SPONSOR ANNOUNCMENT
EDMONTON, AB. (May 9) - The Northern Provincial Pipelines Late Model Series is pleased to announce that Integra Tire Auto Centre has signed on as a major sponsor.  "This is a perfect fit for both organizations," says NPP Series announcer Gord Craig, "we are a traveling racing Series and all of the tracks we will visit this year have an Integra Tire store close by."  There are currently 64 Integra Tire Auto Centre locations in British Columbia, Alberta and Saskatchewan.


EDSON, ALBERTA IS HOME TO WESTERN CANADA'S NEWEST INTEGRA TIRE STORE

As a major sponsor of the NPP Late Model Series, Integra Tire Auto Centre will have a named race car.  The Integra Tire Auto Center #14 Dodge will be driven by the 2009 NPP Series Champion Darrell Midgley (except season opener).

 

Integra Tire Auto Centre logos will also appear on the Official Pace Car of the NPP Series.  Race car and pace car appearances will also be taking place at select Integra Tire store locations this summer. The 2012 Season Opener of the Northern Provincial Pipelines Late Model Series is this Saturday May 12th at Edmonton's Castrol Raceway.

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SPONSOR ANNOUNCMENT
EDMONTON, AB. (May 10) - The Northern Provincial Pipelines Late Model Series is pleased to announce that All Weather Windows returns as a major sponsor for 2012.  Henry Banman, Sr. Vice President of All Weather Windows is looking forward to the upcoming race season.  “It is good to be back at the track with our name on the #35 car along with Habitat for Humanity Canada.  Together we strive to win. The driver and crew race for the championship, one race at a time. All Weather relentlessly pursues customer satisfaction, one customer at a time.  Habitat works with families to move them into decent homes, one family at a time.”  All Weather Windows has been a major partner with Habitat for Humanity Canada since 2001.

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Andrew Thornicroft, National Manager of Corporate Partnerships with Habitat for Humanity Canada, is intrigued with the idea of being involved with a race team this summer.  "All Weather Windows has come up with some pretty original programs to help us in our mission to provide affordable housing.  It’s another innovative way they’re helping spread the word about Habitat."  Thornicroft indicates that the NPP Late Model Series races in areas where Habitat for Humanity is hard at work.  "Half of the Habitat homes built in Canada last year were constructed within British Columbia, Saskatchewan and Alberta. There’s great support for our work throughout these provinces, but with almost 400,000 families there living in core housing need, there’s still much work to be done. Being able to spread the word farther and engage even more people and organizations in the work of Habitat is the only way we’ll be able to do this, so the added exposure is very important for us."


BORYSKO EXCITED FOR 2012 NPP RACE SEASON WITH NEW SPONSOR

Darin Borysko will be driving the All Weather Windows/Habitat for Humanity Canada #35 Dodge this season.  Borysko is involved in a Habitat for Humanity project in his home town of Edson, Alberta.  "This is the largest Habitat for Humanity project in Canada outside of a major city."  The project had its official groundbreaking on September 10th, 2010 with 15 homes planned.  "Everything is done with volunteer labor," says Borysko, "I know there are several drivers and crew members that are pretty handy with a hammer and saw.  There will be a little bit of arm twisting this year to get them out to help [at the construction site]."  Borysko realizes he's in a unique position this season.  "Having seen what they do first hand, and being able to take part in a home build, it truly is an honor that I will be representing both Habitat for Humanity Canada and All Weather Windows on the track this season."  Borysko finished third in the NPP Series Championship points chase last season.  The 2012 season opener of the Northern Provincial Pipelines Late Model Series is Saturday, May 12th at Edmonton's Castrol Raceway.


About Habitat for Humanity Canada
Founded in 1985, Habitat for Humanity Canada is a national, non-profit organization working towards a world where everyone has a safe and decent place to live. With the help of over 50,000 volunteers every year and 69 affiliate organizations from coast to coast, their mission is to mobilize volunteers and community partners in building affordable housing and promoting homeownership as a means to break the cycle of poverty in Canada and around the world.


For more information, please visit www.habitat.ca.

About All Weather Windows
Since 1978, All Weather Windows has proudly designed and manufactured innovative, award-winning products that are all Canadian made for all Canadian Weather.  In 2011, All Weather Windows Corporate was named the ENERGY STAR Manufacturer of the Year for the second year in a row.  All Weather Windows is also on the distinctive Canada's 50 Best Managed Companies list.

For more information:  www.allweatherwindows.com/

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NEW SEASONS GREETINGS
EDMONTON, AB. (May 11) - The Northern Provincial Pipelines Late Model Series begins its 12th consecutive season of race action Saturday night.  For the second year in a row, motorsport fans in Edmonton will get to witness a NPP Series season opener.  Mike Tom, the 2011 Season Champion says he's ready to defend his title.  "There is some pressure to repeat [championship]. I know it won't be easy."  The last time a driver won back to back NPP Series Championships was 2004, 2005.  "Our focus is pretty intense right now.  We are looking at what can we do to make our car better."  Tom, who won the 2011 season opener, set an NPP Series record winning five consecutive NPP Feature events in his Enerbuilt Technologies #55 Chevrolet.  The Stony Plain, Alberta driver finished 2nd in the NPP Series Championship Points Chase in 2010 and 2005.  He finished 3rd in points in 2008.


TOM AND WHEELER BATTLE IN EDMONTON

Coming off his best ever season in a NPP Late Model [2nd place] Kevin Wheeler has admitted that he's flashed back several times to the 2011 Season Championship weekend at Bridge County Raceway last September.  "It's been a long off-season," says the driver of the KW Mechanical #3 Dodge, "I often think of the points that we left on the table in Lethbridge."  Wheeler had built up a commanding lead in the Saturday night Feature but his motor expired with five laps remaining.  "We didn't give up," exclaims the Whitecourt, Alberta driver, "using a borrowed motor we finished second Sunday night.  I still think we could have caught Mike [in the standings] if we won the Saturday Feature instead of blowing up."  Wheeler finished 51 points behind Tom in the NPP Championship point standings in 2011. "We need to start the season off with a win."


BORYSKO SPORTS NEW SPONSORS IN 2012

Darin Borysko debuts the new All Weather Windows / Habitat for Humanity Canada #35 Dodge Saturday night.  "Most of my crew is returning this year so that is one less thing to worry about this season."  Borysko finished third in the NPP Series Championship points chase last season. "With the new sponsors on board I think there will be a little bit of added pressure with more eyes on the car this year." The Northern Provincial Pipelines Late Model Series race four times in Edmonton this season.

NOTE: Two drivers make their NPP Series debut Saturday night.  Sherwood Park's Adam Dowler (Whitemud Mechanical #53 Dodge) and Leduc Alberta's Mike Dunn (Enerbuilt Technologies #22 Chevrolet).  Both Dowler and Dunn are vying for 2012 Rookie of the Year honors. Campbell River, British Columbia's Chris Beaulieu will be filling in for his father (Jason) Saturday night in the #90 Dodge. Beaulieu won the final race of the 2011 season.

NPP SEASON OPENER: Winners
2011    Mike Tom (Edmonton)
2010    Bruce Broughton (Edmonton)
2009    Darrell Midgley (Lethbridge)
2008    Dwight Kennedy (Okotoks)
2007    Jason Beaulieu (Drumheller)
2006    Trevor Emond (Rimbey)
2005    Jason Beaulieu** (Edmonton)
2004    Trevor Emond (Edmonton)
2003    Feature cancelled – snow
2002    Larry Simpson (Edmonton)
2001    Dwight Kennedy (Edmonton)
**race completed in June after May Feature in Edmonton was rained out


NPP LATE MODEL SERIES
2012 SEASON OPENER

Gates at 4:00pm
Racing starts at 6:00PM

Castrol Raceway Spectator Admission:
General: $20.00
Youth (6 - 15): $10.00
Children 5 and under: Free

Also racing Saturday night:
'360' Sprint Cars / Sportsman Sprint Cars / NT Dirt Late Models / 4 cylinder Hornets

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BEAULIEU GRABS WIN & POINT LEAD
EDMONTON, AB. (May 13) - Chris Beaulieu, son of 2007 NPP Late Model Series Champion Jason Beaulieu had a perfect night at the 2012 Season Opener of the Northern Provincial Pipelines Late Model Series.  After winning his Qualifying Heat, Beaulieu overcame tricky track conditions at Castrol Raceway Saturday night and drove the Team Beaulieu #90 Dodge to victory.  "This was my first real race of the year," exclaims Beaulieu, "to get the win feels pretty good right now."  This is the second consecutive NPP Series Feature event win for Beaulieu. 


CHRIS BEAULIEU WON HIS QUALIFYING HEAT AND THE FEATURE
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The Campbell River, British Columbia driver went to victory lane in Lethbridge at the final NPP Series race event of the 2011 season.  "I know my dad [Jason] will be behind the wheel of this car more than me this season but right now I don't think I want to let him drive it.  This was fun tonight."  Saturday nights Feature event had three different race leaders.  Pole sitter and two-time NPP Series Champion Dwight Kennedy finished fifth in the Integra Tire #81 Dodge.  "The car just wasn't there tonight," says Kennedy, "but at least we finished and brought it home in one piece.  We'll get them next time." 


KENNEDY LEADS WHEELER & BORYSKO EARLY IN SATURDAY NIGHTS FEATURE
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NPP Series drivers, teams and race fans endured several delays Saturday night as Castrol Raceway track officials were forced to water the 3/8mile clay oval track to keep the dust down.  The dry slick conditions did play into the hands of Whitecourt, Alberta's Kevin Wheeler.  "It was a tricky track tonight for sure," says the driver of the KW Mechanical #3 Dodge, "I like running low on the track when the track goes dry slick but the car just wouldn't let me tonight."  Wheeler grabbed the race lead from pole sitter Kennedy with 8 laps to go.  "I was trying to hold onto the lead and I know I left the low side open just enough for whoever was behind me."  Wheeler lost the lead to Beaulieu with three laps remaining.  Ironically Wheeler finished second to Beaulieu at the final race of the 2011 NPP season in Lethbridge.  "We are going to get that win sooner or later."  Finishing third in the Saturday night Feature in Edmonton was defending NPP Series champion Mike Tom.  "This series is just so competitive," exclaims the Stony Plain Alberta driver, "six cars could have won tonight."  Tom indicates that track conditions were challenging.  "The track was changing lap by lap it seemed.  One small error going into the corners would put you in no man's land real quick and you'd lose a position or two or worse." 


DEFENDING NPP CHAMPION TOM HOLDS OFF 2010 NPP CHAMPION BROUGHTON
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Tom would take advantage of a late race spin by Edson, Alberta's Darin Borysko to finish third in his Enerbuilt Technologies/Jazzy Oilfield #55 Chevrolet.  Borysko, who won Qualifying Heat race #2 in the All Weather Windows/Habitat for Humanity #35 Dodge, spun while challenging Wheeler for second with three laps to go and would end up finishing 8th. Spruce Grove, Alberta's Bruce Broughton, the 2010 NPP Late Model Series Champion had a very strong night and finished the feature in 4th.

Next scheduled event for the Northern Provincial Pipelines Late Model Series is Friday and Saturday night June 8th and 9th.  It is a rare two night show at Central Alberta Raceway's in Rimbey, Alberta.  Joining the NPP Late Model Series in Rimbey is the IMCA Modified division.

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MISSION TO MERRITT
MERRITT, BC. (May 21) - The Northern Provincial Pipelines Late Model Series makes its British Columbia debut this summer at Merritt Speedway on August 4th and 5th.  On Saturday, May 19th, NPP Series officials were special guests at the track's 2012 season opener.  "We wanted to see the facility in person under race conditions," says NPP Series announcer Gord Craig, "it was a real good show for their first race event of the season." 


HOBBY STOCK HEAT RACE AT MERRITT SPEEDWAY

Craig notes the Merritt Speedway water truck made a couple of appearances Saturday afternoon to keep moisture in the track.  "I thought track conditions were exceptional, even though the race was run during the heat of the day.  The clay racing surface was very smooth.  NPP Series drivers will be very happy with the racing surface here." 


MERRITT SPEEDWAY FEATURE WINNERS:
HORNET - #22 Henry Grizell; Calgary, Alberta
----------------------------STREET STOCK - #28 Murray Jones; Langley, British Columbia
----------- ---V8 BOMBER - #53 Al MacKay; Merritt, British Columbia

This is Merritt Speedway's 21st season of operation.  "There were no delays to start the show either," adds Craig, "the race was advertised as a 2:00pm start.  Race fans and race teams got a 2:00pm start."  Craig says the August long weekend race is a can't miss event.  "The Series debut is going to be huge for stock car race fans in southern British Columbia and of course for Merritt Speedway and the City of Merritt.  It's going to be a history making event for our Series too."  This will be the first time a NPP Series Championship points event has been held in the province of British Columbia.  "Bringing big league racing to smaller race facilities is just part of what the NPP Series is about.  We want this event to be fun and successful for everyone involved." 


MERRITT SPEEDWAY HOBBY STOCK FEATURE WINNER
#44 Grant Powers; Prince George, British Columbia

The media/public relations director of Merritt Speedway says the track is already counting down to the NPP Late Model Series inaugural visit on August 4th and 5th. "This race event will allow us to showcase our track," says Lonnie Boszko, "we do have invitational events here that attracts drivers from different racing series.  To have the NPP Series compete here [at Merritt Speedway] brings us to a new level."     


www.merrittspeedway.ca (NOTE: track website still under construction)

Next race for the Northern Provincial Pipelines Late Model Series:
CENTRAL ALBERTA RACEWAYS
Rimbey, Alberta
Friday, June 8th @ 7:00pm
Saturday, June 9th @ 5:00pm

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HEAD TO RIMBEY
RIMBEY, AB. (May 27) - Northern Provincial Pipelines Late Model Series Rookie of the Year contender Pete Head was all smiles after a successful test 'n' tune session at Central Alberta Raceways on Saturday.  "I needed this big time," says the Whitecourt, Alberta driver, "this was some much needed time on the track."  Head suffered catastrophic engine failure at the Castrol Raceway test 'n' tune back on May 5th. "I think I got in only two laps [in Edmonton] and that was it."  Head missed the 2012 NPP Season Opener [May 12th].  "I'm definitely looking forward to finally getting my season going."  The former resident of Bishops Falls, Newfoundland had three on-track test sessions with his Westpoint Energy Servces #48 Chevrolet in Rimbey, Alberta.  "I was a little surprised at the banking.  It's a bit of a tricky track but we did a few changes and managed to put in some pretty good laps towards the end." 


SUCCESSFUL WEEKEND TEST IN RIMBEY FOR THE HEAD FAMILY RACING TEAM

There was a bit of a scare during Heads opening test session on the 3/8 mile Oval track at Central Alberta Raceways. "We started out strong then the engine started acting up after about 6 laps.  I thought 'here we go again'."  Head would pull into the pits and find that a spark plug wire had come off.  "A person could get a little gun shy about using the gas pedal if stuff keeps breaking."  Heads on-track test 'n' tune sessions were held during the 2012 Season Opener on the Oval at Central Alberta Raceways. 


QUAD RACING AND MINI STOCKS AT C.A.R.'s 2012 SEASON OPENER


HOBBY STOCK SEASON OPENING FEATURE AT C.A.R.

"This is a pretty nice facility," says Head, "looking forward to returning."  Head and his team won't have long to wait as race #2 and #3 of the 2012 NPP Late Model Series Season is Friday and Saturday June 8th and 9th in Rimbey, Alberta.

The NPP Late Model Series congratulates the 2012 Season Opener Feature winners at Central Alberta Raceways.
HOBBY STOCK - #30 Terry Barr; Rimbey, Alberta
MINI STOCK - #17 Shawn Bugula; Rimbey, Alberta
QUAD - #78 Mike Bakken; Red Deer, Alberta

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