MOORE VICTORIOUS AT KABAM
STONY PLAIN, AB (October 4th) – The pressure of racing was far removed on Saturday night west of Edmonton, Alberta. With a clear blue sky above and temperatures in the mid-twenties the green flag dropped to kick off the third annual KABAM.  “We didn’t even have a race night this nice during the entire season,” laughs Bruce Broughton, the 2010 Northern Provincial Pipelines Late Model Series champion, “it figures that we would get the nice stuff (weather) on our Kabam night.” 


KABAM SPECTATORS HAD A FRONT ROW SEAT TO THE ACTION

To the uninitiated, KABAM is an opportunity to do a little racing in a farmer’s field.  A record 11 ‘specially selected’ teams made up this years KABAM extravaganza.  “Everything is based on the figure 8 track,” indicates Broughton, “we have backwards racing, nose to nose racing and a don’t spill your beverage race.” 

The 2 hour event concludes with drivers jumping their already battered and bruised vehicles numerous times off of a dirt ramp in a distance challenge.  Bruce and his brother Brent once again were the hosts of the annual KABAM.  “We don’t compete in this event.  KABAM is for friends and co-workers (LJB Auto).  We get a kick out of watching everyone else have fun.” Close to 75 people were on hand as either spectators or competitors.  At the post event party around the campfire, NPP Late Model Series regular Curtis Moore was announced as the 2010 KABAM Champion.  “Finally won something,” smiles Moore, “I had a pretty good team with me in the car for several of the races.” Helmets and seatbelts are mandatory for drivers and passengers.  “I know I’m going to be sore for a few days.  The body takes quite a beating.” 

Moore had an extra safety feature staring him in his face on his first jump off the dirt ramp.  “Both the driver and passenger airbags went off.  It scared the crap of me.  I guess I pulled the wrong fuse (in the pits).”


MOORE GETS AIRBAG BLAST
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Everyone agreed that KABAM 2010 was the best yet and cannot wait till the next KABAM event takes place at the Broughton ranch.         

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CHASING TURKEYS
DEVON, AB (October 12th) – A test of stamina and drive was on display at the 4th annual Devon Turkey Chase Fun Run which took place Thanksgiving Holiday Monday in Devon, Alberta.  For the third consecutive year Northern Provincial Pipelines Late Model Series announcer Gord Craig was the official MC of this charity fundraising event.  “Our race season may be over but that does not mean we hibernate until next May.  There are plenty of activities and events that we can assist and also be a part of.”  Organizers and volunteers gathered at the Devon Lions Park along the scenic North Saskatchewan River just after 6:30AM to await the arrival of Fun Run entrants. 


OVER 40 ENTRANTS TOOK THE 'GREEN FLAG' IN THE 5KM RUN

“Running and racing cars is similar in a lot of ways,” indicates Craig, “there is the huge adrenalin rush for competitors just before the start of a race.  Proper preparation and focus is required to go the distance.  Of course there is the celebration if you win the race or if you achieved goals you set before the race.” More than 185 runners of all ages competed in either the half marathon (21.2km’s), 10km or 5km run.  “This race just gets bigger and bigger every year,” says Craig, “last year 145 runners participated.”  The funds raised from the 2010 Devon Turkey Chase go towards the purchase of five specialized adjustable beds for the Devon General Hospital.  Funds from last year’s race went towards the purchase of a targeted ultrasound unit. 

HALF MARATHON (21.1 kilometers)
-Female- (top 3)
Leanne Craig                Sherwood Pk.  1hr/35min/36sec
Jessica Laird                 Edmonton         1:36:56
Coral Wiebe                 Edmonton         1:40:09

-Male- (top 3)
Jason Briton                 Edmonton         1hr/28min/25sec
Greg Moorehead          Sherwood Pk.  1:34:26
Jeff Shmoorkoff            Edmonton         1:38:45

10KM
-Female- (top 3)
Adria Snowdon            Edmonton         40min/48sec
Roxanne Skoreyko       Sherwood Pk.  41:33
Janel Sayde                  Edmonton         51:43

-Male- (top 3)
Kevin Dennis                Edmonton         39min/19sec
Chris Reckhard            Edmonton         43:11
Jason Collins                Edmonton         46:01

5KM
-Female- (top 3)
Monique Hruska           Edmonton         24min/16sec
Kara Scott                   Edmonton         26:54
Jillian Dobrich               Hinton              27:20

-Male- (top 3)
David Law                   Devon              19min/35sec
John Boogers               Devon              19:43
Derek Zukowski           Edmonton         20:29


NPP SERIES PACE CAR PARKED BESIDE TOWN OF DEVON 'RACE' TRAILER

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IRONING OUT THE WRINKLES
EDMONTON, AB (October 15th) – It still may be seven long months away but Castrol Raceway is already preparing itself for the 2011 Oval season.  The home track of the Northern Provincial Pipelines Late Model Series (since 2001) is currently receiving a facility facelift.  Heavy equipment was moved in just before the Thanksgiving Holiday weekend. 

“We are in the process of putting more slope on the front and back stretch of Castrol Raceway’s oval track,” says project co-ordinator Bob Michaud from Prowler Contracting in Nisku, Alberta, “we will also be adding more clay to the racing surface.” 


BACK STRAIGHT LOOKING TOWARDS CORNER TWO

The re-banking of the front and rear straights of the oval is not the only area of the racing facility which is getting attention.  “The oval infield, the pit area and the parking lot will also be worked on by the crew.” 


WORK BEGINS ON OVAL PITS AND SPECTATOR PARKING LOT

If the mild fall weather continues, Castrol Raceway officials indicate they hope that the major facelift for the 20 year old facility is completed by the end of October.

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IRONING OUT THE WRINKLES (part II)
EDMONTON, AB (October 20th) – The facility facelift at Castrol Raceway, the home track of the Northern Provincial Pipelines Late Model Series (since 2001), is nearly complete. The main spectator parking lot and the oval infield have been leveled. The new oval pit area has also been groomed to allow for better drainage during and after periods of inclement weather.


FRONT STRAIGHT / OVAL INFIELD

For the past two weeks however the main focus from Prowler Contracting crews has been the Oval racing surface itself. The front and back straights have been re-banked for the first time in nearly 20 seasons.

Some areas of the Oval track have been adjusted higher by nearly three feet. Castrol Raceway officials indicate the re-banking will make the track faster but a lot safer.

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CELEBRATING THE SEASON
EDMONTON, AB (October 24th) – The 2010 Northern Provincial Pipelines Late Model Series Champion and Series runner up celebrated the racing season in different ways.  Spruce Grove’s Bruce Broughton and his team attended the 2010 Castrol Raceway Awards banquet while Stony Plain’s Mike Tom held a private function at his race shop.  “It was a fantastic night,” exclaims Broughton, the 2010 NPP Series Champion, “to be able to sit down and enjoy a nice meal with my family, friends and my crew just wraps up the year with an exclamation point.” 


TEAM BROUGTON - 2010 NPP LATE MODEL SERIES CHAMPIONS

More than 250 people attended the Castrol Raceway Championship Oval and Drag banquet.  Broughton was all smiles as he accepted the season championship trophy and jacket from Castrol Raceway track president Rob Reeves and Oval race director Rollie Nash. 

Mike Tom celebrated the 2010 season with a private function held at the FAST (Father and Son Team) race shop north of Stony Plain.  “This is an opportunity for everyone to get together one more time before the long off season.  This party is for our sponsors and friends and family.”  Tom had his race car on display outside the shop.  The shop inside was turned into a mini banquet and concert hall for the evening.  AIN'T NO RODEO” performed to an appreciative crowd into the early morning hours.   

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FOGGY FUTURE?
DRAYTON VALLEY, AB (November 3rd)
– There are some pretty good memories for anyone that attended events at Rapid Fire Motorsports Park west of Edmonton, Alberta.  The Northern Provincial Pipelines Late Model Series made its debut at this track on August 19 and 20th, 2006. Unfortunately August 20th, 2006 would be the last time the sound of racing would be heard at this multi-purpose facility near Drayton Valley. 


NPP LATE MODEL SERIES AT RAPID FIRE MOTORSPORTS PARK IN 2006

Facility co-owners Corey Sekura and Arvid Fonstad agree that the track still has a pulse despite holding no events the past four years.  “We are going to hold more events,” says a confident Sekura, “yes I do see a big event being here in the not to distant future.” 


CLOVER AND WEEDS HAVE TAKEN OVER THE RACING SURFACE

Labor troubles cancelled all scheduled events in 2007.  Former NPP Series competitor Arvid Fonstad says since 2008 several ‘behind the scenes’ roadblocks have been interfering with the operational aspect of the facility.  “We need an emergency response plan because of a new sour gas well located near the track.  Without this plan we can’t get insurance. Without insurance we can’t race.”  The emergency response plan involves the current oil and gas company (that owns the well) and the race track.  “It’s not as simple as it sounds,” adds Fonstad, “we had everything in place a couple of years ago then the oil and gas company we were originally dealing with was bought out by another company.  We’re back to square one again with the new company and all the lawyers and the endless paperwork.” 


FINISH LINE AT THE FLAG STAND / TRACK SIGN ALONG THE BACK STRAIGHT

Despite the lull in race events at the actual track site, Rapid Fire Motorsports Park is involved in the annual Thunder in the Valley drag event at the Drayton Valley Airport.  “We removed our spectator grandstands and loaned them to the organizers of the Thunder in the Valley race,” says Sekura, “as race track promoters we are still actively involved in the community and want to see this event grow.”

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VEGAS NIGHTS
LAS VEGAS , NV (November 10th)
– The 2007 Northern Provincial Pipelines Late Model Series Champion (2nd in 2009) is competing at one of the largest IMCA Modified races in North America this week.  More than 230 race teams have gathered for the 13th annual Duel in the Desert (Nov. 11 – 13) at Las Vegas Motor Speedway.  “It’s a very big race for me,” says Jason Beaulieu, “to win here would be a huge accomplishment.”  Beaulieu has had a limited racing season in 2010 due to work commitments.  “I can count on one hand the number of times I’ve raced my Modified this year.  I didn’t even get out once in the Late Model.”  Despite his limited racing season, the Campbell River, British Columbia driver made the most out of the one major event that he did compete at.  Back in July, Beaulieu won the 11th annual Modified Nationals at Grays Harbor Raceway in Elma, Washington. 


FOUR NPP FEATURE WINS IN 2009 / 2010 MODIFIED NATIONALS FEATURE WIN

“That was my biggest win ever in a modified,” exclaims Beaulieu, “that was a very tough race to run however this race here in Vegas is going to be an even bigger challenge.”  The opening night (Thursday) will see twenty heat races, ten ‘B’ Features and two Qualifying Features.  Only 28 cars will get the priveledge of starting the $7,777 to win Feature event on Saturday night. 


LETS GO RACING!!
(photo courtesy: Las Vegas Motor Speedway)

“The pill draw Thursday and Friday night are huge,” adds Beaulieu, “starting position for your heat races are crucial.  If I can catch a break and race in the Feature (top 8) Thursday night I won’t have to run Friday night. I’ll automatically transfer to Saturday nights show.” 


BEAULIEU HOPES TO ROLL 7's in VEGAS THIS WEEK

Beaulieu has run the Duel in the Desert race the last two years but is still looking for his first appearance in the big Feature.  “I blew the motor here two years ago.  Last year we did very well in our heats both nights (4th – Thursday // 2nd Friday) but couldn’t complete the deal getting to the big money race (Saturday night).”     

13th annual DUEL IN THE DESERT
>Thursday, November 11th
Finished 2nd in Heat Race
Finished 12th in Qualifying Feature

>Friday, November 12th
Finished 10th in Heat Race
Finished 3rd in 'B' Feature

>Saturday, November 13th
5:00PM            IMCA Modified Last Chance Races x10
(winners transfer to ‘A’)
7:00PM**        IMCA Duel in the Desert ‘A’ Feature

BREAKING NPP NEWS: 2008 NPP Series Champion Brian McCaughan is also racing 'The Duel' in Las Vegas. Thursday night McCaughan finished 10th in both his heat race and the 'B' Feature. McCaughan finished 4th in his Heat race and 3rd in his 'B' Feature race on Friday night.

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WEBSITE ON THE HOIST
EDMONTON, AB. (November 17) – Changes are coming to the official website of the Northern Provincial Pipelines Late Model Series.  Although most of the changes will be visual, there will be some new features added to the website.  One of the new additions will be the NPP Series ‘Official Records’ page.  This page will highlight the accomplishments of many NPP Late Model Series competitors and teams since 2001.  A detailed Heat and Feature win list will also visible on the ‘Official Records’ page which will be available for viewing in late December or early January. 


MONTHLY VISITS TO THE WEBSITE SINCE LAUNCH

The website has been a valuable tool for promotion and information regarding the NPP Late Model Series.  Since its launch in May 2007 the npp-racing.com website has recorded over 100,000 visits, over 276,000 page views and 3.5 million hits.     

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WEBSITE ON THE HOIST
EDMONTON, AB. (November 17) – Changes are coming to the official website of the Northern Provincial Pipelines Late Model Series.  Although most of the changes will be visual, there will be some new features added to the website.  One of the new additions will be the NPP Series ‘Official Records’ page.  This page will highlight the accomplishments of many NPP Late Model Series competitors and teams since 2001.  A detailed Heat and Feature win list will also visible on the ‘Official Records’ page which will be available for viewing in late December or early January. 


MONTHLY VISITS TO THE WEBSITE SINCE LAUNCH

The website has been a valuable tool for promotion and information regarding the NPP Late Model Series.  Since its launch in May 2007 the npp-racing.com website has recorded over 100,000 visits, over 276,000 page views and 3.5 million hits.     

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QUICK SPRINTS TO VEGAS
WHITECOURT, AB (November 23) – For the third time in four weekends a contingent of competitors from the Northern Provincial Pipelines Late Model Series will be at Las Vegas Motor Speedway.  Although many will be in attendance as spectators, several will be directly involved in the inaugural Lucas Oil Sprint Car Nationals event.  Whitecourt Alberta’s Paul Grundberg, the first NPP Series driver to win a Feature event in the United States, is sponsoring the Sprint Car that four-time World of Outlaws Champion Donny Schatz will be competing in.  “I started out racing a Sprint Car (Rookie of the Year in Edmonton - 2002) before coming over to the NPP Series (2007),” says the owner of Carlan Oilfield Services in Whitecourt, “I still have a bit of a soft spot for these open wheeled race cars.”  The Sprint Car that Schatz will drive is part of a two-car team owned by Whitecourt, Alberta’s Richard Saumure. 



CARLAN SPONSORED SPRINT CAR READY FOR VEGAS

“Richard is a huge supporter of racing so it’s nice to be able to help him out.  He always runs the best equipment.  Having a high profile driver like Schatz behind the wheel is a bonus.”  In September Sprint Car driver Jason Solwold helped Saumure become the first Canadian car owner to win the 2010 American Sprint Car Series Northwest Championship.


NPP IS WELL REPRESENTED AT LAS VEGAS MOTOR SPEEDWAY



>FRIDAY, November 26th
SCHATZ                                             SOLWOLD
3rd – Heat race #1                                5th – Heat race #2
10th – ‘A’ Feature                                6th – third ‘B’ Feature

Tony Stewart wins ‘A’ Feature

>SATURDAY, November 27th
SCHATZ                                             SOLWOLD
2nd – Heat race #4                              WIN– Heat race #7
10th – ‘A’ Feature                               11th – ‘A’ Feature

Joey Saldana wins ‘A’ Feature (Stewart finished in 5th)

NOTE: Edmonton Alberta’s David Miller will also be competing in Las Vegas in a Pat Beck powered ‘360’ Sprint Car.  Miller was 5th in ‘360’ points at Castrol Raceway in 2010. NIGHT #1: Finished 7th in Heat race #6.- - - Finished 13th in third 'B' Feature. NIGHT #2: Finished 7th in Heat race #7. - - - Finished 11th in first 'B' Feature.

NPP’s NOVEMBER VISITS IN VEGAS
Darrell Midgley, the 2009 NPP Series champion competed at the 2010 Open Comp in his NPP sponsored pavement Late Model on November 5th & 6th at LVMS.  One weekend later, Jason Beaulieu, the 2007 NPP Series Champion and 2008 NPP Series Champion Brian McCaughan raced their IMCA Modifieds at the 13th annual Duel in the Desert November 12th – 14th. 

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TIS THE SEASON
EDMONTON, AB (December 2) - The Northern Provincial Pipelines Late Model Series was a proud participant in several Santa Claus Parades the past several days.  “Our race season ended 11 weeks ago”, says NPP Series announcer Gord Craig, “but that does not mean we hibernate during the off season.” 

Thousands of spectators in three Alberta communities lined the streets to view their annual night time parades.  “We were in Leduc on Friday, Devon on Saturday and Edson on Thursday.  I think there were a lot of people surprised to see a pace car in their Christmas parade.  It was a lot of fun.” 

Fairly mild temperatures made for strong attendance numbers at each Santa Claus Parade.  “The parade routes in Devon and Leduc were primarily in the downtown core.”  Parade organizers in Edson had a different approach.  “After starting in the downtown area, the parade route switched to several residential streets.” Edson’s parade kicked off the town’s 100th anniversary celebrations.  The Northern Provincial Pipelines Late Model Series celebrates its 10th anniversary in 2011.   

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TESTING, TESTING
EDMONTON, AB. (December 15) – The Northern Provincial Pipelines Late Model Series has cleared its first hurdle in showing race events on-line during the 2011 season.  In a test broadcast late Sunday night into the early morning hours of Monday, three hours of live streaming video was broadcast on the npp-racing.com website.  “You didn’t miss much,” smiles NPP Series announcer Gord Craig,  “if you happened to be on the website at this time all you would have seen is a close up of a checkered flag, a picture of the NPP Series pace car and some graphics.” 


SCREEN SHOT OF LIVE STREAMING BROADCAST

Several more off-season tests are planned.  “The goal in 2011 is to broadcast all NPP Series races on the website but that will depend on internet access at the various tracks we plan on competing at.”  The broadcast tests coincide with several off-season modifications currently being made to the NPP Late Model Series website.  “Visits to the website continue to move in an upward direction,” adds Craig, “adding live coverage of race events next season will ensure this trend continues.”

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>MERRY CHRISTMAS FROM THE NPP LATE MODEL SERIES<

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