EDMONTON, AB (October 1)
– Northern Provincial Pipelines Late Model Series competitor Darrell Midgley will be proudly waving the Canadian flag south of the border this weekend.  Friday, Saturday and Sunday, Midgley will be competing in the US ARMY 150 in his Northern Provincial Pipelines sponsored Super Late Model pavement car at Shasta Raceway Park in Anderson, California.  “This is the 20th consecutive year I’ve run this race,” says the Sidney, BC driver, “Dwight Kennedy (NPP) has been just awesome over the years in helping us get to this big race event.”  More than 40 teams will try to crack the 24 car starting grid.  “It’s going to be tough,” adds Midgley, “I need to qualify well and run strong in the heats Saturday night. I’m pretty confident I’ll be able to make the big show on Sunday.”  Midgley drove his NPP sponsored Dodge to a 7th place finish last year.  Midgley won this event in 2001.  “There aren’t too many Dodge’s running this weekend and right now I’m the only Canadian entered.”  The US Army 150 is the biggest, richest Super Late Model event on the west coast with $25,000 in prize money on the line. 


>FRIDAY, October 3rd

>SATURDAY, October 4th
OPEN PRACTICE: 12:30 – 3:30pm
HEAT RACES: 7:00pm

>SUNDAY, October 5th
150 LAP FEATURE (24 cars start): NOON


(October 6) Sidney, British Columbia’s Darrell Midgley drove his Northern Provincial Pipelines Ltd. sponsored #81 Dodge to a 5th place finish at the US ARMY 150 event at Shasta Raceway in northern California Sunday.  This was the 20th consecutive year Midgley has run at one of the richest short track pavement races on the west coast of North America.  “It was nice to improve on our finish from last year.” says Midgley who finished 7th in 2007 (Midgley won this race in 2001) “we got rained out on Friday so we had very limited practice time.  We maybe had 20 minutes on the track Saturday before qualifying.” 

Midgley raced on the California asphalt in the #81 NPP Dodge this past weekend

Midgley, the lone Canadian in the field, started Sunday’s 150 lap race in the number 12 spot.  “We were real competitive all weekend,” adds Midgley, “temperatures turned hot and that made the track a little greasy in spots but we fought our way to the front.  Then it was nose to tail for the last bit of the race.”  California’s Steve Gannon was the race winner on his home track.  Darrel Midgley is a veteran competitor in the Northern Provincial Pipelines Late Model Series.  He finished 7th in the NPP Series point standings in 2008.


(October 9) Two Castrol Raceway competitors are hitting the books at a northern California race track this weekend.  Edson, Alberta’s Crystal Kennedy and Altario, Alberta’s Danielle Clark aspire to be honor students at the Jimmy Sills racing school in Marysville, California.  It’s an intense three day course with classroom and on track lessons in an open wheel sprint car.  “This is going to be huge,” says Kennedy, “its going to give me a lot more confidence in a full bodied car.”  Kennedy, who just turned nineteen last month, is a regular competitor in the Northern Provincial Pipelines Late Model Series. 

NPP Series driver Kennedy hits the books and track in California

She finished 13th in the points chase in 2008.  “From reading the track to setting up a car, there is so much we are going to learn.”  Kennedy will be joined by ’Bud’ Stock competitor Danielle Clark.  Clark just completed her first full season in a stock car finishing 6th in the point chase in Edmonton.  For both drivers you don’t have to look far to find out where the need for speed came from.  Crystal’s father is two time NPP Series Champion Dwight Kennedy.  Danielle’s father is also an NPP Late Model Series competitor. Kevin Clark was the 2006 NPP Rookie of the year.  Race school for both Crystal Kennedy and Danielle Clark begins Friday and will wrap up late Sunday afternoon.      


EDMONTON, AB (October 14)
- It's an experience these two young Alberta race car drivers won't soon forget. Edson Alberta's Crystal Kennedy and Altario, Alberta's Danielle Clark are back home after an intensive 3 day race course in Northern California. Kennedy, from the NPP Late Model Series and Clark, from the Bud Stock class, spent a weekend at the Jimmy Sills Racing School. "Its not like we jumped into the race cars as soon as we got to the track," says Kennedy, "there was about 5 hours of lectures and note taking on the first day (Friday). We did get on the track in the evening and ran about 60 laps." Both Kennedy and Clark are normally used to competing in their full bodied race cars at Edmonton's Castrol Raceway. The Jimmy Sills Racing School features a '410' Sprint Car and a wingless '360' Sprint Car.

The racetrack was the classroom for Kennedy and Clark on the weekend

"It was a small class," adds Kennedy, "there was Danielle and me and two other racers from California." By the time the three day race school was over both Kennedy and Clark ran 210 laps each on the 1/4 mile dirt track. "Even though I race in the NPP class, I learned a lot here," says Kennedy, "there is a lot I can apply to my race car thats for sure. I want to go racing now!"

Kennedy runs a wingless sprint car Saturday night in California

Both Kennedy and Clark have their fathers to thank for giving them the need for speed. Kennedy is the daughter of two-time NPP Late Model Series Champion Dwight Kennedy. Clark is the daughter of 2006 NPP Late Model Series Rookie of the Year Kevin Clark. The fathers however did not accompany their daughters on their California adventure opting instead to make it a mother daughter weekend. Ruby Kennedy and Roxanne Clark enjoyed a mini vacation in the Golden State as their daughters attended the race school.

Clark, Sills and Kennedy after a successful weekend of classes.


MEMPHIS, TN. (October 22)
– Canada’s DJ Kennington gets behind the wheel of his Mahindra Tractor/Northern Provincial Pipelines sponsored #81 Dodge this Saturday at Memphis Motorsports Park.  Just four races remain on the NASCAR Nationwide Series schedule.  The Tennessee race track holds special memories for Kennington.  “This is where I ran my first ever NASCAR race (2006),” says the St. Thomas Ontario driver, “it’s a short track facility (.75miles) It’s like the grassroots of racing here.  I’m really looking forward to the race this weekend.”  Kennington needs a strong showing in Memphis if he hopes to have a shot at a top 25 finish in the Nationwide Series point standings.  “Top 20 in points is out right now,” admits Kennington, who sits 28th in the standings, “but a top 25 finish in points is still possible.  That’s where we want to be.”  Kennington is just 48 points behind veteran driver Kevin Lepage who holds down the 25th position in the standings.  Landon Cassil and Morgan Sheppard sit 26th and 27th in points.  “We gained two positions in the last race (Charlotte) by racing hard but smart. We’ll see what happens Saturday.” 

New paint scheme for the #81 Dodge to be unveiled Friday

The familiar red, white and blue paint scheme on Kennington's #81 Dodge will be sporting some special alterations this weekend.  “We are doing a charity deal for St. Jude Children’s Hospital in Memphis.  A child who’s a patient there designed our car specifically for this race. The special paint scheme will be on the car.  I can’t wait to see his reaction.”  (Kennington will be at St. Jude Children’s Hospital on Thursday.)  Kennington will be on the race track for two practice sessions in his new-look race car Friday.  The Kroger ‘On Track for the Cure’ 250 race goes Saturday afternoon.      
>Friday, October 24th
Practice Session #1 - 11:30AM (Edmonton time)
Practice Session #2 - 1:30PM (Edmonton time)

>Saturday October 25th
Qualifying - 7:35AM (Edmonton time)
RACE - 12:30PM (Edmonton time)


The Northern Provincial Pipelines Late Model Series FALL meeting will be held Wednesday, October 29th, 7:30PM at N.P.P. headquarters in Edson. Drivers will be contacted by NPP Late Model Series officials. Alberta's #1 touring series on the dirt wants your input. Please plan on attending.

To be discussed:
- 2008 season
- rules and regulations
- race format
- 2009 season schedule
- open discussion

Because the meeting is being held midweek, all efforts will be made to keep it under one hour in length. Minutes of the meeting will be posted on the website.


Wednesday, October 29th
Northern Provincial Pipelines Headquarters
Edson, Alberta


Phil Cavali photo

Driving the special St Jude Childrens Hospital themed race car, DJ Kennington finishes 20th at Memphis Motorsports Park. Kennington was one of 6 drivers to have their paint scheme designed by young patients at St. Jude Childrens Hospital in Memphis Tennessee.


(October 30) – Race teams of the Northern Provincial Pipelines Late Model Series gathered in Edson, Alberta Wednesday night (October 29th) to discuss the 2008 season and the upcoming 2009 season. “It’s been a month since everyone has been together as a group,” says NPP Series announcer Gord Craig, “there was certainly plenty to discuss.”  A total of 27 people were present representing 15 of the 21 teams that competed in the 2008 season.  “Participation by drivers and crew away from the race track is crucial,” adds Craig, “the input that is put forward at these meetings is one of the main reasons why this Series is so successful.”      

Meeting highlights……(click here for complete minutes)
- $257,625 in prize money awarded this season (average of $12,268 per driver)
- 17 completed race events in 2008 (NPP Series record)
- 9 different feature winners in 2008 (tied 2005 NPP Series record)
- the NPP Series website has had over 50,000 page views and more that a million hits since going online in May of 2007 (visits up over 150% this season compared to 2007)
- hiring of a flagman and/or race director for the 2009 season was discussed.
- the new race format, introduced in 2008, will remain virtually the same for 2009
- 2009 NPP Season Opener: Castrol Raceway – Saturday, May 2nd
- 16th annual Oilmen’s Invitational to move to August long weekend in 2009 (Aug 1st and 2nd)


DEVON, AB (November 2) – The Northern Provincial Pipelines Ltd. Late Model Series officially wrapped up its 8th consecutive season Saturday night (Nov 1st).  NPP race teams joined teams from other racing divisions at the 2008 Castrol Raceway Championship Awards banquet.  The fall gala was held at the Devon Community Center in Devon Alberta about a 10 minute drive from the track site.  Stony Plain Alberta’s Mike Tom was first to the podium to collect his third place trophy.  Edson, Alberta’s Crystal Kennedy accepted the second place trophy on behalf of her father Dwight Kennedy who could not attend the banquet due work commitments at NPP. 

McCaughan, Kennedy and Tom at Awards banquet Saturday night.

Okotoks Alberta’s Brian McCaughan collected his season championship trophy plus rookie of the year hardware. It’s the second time in McCaughans racing career he has been a rookie and season champion in the same year. He accomplished the same feat in the early 1990’s (93?) at Bridge County Raceway in Lethbridge, Alberta.

McCaughan's 'haul' of hardware.

Special congratulations to Ardrossan Alberta’s Wade Fleming as he piloted the Northern Provincial Pipeline Ltd. sponsored #7 Sprint Car to his 8th Castrol Raceway track championship.

Northern Provincial Pipelines Ltd. also took time at Saturday night’s awards ceremony to honor all the female race car drivers that competed at Castrol Raceway on a regular basis in 2008.  It’s a unique award that NPP started several years ago.  The 2008 trophy presentation was made to the largest group of female race car drivers in Castrol Raceway track history.  
Jenna Chalmers – Sportsman Sprint Car
Danielle Clark – Bud Stock
Crystal Kennedy – NPP Late Model
Jessica Lavalee – Sportsman Sprint Car
Karalynn Miller – Sportsman Sprint Car
Kelly Stewart – NPP Late Model

Banquet pics......

Brian McCaughan (left) and Jason Beaulieu (2007 NPP Series Champion) talk racing at the Saturday night banquet.


Tammy Beaulieu and Sharon McCaughan

Travis Day (top left) and team from Whitecourt, Alberta

Pat Fines (second from left) and team from Whitecourt, Alberta

Kevin Wheeler (bottom right) and team from Whitecourt, Alberta


EDSON, AB (November 3) – The Northern Provincial Pipelines Late Model Series is proud to present its tentative schedule for the 2009 race season.  “This is the first draft which just might be the final draft,” says NPP Series announcer/media relations director Gord Craig, “there are a few race dates that could be shuffled around but this is very close to what next season will look like.”  The 9th season of Canada’s richest touring series on the dirt begins Saturday May 2nd at Edmonton’s Castrol Raceway and will end 21 weeks later on Saturday September 26th at the same facility.  “This is the home track of the NPP Series,” adds Craig, “pretty well half of the scheduled race dates in 2009 will be competed in Edmonton.”  One noticeable change to the schedule for next season is more double race weekends.  “We had a lot of single race nights last season.  With fuel prices the way they are now, it doesn’t make sense to travel twelve to fourteen hours, race for one night, then come home.”  The 2009 NPP schedule will see nine double race weekends.  “There will be more weekends off for drivers in 2009 because of the adjustment to the race schedule.  It will be quite common next season to race Friday and Saturday nights or Saturday nights and Sunday matinee’s. "Right now the tentative NPP Series schedule includes dates at six Alberta race tracks and one American race track." Any changes to the tentative schedule will be immediately posted.   

TEST ‘n’ TUNE:          Saturday, April 25th                  Castrol Raceway
SEASON OPENER    Saturday, May 2nd                    Castrol Raceway
RACE #2                     Saturday, May 16th                   Bridge County Raceway
RACE #3                     Sunday, May 17th                     Bridge County Raceway
RACE #4                     Friday, June 5th                         Castrol Raceway
RACE #5                     Saturday, June 6th                     Castrol Raceway
RACE #6                     Saturday, June 20th                   Bridge County Raceway
RACE #7                     Sunday, June 21st                     Bridge County Raceway
RACE #8                     Saturday, June 27th                   Rocky Mtn. Raceway Park
RACE #9                     Sunday, June 28th                     Dinosaur Downs Raceway
RACE #10                   Friday, July 10th                        Castrol Raceway (Gold Cup)
RACE #11                   Saturday, July 11th                    Castrol Raceway (Gold Cup)
RACE #12                   Saturday, July 25th                    Rapid Fire Motorsports Park
RACE #13                   Saturday, August 1st                 Castrol Raceway (Oilmens)
RACE #14                   Sunday, August 2nd                   Castrol Raceway (Oilmens)
RACE #15                   Saturday, August 15th               Rocky Mtn. Raceway Park
RACE #16                   Sunday, August 16th                 Bridge County Raceway
RACE #17                   Friday, August 28th                   Castrol Raceway (Oil City Cup)
RACE #18                   Saturday, August 29th               Castrol Raceway (Oil City Cup)
RACE #19                   Saturday, September 5th           Grays Harbor Raceway
RACE #20                   Sunday, September 6th             Grays Harbor Raceway
RACE #21                   Saturday, September 19th         Central Alberta Raceways
RACE #22                   Saturday, September 26th         Castrol Raceway


AVONDALE, AZ (November 5)
– Canada’s DJ Kennington is looking at the two remaining races on the NASCAR Nationwide Series schedule with great anticipation. “It’s been a long tough season.  We have two races left and we definitely want to make the most of them.”   Kennington sits 26th in the point standings entering race action at Phoenix International Raceway this Saturday afternoon (Nov.8th).  “This will be my 25th Nationwide race of the season,” says Kennington, “so far we have run 24 of the 33 races.  To be in a position to finish in the top 25 against some of the best stock car drivers in the world feels pretty good.” 

Northern Provincial Pipelines is primary sponsor on Kenningtons Dodge this weekend

Kennington sits just 25 points behind Landon Cassil and 175 behind Greg Biffle in Nationwide Series points.  “Its going to be tough to catch Biffle but anything can happen,” adds the St. Thomas, Ontario driver, “we usually run very well here (Phoenix).  We are going to run as best as we can and hopefully grab our best finish of the season. It’s been a job well done by everyone, considering where we started at the beginning of the season.”  Kennington has two 20th place finishes this season the most recent happening on October 25th in Memphis.  Kennington, the lone Canadian in the field Saturday, will have his own cheering section.  The owner and several staff members from Northern Provincial Pipelines Ltd will be in attendance. 

N. P. P. sponsored race car of DJ Kennington

"We brought a bunch of people down from Alberta to watch the big race,” says NPP owner Dwight Kennedy, “a few have never seen a NASCAR race in person before.”  Kennedy and his guests have already spent some time with Kennington in Phoenix.  “He’s a good driver,” says Kennedy, “it would be good to see him get a few breaks and finish near the front this weekend.”            

HEFTY ODOR BLOCK 200 (200miles/200laps)
>Friday, November 7th
Practice Session #1 – 9:30AM (Edmonton time)
Practice Session #2 – 1:35PM (Edmonton time)

>Saturday, November 8th
Qualifying – 10:05AM (Edmonton time)
RACE – 2:30PM (Edmonton time)

UPDATE: Kennington drove his NPP Sponsored #81 Dodge to a 22nd place finish at PIR


HOMESTEAD, FL (November 13)
- Many Canadian stock car competitors dream about racing against the worlds best.  For DJ Kennington that dream became a reality back in February when he sat down in his STP Tools/Northern Provincial Pipelines Ltd. sponsored #81 Dodge.  Kennington became part of the big leagues of auto racing when he took his first few laps around Daytona International Speedway.  Nine months later Kennington is back in the State of Florida to wrap up his first season in the NASCAR Nationwide Series.  “Just to be here and represent Canada is unbelievable,” says the St. Thomas Ontario driver who is once again the lone Canadian in the field, “there are a lot of Canadian racers that never have the opportunity to be here even once. For me to do what I’ve done this year is a dream come true.”  Kennington has competed in 26 of the 35 scheduled Nationwide races this season.   He would have run the entire season but he was busy running the Canadian Tire Nascar Series schedule where he finished third in the points chase. 

Kennington's STP Tools/N.P.P. #81 Dodge

Kennington enters Saturday’s race at Homestead-Miami Speedway 26th in the Nationwide point standings.  Kennington could finish as high as 24th with a strong run in the Sunshine State.  “We have very little experience on one and half mile tracks,” adds Kennington who has never raced at Homestead before, “the speeds are so much faster than on the mile tracks.”  Kennington finished 22nd on the one mile track in Phoenix last weekend.  “We’ve come such a long way this season though,” says Kennington, “if someone told me even three years ago, that one day I would be running with some of the best stock car drivers in the world every weekend. I would have told them they were crazy.  It’s been a good year all around.  Thanks to Dwight (Kennedy) my dad (Doug) and all my sponsors its been a dream come true for me this year.”  Kennington will once again be rubbing shoulders and fenders with some of NASCARS elite this weekend and representing Canada at over 200 kilometers per hour.  “The experience, the thrills, the memories have been awesome for me.  Nobody can ever take that away.”         

Homestead-Miami Speedway

FORD 300 (200laps/300miles)
>Friday, November 14th
Practice Session #1 – 11:15AM (Edmonton time)
Practice Session #2 – 4:45PM (Edmonton time)

>Saturday, November 15th
Qualifying – 9:35AM (Edmonton time)
RACE – 2:30PM (Edmonton time)

UPDATE: Kennington wraps up 2008 NASCAR Nationwide season finishing 26th in Florida.


LAS VEGAS, NV (November 16)The Northern Provincial Pipelines Late Model Series may have wrapped up the 2008 season in September but that has not stopped some series regulars from seeking out other race events to compete in.  Jason Beaulieu, driver of the All Weather Windows sponsored #46 Late Model (2007 NPP Champion / 4th in 2008) decided to take a gamble and run the biggest IMCA Modified race in the Western United States.  The 11th annual Duel in the Desert took place at Las Vegas Motor Speedway on November 13th, 14th and 15th. 

Beaulieu leaves Las Vegas broke (Fletch Photos)

The Campbell River, BC driver was one of a handful of Canadians among the 219 registered IMCA Modified teams to compete for over $40,000 in cash.  Unfortunately for Beaulieu his race weekend ended early when he blew his motor in a qualifying heat Friday night.  “We were running third getting ready to make a pass for second then the motor let go and that was it.”  Beaulieu finished 6th in his first qualifying heat Thursday (finished 10th Friday).  “We completely missed the set up the first night.  Track conditions change so quickly here.”  Each qualifying heat had up to 12 cars race.  A win secured a spot in Saturday nights big Feature.  Placing second through 8 reserved a spot in several last chance races.  “It’s a real tough format,” adds Beaulieu, “a pill draw determines your starting position in the heat.  You don’t get too many chances to advance.”  Beaulieu was confident he had a chance to be a part of the big Feature Saturday night.  “Comparing both nights (Thursday and Friday) we were definitely moving forward.  Now we will never know.”  This is Beaulieu last official competitive race of 2008.  The next time he gets behind the wheel of a race car will be the 2009 season opener of the NPP Late Model Series at Castrol Raceway in Edmonton, Alberta.


(November 24) - As expected the 2009 tentative schedule has been tweaked. Changes have been highlighted in red. Several race dates have now been adjusted due to availability and non-availability. Edmonton's Castrol Raceway, for example, is moving a majority of its race nights to select Friday's. A potential ground breaking motorsport event for Canada is tentatively set for September 26th and 26th forcing Castrol Raceway officials to move up the Season Championship date to September 19th. Bridge County Raceway in Lethbridge will be racing on most Saturday nights in 2009. Drumheller will be operational in 2009 as will Rapid Fire Motorsports Park in Drayton Valley. Rocky Mountain Raceway Park near Okotoks will be racing on Saturday nights this season. The Northern Provincial Pipelines Late Model Series proudly celebrates its 9th consecutive season of racing action in 2009.

Saturday, April 25th      Castrol Raceway (Test n Tune)
Saturday, May 2nd        Castrol Raceway (2009 Season Opener)
Saturday, May 16th       Bridge County Raceway
Sunday, May 17th         Bridge County Raceway
Friday, June 5th --------Castrol Raceway

Saturday, June 6th         Central Alberta Raceway
Friday, June 19th           Castrol Raceway
Saturday, June 20th       Rocky Mtn. Raceway Park
Saturday, June 27th       Bridge County Raceway
Sunday, June 28th         (track to be announced)

Friday, July 10th            Castrol Raceway (Gold Cup)
Saturday, July 11th        Castrol Raceway (Gold Cup)
Saturday, July 25th        Rapid Fire Motorsports Park
Saturday, August 1st     Castrol Raceway (Oilmens)
Sunday, August 2nd       Castrol Raceway (Oilmens)

Saturday, August 15th   Bridge County Raceway
Sunday, August 16th     -TBA-

Friday, August 28th       Castrol Raceway (Oil City Cup)
Saturday, August 29th   Castrol Raceway (Oil City Cup)
Saturday, Sept. 5th        Grays Harbor Raceway

Sunday, Sept. 6th          Grays Harbor Raceway
Saturday, Sept. 19th      Castrol Raceway


Attention NPP Late Model Series race teams, Kids Kottage collection day is Thursday, December 4th.  If you received a Kids Kottage donation box at the begining of the race season or have a separate donation for Edmonton’s only 24 hour crisis nursery, please have it ready on this date. A presentation on behalf of the drivers of the NPP Late Model Series will be made to Kids Kottage staff before the end of the year. 

Kids Kottage is located at 10107 - 134th Avenue in Edmonton


EDMONTON, AB (December 12) - The website will be under going some minor changes during the off season. The goal of these 'tweaks' is to make this site more user friendly. There will be no on-line interuption as the small changes are implemented. Some brand new features will also be added to the NPP Series website in the new year. Details regarding these new features will be announced soon. Since the launch of this web site less than two years ago (May 2007), visits have increased astronomically. Comparing the last two race seasons, (May to September/07 vs 08), visits to the website have increased 157%!