WORK AND PLAY
WHITECOURT, AB (October 4) – Finding the right balance between work and play has always been a complicated formula for business owners.  Just ask the newly crowned Northern Provincial Pipelines Late Model Series Champion.  "There were a few races this year that we almost weren't able to attend because we were so busy at work." 


WHEELER HAS COMPETED IN 70 NPP SERIES RACE EVENTS SINCE 2006
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Kevin Wheeler owns KW Mechanical in Whitecourt, Alberta.  "We had several late nights at work this year just so we could get to the track."  Wheeler won five Feature events in 2013, the most wins by one driver since the 2007 NPP Series season.  His performance and success at the track this season mirrored what's also been taking place at KW Mechanical.  "Business has been growing by leaps and bounds," admits Wheeler, "we are up to six office staff  and we've now hired two more technicians [total of 8] to keep up with demand."  Before the 2013 race season even began Wheeler went to victory lane. The 41-year old  received the prestigious North American Truck Service Expect of the Year award at the annual HDA Truck Pride convention in Florida.  KW Mechanical is one of over 700 North American businesses that fly the HDA Truck Pride banner. 

On Thursday, Kevin Wheeler and his staff held a customer appreciation BBQ.  "You got to do the work thing before you can play.  Today is a bit of both."  KW Mechanical served up more than 225 burgers and 100 hotdogs to customers and many race fans.  "2013 was definitely our year.  We've had an outstanding year both businesswise and on the track.  This is a great way to say thanks to our supporters.  A lot of people came through here today."  Wheeler had his Championship race car on display inside the shop.  Kevin's brother Wayne, who won 2013 NPP Series Rookie of the Year honors also had his race car on display for the big BBQ.


2013 NPP SERIES CHAMPION: KEVIN WHEELER


2013 NPP SERIES ROOKIE OF THE YEAR: WAYNE WHEELER

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BROUGHTON BOUNCES BACK
SPRUCE GROVE, AB (October 11th) – The road to complete recovery continues for Bruce Broughton.  "My life is slowly getting back to normal," exclaims the 2010 Northern Provincial Pipelines Late Model Series Champion, "feeling pretty good.  I'm now back at work."  With a history of heart problems in his family, Broughton, suffered a massive heart attack on July 4th. The 44-year old non-smoker endured a second heart attack while on the operating table.  "It seems so long ago already[heart attack] but really I just have to flip the calendar back a few pages."  Broughton had angioplasty and three stents inserted and spent several days in intensive care.  A majority of his recovery time was spent at home and at a small campground north-west of Edmonton.  "I was pretty burned out when this happened.  Taking the summer off and spending time at the lake was really good for my mental well being as much as my physical.  This was a big eye opener as far as how short life can really be."  Broughton did manage a couple trips to the race track during his recovery to watch his fellow NPP Late Model Series competitors. 


BLANEY, KENNEDY, SCHRADER AT RACE OF CHAMPIONS IN EDMONTON
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"I went to the Edmonton race when the NASCAR drivers were up [Race of Champions].  This is where I really missed being behind the wheel of a race car.  Seeing Shawn Kennedy mixing it up with Kenny Schrader and Dave Blaney, I was a little jealous it was him and not me.  I can't lie."  Broughton returned to work on a part-time basis in late September. 


BROUGHTON IS BACK TO WORK AT LJB AUTO IN SPRUCE GROVE

"It was nice to see the guys again.  It's funny, you think that you are the cog in the wheel that nobody can do without and when something like this happens it's amazing how people can fill in for you.  It was awesome to see how the staff here [LJB Auto] reacted to the situation."  Doctor's have already told Broughton he can expect a complete recovery.  "This really made me appreciate my family and friends more than I ever had before.  Take care of your health because you only get one shot at this and you better live life to the fullest."  Broughton hopes to be able compete in the NPP Late Model Series in 2014.  "It's a long ways a way between now and spring.  I know I miss driving a race car.  If my recovery goes as well as it has so far, I can't see me not being behind the wheel of a car next season."


2010 NPP LATE MODEL SERIES CHAMPIONS

BROUGHTON NPP SERIES STATS
2005 NPP Series Rookie of the Year
2010 NPP Series Champion
79 - Race Starts
54 - Top 10's
32 - Top 5's
  5 - Pole positions
  8 - Feature Wins
42 - Heat Wins

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HEADIN' SOUTH
EDSON, AB. (October 21) - The off-season has begun for many racing series in Canada however the race season is far from over for title sponsor of the NPP Late Model Series.  Northern Provincial Pipelines Ltd. will be waving the Canadian flag south of the border at two upcoming race events.  "The dirt cars are parked for the year," says NPP owner Dwight Kennedy, "now it's time to bring out the pavement cars."  Sidney, British Columbia's Darrell Midgley, the 2009 NPP Late Model Series Champion and St. Thomas, Ontario's DJ Kennington, the two-time Canadian Tire NASCAR Series Champion (2010, 2012), will both be racing south of the border in the coming weeks.  Midgley will be competing at the annual Fall Classic event on the "The Bullring" at Las Vegas Motor Speedway the end of October (24th- 26th).  Kennington will compete at the NASCAR K&N Series event at Phoenix International Raceway in November (7th-9th).  "For several years we've had cars compete in Phoenix and Vegas," says team owner Dwight Kennedy, "it's basically a tradition now."  This will be the sixth consecutive appearance for Midgley on the .375 mile paved oval track in Las Vegas, Nevada.

 

STRONG FINISH FOR MIDGLEY LAST YEAR IN LAS VEGAS

"We've always run well and qualified well [in Vegas]," exclaims Midgley who finished 5th at the 2012 Fall Classic, "as a team we are putting a huge effort into this year's race."  For the first time, Northern Provincial Pipelines Ltd. will be bringing two cars to Fall Classic event in Las Vegas.  "We will be running in both the Super Late Model and the Late Model classes," admits Midgley, "yes there will be the additional pressure of running the extra race."  DJ Kennington will focus his efforts on the NASCAR K & N Series event in Arizona. 


TOP TEN FOR KENNINGTON AT PIR BACK IN MARCH

"This will be the first time behind the wheel of a race car since Peterborough Speedway [in September]."  At the season ending race of the NASCAR Canadian Tire Series Kennington finished fourth and wound up second overall in the 2013 championship point standings.  Kennington finished just two points back of top spot.  "Looking forward to getting back to Phoenix," says Kennington, "we've had some strong runs there the past few races."  At the NASCAR K & N Series 2013 Season opener back in March, Kennington finished seventh.  "We don't run with these guys all the time and to come out and grab a top 10 felt pretty good."  Both Kennington and Midgley will have two separate on-track practice sessions before qualifying and the race.
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NOTE:  Three-time NPP Series Champion Trevor Emond will also be competing at the Fall Classic.  The Leduc, Alberta driver will be behind the wheel of his Clark Construction/Hitchworks #17 Chevrolet on "The Bullring" at Las Vegas Motor Speedway.  Emond last competed in the NPP Late Model Series in 2012.


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> FRIDAY, October 25th
Late Model Fast Time = 15.792 // Midgley Qualified 5th - 16.346
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Super Late Model Fast Time = 14.802
Emond Qualified 17th - 15.228 // Midgley Qualified 25th - 15.409
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Super Late Model Heat Race #1
Midgley 4th / Emond 5th
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> SATURDAY, October 26th
Late Model Feature - Midgley finished 3rd
SLM Feature - Emond finished 7th / Midgley DNQ


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> THURSDAY, November 7th
4:35pm - Practice
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> FRIDAY, November 8th

9:00am - Practice
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> SATURDAY, November 9th
8:30am - Qualifying
5:00pm - Casino Arizona 50

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15 HOMES, 15 FAMILIES
EDSON, AB. (October 30) - The checkered flag was waving as the largest rural Habitat for Humanity build site in Canada was completed.  Close to two-hundred people were on hand for an emotional weekend ceremony in which 15 families received keys to their brand new homes.


HABITAT FOR HUMANITY EDSON, ALBERTA BUILD SITE

"What Edson has accomplished is simply amazing," said Alfred Nikolai, President & CEO, Habitat for Humanity Edmonton, "everyone associated with this build should be proud of this accomplishment."  The $3.1 million dollar project, built on land donated by the Town of Edson, took three-years to complete using volunteer labor, generous donations from sponsors along with donated and heavily discounted building supplies.  "From pounding nails, painting walls and shoveling gravel we couldn't have done this without the volunteers and our sponsors."  Thousands of hours of work was put into this massive 15 home project.  Dignitaries at the official key handover ceremony included Alberta premier Alison Redford and Edson mayor Greg Pasychny.  All Weather Windows, a major sponsor of the Northern Provincial Pipelines Late Model Series, is one of the biggest supporters of Habitat for Humanity Canada.  "We are proud to be a home sponsor with Habitat," says Henry Banman, senior Vice President of All Weather Windows, "we partnered with them over a decade ago in an effort to provide decent and affordable housing for Canadians." 


PREMIER ALISON REDFORD AND ALL WEATHER WINDOWS VP HENRY BANMAN

All Habitat for Humanity families pay an interest-free mortgage which will never be more than 25% of their annual income.  All mortgage payments then go towards future Habitat for Humanity builds which will benefit even more families in the years to come. Just over an hour after the key ceremony in Edson, Alberta ended, several moving trucks started backing up to the 15 new homes. A total of 32 young children now have a bedroom to call their own and a safe neighborhood to play in.

HABITAT FOR HUMANITY BASIC GUIDELINES
- this is a hand-up and not a hand-out for families.
- each family works on their own home investing 500 hours of "sweat equity" as a down payment.
- mortgage payments (no interest) will not be more than 25 percent of a family's income.
- families must be employed with stable incomes from $29,000 to $54,000 who are not able to purchase their own home.

HABITAT FOR HUMANITY - EDSON BUILD
Project Leader-------------- Karen Adam
Edson Site Supervisor------- Keef Little
Construction Advisor             David Stevens
Volunteer Coordinator           Karen Adam
Fundraising Coordinator         Yvonne Bayley
Family Support Coordinator--Avril Houstoun
Family Committee------------ Jack Drebit and Sandy Moore
Amenity/Food Coordinator     Lorna Imber
Team Leader Assistant------- Mike Lambregts
Lunch Committee-------------Tien Young
Publicity Coordinator--------- Karen Adam

 


GROUNDBREAKING CEREMONIES - September 10th, 2010

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A WEEKEND TO FORGET
PHOENIX, AZ (November 12) - Canada's DJ Kennington would like to erase all memories of his recent trip to Arizona.  "I cannot remember a worse weekend in my twenty years of racing," sighs the St. Thomas, Ontario driver, "very frustrating.  Very, very frustrating."  Kennington was pulling double duty at Phoenix International Raceway the second weekend of November (7th-9th).  The NASCAR Canadian Tire Series veteran would be making only his second start in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series and his sixth start in the NASCAR K & N Series (fourth start in Phoenix).  "The truck deal was last minute," explains Kennington, "I got a call from Rick Ware Racing.  He heard I was racing the K & N car in Phoenix and asked if I'd be interested in running his truck." 


KENNINGTON COMPETED IN JUST HIS SECOND NASCAR TRUCK RACE
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Northern Provincial Pipelines Ltd. quickly jumped on board as an associate sponsor on the Pocket Finder #1 Chevrolet truck for the Phoenix weekend.  "The truck was fast. It was running real good. The K & N car was another story. We thought we had the problems figured out." Overheating and electrical issues plagued the NPP/Jaynart/Clark Construction #81 Dodge during the two practice sessions and qualifying.  "We came here to race and not be a pylon." 


PROBLEMS PLAGUED THE #81 DODGE ALL WEEKEND

Kennington qualified 20th for the Friday night NASCAR Truck race.  "I think we had a top 10 truck for this race.  It felt that good."  Unfortunately for Kennington his night ended early as he slammed the turn three wall on the very first lap of the Lucas Oil 150.  "I just screwed up plain and simple," admits Kennington, "I didn't get touched.  I didn't have a tire go down.  I just screwed up.  There is not much more that I can say."  Kennington would be credited with a 36th place finish in the Friday night truck race. 


KENNINGTON FINISHED 36TH AFTER SMACKING THE WALL EARLY

Saturday nights Casino Arizona 50 race did look promising for Kennington.  "We qualified poorly (30th) which means we had to start at the back of the pack."  Like the truck race the night before, the NASCAR K & N Series saw some bent metal on the very first lap.  "It wasn't me this time," laughs Kennington,  "but the crash did happen right in front of me.  I managed to get on the brakes and was able to drive around the carnage."  NASCAR officials were forced to red flag the race to clean up the oil and debris that was spread out down the front straight.  The cleanup took 25 minutes.  "I was hoping this [missing the crash] was a sign that I would have a better finish than the truck race."  Once the race went back to green Kennington would gain several spots.  "I think we made it as high as 24th then the car started sputtering again."  Kennington would pit several times under green flag conditions and then parked the car after completing just 17 of 50 laps.  Kennington would be scored with a 26th place finish. 

"We finished 7th here [Phoenix] back in March.  It would have been fantastic to grab another top 10 but it wasn't meant to be." Despite the dreadful weekend in Phoenix, Kennington remains positive.  "We have really been on a roll the last few years.  Grabbing the NASCAR Canadian Tire Series Championship last year.  Finishing second in points this year.  We will have to dust ourselves off [after this weekend] and add it to our list of things we don't want to repeat...... ever!"  Kennington and team wrap up their 2013 race season at Homestead Miami Speedway in Florida. "We are going to race the truck again. This is our chance to make amends for Phoenix.

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OFF-SEASON ACKNOWLEDGEMENT
EDMONTON, AB (November 22) - The official pace car of the Northern Provincial Pipelines Late Model Series is sporting a brand new decal.  The top-five finishers from the 2013 Championship points chase are now featured on the back window of the Dodge Charger pace car.  "This decal has been on the pace car for a few weeks now," exclaims NPP Series announcer Gord Craig, "it's just one of the ways we acknowledge our top drivers during the snowy off-season." 

Acknowledging drivers and teams is nothing new for the NPP Late Model Series.  "We've done this [back window decal] for several seasons," says Craig, "the decal will be removed the end of March but the accomplishments of these drivers will always be visible on-line."  The top-ten finishers from every race season since 2001 are listed on the official website of the NPP Late Model Series."Winning a season championship is extremely tough.  Cracking the top-five or top-ten [in points] in the NPP Series is very tough.  The accomplishments of all these drivers are on the website for everyone to see." 


OFF-SEASON VISIT TO A SNOW COVERED CASTROL RACEWAY

The 2014 race season of the Northern Provincial Pipelines Late Model Series is still several months away.  The first look at the 2014 tentative NPP Series schedule is expected to be released somethime in mid-December.

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