DISCLAIMER: The Northern Provincial Pipelines did not have an official website prior to the 2007 race season. Most of the archived news items/stories (pre 2007 season) were retrieved from an on-line motorsports forum (seanmoran.net).

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WELCOME TO OUR NEW WEBSITE!
EDMONTON, AB
(May 1) - Welcome to the brand new Northern Provincial Pipelines Late Model Series official website.  “This site will be another way to get out the information regarding Canada’s richest touring series on dirt,” says N.P.P tour announcer Gord Craig, “Race fans and of course N.P.P. race teams are now just a few clicks away from race results, point standings and the latest news from the series.”  Throughout the season, the N.P.P. website will feature post race event recaps, special stories and exclusive behind the scenes information.  Enjoy the website, keep in touch and most of all thanks for supporting the Northern Provincial Pipelines Late Model Series in 2007.  

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CASTROL RACEWAY CANCELS FIRST RACE OF THE SEASON
EDMONTON, AB
(May 5) - The 2007 season opener of the Northern Provincial Pipelines Late Model Series has been cancelled due to weather.  Although the sun shone for most of the day Saturday, heavy rain on Thursday and Friday partially flooded the oval track at Edmonton’s Castrol Raceway.  Officials at the track had no other option but to cancel the May 5th race event.  “This is the 3rd time in the past 4 seasons the first race of the year has been affected by the weather in Edmonton,” indicates NPP tour announcer Gord Craig, “I remember a few years ago we actually had snow start to fall halfway through a race.”  The next scheduled event for the NPP Series is on the May long weekend at Drumheller’s new Hidden Valley Motorsports Park.  “This race event will be the season opener now,” adds Craig, “this will also be the first back to back race weekend of the season for Series teams.  The pressure will definitely be on.  No one in the Series has ever raced at Drumheller before.  Whoever adapts to this new track the quickest and stays out of trouble will be the early season point’s leader.”

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NPP LATE MODEL SERIES HEADS TO DINOSAUR COUNTRY
EDMONTON, AB (May 17) This long holiday weekend, race fans in Southern Alberta will get the first opportunity to look at brand new race cars, shiny new paint jobs, plus be able to meet the rookie and veteran drivers of the $100,000 Northern Provincial Pipelines Late Model Series.  “For the second year in a row the NPP Series new season starts on the road,” indicates NPP Series announcer Gord Craig, “we got rained out in Edmonton at the beginning of the month (May 5th) so the next scheduled event became our season opener.”  Saturday and Sunday, May 19th and 20th is the inaugural visit of the NPP Series to Hidden Valley Motorsports Park at Drumheller, Alberta.  “No one in the series has ever raced at this track before,” says Craig, “to make matters even more interesting, it’s also the first back to back race weekend of the season.”  One driver who’s not intimidated by the new track is defending season champion Dwight Kennedy.  “We’re about as ready as anyone right now,” says the Edson, Alberta driver, “I hope to have this Dodge up at the front both nights.”  Kennedy confidence comes from the fact that he has a winning streak at new tracks that dates back two seasons now.  Kennedy won the inaugural NPP Series race in Rimbey in 2005.  He also took the checkered flag at the inaugural race in Lethbridge last season.  “There is a little bit of pressure on me heading into the race,” adds Kennedy, “I just want to carry the momentum from last season to this year.  I have to cause’ there are plenty of drivers who will be coming after me.”  One of those drivers will be Mike Tom (#55).  “After last seasons catastrophe let’s get this season going, I’m ready!”  Tom had one of his worst seasons ever in his 10 years of Oval racing.  “Mechanical woes, a written off race car, handling problems knocking us out of races, you name it, chances are it happened to us last year.  Last season was the worst ever but you can learn from that.  I’m planning on making 2007 the best.” 

HIDDEN VALLEY MOTORSPORTS PARK – Drumheller, Alberta
SATURDAY – May 19th  
SUNDAY – May 20th

Gates open @ 5:00PM
RACING @ 6:00PM     

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BC DRIVER WINS OPENER - DEFENDING CHAMP DQ'D
DRUMHELLER, AB (May 20) - The Northern Provincial Pipelines Ltd. Late Model Series began its 7th season of action on the weekend with its first ever visit to Hidden Valley Motorsports Park. Twenty one race teams including a record 6 rookie drivers made the trek to Southern Alberta. Heat race action saw 6 different drivers picking up wins. The story of the night was the Feature event. Since it was the first event of the season and a brand new race track, one would have expected a carnage filled race on the tight 1/4 mile track. Only 3 yellows were thrown in total. Kevin Clark (#5), last season's NPP rookie of the year, jumped out into an early race lead, challenged every lap by Campbell River BC’s Jason Beaulieu (#46). On lap 12, Beaulieu and Clark 'exchanged' some paint down the back straight. The Altario, Alberta driver spun and had to go to the back of the pack. "Not intentional at all," explains Beaulieu, "I'm not traveling all the way from BC (Campbell River) to take anyone out. I don't drive that way." Beaulieu was the eventual feature winner leaving Clark fuming in the pits after the race. "A black flag should have been flown there absolutely," says a frustrated Clark who managed to salvage a 13th place finish. Defending NPP season champion Dwight Kennedy from Edson Alberta and newcomer to the series Kevin Wheeler out of Whitecourt provided an incredible run to the checkered flag. Kennedy, who was running 3rd on the last lap, ended up driving onto the infield over a burm and was launched into the side of Wheeler who had just entered the final corner.  Wheeler who was running 2nd struck two lapped cars which then collected Mike Tom who was running 4th.  Both Kennedy and Wheeler continued towards the finish line. "We had a pretty good battle going there right to the finish line," laughs Wheeler, "it capped off what was an incredible first race of the season for me." Both Wheeler and Kennedy spun across the finish line. Kennedy at first was handed the second place finish with Wheeler finishing third. After a lengthy video review, Kennedy was later disqualified for an illegal infield pass handing Wheeler second place. "I was just trying to stay out of trouble going down the back. Cars were four wide." indicates Kennedy, "I guess race officials saw otherwise." For Tom the season opener ended on a frustrating note. "The car was there for every race. We had a heat race win and a third. We probably could have grabbed third in the feature to." Tom ended up 16th. "We'll head to Rimbey now. I think we can carry some of the momentum we started here." Saturday nights ending had race fans in Drumheller wanting more. Unfortunately for the fans and drivers, Sunday night’s race in Drumheller was washed out due to rain.

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NPP SERIES HEADS TO CENTRAL ALBERTA
EDMONTON, AB (May 23) The next stop of the $100,000 Northern Provincial Pipelines Ltd. Late Model Series is this Saturday night at Central Alberta Raceways in Rimbey, Alberta.  “This is only the 3rd time we’ve run at this facility,” indicates NPP tour announcer Gord Craig, “we were the first major touring class to race at this new track when it opened back in 2005.  Now we have two scheduled stops in Rimbey in 2007 with the first event taking place this weekend.”  After being disqualified from the Feature event in Drumheller last weekend (May 19th) defending season champion Dwight Kennedy is looking forward to racing at a track which has been very kind to him the last two seasons.  “We’ve done okay there,” says the Edson, Alberta driver, “I don’t think we have ever finished out of the top five in any race we’re run in Rimbey.”  In fact, Kennedy won the inaugural race in Rimbey in 2005. Last season he placed third in the Feature and has never finished worse than third in a Heat race.  “I’m still not happy with last weekend’s disqualification in Drumheller.  That’s put us back in the standings but it’s a long season.  We’ll just have to win it this Saturday and get back in the top ten in points.”  Two drivers who are looking forward to this weekend’s race in Rimbey are Mike Tom and Bruce Broughton.  “I was very happy with the way the car ran in Drumheller,” says Tom who had a first and third in heat race action.  The Stony Plain Alberta driver was heading for a top 5 finish in the Feature until getting tangled up in the final lap of the race.  “Rimbey will be a good test for us considering how we did here last year.”  Bruce Broughton had a heat race win in Drumheller too but spun midway through the Feature and had to settle for 11th.  “A top 10 in the Feature would have been nice,” indicates the Spruce Grove driver, “we’ll just have to aim for the checkered flag a few more times in Rimbey on Saturday.”  Both Tom and Broughton agree on one thing when it comes to racing in Rimbey.  “Finish the race!”  The track has not been kind to them in years past.  Last year race officials told Tom and Broughton to retire early from the Feature due to four separate spins which brought out the yellow flag.  Campbell River BC’s Jason Beaulieu, Whitecourt’ Kevin Wheeler and Sidney BC’s Darrel Midgley hold down the top three positions in the point standings heading into the second race of the NPP Late Model Series 2007 schedule.

CENTRAL ALBERTA RACEWAYS
Rimbey, Alberta
Saturday, May 26th
Gates open @ 2:00PM
Racing @ 4:00PM

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SNOWSTORM CANCELS NPP RACE
RIMBEY, AB (May 24) - The May 26th  NPP Late Model Series race event at Central Alberta Raceways in Rimbey, Alberta has been cancelled. Close to 10 inches of snow is on the ground (as of 2:00PM Thursday) due to a rare spring snowstorm that is currently blasting central and southern Alberta.   The snow, which is expected to melt on Friday as temperature hit double digits (again), will make for unacceptable track and pit conditions on Saturday.

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LEPAGE FILLS IN FOR KENNINGTON IN NORTH CAROLINA
CHARLOTTE, NC (May 24) - One of the few drivers in NASCAR that calls the New England states home will be driving one of the few BUSCH Series cars fielded from Canada. Veteran NASCAR competitor Kevin Lepage (Shelburn, Vermont) will be the relief driver for DJ Kennington (London, Ontario) this weekend at Lowes Motor Speedway in North Carolina. Lepage will be driving the Northern Provincial Pipelines/Vector Securities sponsored #72 Dodge based out of Edson, Alberta. "Kevin gave me a call a few weeks back when he heard we were needing a driver," says car owner Dwight Kennedy, "its a pretty hands free deal for me. He has his own crew to work on the car. They have a lot of experience at the track in Charlotte. In practice Thursday he was already running in the top half of the field. It will be interesting to see how he does during qualifying on Saturday." Lepage has raced in all of NASCAR's classes including the Truck and Busch Series. One of the many highlights of Lepages career came in 2005 when he placed 9th at the Daytona 500.

CARQUEST AUTO PARTS 300
Lowes Motor Speedway
Charlotte, North Carolina
Saturday, May 26th
Qualifying at 2:00PM
Racing at 5:30PM

FYI: DJ Kennington is racing in the season opener of the new NASCAR Canadian Tire Series at Cayuga Motorsports Park on Saturday. The race near Hamilton, Ontario is the first of 12 events for the inagural Canadian series. Two events are scheduled for Western Canada this summer. (Vernon, BC/July 15th and Edmonton/July 21st)

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BRITISH COLUMBIA DRIVERS LEADING ALBERTA BASED SERIES
EDMONTON, AB (May 29) The $100,000 Northern Provincial Pipelines Late Model Series touches down at Edmonton’s Castrol Raceway this Saturday night. “It’s been close to 7 months since our last stop there (September 9th),” indicates NPP tour announcer Gord Craig, “after last month’s rain out, drivers have been itching to finally go racing on their home track.”  For two competitors, calling Edmonton’s Castrol Raceway the ‘home track’ is a little bit misleading considering home for them is on Vancouver Island.  Jason Beaulieu (Campbell River, BC) and Darrel Midgley (Sidney, BC) are sitting first and third in points heading into this weekends event.  For only the second time in the 7 year history of the N.P.P. Series, a driver out of British Columbia is leading the point’s chase.  “It’s still very early in the season,” says Beaulieu who drives the All Weather Windows sponsored #46 Dodge, “the only way to go now is down and I don’t want to do that.  Just keep this car up at the front and race clean.  There is really nothing more a guy can do.”  Beaulieu, who won the inaugural event in Drumheller, Alberta, two weekends ago, intends to run the full NPP season in 2007.  The past three seasons he has only been able to compete in about 4 - 6 race events a year.  “It’s a great bunch of guys and a fun class to be a part of.”  On weekends away from the NPP Series, Beaulieu also races an open wheel dirt modified in Washington State.  BC’s Darrell Midgley is sitting in a familiar position in the point standings. He’s currently third.  “It’s been one of my better season starts ever,” says Midgley who had a second (heat race) and a third (Feature) in Drumheller.  Midgley has finished third in the NPP point standings twice (2004 & 2006)  “It was a battle just getting into the top three those times,” says Midgley, “this year I hope to try and run a near perfect season. Be consistent, win a few and you just never know.”  A competitor from British Columbia has never won the NPP Series championship in its 7 years existence.  Hoping that streak continues is Whitecourt Alberta’s Kevin Wheeler who enters this weekend’s race in second.  “Looking at the more experienced drivers around me in the standings I’m pretty happy.  I know I’m lucky to be where I am but that’s part of racing.”  Wheeler ended up in two final lap incidents in Drumheller which included spinning across the finish line with defending Series champion Dwight Kennedy.  “That was quite the battle Dwight and I had.”  Kennedy ended up being disqualified for an illegal pass moments before the finish line dramatics.  The disqualification handed the second place finish to Wheeler plus second in the standings.  “Were ready to go this weekend,” says Wheeler in the Trapper Auto Parts #3, “the momentum is there it’s up to me to keep it going.” The race in Edmonton is the second NPP Series race of the season. 

NPP LATE MODEL SERIES (Race #2)
CASTROL RACEWAY - Edmonton, Alberta
Saturday, June 2nd
Gates open at 4PM
Racing at 6PM

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