ELMA, WA (June 4) - Lane Zerbin returned to Grays Harbor Raceway Saturday night looking to better his 16th place finish from two weeks ago.  "We really had good speed the last time we were here," exclaims the driver of the Northern Provincial Pipelines/Alien Chassis #81 Modified, "we know we can run good at this track.  We won a Feature here last year."  Last month (May 22nd), Zerbin qualified second fastest at the Elma, Washington track.  While running 5th in the Feature, Zerbin came into contact with another car snapping a tie rod which ended his night.  On the weekend, starting positions were made by pill draw.  "No qualifying this time.  We drew for position.  I started last in my heat."  The Victoria, British Columbia driver gained only a single position and finished seventh.  "Got a flat tire near the end of the Heat which didn't help."  Zerbin, the only Canadian in the field, had his work cut out for him in the 25 lap Feature.  "I started 14th (out of 16 cars).  It was going to be tough to get to the front but that's why we're here."


Dry slick track conditions made for some tense moments behind the wheel.  "Missed a couple of spins in front of me.  But thanks to those spins and yellow flags, I was able to gain several spots." Back to back yellow flags on the opening laps and the number of cars involved moved Zerbin from his 14th starting position up to 5th. During the race Zerbin found a bit of grip on the high side of the track and took advantage.  "I made a few passes on the outside and gained a few more spots."  Zerbin's perseverance paid off and by the halfway point of the Feature he found himself running in second.  Looking for his first podium finish of the 2017 season came to quick end with just five laps to go. "I was trying to pass a lapped car.  I spun myself out on the dry slick track."  This time the Yellow flag would fly for Team NPP.  "It was a rookie mistake," sighs Zerbin,  "it figures that I ended up finishing 13th." Zerbin is hoping to return to Grays Harbor Raceway later this month.  "If all goes well we'll be back on June 17th to run the Washington Modified Tour event."  Other races Zerbin has on his wish list is a two-day show at Willamette Speedway in Lebanon, Oregon on June 30th and July 1st.  "We got our first ever Modified win there last year so I really want to go back."  The Shipwreck Beads Modified Nationals at Grays Harbor Raceway July 28th and 29th is also circled on Zerbins calendar.  "It's one of the biggest Modified races on the west coast.  I definitely don't want to miss this one."

Elma, Washington
> Saturday, June 4, 2017

1. #11 Tom Sweatman - Cosmopolis, Washington
2. #28 Brian Harding - Oakville, Washington
3. #50 Kris Asche - Shelton, Washington
4. #44 Del Schnitzer - Shelton, Washington
5. #26 Scott Miller - Shelton, Washington
6. #97 Tyson Blood - Olympia, Washington
7. #43 Shane Kerrigan - Aberdeen, Washington
8. #41 Tyson Phillips - Washington
9. #87 Tyler Walker - Elma, Washington
10. #47 Steve Signal - Olympia, Washington
11. # 4 Bill Rowe - Washington
12. #12 Zack Simpson - Aberdeen, Washington
13. #81 Lane Zerbin - Victoria, British Columbia
14. # 3 Cory Sweatman - Cosmopolis, Washington
15. #14 Kyler Moore - Seabeck, Washington
16. #47 Austin Kerrigan - Aberdeen, Washington


EDMONTON, AB (June 15) - The start of the Northern Provincial Pipelines Late Model Series 2017 race season remains on hold.  Last month's scheduled season opener at Central Alberta Raceways in Rimbey was cancelled due to a lack of entries.  As the race [May 26/27] was being cancelled, a tentatively planned appearance at Sangudo Speedway on June 24th and 25th was also called off.  Track officials in Sangudo, Alberta were announcing they would be delaying the start of their season to mid-July.  This is only the second time in the 17 year history of the Northern Provincial Pipelines Late Model Series that a single race will not be competed in the months of May and June.  "We've had delays to the start of our seasons before," admits NPP Series announcer Gord Craig, "but it was always weather related and not a combination of a lack of cars or tracks not opening."  Back in 2013 the NPP Series season did not start the season until July 19th thanks to five consecutive rainouts.  "Five rainouts kicked off our season.  I remember this well."  Rainouts in Edmonton, Rimbey and Drumheller moved the 2013 season opener to the Gold Cup weekend in Edmonton.  "We got the first night [of the Gold Cup] completed but then night number two was rained out." 

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For 2017, the Gold Cup at Edmonton's Castrol Raceway on July 21st and 22nd, will be the race that hopefully starts the season for NPP Series competitors.  "This is a significant race for us.  The NPP Late Model has been the support class for this event since 1999.  The NPP Late Model also made its Edmonton debut at this race."  The Gold Cup, first competed in 1954, is Canada's oldest open wheel sprint car race.  NPP Series officials are working behind the scenes trying to secure a decent car count for this race.  "It's crucial we run this event."

2017 -
2016 -
June 10th**
2015 -
May 23rd
2014 -
June 7th**
2013 -
July 19th**
2012 -
May 12th
2011 -
June 4th**
2010 -
May 15th**
2009 -
May 16th**
2008 -
May 17th**
2007 -
May 19th**
2006 -
May 13th**
2005 -
May 7th
2004 -
May 8th
2003 -
May 10th
2002 -
May 11th
- May 19th

**start of race season delayed due to weather

SIDENOTE: Team NPP is back in action this weekend in Elma, Washington.  Victoria, BC's Lane Zerbin is behind the wheel of the Northern Provincial Pipelines/Alien Chassis #81 Modified and is competing in the Washington Modified Tour event at Grays Harbor Raceway on Saturday, June 17th. Racing starts at 7PM (pacific time).

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UPDATE: Race action at Grays Harbor Raceway was rained out on Saturday night.


(June 26) - June has been a tough month for track management at Drayton Valley Speedway.  Two weekends ago massive rains wiped out part of their oval race weekend.  Last week the Brazeau County region was blasted by yet another storm. This was the tipping point of just how much water the facility could take.  "The oval is a bit of mess," admits track president Brandon Murray, "parts of the front straight sank about eighteen inches due to all the rain."  Murray says the work required to bring the oval back to race ready condition will take some time.  "My guess right now is about a hundred hours, who knows, maybe more." 

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Drayton Valley Speedway is hosting a two-day mud bog event this Canada Day long weekend (July 1 & 2).  "This show is not affected,"  says Murray, "it's going to be a good show and a fun weekend here."  The massive amount of rainfall in June has had pumps working overtime at Drayton Valley Speedway.  "Last week the pumps were probably going non-stop.  Ironically we also had to pump water out of the mud pits because they were too full." 

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Unfortunately one scheduled race next month has fallen victim due to the extensive damage on the oval track.  "We were going to have a one-day sprint car race on July 23rd.  Everyone was looking forward to this race.  We've had to cancel. Safety comes first and we can't rush repairs." At this point the July 29th /30th race dates at Drayton Valley Speedway are unaffected by the oval restoration which begins after the long weekend.  "The goal is to be back racing on the oval the end of July." The NPP Late Model Series has scheduled a two-day show at Drayton Valley Speedway on August 26th and 27th.

- remaining 2017 race dates

July 1/2 ------------Mud Bogs
July 23 ------------ Oval Racing
July 29/30 --------- Oval Racing
August 26/27 ------ Oval Racing
September 16/17 ---Oval Racing
September 23/24 --- Demo Derby
October 14/15 ------Oval Racing