FOR ALL TO SEE
EDMONTON, AB
(October 14) - Northern Provincial Pipelines Late Model Series race teams have almost completed the first month of the extremely long off-season.  "No snow on the ground yet but we all know it's just around the corner," sighs NPP Series announcer Gord Craig, "the good news is in less than twelve weeks we'll be flipping the calendar to 2015 and begin counting down to a brand new season." 


NO HIBERNATION FOR THE NPP SERIES DURING THE LONG OFF-SEASON

Calgary, Alberta's Mark Miller won his first ever championship in dramatic style at Central Alberta Raceways the end of September.  Edson, Alberta's Dwight Kennedy finished second in the 2014 NPP Series Championship points chase.  Defending and two-time NPP Series Champion Kevin Wheeler from Whitecourt, Alberta grabbed third.  The top finishing rookie driver from the 2014 season was Devon, Alberta's Jay Carr.  "To celebrate our just completed season, we've once again printed off a special decal for the NPP Series official pace car."  The decal features the top-three finishers in the points chase for the 2014 season plus the NPP Series Rookie of the Year. 

"This special decal has been on the back window of the pace car for a few weeks now," admits Craig, "this is just one of the ways we acknowledge our podium finishers plus our top rookie."  The official website of the NPP Late Model Series will soon have the 2014 Champions page added to its growing on-line content.  "All of our champions and top drivers, dating back to our very first season [2001], are listed on our website for everyone to see. There aren't too many racing Series in Western Canada that pay tribute to its past and present drivers the way we do."


NPP TOP 3 PLUS THE TOP ROOKIE OF 2014 ON DISPLAY

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DOUBLE DOWN IN VEGAS
LAS VEGAS, NV.
(October 26) - The Canadian race season may be over but that does not stop Canadians from seeking out race events south of the border.  For the sixth year in a row, Northern Provincial Pipelines Late Model Series competitor Darrell Midgley headed south to the bright lights of Las Vegas, Nevada the final weekend of October.  The annual Fall Classic took place at Las Vegas Motor Speedway featuring the $10,000 to win Super Late Model event and the $2,500 to win Late Model event.  For the second year in a row the Sidney, British Columbia driver played the odds by running in both pavement Late Model classes. Although there was no trip to victory lane in Las Vegas, Midgley was the top Canadian finisher in both Late Model features on Saturday night.


BUSY NIGHT OF RACING IN VEGAS FOR TEAM MIDGLEY
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"Finished 11th in the Super Late Model feature and 10th in the Late Model feature," exclaims the 2009 NPP Series Champion, "it's not easy doing this [running two classes].  Hats off to my crew and all their hard work this weekend."  Doing the double at last year's Fall Classic event, Midgley did not qualify for the Super Late Model feature but grabbed a podium finish [3rd] in the Late Model feature.  Saturday nights 150 lap Super Late Model feature started off on a scary note with a wild rollover on lap 3.  "Managed to miss this one [crash] but with the amount of money on the line it wasn't surprising that the aggressive driving started early in this race."  Midgley has raced in Las Vegas a total of seven times since 2002. "We've blown engines, crashed and had some decent finishes here."  On Friday night Midgley qualified 14th [out of 21 cars] and then won his heat race in the Late Model class.  In the Super Late Model class, Midgley qualified 22nd [out of 39 cars] and finished 6th in the heat. Midgley wrapped up the 2014 NPP Late Model Series with back to back Feature wins 'on the dirt' at Central Alberta Raceways in Rimbey. The strong finish gave Midgley a 7th place finish in the NPP Series Championship point standings.


NEXT STOP FOR TEAM NPP: PHOENIX, ARIZONA

The Northern Provincial Pipelines race hauler will now exchange race cars when it returns to British Columbia this week. The pavement Late Models will be exchanged for a NASCAR K&N Series race car which will be on the track at Phoenix International Raceway on Thursday, November 6th. DJ Kennington, the two-time NASCAR Canadian Tire Series Champion from St.Thomas, Ontario will be behind the wheel of the Northern Provincial Pipelines Ltd. backed race car.

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KENNINGTON GRABS SEVENTH
AVONDALE, AZ
(November 6) - Canada's DJ Kennington wrapped up his 2014 race season with a strong 7th place finish at the Casino Arizona 100 event at Phoenix International Raceway Thursday night. After running 17th fastest in practice, Kennington qualified 19th in his Northern Provincial Pipelines #81 Dodge for the final race of the NASCAR K&N Series season. "The numbers sure weren't there in practice or qualifying," admits the St. Thomas, Ontario driver, "but we figured things out for the race. The car got better as the night went along. It definitely was a huge team effort." At the drop of the green Kennington gained several spots moving into the 15th position before the race was even 10 laps old. On Lap 33, the two-time NASCAR Canadian Tire Series champion narrowly avoided a nasty three-car crash that forced race officials to throw the


KENNINGTON CHARGING HARD AT PIR

red flag. "Had a little bit of time to react [to the crash]," adds Kennington, "I was more worried about running through the debris than anything." After the clean-up, which took close to 15 minutes, Kennington continued his push to the front moving from 13th to 11th by the mid-way point of the race. At Lap 50 a scheduled competion Yellow flag would fly allowing teams to pit for adjustments and fuel. The adjustments made to Kennington's car dramatically improved its


CANUCK BATTLE: #81 DJ KENNINGTON AND #83 KELLY ADMIRAAL

handling. On Lap 55 Kennington cracked the top-10 for the first time in the 100 lap race. Kennington fell out of the Top 10 with less than 30 laps to go but would battle back to 8th with just 5 laps remaining. "The car was really loose towards the end but we pushed hard and managed to gain back track position." A late race caution would provide an exciting green, white checkered finish. Kennington gained one more position to finish 7th giving him back to back top-10 finishes at Phoenix International Raceway in 2014. Kennington finished 5th at the NASCAR K&N Series race back on February 27th. Kennington finished third in the NASCAR Canadian Tire Series 2014 championship point standings.


CASINO ARIZONA 100 results

-Thursday, November 6, 2014

1. #99 Nick Drake - Mooresville, N. Carolina
2. #20 Gray Gaulding - Colonial Heights, Virgina
3. #00 Cole Custer - Ladera Ranch, California
4. #97 Jesse Little - Sherrills Ford, N. Carolina
5. #9 Dylan Lupton - Wilton, California
6. #17 David Mayhew - Atascadero, California
7. #81 DJ Kennington - St. Thomas, Ontario
8. #8 John Borneman - Ramona, California
9. #26 Greg Pursley - Newhall, California
10.#33 James Krzysik - Grande Prairie, Alberta
11.#42 Taylor Cuzick - Tolleson, Arizona
12.#5 Thomas Martin - Auburn, California
13.#18 Bill Kann - Scottsdale, Arizona
14.#83 Kelly Admiraal - Sherwood Park, Alberta
15.#22 Austin Hill - Winston, Georgia
16.#44 Austin Reed - Mooresville, N. Carolina
17.#84 Rich Delong - Santa Clarita, California
18.#11 Justin Funkhouser - Paradise, California
19.#61 Brett Thompson - Jerome, Idaho
20.#16 Brandon McReynolds - Mooresville, N. Carolina
21.#38 Wendell Chavous - Hephzibah, Georgia
22.#25 Chris Eggleston - Erie, Colorado
23.#36 Hannah Newhouse - Twin Falls, Idaho
24.#12 Giles Thornton - Whitefish, Montana
25.#30 John Wood - Eagle, Idaho
26.#14 JJ Haley - Winamac, Indiana
27.#27 Kyle Benjamin - Easley, S. Carolina
28.#35 J.D. White - Tucson, Arizona
29.#21 Jay Beasley - Las Vegas, Nevada
30.#6 James Bickford - Napa, California
31.#15 Jack Sellers - Sacramento, California
32.#54 Zach Huffman - Manteca, California

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FORMER CHAMPS WIN BIG IN 2014
EDMONTON, AB (November 23) - The Northern Provincial Pipelines Late Model Series has always attracted some of Western Canada's top driving talents.  For three former NPP Late Model Series Champions, 2014 was quite the year.  Dennis MacEachern, the 2002 NPP Series Champion, won his first ever ASCS open wheel Sprint Car race in the United States.  Mike Tom, the 2011 NPP Series Champion, won his first Edmonton track championship. Three-time NPP Series Champion Trevor Emond won his first pavement Late Model season championship in the United States.


MACEACHERN: FROM NPP LATE MODEL TO OPEN WHEEL
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After winning the NPP Late Model Series Championship back in 2002, Dennis MacEachern ventured into open wheel territory.  "I've run sprint cars since 2003," says the Edson, Alberta driver, "some days you just want to pack up and want to sell everything when you crash or have a bad day.  Then you get a top 5 or even a win and then you immediately forget about the last bad race."  Running a limited season in 2014, MacEachern recorded his biggest open wheel victory ever.  "For only racing six times this year, getting a win felt pretty good.  Especially where we did it."  On the second night of a three-night show, MacEachern won the ASCS Feature race at Electric City Speedway in Great Falls, Montana.  "Some pretty big names were there from the '360' Sprint Car ranks.  It was sure nice to win one for our car owners."  MacEachern started running for Keith and Terry Sommerville back in 2011.  In his 29 NPP Late Model Series starts, MacEachern recorded 28 Top 10 finishes along with 7 Heat and 3 Feature event wins.


MIKE TOM: 2011 NPP SERIES CHAMPION / 2014 NTDLM CHAMPION
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Mike Tom competed in the Northern Provincial Pipelines Late Model Series from 2004 - 2012. For the last two seasons, the 2011 NPP Series Champion has been one of the top drivers in the Northern Thunder Dirt Late Model class at Castrol Raceway.  "It's been a challenge changing over to the new car, " admits Tom, "they are completely different to driving a NPP car."  It did not take the Stony Plain, Alberta driver very long to adjust to his new racing surroundings.  In only his second year in the NTDLM class, Tom led all drivers with 6 Heat and 3 Feature wins to claim his first Edmonton track championship.  "Our approach to racing and how we compete has not changed.  We are racing to win in this class."  Tom recorded 41 heat race wins and 9 Feature wins in 97 NPP Late Model Series starts.


TREVOR EMOND AND MIKE TOM BATTLE IN 2009

The biggest success story for a former NPP Series competitor goes to three-time NPP Series Champion Trevor Emond.  The past two seasons, Emond has focused all his racing attention south of the border.  That focus paid off big in 2014.  "It took me 19 years to finally win a pavement Late Model race in the states," exclaims Emond of his May 31st victory at Montana Raceway Park.  The rest of the season, a series of strong finishes at the same facility gave Emond his first ever Super Late Model track championship in the United States. 

"To win the 2014 track championship in Montana was just huge."  Emond was the first Canadian season champion in the 23 year history of Montana Raceway Park.  "I'm proud of this championship, " exclaims Emond, "I'm more proud that my son [Ty] won the Bandelero Season Championship [at Montanaa Raceway Park] as well."  The father/son championship in two classes is a first for Montana Raceway Park also.  Emond last ran in the NPP Late Model Series back in 2012 where he won back to back Feature events at Merritt Speedway in British Columbia. Emond still sits number one in the NPP Series rankings with 47 Heat and 33 Feature victories in 79 starts and remains the only driver to record three consecutive season NPP Series championships [2003, 2004, 2005].

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SCHEDULE ME IN
EDMONTON, AB (December 12) - Planning for the 2015 race season continues for the Northern Provincial Pipelines Late Model Series.  More attention is being focused on potential race dates at Castrol Raceway.  "Next year is huge for Edmonton's oval track," says NPP Series announcer Gord Craig, "this is the 25th straight year of operation for this facility.  We are hoping to add a couple extra Edmonton dates to our schedule to help the track celebrate this monumental feat." Craig indicates there is one race date that can be announced.  "The NPP Series is pleased to be the support class for the Gold Cup once again next season.


NPP LATE MODEL RACE ACTION IN EDMONTON FROM 2002
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The Gold Cup, first run in Edmonton back in 1954, is scheduled for Castrol Raceway on Friday and Saturday, July 24th and 25th." After making its debut at the 1999 Gold Cup, the NPP Late Model has been the support class ever since.  "We are looking at as many as six race dates for Edmonton in 2015.  Last season we only competed four times in Edmonton."  With additional 'requested' Edmonton race dates currently being discussed, officials at Central Alberta Raceways in Rimbey, Alberta have announced that their 2015 oval schedule will be comprised of two-day shows.  "No dates have been released by track officials as of yet," adds Craig, "but Rimbey is moving to a Friday and Saturday night race format for 2015." 


NPP SERIES: RACING IN RIMBEY SINCE 2005
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The NPP Late Model Series competed at Central Alberta Raceways first ever two-day oval event back in September.  "It was a successful experiment.  I know a lot of race teams are happy they are moving to a two-day race format."  Central Alberta Raceways is celebrating its 10th anniversary in 2015. The NPP Late Model Series was the first class to compete at the Rimbey, Alberta facility back in 2005. Dinosaur Downs Speedway in Drumheller, Alberta and Merritt Speedway in Merritt, British Columbia are additional tracks that could see a championship points event from the NPP Series in 2015.  "We're also looking at returning to Sangudo Speedway for the second year in a row."

NPP LATE MODEL SERIES
TENTATIVE 2015 SCHEDULE


-MAY
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-JUNE
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-JULY
Friday, July 24th        Castrol Raceway - Edmonton, Alberta
Saturday, July 25th     Castrol Raceway - Edmonton, Alberta

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-SEPTEMBER
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