EDMONTON, AB. (October 9) – The $100,000 Northern Provincial Pipelines Late Model Series visited a record 6 race tracks in 2006. New this season and a first for the ‘tour’ was the official NPP Souvenir program. This 24 page, full color program, was sold at every racetrack the tour visited. Inside the program were articles about the tour, race statistics and many opportunities to win some great prizes. Thousands of race fans entered their names for the NPP Mystery draws. Young race fans entered their names for an opportunity to be named the NPP Jr. Crew Chief. In Edmonton on Friday (October 6th), the grand prize draw for a 3 piece leather couch, loveseat and chair was made at City Furniture (St. Albert Trail/134th Street). The owner of City Furniture and the daughter of NPP Tour announcer Gord Craig made the draw right in the showroom. “It was great being associated with the Late Model tour,” says Brian Saipe, “let’s do this again next year.” One name was drawn from the thousands of entry forms received from race fans who attended a 2006 NPP Late Model Series event. “The grand prize winner of the furniture package,” proudly announced Saipe, “is Wes Oman of Swift Current, Saskatchewan.” The Northern Provincial Pipelines Late Model Series made their inaugural trek to Speedy Creek Raceway in Swift Current, Saskatchewan on August 5th and 6th. When contacted about his City Furniture grand prize victory Wes Oman was thrilled. “Thank you very much City Furniture. I attended both nights of racing (at Speedy Creek)”, says Oman, “you guy’s (NPP Series) put on a great show. I’m already looking forward to next years visit.” Congratulations to all NPP program winners this season. Planning has already begun for 2007 Northern Provincial Pipelines Late Model Series tour.


EDSON, AB (November 7) – Canadian race fans will have an opportunity to cheer for one of their own this Saturday (November 11th). In a sport dominated by American drivers, the NASCAR Busch Series will see St. Thomas Ontario’s DJ (Douglas James) Kennington race for the checkered flag in a Northern Provincial Pipelines Ltd. sponsored Dodge Charger. “We purchased two race cars outright last month and have since bought a third,” says car owner and major sponsor Dwight Kennedy of Edson based NPP, “two of the cars came from Rusty Wallace the other from the Chip Ganassi racing team. We had to pretty them up a bit and then fit DJ into them.” Kennington made his NASCAR Busch Series debut on October 28th in Memphis, Tennessee and finished a respectable 27th out of a 43 car field. “We qualified in the middle of the pack (23rd) and finished near the middle of the pack,” indicates the 29 year old driver, “it was a huge confidence builder for all of us.” Kennington, who just completed his 14th year racing on the Cascar stock car circuit in Canada, started racing go-carts at the age of four. “My goal my whole life has been to race in the States. It was just a matter of a guy like me getting the right breaks at the right time. The phone call from Dwight was one of those huge breaks.” Northern Provincial Pipelines has been involved with racing south of the border on and off over the years. “Last year we dipped our foot in the water by putting our name on a truck in the NASCAR Truck Series,” says Kennedy, “this time we decided to jump in with both feet with a race car (BUSCH Series).” Kennedy is coming off a successful season of his own winning the 2006 NPP Late Model Series and Castrol Raceway track championship in Edmonton. “I race on the dirt. The plan all along was to hire a driver who is familiar with racing on pavement,” indicates Kennedy, “I needed a driver who has a good head on his shoulders, incredible reflexes and is race smart. I’ve watched DJ race several times and anybody I’ve talked with have told me he’s got what it takes.” Kennington will familiarize himself on the one mile paved oval track this Friday afternoon before Saturday’s qualify session. The big race goes Saturday afternoon.

SATURDAY, November 11th


PHOENIX, AZ. (November 16) – A popular CASCAR Stock Car competitor continues to live out his life long dream south of the border. St. Thomas, Ontario’s DJ (Douglas James) Kennington, with major sponsorship from Northern Provincial Pipelines Ltd., of Edson, Alberta, is competing at the final few race events of the 2006 NASCAR Busch Series. Phoenix International Raceway was the latest stop for Kennington on Saturday November 11th. Unfortunately the outcome was not what he was looking for. “We got our butts kicked in qualifying, “says Kennington, “I’m very disappointed.” Kennington qualified near the bottom of the pack and did not make the show. “We were confident going in,” exclaims Kennington, “after making the show in Memphis we knew we had to work hard for the Phoenix race.” It was only the second time Kennington was behind the wheel of the #72 N.P.P. Dodge Charger and the first time ever on a one mile oval track. “I’m very disappointed (for not qualifying) but we just have to keep digging. We just have to get our car better plain and simple.” With only one race to go in the NASCAR Busch Series, Kennington and crews are now heading for Florida. “We had to wait for a call from NASCAR officials to see if they would even let us run on the mile and a half track in Homestead (Florida). Qualifying in Phoenix would have guaranteed us a spot. Believe me we had a few tense days of waiting by the phone.” Adding to the pressure for the N.P.P. race team is that this will also be a night time race under the lights in Florida. “I like the pressure,” says Kennington, “just qualifying for this last race of the year would take a ton of that pressure off.” Kennington will have the opportunity to test ‘n’ tune the #72 N.P.P. Dodge Charger in two – one hour practice sessions Friday before qualifying on Saturday afternoon. The 300 mile race goes Saturday night.

FORD 300 – Saturday, November 18th
Qualifying @ 1:30PM**
Racing @ 5:00PM**

**Alberta time