DAY ON DISPLAY
WHITECOURT, AB. (May 12) - There was a distinct motorsport flavor at the 31st annual Whitecourt Trade Fair on the weekend.  Inside the busy Scott Safety Centre, Northern Provincial Pipelines Late Model Series competitor Travis Day was promoting his business and his race car team to thousands of Fair attenders.  "It's been a while since I participated in our local trade fair," admits Day, "but we've got some new sponsors on board [our race car] this season and wanted to give them some pre-season exposure."  There were over 100 booths for people to see and explore at the three day trade fair.  Day is the owner of Trappers Auto Parts and Towing in Whitecourt, Alberta. 


TEAM DAY IS EAGER FOR THE 2013 RACE SEASON TO START

"The race car is really a good draw and perfect for promoting our business."  The #10 Chevrolet is sporting new colors for the 2013 season.  "We were going to do a two-toned paint scheme this year but in the end decided to go all red."  The last few seasons Day's race car has been all white.  "Whitecourt Collision is one of our sponsors this year and we let them pick the color.  It looks pretty good, they did an incredible job."  Day says he is ready to go for the 2013 season.  "We've been so busy [at work] the race season has actually kinda snuck up on us.  Getting back to the track is going to be a nice break."  Day plans on making some laps in his race car at the upcoming test 'n' tune at Central Alberta Raceways in Rimbey on May 25th in preparation for the 2013 season opening weekend of the NPP Late Model Series on June 8th and 9th.      

#10 Sponsors
Trappers Auto Parts and Towing
Maxfuel Distristributor
Phil lewis contracting
Whitecourt collision.
G.Mindus and sons.
Summit Trailers.
Safety Boss.
SnapOn Tools - Whitecourt.  
Stone RV

#10 Crew
Brett Wilson
Ryan Richmond
Mike Hindes
Raelene Day
Trinity Hindes

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WHEELER WINS AGAIN
WHITECOURT, AB (May 16) - The 2012 Season Champion of the Northern Provincial Pipelines Late Model Series has received a major North American business award.  Kevin Wheeler, owner of KW Mechanical, was named the 2012 Truck Service Expert of the Year at the annual HDA Truck Pride convention (May 1 - 5) in Orlando, Florida.  "I was in Arizona (in March) visiting mom and dad and I got a phone call saying that my company won this award and that we'll see you in Florida the first week of May."  More than 1,900 rooms were booked for the five-day convention.  "Never been to anything like this before," admits Wheeler,  "I'm just a small town boy from Whitecourt."  KW Mechanical is one of over 700 North American businesses that fly the HDA Truck Pride banner.  HDA Truck Pride is North America's largest independent provider of parts and service.  "To win this award is an absolute honor," says Wheeler, "without my staff, KW Mechanical is nothing.  It's like a pit crew in racing.  Everyone works together to get the job done right." 


WHEELER AT HDA TRUCK PRIDE CONVENTION IN ORLANDO, FLORIDA ON MAY 2ND
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Wheeler says KW Mechanical had a humble beginning.  "I started working on friends vehicles in my acreage garage back in 1998.  I worked evenings and weekends because I already had a full-time job during the day."  Wheeler worked for a safety company that performed maintenance on fire trucks.  The major move, which changed everything, took place in 2001 when Wheeler purchased  a service truck.  "That really got the ball rolling.  Had to quit my regular job and hire a couple staff due to the increase in business.  We've been growing ever since." 


WHEELER RETURNED HOME TO FIND THIS BANNER IN FRONT OF KW MECHANICAL

Wheeler says the 2012 Truck Service Expert of the Year award caught the attention of one of the convention attendees in Florida.  "I picked up a race sponsor because of this.  Prestone Antifreeze will be coming on board as an associate sponsor on my car for the 2013 season."  The defense of Wheeler's NPP Series Championship title begins in June.

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>> NPP SERIES TEST 'N' TUNE CANCELLED <<

Due to the amount of rain that has fallen, Central Alberta Raceway officials have been forced to cancel the 2013 Oval Season Opener scheduled for Sunday, May 26th. Several NPP Series teams were planning on test 'n' tuning their race cars during this event. The NPP Late Model Series 2013 season opening weekend is June 8th (Edmonton) & 9th (Rimbey).

MINI RIMBEY RUMBLES
RIMBEY, AB (May 22) - Central Alberta Raceways hosts their 2013 Oval season opener this Sunday, May 26th.  Along with  race action from the IMCA Modified and Sportsman Sprint Car divisions, a Northern Provincial Pipelines Late Model Series mini test 'n' tune session will also be taking place.  "It's been a brutally long off-season," declares NPP Series announcer Gord Craig, "we haven't had cars on the track since September.  Definitely looking forward to hearing the sounds of race engines again." 


C.A.R. CREW PREPARING OVAL TRACK FOR SEASON OPENING SUNDAY
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The NPP Series test 'n' tune was originally scheduled for Saturday (May 25th) at the Rimbey, Alberta facility but with only a handful of teams expected to participate, track officials decided to incorporate the NPP Series test 'n' tune into their season opener.  "The NPP Series has had a unique relationship with this track for almost a decade now," admits Craig, "we christened the oval racing surface at its first ever event back in 2005.  We were part of the official grand opening ceremonies as well." 


4500+ FOLDBACK SPECTATOR SEATS HAVE BEEN PURCHASED

Due to its focus on race fans and racers, Central Alberta Raceway's has seen tremendous growth the past several seasons.  "I'm glad other racing divisions have taken notice of this track.  Rimbey definitely deserves to be supported."


OVAL TRACK OPENED IN 2005 / DRAG STRIP TO HOST FIRST EVENT IN 2013

2013 C.A.R. SEASON OPENER
Spectator Gates @ 1:00pm
Racing @ 2:00pm

Classes Racing:
Sportsman Sprint Cars
I.M.C.A. Modifieds
Hobby Stock & Mini Stock

Admission:
$10.00 General
$5.00 Youth (age 9 - 12)
FREE Children (age 8 and under)

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GETTING THE WORD OUT
OWEN SOUND, ON. (May 27) - A brand new Canadian motorsports show has been launched on SiriusXM Satellite Radio.  "It's the dawn of a new day for Canadian racing," says Joe Chisholm, owner/host of Race Time Radio, "it's taken 6 years to do it but every Monday night Canadian race fans, race teams, tracks and sanctioning bodies will have a national broadcast stage."  The new two-hour show will air from 7pm to 9pm (Alberta time) on SiriusXM Channel 167 (Canada Talks).


RTR HOST - JOE CHISOLM (photo: Race Time Radio)

"In addition to our weekly two-hour live Monday programs we'll also feature a Saturday and Sunday update preview hour."  The Race Time Radio preview shows will air Saturday's (7am and 6pm) and Sunday's (9am and 5pm) Alberta time on the same channel.  "This program will get you set for the weekends biggest races, featuring driver interviews, news and predictions."  The Northern Provincial Pipelines Late Model Series made its show debut this past weekend and on Monday nights live broadcast. "Race Time Radio and the NPP Late Model Series are in the entertainment business," says NPP Series announcer Gord Craig, "as Western Canada's toughest racing series on the dirt we are proud to partner with Joe and his Race Time Radio show." 

NPP Late Model Series drivers will be making regular appearances on Race Time Radio shows this season.  "This is an incredible platform to be dancing on," says Craig, "it's up to Canadian racing community to get the word out regarding Race Time Radio.  The NPP Late Model Series will be doing our part here in Western Canada."  SiriusXM has more than 24 million subscribers in North America.

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