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GREEN FLAG, GREEN FLAG
EDMONTON, AB. (May 15) – The countdown continues towards the 2011 season opener of the Northern Provincial Pipelines Late Model Series at Bridge County Raceway in Lethbridge, Alberta. “I cannot remember a more anticipated season opener than this one,” says NPP Series announcer Gord Craig, “race fans in Lethbridge are in for one incredible race weekend.” This is the second time in the last three years that Bridge County Raceway has been the host track for a NPP season opener on the May long weekend. At the 2009 season opener, British Columbia’s Darrell Midgley and Jason Beaulieu won the Saturday and Sunday night Feature events. 

MIDGLEY AND BEAULIEU LOOK TO CONTINUE HOT STREAKS IN LETHBRIDGE

Midgley, the 2009 NPP Series Champion says a bad night at the track is not an option. “All drivers want to start the season with a victory. It’s a momentum builder that’s for sure. Hopefully we can get the #14 Dodge to victory lane.” Meanwhile Beaulieu, the 2007 NPP Series Champion has history on his side heading into the long weekend event in Southern Alberta. “Lethbridge has been a pretty good track for us to race at,” says the Campbell River, British Columbia driver, “it’s a big, fast, fun race track. I know there are going to be a few guys gunning for me because of my past successes.” Jason Beaulieu has won five out of the nine NPP Series Feature events competed at Bridge County Raceway dating back to the 2006 season. 


BRIDGE COUNTY RACEWAY - Lethbridge, Alberta
Saturday/Sunday, May 21st/22nd
>Spectator Gates: 5:00PM
>Racing Starts:7:00pm
Also racing: IMCA Modifieds and IMCA Stocks

PAST LETHBRIDGE FEATURE WINNERS
June 27th, 2009 - Jason Beaulieu, Campbell River, BC
May 17th, 2009 - Jason Beaulieu, Campbell River, BC
May 16th, 2009 - Darrell Midgley; Sidney, BC
July 19th, 2008 - Jason Beaulieu, Campbell River, BC
May 31st, 2008 - Jason Beaulieu; Campbell River, BC
September 2nd, 2007 - Kevin Wheeler, Whitecourt, Alberta
September 1st, 2007 - Dwight Kennedy, Edson, Alberta
July 21st, 2007 - Jason Beaulieu; Campbell River, BC 
June 3rd, 2006 - Dwight Kennedy, Edson, Alberta 

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IT FIGURES!
LETHBRIDGE, AB. (May 20) – One of the most anticipated season openers in 10 years has been cancelled due to weather.  “We got a lot of rain the past 24 hours, “says James Hadnagy, owner of Bridge County Raceway on Friday morning, “unfortunately the forecast looks scary for the rest of the weekend.”  Race teams of the Northern Provincial Pipelines Late Model Series were looking forward to kicking off its 10th anniversary season in Southern Alberta on Saturday and Sunday night.  “It’s too bad we had to do this (cancel races),” indicates Hadnagy, “but considering how far everyone has to travel, we feel it is in the best interest of everyone.”  At this point there is no word on rescheduling the double header race weekend to a later date.  NPP Series drivers are obviously disappointed with losing this weekend’s season opener. 


KENNEDY HAS TWO FEATURE WINS ON THE BIG OVAL IN LETHBRIDGE

“It figures,” sighs two-time NPP Series Champion Dwight Kennedy, “I was looking forward to getting back on the track again.  What can you do?”  Kennedy won the inaugural NPP Series event at Bridge County Raceway back in 2006.  The driver of the #81 Lucas Oil Dodge is one of NPP Series four drivers that have won a Feature in Lethbridge.  Jason Beaulieu (Campbell River, BC), Darrell Midgley (Sidney, BC) and Kevin Wheeler (Whitecourt, Alberta) have also gone to victory lane. 


BCR STATS: JASON BEAULIEU 5 WINS // DARRELL MIDGLEY 1 WIN

All four drivers had planned on competing in Southern Alberta this long holiday weekend.  “It would have been a long drive just to watch the rain fall,” laughs Wheeler, “I can do that at home.”  Wheeler, who won a Lethbridge Feature back in 2007, was confident heading into this weekend’s event. 


WHEELER WAS HOPING FOR A RETURN TRIP TO VICTORY LANE IN LETHBRIDGE

“We were so close to grabbing a Feature win last season,” indicates the driver of the # 3 KW Mechanical Dodge,  “however in this class, close enough, just doesn’t quite cut it.  Getting a win in this class is very, very tough.”  Wheeler had three consecutive second-place finishes in the last three races of 2010 and finished third overall in the NPP Series Championship point chase.  

Next race for the NPP Late Model Series is Edmonton’s Castrol Raceway on Saturday, June 4th. 

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SMOKE EM’
DEVON, AB (May 27) – A record crowd was on hand for the 7th annual Show ‘n’ Shine and Burnout Competition at the River of Hope Church in Devon, Alberta Friday night.  “The bleachers were full about a half hour before the event even started,” says NPP Series announcer Gord Craig who was guest MC, “it was standing room only in the end.”  A crowd of just over 1,000 took in this year’s burnout competition.  “It took about an hour and a half to get through this years field of burnout competitors.  There certainly was a lot of rubber burned tonight.” 

This is the 5th consecutive year that the Northern Provincial Pipelines Late Model Series has been involved in the kick-off event to the annual Devon Days weekend festival.  “It’s the most talked about event leading up to Devon Days,” adds Craig, “it’s pretty hard to ignore.”  The event was not just about tire smoke. 

Prior to the burnout competition more than four dozen hot rods, classic cars, trucks and motorcycles were judged in the Show ‘n’ Shine.  The Northern Provincial Pipelines Late Model Series is proud to be involved in community events. 

>> Next scheduled race action for the NPP Late Model Series is Saturday, June 4th at Edmonton’s Castrol Raceway. 

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