KALISPELL, MT (June 1) - Three-time NPP Late Model Series champion Trevor Emond scored his first ever pavement Super Late Model victory in the United States Saturday night. Emond started 18th and methodically moved his way through the field in the 3rd annual G.E.T. Rich 212 at Montana Raceway Park.  "I finally got that huge gorilla off my back," laughs the Leduc, Alberta driver,  "I've been trying for more than a decade to do this and it finally happened."  At the halfway point of the race Emond sat seventh in his Western Camp Services #17 Chevrolet.  Just a few laps past half way, Emond quickly gained two spots to move up to fifth.  "I sure didn't make it easy on myself where I qualified.  Having a fast car for one lap is one thing [when you're qualifying]. It's another thing to have a fast car for the entire race which is what happened Saturday night."  With just 50 laps remaining Emond began to challenge California's  Jeremy Doss for the lead. With the opportunity to head to victory lane within his grasp, Emond muscled by the Upper Lake, California driver to take over the race lead with 22 laps to go.  "Out of the 23 cars that were here, probably 15 or 16 could have won this race."  Emond is still savoring his first US victory but he is already looking towards an event that he wants to win even more. 

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"The focus now is on the Montana 200," exclaims Emond, "my best finish in this race was fourth a few years ago [finished 6th last year].  Would love to win this race."  Emond is the early season point leader in the Super Late Model division at Montana Raceway Park.  "The goal is to win a championship at a track that has never been won by a Canadian before."  Emond came close in 2013.  "Last year we had a couple second place finishes but got taken out at the last race which ruined our chances at a good points finish for the season."  Emond finished 4th in the 2013 [9th in 2012, 14th in 2011].  Emond says that although his focus is on racing south of the border right now, there may be a few Canadian races he might compete in this year.  "I'm hoping to run at least one race in Saskatchewan this summer." Emond was the 2010 Dakota Dunes Season Champion at Auto Clearing Speedway in Saskatoon.  Emond last ran a full season in the NPP Late Model Series back in 2010 [finished 11th].  A 'guest' driver appearance in August of 2012 saw Emond sweep the NPP Late Model Series weekend at Merritt Speedway south of Kamloops, British Columbia.   Emond remains the all-time Feature win leader in NPP Late Model Series competition with 33 trips to victory lane and is the only driver in NPP Series history to win three consecutive championships.

NOTE: Trevor Emond's son Tyler scored his first win in the United States on May 17th racing his Bandolero to victory lane at Montana Raceway Park.


EDMONTON, AB (June 4) - Northern Provincial Pipelines Late Model Series race teams have been waiting patiently for the 2014 race season to start.  Barring any last minute hiccups to the weather forecast, the green flag will drop this Saturday night at Castrol Raceway.  Last weekend's scheduled season opener at Central Alberta Raceways in Rimbey was rained out.  This is the second consecutive year that the NPP Late Model Series official season opener has been delayed due to weather.  Despite the delay, this weekend's 're-scheduled' opener in Edmonton is not the latest that a NPP Series race season has started.  That dubious honor took place last year.  Thanks to five consecutive rainouts, the 2013 season officially started on July 19th.  "It was rainout, after rainout, after rainout," exclaims NPP Series announcer Gord Craig, "I've never seen anything like it in my twenty-plus years of announcing races." 

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Looking back over the past 14 seasons of NPP Late Model Series competition, only 5 race seasons have started off without any weather related complications.  "I had a driver joke with me the other day that we should schedule our season openers in Arizona."  With scheduled events in Arizona not on the horizon anytime soon, dealing with inclement weather will unfortunately be that constant thorn in the side of race schedule organizers.  "We are not the only ones that have been dealing with the weather.  Oval officials at Castrol Raceway have been dealing with it as well."  Out of the four scheduled oval events for 2014, just two have been completed.  "Hopefully we can get a great show in for the race fans this weekend without any weather issues." 

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The Edmonton oval track is celebrating its 24th consecutive year of operation this season.  "Castrol Raceway has a special promotion for this Saturday nights oval event," exclaims Craig, "its four for forty fan appreciation night."  Four tickets, four hotdogs and four pops for forty dollars.  "That's cheaper than going to a movie."  The NPP Late Model Series will be joined by Castrol Raceway's open wheel Sprint Car and Mini Stock classes.  Spectator gates open at 4:00pm with racing starting at 6:00pm.   

2014*  ?  ?  ?  ?  ?  ?  (June 7th - Edmonton, Alberta)
2013*  Kevin Wheeler (July19th - Edmonton, Alberta)
2012    Chris Beaulieu (May 12th - Edmonton, Alberta)
2011*  Mike Tom (June 4th - Edmonton, Alberta)
2010 Bruce Broughton (May 15th - Edmonton, Alberta)
2009*  Darrell Midgley (May 16th -Lethbridge, Alberta)
2008*  Dwight Kennedy (May 17th - Okotoks, Alberta)
2007*  Jason Beaulieu (May 19th - Drumheller, Alberta)
2006*  Trevor Emond (May 13th - Rimbey, Alberta)
2005    Jason Beaulieu (May 7th - Edmonton, Alberta)
2004    Trevor Emond (May 8th - Edmonton, Alberta)
2003*  Feature cancelled – snow (May 17th - Edmonton, Alberta)
2002    Larry Simpson (May 11th - Edmonton, Alberta)
2001    Dwight Kennedy (May 19th - Edmonton, Alberta)

*denotes delayed start to race season due to weather.


EDMONTON, AB (June 7) - Thanks to last Saturday's rainout in Rimbey, Alberta, the Northern Provincial Pipelines Late Model Series will attempt to kick off its 14th consecutive season at Castrol Raceway permitting!!  This will be the 108th appearance of the NPP Late Model Series in Edmonton, Alberta since 2001.  A total of four past and present NPP Series Champions will be in tonight's race lineup;  Dwight Kennedy (2001 & 2006 Champion), Darrell Midgley (2009 Champion),  Bruce Broughton (2010 Champion) and Kevin Wheeler (2012 & 2013 Champion)

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All eyes will be focused on defending season champion Kevin Wheeler.  After going seven consecutive seasons without a Feature win in Edmonton, the Whitecourt, Alberta driver took home two Edmonton Features last season including the season opener in his Bill Weins Trucking/K W Mechanical #3 Dodge. Wheeler is looking to become the first NPP Series driver to win back to back season opening Feature events with a victory tonight. 


Stony Plain, Alberta's Bruce Broughton returns to the NPP Late Model Series after taking all of 2013 off to re-cooperate from a heart attack.  Broughton's last NPP Series Feature win came in Rimbey on June 23, 2012.  The 2010 NPP Late Model Series champion last drove to victory lane in Edmonton on July 19th, 2010.  Broughton debuts the brand new All Weather Windows/Habitat For Humanity #61 Dodge tonight at Castrol Raceway.  Two-time NPP Late Model Series champion Dwight Kennedy has driven to victory lane a total of 18 times in Edmonton since the 2001 season.  The Edson, Alberta driver has also sat on the pole a total of 11 times during the same time frame.  Kennedy last won a Feature in Edmonton on August 18th, 2012.  His best finish in Edmonton last season was second at the August 17th event. 

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Sidney, British Columbia's Darrell Midgley is looking to end a bit of a victory lane drought.  Midgley last drove to victory lane in Edmonton on July 11th, 2009.  He has had numerous top 10 finishes in Edmonton since his last victory including a 2nd place back on July 21st 2012. Midgley grabbed a heat race win at last year's season opener in Edmonton in his Integra Tire #14 Dodge. The NPP Late Model Series introduces its new points structure tonight at Castrol Raceway. This new points format, which revises how points are earned in the Features is expected to make for an even tighter NPP Series Championship points chase. Points earned in the Heats and Dashes remain unchanged.

> SATURDAY, June 7th
Classes Racing:
NPP Late Model Series (2014 Season Opener - take 2!!)
Sprint Cars
Mini Stocks




EDMONTON, AB (June 7) - Kevin Wheeler kicked off the 2014 season of the Northern Provincial Pipelines Late Model Series the same way he ended the 2013 season and that was with a trip to victory lane. The defending NPP Series Champion got by pole sitter Dwight Kennedy at the halfway point of the Feature and then held off a last corner challenge by Kennedy to win the first race of the season. "Two corners in a row I kept messing up and I was waiting to see the 81 [on that last lap].  He made a good try for it but we still came up on top.  It was close."  The Feature victory, along with a heat race win earlier in the night, gives the Whitecourt, Alberta driver the early season lead in the NPP Series Championship points chase. Wheeler is also the first driver in the 14 year history of the NPP Series to win back to back season openers.  "Going into the year with a win under your belt, right out of the gate, is great," adds the driver of the Bill Weins Trucking/Tundra Oilfield # 3 Dodge,  "we are definitely not going to hold back. My crew nailed the setup and it showed tonight."


Despite finishing second in Saturday night's Feature, two-time NPP Series Champion Dwight Kennedy was not happy with his performance.  "I didn't have a good night.  How lucky do you have to be to get two poles in one night and come away empty handed.  I blew both of them."  Kennedy had the pole position for his heat race and finished third.  The driver of the Northern Provincial Pipelines/All Weather Windows #81 Dodge also had the pole position for the Feature.  Both pole positions were earned by a random pill draw.  "In that first heat I thought I had a flat tire so I slowed right down.  It must have been some mud [in the wheel well]." 


The 2014 season opening Feature was not without controversy.  On the start of lap 14, just a few laps after Kevin Wheeler took over the race lead, Kennedy would spin Wheeler going into turn one.  The caution flag would fly.  NPP Series officials viewed the bump as intentional and Wheeler was given his spot back. Officials however neglected to send Kennedy to the back for causing the yellow flag.  "I didn't know what was going on," admits Kennedy, "Kevin got his spot back so I thought I was heading to the back.  The next thing I know we are seeing the green flag."  NPP Series officials were asked a lot of pointed questions by several drivers after the race and have admitted that it was a terrible oversight and huge mistake on there part.  Ironically Kennedy was black flagged at the season opener in Drumheller back in 2007 after he and Kevin Wheeler got together on the final lap. Wheeler was sent spinning across the finish line backwards and was awarded second after Kennedy was DQ'd.    


In only his seventh start in a NPP Late Model race car, Mark Miller served notice to his fellow competitors that he is adapting very well to racing on the dirt after spending more than a decade on the pavement.  The Calgary, Alberta driver scored his first podium finish in NPP Series competition Saturday night with a third place finish.  "The car was all hooked up.  The guys back in the garage did a lot of changes to the car this past winter."  In his  rookie season Miller finished 9th overall in last year's NPP Series Championship points chase.  At the final race of the 2013 season at Sangudo Speedway, Miller drove his A1 Autobody #69 Chevrolet to a sixth place finish.  Miller currently sits third in NPP Series championship points after the season opener, just 7 points back of second place Kennedy and 14 back of point leader Wheeler.  "I hope we can it up.  A lot of good drivers in this Series.  We just have to keep the car going good.  Keep all four wheels on the ground."  Miller and the rest of the NPP Late Model Series returns to Sangudo Speedway in Sangudo, Alberta on the Canada Day long weekend [June 28th & 29th] for the first two-day show of the 2014 season.


EDMONTON, AB (June 23) - To celebrate the Canada Day long weekend, many communities across Alberta will be holding spectacular fireworks shows at night.  This Saturday and Sunday in Sangudo, Alberta, there will be a rare opportunity to see some fireworks in the daytime.  Sangudo Speedway hosts its first ever Northern Provincial Pipelines Late Model Series two-day points race.  On-track fireworks are expected at the scenic race facility located one-hour northwest of Edmonton.  Whitecourt, Alberta's Kevin Wheeler, the defending NPP Series Champion, leads the early season points chase heading into the first two-day race weekend of the 2014 season.  Wheeler is already considered the early favorite.  "I started racing stock cars in Sangudo back in 1991," admits the driver of the Tundra Oilfield/Bill Weins Trucking #3 Dodge, "ran the stock car for five years then moved into the Alberta Outlaw Modified class."  Wheeler went to victory lane at last Septembers NPP Late Model Series event in Sangudo.  "I had never run a late model in Sangudo before until last year. To win it was a big bonus."  Wheeler won the season opening Feature in Edmonton back on June 7th to become the first driver in the 14 year history of the NPP Series to win back to back season openers.  "Things have been clicking for us as of late.  We've found the sweet spot on this car as far as the set up.  We're keeping it [car setup] to ourselves."  Wheeler enters the Sangudo race weekend poised to set another NPP Series record.  Wheeler has five consecutive Feature wins dating back to last season.  Only one other NPP Series driver has accomplished the same feat.  Retired NPP Series driver Mike Tom won five features in a row over two seasons (2010/2011).  Wheeler could break the tie with Tom with a trip to victory lane Saturday afternoon.  "That would be a nice record to have."


Two-time NPP Series Champion Dwight Kennedy sits second in the championship point standings heading into the Sangudo race weekend.  "It's going to be a carnage filled race.  That's my prediction.  Dirt tracks and daytime is never a good combination."  For the Sangudo Speedway season opening weekend back in May, track conditions proved extremely trying for both track officials and all competitors.  The driver of the Northern Provincial Pipelines #81 Dodge realizes that weather conditions will be a major factor this weekend.  "It sure will help if its cloudy both days.  Hope they have lots of water in the water truck as well."  Kennedy hopes to perform well in Sangudo.  "I wouldn't say it's [Sangudo] a make or break weekend but I have to stay out of trouble and not get impatient which is tough sometimes.   Consistency will be key for me this weekend."


Calgary, Alberta's Mark Miller scored his first podium finish [third] in the NPP Late Model Series at the 2014 season opener in Edmonton and currently sits third in the championship point standings.  The driver of the A1 Autobody #69 Chevrolet is looking forward to a return trip to the Sangudo facility.  "I've only run their once and it was a good fun track."  Last September, Miller finished sixth in the NPP Feature at Sangudo Speedway.  "Our car ran very good there last year.  Sure hope we can repeat.  We have the setup numbers from last year's race and we will be going back to them." Miller has close to 10 years of pavement late model experience running in Western Canada and in Montana. Millers finished ninth in the NPP Series Championship points chase... his first full season on the 'dirt'.     


>SATURDAY, June 28th
Racing at 1:00pm

>SUNDAY, June 29th
Racing at 11:00am

Spectator Admission (Sat or Sun)
General $12.00
Youth (age 6 - 14) $6.00
Seniors $6.00
under age 6 FREE


SANGUDO, AB (June 28) - The Northern Provincial Pipelines Late Model Series holds its first ever two-day points race at scenic Sangudo Speedway this weekend.  Last September, Whitecourt, Alberta's Kevin Wheeler won the NPP Series Feature on the Sangudo, Alberta oval track.  This race was the first appearance of the NPP Series at Sangudo Speedway since August 12, 2001.  Wheeler [#3] is the current points leader heading into the weekend race and is considered the early favorite. Edson, Alberta's Dwight Kennedy [#81] is just 7 points back of Wheeler.  Calgary, Alberta's Mark Miller [#69] sits third in points just 7 points back of Kennedy.


The Saturday, Sunday weather forecast is currently calling for clouds, showers and possible late day thundershowers. Track and NPP Series officials are casting a worried glance to the sky. The official website of the NPP Series will be updated immediately should the status of this weekend's race change due to the weather. Sangudo Speedway is located about 1 hour northwest of Edmonton, Alberta on Highway 43. The track is situated right beside the Sangudo Riverside Campground.

- Darin Borysko will be behind the wheel of the Integra Tire #14 Dodge this weekend filling in for regular driver Darrell Midgley who has work commitments at Western Speedway in Victoria, British Columbia.   
- Bruce Broughton ran his first ever Stock Car race at Sangudo Speedway on May 22nd, 1999 and proceeded to roll his race car on the very first lap.  Broughton fixed the car up and won his first Feature in Sangudo on the second day of the two-day show.  Broughton, the 2010 NPP Series Champion, currently sits 4th in points.
- Shawn and Crystal Kennedy are the only two drivers in the NPP Series lineup this weekend that have never turned a lap at Sangudo Speedway. 
- Sunday's scheduled start time of 11:00am is the earliest start ever for a NPP Series race day.
- Dwight Kennedy swept the NPP Series inaugural two-day points race at Rapid Fire Motorsports Park winning both Features in Drayton Valley, Alberta back on August 19th and 20th, 2006.
- Unlike the NPP Series which lost 6 race dates due to rain last season, Sangudo Speedway never had a rain-out in 2013.

>SATURDAY, June 28th
Spectator Gates open at 11:00am
Racing at 1:00pm

>SUNDAY, June 29th
Spectator Gates open at 9:00am
Racing at 11:00am

Classes Racing (both days):
-NPP Late Model Series
-Northern Alberta Mini Stock Series
-600cc Sprint Cars
-Super Stocks
-Street Stocks

Spectator Admission (Sat or Sun)
General $12.00
Youth (age 6 - 14) $6.00
Seniors $6.00
under age 6 FREE


SANGUDO, AB (June 29) - The first ever Northern Provincial Pipelines Late Model Series two-day race weekend at scenic Sangudo Speedway was a wet one.  NPP Series teams endured two separate rain delays totaling more than three-hours Saturday and faced a complete rainout on Sunday.  "Going into the race weekend we knew we were going to be fighting the weather," admits NPP Series announcer Gord Craig, "but losing most of the race weekend to rain is still a punch to the stomach."  The start of Saturdays race event was delayed close to two and a half hours due to rain.  "It turned into a pretty nice Saturday afternoon once the rain stopped. The sun came out and was so intense the water truck had to make several passes to keep the dust down." When the green flag finally waved, Stony Plain, Alberta's Bruce Broughton won the first Qualifying Heat.  This was Broughton's 44th all-time Heat race victory in NPP Series competition.  Whitecourt, Alberta's Wayne Wheeler captured Qualifying Heat race #2. 


After finishing fourth in his heat, defending NPP Season Champion Kevin Wheeler failed to qualify for the 'A' Dash.  The Whitecourt, Alberta driver was the point leader heading into the Sangudo race weekend.  Wheeler would hand over the point lead to two-time NPP Series champion Dwight Kennedy. The Edson, Alberta driver won the 'A' Dash to capture the pole position for the Saturday Feature.  


Saturday's abbreviated race day saw just one major incident.  Edson, Alberta's Crystal Kennedy got into the side of a spinning Jay Carr in the 'B' Dash.  Both cars would suffer significant damage and would not be able to continue.  Kevin Wheeler won the 'B' Dash. 


"We had some great racing Saturday afternoon," says Craig, "we were lined up ready for our Feature when some rain showers moved back into the region.  After about an hour rain delay, track officials cancelled the rest of the race."  Day 2 of the Sangudo Speedway race weekend looked even less promising weather wise for drivers and race fans.  Rain began falling shortly after the race cars were unloaded Sunday morning. About an hour after rain began falling, Sangudo Speedway officials threw in the towel and declared a complete rainout. 

- Two-time NPP Series Champion Dwight Kennedy leads the points chase for the first time since September of 2008.
- just 11 points separates the top 5 drivers in the 2014 NPP Series Championship points chase.
- with no Feature events run in Sangudo due to the weekend rainouts, Kevin Wheeler still has a chance to set an all-time NPP Series winning streak record on the first night of the Gold Cup in Edmonton (July 18th).  Wheeler has won five consecutive NPP Series Features dating back to last season.  No NPP driver has ever won six. 
- both Dean Deatherage and Marc Hobe' suffered engine failure Saturday afternoon at Sangudo Speedway. 
- Ken Clark suffered transmission failure at the end of the 'B' Dash.
- Saturday and Sunday's rainouts were the first for Sangudo Speedway since the 2012 season.

Next NPP Late Model Series race event is another two-day show.  Friday and Saturday, July 18th and 19th, is Canada's oldest, most prestigious open wheel event.  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 race event since 1999.