TOM CELEBRATES SEASON
STONY PLAIN, AB (October 4th)
– NPP Late Model Series competitor Mike Tom officially put a wrap on his 2009 racing season with a weekend function for family, crew and sponsors.  “It’s a way of thanking everyone involved because without their help, racing would be impossible.”  Tom finished sixth in the 2009 NPP Championship points chase just five points back of fifth.  Close to 75 people gathered at the FAST (Father and Son Team) race shop near Stony Plain on Saturday. 

Tom hired a local band to perform at the season ending party. ‘AIN'T NO RODEO’ used the shop’s lift as their main stage and entertained the crowd the entire night.  “The win at the Gold Cup race was definitely the highlight of our season,” indicates Tom who had five top-ten finishes in the Hinton Oilfield Services #55 Chevrolet in 2009, “getting knocked out the race in Elma was without a doubt the low point.”  Tom gave a heartfelt thank-you speech to those in attendance and mentioned that he is already planning for the 2010 NPP Late Model Season. 

“There were a lot of positives that we can take out of this year.  At times we probably had the best car on the track.  All I can say is look out next year!”   2010 will be Mike’s 15th year in racing with his dad Allen at his side.

During his speech Saturday night, Tom briefly talked about last months terrible crash in the United States involving Canadian sprint car driver Travis Rutz.  “We’ve gotten to know the Rutz’s over the past several seasons,” adds Tom, “we’ve pitted by them on numerous occasions in Edmonton.  I’ve bumped into Doug (father) several times down at Shark Engines in Washington State.  It’s a close racing family and what happened (crash) really hit home for me.”  FAST Racing purchased 50 Travis Rutz support stickers Friday.   “We re-sold all the stickers plus there were several people made additional donations to the fund as well.  Rutz is part of the racing community and we felt the need to help.”  Travis Rutz is a talented sprint car driver based out of Langley, British Columbia.  Rutz won the 360 Nationals plus the Kasey Kahne Foundation race at Washington’s Skagit Speedway in 2006.  He is a two time winner of the Gold Cup at Edmonton’s Castrol Raceway (2004, 2007).  His most recent win came in Edmonton back on September 12th.  Rutz was racing at Terra Haute, Indiana on September 26th when he was involved in a three car crash.  Rutz suffered critical injuries in the crash and was airlifted to Methodist Hospital in Indianapolis where he will remain for some time.  Travis Rutz get well/support stickers are available at Gee and Gee Racing in Leduc.    

For current updates on Travis Rutz:  www.travisrutz.com

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NPP GOES COLD TURKEY
DEVON, AB (October 12th) – The race season may have ended in September but that didn’t stop the Northern Provincial Pipelines Late Model Series from participating in a non-motorsport event on Thanksgiving Holiday Monday.  It was the third annual Devon Turkey Chase Fun Run/Walk in Devon, Alberta.  NPP Series announcer Gord Craig was official MC of the three-hour event.  “Like race car drivers, runners are incredibly passionate about what they do.  Many told me that they are training to run several full marathons next year.” 


GREEN! GREEN! GREEN!!

More than 150 runners braved freezing temperatures to compete in either the half marathon, 10km run or 5km run/walk through the scenic river valley of the North Saskatchewan River.  “We have a record number of participants today,” says event organizer Janet Guthrie, “the money we are raising is going towards the purchase of an Emergency Department Targeted Ultrasound unit.”  The EDTU has a price tag of $70,000.        

The NPP Late Model Series congratulates all entrants.  The Top 5 runners in each category are listed.

HALF MARATHON (21 Kilometers)
Aaron Bryan                 Whitecourt       1hr/24min/54sec
Larry Webb                 St. Albert         1:31:42
Gregg Becker               Edmonton        1:35:57
Andrew Gray               St. Albert         1:39:18
Dan Clark                    Vegreville         1:42:31

10KM
Elizabeth Nichol            St. Albert         43min/14sec
Chris Reckard              Edmonton         44:14
Shaye Patras                Stony Plain       44:31
Josh Burnstead ------- Devon               47:20
Jerry George                Stony Plain       47:55

5KM
Craig Hibbard              Edmonton         22min/40sec
Ajay Pandhi                  Edmonton        23:17
Jacob Reckard             Edmonton         25:25
Shawn Murdoch           Stony Plain       25:29
Ty Thomsen                 Devon              27:36

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KENNINGTON CONNECTION
NIAGRA FALLS, ONT. (October 19th) – The NASCAR Nationwide Series has only four races left in the 2009 season.  Canadian DJ Kennington has been one of ten different drivers that has piloted the DH Griffin/Northern Provincial Pipelines #81 Dodge this season.  Kennington is looking forward to strapping himself into the familiar red and white race car in just a few weeks time. 

“I’m penciled in for Phoenix next month (November 14th),” says the St. Thomas, Ontario driver, “its still not 100% confirmed but I’m pretty confident I will be getting the nod to race.”  Kennington has run just six Nationwide events in 2009 compared to twenty-six in 2008.  “The NASCAR Canadian Tire Series kept me real busy this year with the two car team.  Even though the race season is over here (Canada) I’m still doing appearances and car shows on the weekends.” 

KENNINGTONS RACE CAR ON DISPLAY

Kennington recorded two wins and six top-five finishes in his Castrol/Manhindra Tractors #17 Dodge.  He finished 2nd in the Championship point standings.  “Wrapping up the season with a victory felt pretty good,” exclaims Kennington of his victory at Kawartha Speedway in Ontario the end of September, “I’m also very happy for my teammate as well.”  Joey Hanssen, who had never driven a NASCAR Stock Car until this year, was named 2009 Rookie of the Year.  The open wheel racer from Horst, Netherlands registered four top-10 finishes in 2009.

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SEASON CELEBRATION
EDMONTON, AB. (October 25th) – The ‘home track’ of the Northern Provincial Pipelines Late Model Series held their annual season championship banquet Saturday night.  Racing suits and helmets were replaced by ties, suit jackets, dresses and polished shoes.  Oval and IHRA Drag competitors gathered under one roof as Castrol Raceway officials handed out the hardware at the River Cree Resort in Edmonton’s west end.  It was a LUCAS OIL sweep of the top three positions in the 2009 NPP Late Model Series Championship points chase.  Sidney, British Columbia’s Darrell Midgley was all smiles as he accepted his Championship trophy.  Midgley had two wins in 2009.  The Lucas Oil #14 Dodge finished 5th or better, in Feature events, 10 times in 2009.  For the second year in a row the driver with the most feature wins did not win the NPP Series championship.  Campbell River BC’s Jason Beaulieu had four feature wins in the Lucas Oil #46 Dodge and finished second in the NPP Series points chase.  Due to work commitments in his home province, Beaulieu (2007 Champion) was unable to attend this year’s championship banquet in Edmonton. Edson, Alberta’s Dwight Kennedy placed third in standings in his #81 Lucas Oil Dodge.  It’s the fourth year in a row that the 2006 NPP Series Champion wrapped up a season with a podium finish.  For the second year in a row, a Southern Alberta driver won the NPP Series Rookie of the Year.  Blair Snow, a veteran pavement racer from Calgary, was top newcomer to the NPP Series in 2009.

NOTE: The 2009 NPP Series Champion and the NPP Series TOP 5 will be acknowledged in a unique way during the long off-season.  Special decals have been printed and will soon be on the back window of the Official NPP Series Pace Car.

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LOOKING FOR 7's ON THE 7th
LAS VEGAS, NV. (November 4) - The 2009 Champion of the Northern Provincial Pipelines Late Model Series wraps up his racing season at Las Vegas Motor Speedway this Saturday night.  Darrell Midgley will drive the NPP/Lucas Oil sponsored #81 Dodge at the 21st annual Las Vegas Super Late Model show.  “This is only the second time I’ve run in Vegas,” says the Sidney, BC driver, “the last time we raced here (2002) we blew up the motor big time.”  After a complete season running dirt tracks in Alberta, this will be Midgley’s third consecutive race on the pavement.  Midgley finished second in Penticton BC the end of September and placed fourth at Shasta Speedway in Anderson, California back on October 4th.  “I’m very pleased with how well we’ve run the last two races.  The big test will be this weekend.”  The veteran pavement racer will be taking advantage of several practice sessions at the speedway before the Saturday night race.  “We are here (Las Vegas) the entire week,” indicates Midgley, “I would sure like to wrap up my year with a strong finish on the pavement.”

21st annual Las Vegas Super L/M Invitational
Practice: Wednesday, November 4th (4pm - 11pm)
Practice: Thursday, November 5th (4pm - 11pm)
Qualifying: Friday, November 6th (5:30pm)
Race: Saturday, November 7th (5:00pm)

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BEAULIEU SPINS THE WHEEL
LAS VEGAS, NV (November 9) – For the second weekend in a row, a championship driver from the Northern Provincial Pipelines Late Model Series will be racing at Las Vegas Motor Speedway.  Campbell River BC’s Jason Beaulieu will be competing at one of North America’s biggest IMCA Modified race events.  Over 240 IMCA Modifieds are expected to jam the pits for the 12th annual, $7,777 to win, Duel in the Desert event on the ½ mile dirt oval. 


BEAULIEU WON FOUR NPP LATE MODEL FEATURES IN 2009

Beaulieu, who had 4 wins and finished second in the 2009 NPP Late Model Series points chase, ran two Modified events earlier this season in the United States.  “I finished sixth in the Feature in Elma, Washington (fast time out of 90 cars) but had some bad luck in Oregon (suspension) and didn’t even make the Feature.”  Beaulieu has put additional pressure on himself heading into this years Duel in the Desert race.  “We blew the motor at last years event,” indicates Beaulieu, “we kind of came here on a whim and may have been a little unprepared.  That won’t be the case this time.” 

Track officials say 20 Qualifying heats will be run both Thursday and Friday night.  Only 28 cars will emerge from the Heats and Preliminary Features to run Saturday nights ‘A’ Feature event.  “It’s a very tough race format,” says Beaulieu, “if I can win a preliminary Feature or even make Saturday nights show, I can honestly say that it would be my biggest accomplishment in 24 years of racing.”  Beaulieu will be racing against many of IMCA’s top Modified drivers.  “These guys are the best of the best.  Many run up to 60 races a year.  This will only be my third Modified event this year.”    

12th annual
DUEL IN THE DESERT

262 I.M.C.A cars entered (20 heat races on Night #1)

>Thursday, November 12th
Beaulieu finished 4th in his Heat Race/24th in 'B' Feature (tire)

>Friday, November 13th
Finished 2nd in Heat Race // Finished 30th in 'A' Feature (no transfer to Saturday)

>Saturday, November 14th
5:00pm: Last Chance race then Feature

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WHEN DO WE RACE AGAIN?
EDMONTON, AB (November 16) – The long countdown to the 2010 season of the Northern Provincial Pipelines Late Model Series continues.  “We may be counting the months right now but soon enough though we will be counting down the days and saying where did the time go?”  NPP Series announcer/media relations director Gord Craig says the lengthy off-season gives organizers plenty of opportunity to plan for an important milestone in 2010.   “It’s the 10th anniversary of the Series next year and these anniversaries don’t come around too often, so we want to make sure we do it right.”  Last year at this time the tentative schedule (2009 season) had already been released.  The tentative schedule for next season (2010) won’t be released until several weeks after the upcoming NPP Series fall meeting. 

“Race teams will be asked for their scheduling input,” adds Craig, “do we want to race in the United States next season?  Do we want to run a few more events in Edmonton?  I feel a lot of time at this years fall meeting will be spent on all scheduling options available to us for the 2010 season.”  Bridge County Raceway officials have already contacted the NPP Series offering even more race dates for next season.  “Our drivers really enjoy running there.  Some would like to see even more dates at the Southern Alberta race track.  They might get that opportunity.”  Edmonton’s Castrol Raceway however may benefit the most next season because of the 10th anniversary of the NPP Late Model Series.  “The NPP Late Model (originally called ‘Hinton Late Model’) made its official debut in Edmonton in 1999.  The NPP Late Model Series held its first sanctioned race in Edmonton in 2001 and has been the official home track of the Series since then.” May 15th, 2010 is the tentative season opening race date for the Northern Provincial Pipelines Late Model Series.

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NPP HOME TRACK SCHEDULE RELEASED
EDMONTON, AB (November 24) – The Northern Provincial Pipelines Late Model Series has been given a sneak peak of Castrol Raceways tentative 2010 Oval schedule.  Track officials have trimmed its Oval race schedule down to fourteen dates for the 2010 season (nineteen dates in 2009). “A total of twelve race dates have been made available to the NPP Late Model Series,” indicates NPP Series announcer Gord Craig, “we just have to figure out which ones we want.  That will be determined at the upcoming NPP Series fall meeting.”  Two important milestones will be reached next season adds Craig.  “The NPP Series and our home track are celebrating anniversaries in 2010. It’s the 10th anniversary of the NPP Series plus it’s the 20th anniversary of the Oval track.”  The NPP Late Model Series held its first sanctioned race in Edmonton in 2001 and has been the official home track of the Series since then.     

2010 TENTATIVE C/R OVAL SCHEDULE
(**potential NPP Series ‘home track’ race dates**)
Saturday, May 1st –Test ‘n’ tune
**Saturday, May 8th
**Saturday, May 15th
**Saturday, May 29th
**Saturday, June 5th
**Saturday, July 10th
**Friday, July 16th (Gold Cup)
**Saturday, July 17th (Gold Cup)
**Saturday, July 24th
**Saturday, August 21st
**Sunday, August 22nd
Friday, August 27th (Oil City Cup)
Saturday, August 28th (Oil City Cup)
**Saturday, September 11th
**Saturday, September 18th

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SEASON ADJUSTMENTS AHEAD
EDSON, AB (December 3) – The Northern Provincial Pipelines Late Model Series held their fall meeting Wednesday night.  A total of 23 people representing 16 NPP Series race teams were present.  “It was a productive meeting,” indicates NPP Series announcer Gord Craig, “we covered a lot of ground and got a lot accomplished.”  The meeting started with an overview of the 2009 season then looked ahead to the upcoming 2010 season.  Edmonton’s Castrol Raceway, the home track of the NPP Series, set aside 12 of its 14 race dates for the NPP Series to choose from.  “It’s the 10th anniversary of the Series next season.  The Series ran its first full season in Edmonton back in 2001.”  A total of 10 race dates in Edmonton were chosen.  “Pretty well all of the drivers were in agreement that a majority of races in 2010 should be run at the home track.”  The NPP Late Model Series will once again be traveling to Bridge County Raceway in Lethbridge, Alberta and Central Alberta Raceways in Rimbey, Alberta.  Rapid Fire Motorsports Park in Drayton Valley, Alberta has been taken off the 2010 schedule due to track inactivity.  One announcement made at the meeting was there will be no American race dates in 2010.  It was also announced that the NPP Series would not be the support class for the World of Outlaws Sprint Car Series next season.  “Castrol Raceway officials decided that the Wissota Late Model class will back up the World of Outlaws in 2010,” says Craig, “I know they will put on a good show like the NPP Series has done the past three years.  We wish them well.”  No major rule changes are expected in 2010 for the Northern Provincial Pipelines Late Model Series.  The current race format and point’s structure will also remain the same for the 2010 season. 

>MINUTES FROM NPP SERIES FALL MEETING<   

NPP LATE MODEL SERIES
2010 TENTATIVE SCHEDULE

Saturday, May 1st         Castrol Raceway test ‘n‘ tune
Saturday, May 8th         Castrol Raceway - Edmonton
Saturday, May 15th       Castrol Raceway - Edmonton
Saturday, May 22nd      Bridge County Raceway - Lethbridge
Sunday, May 23rd         Bridge County Raceway - Lethbridge
Saturday, June 5th         Castrol Raceway - Edmonton
Saturday, June 12th      Central Alberta Raceways - Rimbey
Saturday, July 10th        Castrol Raceway - Edmonton
Friday, July 16th            Castrol Raceway - Edmonton
Saturday, July 17th        Castrol Raceway - Edmonton
Saturday, July 24th        Castrol Raceway - Edmonton
Saturday, July 31st        Bridge County Raceway - Lethbridge
Sunday, August 1st        Bridge County Raceway - Lethbridge
Saturday, August 21st   Castrol Raceway - Edmonton
Sunday, August 22nd     Castrol Raceway - Edmonton
Saturday, Sept.4th         Track - TBA 
Sunday, Sept. 5th          Track - TBA
Saturday, Sept.11th      Castrol Raceway - Edmonton
Saturday, Sept.18th      Castrol Raceway - Edmonton

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