAINS OUT…..BRING ON THE ROCK!
EDMONTON, AB (June 19th) With a threatening sky, Northern Provincial Pipelines Late Model Series race teams unloaded their race cars at Castrol Raceway late Friday afternoon.  Just after 6 o’clock a light rain began to fall at the track site.  Unfortunately it didn’t stop. 


Fans huddle under umbrellas at Castrol Raceway Friday night

With the rain still falling, Castrol Raceway officials declared the event a rain out just past 7:30pm.  (Rain stopped falling at 9:20pm)  “This is the second consecutive Friday night race that has been cancelled in Edmonton because of the weather,” says NPP Series announcer Gord Craig, “the good news is that the weather is looking favorable for us Saturday night in Southern Alberta.”  NPP Series race teams loaded up after the Friday night rain out.  Many decided to immediately hit the road and drive the three and a half hours to Rocky Mountain Raceway Park south of Calgary. 


NPP 'Big Rigs' heading south Friday night on the QE2 after Edmonton rainout

“Racers are starting to get a little snarly due to a lack of racing,” adds Craig, “fans in Okotoks are in for a real good show Saturday night.”


Okotoks/High River, Alberta
>Saturday, June 20th
Pit Gates: 2:00pm
Spectator Gates: 5:00pm
Racing: 6:00pm

NPP side note:  A big thank-you to Castrol Raceway Oval director Doug Worsfold.  Even when it appeared the light rain was letting up Friday night, he did not allow any race cars on the oval for a session of ‘desperate track packing’.  Worsfold wanted a clear indication that weather conditions were going to dramatically improve.  That never happened.  If the chance of going racing was slim to none why make extra work for race teams.  NPP teams will be very thankful for Worsfolds Friday night’s decision when they unload their ‘clean’ race cars in Okotoks Saturday afternoon.

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BEAULIEU ROCKS THE ROCK
OKOTOKS, AB (June 20th) – Jason Beaulieu scored his second consecutive Feature win of the 2009 season Saturday night sneaking past three-time NPP Series Champion Trevor Emond just before the finish line.  “That was an incredible race,” says the Campbell River BC driver, “we made it stick on the outside tonight for a win which is not easy to do here.”  This was Beaulieu’s first ever Feature win at Rocky Mountain Raceway Park.  “Trevor is a great competitor.  He had the middle and bottom of the track covered pretty well which forced me to the outside.”  Entering Saturday nights race, Beaulieu talked about the need for patience in order to succeed on the ¼ mile oval track south of Calgary.  However it was impatience that almost put the current NPP Series point leader out of the event.  Beaulieu banged up the #46 Lucas Oil Dodge during his heat race and was towed from the track.  “I was a little hot going into the corner and bent a few parts,” admits the 2007 Series champion who had to run the ‘B’ Dash, “but we got the car back together in time and used the dash to set the car up for the Feature.” 


Beaulieu grabs lead Saturday night on final corner of the 30 lap RMRP Feature

Beaulieu would start the Feature in the number 10 position but would end up challenging Trevor Emond for the lead with 9 laps to go.  Emond led 29 of 30 laps Saturday night holding off Mike Tom and Kevin Clark for the first half of the Feature.  Tom would retire with electrical problems.  Clark would tag the front straight wall and would park his damaged race car.  That left Jason Beaulieu and his son Chris Beaulieu to keep the pressure on Emond.  “Good clean race,” says Leduc Alberta’s Trevor Emond, “it would have been nice to come away with a win but what can you do. There is still plenty of racing left. We be in victory lane soon. ” 


Emond was 200 feet away from running a perfect race night

Emond won his heat race and then the ‘A’ Dash which put his #17 Glentel Wireless Chevrolet on the pole.  Chris Beaulieu, filling in for Darrell Midgley, drove the Lucas Oil #14 Dodge to a third place finish Saturday night.  “It’s pretty neat to be able to visit victory lane with my dad.” says the Campbell River, BC driver, “especially on a Fathers day weekend.” 


Beaulieu drove his damaged race car to a third place finish

Chris Beaulieu also had to overcome some racing troubles Saturday night.  “I had a front row seat when Kevin Clark hit the front straight wall.  We damaged the race car getting into the back of him.  I sure thought we were going to have overheating problems but we didn’t.”  Rounding out the top 5 on Saturday night, defending NPP Season champion Brian McCaughan (Okotoks) finished fourth and Edson’s Ken Clark finished fifth.                    

The Northern Provincial Pipelines heads back to Southern Alberta for a double header race weekend to wrap up the month of June.  Saturday night, teams compete for valuable season points at Bridge County Raceway in Lethbridge.  Sunday afternoon, the NPP Series races at the grand opening celebration of Dinosaur Downs Raceway in Drumheller, Alberta’s newest oval racing venue.   

RACE NOTES
-There were three father son race teams competing on the track Saturday night.  Dwight Kennedy/Shawn Kennedy, Gerry Emond/Trevor Emond, Jason Beaulieu/Chris Beaulieu.
- Edmonton’s Gerry Emond put his racing experience to work when called upon to fill in for Darin Borysko.  In his first race since September ’06, Emond finished 7th.
- Defending NPP Series champion Brian McCaughan had a plug wire come off late in the Feature and settled for forth. 
- Stony Plain Alberta’s Mike Tom left the race before the midway point with electrical problems.
-For the second consecutive race, Altario Alberta’s Kevin Clark tagged the front straight wall and had to retire due to suspension damage.

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KEEPING ON TRACK
EDMONTON, AB (June 24th) – Northern Provincial Pipelines Late Model Series race teams wrap up the month of June with events in Lethbridge and Drumheller, Alberta.  The NPP Series travels to Bridge County Raceway Saturday night then will compete Sunday afternoon at the new Dinosaur Downs Speedway grand opening event.  Current NPP Series point leader Jason Beaulieu has two winning streaks he’d like to extend.  The Campbell River, BC driver has won two of the last three Feature events at Bridge County Raceway and was the winner of the inaugural NPP Feature race in Drumheller back in May of 2007 (Hidden Valley Motorsports Park).  “To be honest I really don’t feel that I am that fast in Lethbridge,” says the driver of the Lucas Oil #46 Dodge, “whether its luck or timing I still manage to end up at the front there.”


Beaulieu hopes he's 'fast enough' to stay in the point lead

Beaulieu is also welcoming the opportunity to compete at the new Dinosaur Downs Speedway for the very first time.  “I like racing at new tracks.  Everyone has the same opportunity to win but you need to adapt.  Those that adapt the quickest will always find their way to the front.”  Trevor Emond, driver of the Glentel Wireless #17 Chevrolet, sits third in the NPP standings just 79 points behind Beaulieu. 


Emond sits third in the NPP Series point standings

Emond indicates a strong performance is needed at both tracks in order to stay in the top 5 in the points chase.  “We are hoping for a good run this weekend.  It’s the same game plan for us.  Be consistent.”  The three-time NPP Series champion from Leduc, Alberta driver is looking forward to the challenge of competing at Drumheller’s brand new track.   “From what I understand there really is no other track that we can compare this too.  It’s like nothing else we have ever run on.  It could make for some interesting racing to wrap up a weekend.”  This is the second time in four seasons that the Northern Provincial Pipelines have been invited to a grand opening of a new Alberta race track.  The NPP Series helped launch Central Alberta Raceways near Rimbey on July 31st, 2005.


Lethbridge, Alberta
>Saturday, June 27th
Pit Gates: 4:00pm
Spectator Gates: 5:00pm
Racing: 7:00pm


Drumheller, Alberta
>Sunday, June 28th
Pit Gates: NOON
Spectator Gates: 1:00pm
Racing: 3:00pm

WEEKEND RACE NOTES
- In seven appearances at Bridge County Raceway, Jason Beaulieu has finished out of the top-ten only once (14th).  Beaulieu has registered four wins, one third, one fourth place the other races.
- Chris Beaulieu, son of Jason Beaulieu, is filling in for Sidney BC’s Darrell Midgley (#14 Lucas Oil Dodge) for the second weekend in a row. Chris finished third last Saturday night in Okotoks.
- Trevor Emond’s best ever finish in Lethbridge was a second at the inaugural NPP Series race in Lethbridge back on June 3rd, 2006.
- Edson, Alberta’s Dwight Kennedy won the grand opening oval event held at Central Alberta Raceway’s in Rimbey back in 2005.  Kennedy also has two Feature wins in Lethbridge including the inaugural NPP race at Bridge County Raceway.
- Saturday’s race is the 9th appearance of the NPP Late Model Series at Bridge County Raceway.

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BEAULIEU BRIDGE WORK  
LETHBRIDGE, AB (June 27) It was a perfect race night for Jason Beaulieu as his domination of Bridge County Raceway continued on the weekend.  After winning his Heat race and the ‘A’ Dash, the current NPP Late Model Series point leader drove his Lucas Oil #46 Dodge to victory lane Saturday night.  The Campbell River, BC driver, who went to victory lane last weekend in Okotoks, has won four of the last five Feature events in Lethbridge dating back to last season.  “I really don’t know what to say,” says the 2007 NPP Series champion, “I had to fight to get into the ‘A’ Dash.  Was able to win the Dash for the pole position then stayed out of trouble in the Feature.”  For the second weekend in a row Jason would be joined on the podium by his son.  Chris Beaulieu backed up his third place finish in Okotoks last weekend with a second place finish Saturday night in Lethbridge.  The younger Beaulieu also drove his Lucas Oil #14 Dodge to a heat race win.  “Great race track tonight,” says the Campbell River, BC driver, “the car was running very strong.  It would have been great to be able get by my dad for the win but I just couldn’t catch him.” 


Jason Beaulieu, Chris Beaulieu and Kevin Clark finished 1, 2, 3 in Lethbridge

After crashing out in his last appearance at Bridge County Raceway, Kevin Clark drove his Clark Construction #5 Dodge to a third place finish.  “Sure needed this race,” exclaims the Altario, Alberta driver,   “Mike (Tom) Paul (Grundberg) and I had a pretty good battle going the last half of the race. It could have been anyone of us finishing third.”  The strong finish moved Clark from fifth to third in the NPP Series Championship point standings.

RACE NOTES
- for the first time in the nine year history of the NPP Series, no yellow flags were flown during a Feature event. 
- three time NPP Series champion Trevor Emond (Leduc, Alberta) broke a crank shaft Saturday night while leading the ‘B’ Dash.  This is the first time Emond has been out of the top 10 in the NPP point standings since 2002.  (currently 13th) 
- current ARCA West Late Model Series (pavement) competitor Brian Levant (Calgary) made his NPP Series debut in Lethbridge on Saturday night.  Unfortunately, Levant blew the motor in his #49 Chevrolet on lap four of his heat race.
- Curtis Moore’s 6th place finish in Lethbridge was his first top-ten finish of 2009.  Moore had a total of nine top 10’s last season which includes back to back runner-up finishes.      
- Pat Fines is off to his best start (5th in points) in three seasons in an NPP Late Model.

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DUST GETS IN YOUR EYES
DRUMHELLER, AB (June 28) - Tears were flowing at Dinosaur Downs Speedway in Drumheller Sunday afternoon. Unfortunately they were not tears of joy. The Northern Provincial Pipelines Late Model Series had to cancel its 'A' and ‘B’ Dash plus the Feature event due to dangerous track conditions.  “I feel pretty bad for the organizers,” says NPP Series announcer Gord Craig, “it’s their first race (in two years) since moving the entire oval operation south of town.  They have worked so hard at bringing back racing to the Drumheller region.  Unfortunately the racing surface just fell apart on them.” 


Dinosaur Downs Speedway oval track one hour before race

The NPP Heat races were the only races that managed to be completed.  “Drivers in heat race number one were the lucky ones,” adds Craig, “they managed to get in two laps where visibility was not a problem. Then, like a switch, the track conditions just deteriorated.” 


Visibility was not an issue during pace laps

With only six cars on the track each heat race, competitors were racing blind in the corners.  Whitecourt, Alberta’s Paul Grundberg won his first heat race of the season under less than ideal circumstances.  “I’ll take the win but that was sure bizarre.  We were driving through dust that was kicked up from the previous laps.”  Current NPP Series point leader Jason Beaulieu had a similar view in his race.  “Couldn’t see a thing,” says the Campbell River BC driver, “you just hang on and hope for the best.”  Beaulieu, who started at the back of the pack, managed to navigate through zero visibility and ended up winning his heat race. 


Lap four of Heat race #2.

Despite several attempts to bring the track back to reasonable shape for racing, (watering, packing and grading) NPP and Dinosaur Downs Speedway officials agreed that a proper and safe race event could not take place.  The NPP Late Model Series is planning a return trip to Dinosaur Downs Speedway with a scheduled race date on Sunday August 16th.  Track officials in Drumheller have indicated they will immediately go to work on improving the track’s surface in preparation for this and future Oval events.      

RACE NOTES
- this is only the second time in the nine year history of the NPP Series that a race event has had to be cancelled due to dangerous track conditions.  A similar situation occurred at Central Alberta Raceways in Rimbey in July 2007.  Cars were pulled off the track 9 laps into the Feature.
- Ken Clark had his race car stall out on the track in Heat race #1 due to a clogged up air filter.
- drivers will receive points from the completed heat races in Drumheller.
- Jason Beaulieu has won four of the last six NPP Series heat races dating back to last season.
- Paul Grundberg’s heat race win on Sunday was his first heat victory since September 2nd, 2007. 

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