EDMONTON, AB (October 5) - The Northern Provincial Pipelines Late Model Series is proud to continue an annual off-season tradition.  The official pace car of the NPP Late Model Series is once again displaying a special decal honoring the top three drivers and top rookie from the just completed race season. 

"This decal features the top drivers of the Series from 2015," says NPP Series announcer Gord Craig, "it's for everyone to see and a friendly reminder that we [as a Series] don't hibernate during the off-season."  Darrell Midgley took home the season championship in 2015.  "This is the second time that his familiar Integra Tire(Edson) #14 Dodge has been featured on the back window."  The Sidney, British Columbia driver won his first NPP Series Championship back in 2009. 


For the second consecutive season Mark Miller's A1 Autobody #69 Chevrolet is featured on the back window of the pace car.  The Calgary, Alberta driver finished second in 2015 and won his first ever championship in 2014.  Edson, Alberta's Ken Clark finished third in the 2015 point standings and Sylvan Lake, Alberta's Marc Hobe' was top Rookie.  "Really nice to see Ken and Marc's race cars on the back window [of the pace car]," adds Craig, "these two are real fighters.  They both fought through some stuff during the season but persevered and never gave up." The 2016 race season of the NPP Late Model Series is still more than seven months away. The official pace car and website remain active during the off-season.  "This pace car is our moving billboard," exclaims Craig, "you just never know where it will make an appearance."  During last year's off-season the NPP Series Pace car was seen in six US States including California and Arizona.    




EDSON, AB (October 15) - Many hardcore Canadian race car drivers and fans begin looking south of the border this time of the year to fill their need for speed. Darrell Midgley, the newly crowned champion of the Northern Provincial Pipelines Late Model Series and two-time Canadian Tire NASCAR Series Champion DJ Kennington are two drivers that will once again fly the Canadian flag at select US races this fall and winter.  Midgley, from Sidney, British Columbia, will race in at least five pavement Late Model events in three US States.  Kennington, from St. Thomas, Ontario, will compete at two NASCAR K & N Series events at Phoenix International Raceway.  Both Midgley and Kennington will run cars with major sponsorship from Northern Provincial Pipelines Ltd.  Midgley begins his off-season racing schedule at Las Vegas Motor Speedway next week. 

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"Looking forward to this race," exclaims the veteran pavement racer, "we did pretty well here last year."  The Sidney, British Columbia driver will be competing at the 2015 Fall Classic featuring the Super Late Model 150, which runs on October 24th.  This will be Midgley's eighth visit to "The Bullring" in Las Vegas since 2002.  For the third consecutive year, Midgley will also be 'doubling down' in Vegas.  "Going to be racing both the Late Model and the Super Late Model."  At last year's Fall Classic, Midgley finished 10th in the Late Model and 11th in the Super Late Model.  "It's a lot of work for the crew because the cars are completely different from each other."  The payout is also different.  The Super Late Model race pays $10,000 to win.  The Late Model race pays $2,500 to win. After the Las Vegas event, Midgley plans on racing the NPP/Alien Chassis #81 Dodge at select events in Arizona and California over the coming months.

Just a few weeks after the Las Vegas race, DJ Kennington will follow the off-season footprints of Midgley south of the border to Phoenix International Raceway.  "It's been a year since we've been there," says the St. Thomas, Ontario driver, "I'm really pumped for this race."  On Thursday, November 12th, the NASCAR K & N Series kicks off four consecutive days of NASCAR racing in Phoenix.  "It will be good to get back there.  We have a really nice piece this time."  That 'piece' Kennington refers to is a race car that has undergone close to $20,000 worth of upgrades. "There has been some rule changes since I last ran in this Series.  It has cost a bit of money but we needed to upgrade the car to be more competitive.  We have a different roll cage and we've got a brand new body which will give us more down force."  Kennington drove to a 7th place finish at the November 2014 race in Phoenix. 

Kennington finished 7th in the 2015 Canadian Tire NASCAR Series points chase and reflected back on the just completed season.  "This is the first time we've been out of the Top 3 in points in eight seasons.  We will take our bumps and some lumps and look forward to next season."  Kennington did wrap up the season in Canada with a podium finish [3rd] at Ontario's Kawartha Speedway.  "Would sure love to carry the momentum [from Kawartha] into the Phoenix race.  It's time to go racing again!"  Although the 2016 schedule of the NASCAR K&N Series has not been released, officials are looking at bringing the March race back to Phoenix after a one-year hiatus.  "A lot of people were a little bit surprised when it wasn't on the schedule this year."  Kennington had his best ever finish at Phoenix International Raceway with a 5th place finish in March of 2014.  If the K & N Series returns to Phoenix in March 2016, Kennington would compete at this race as well.  

October 24      Las Vegas Motor Speedway - Las Vegas, Nevada (Midgley)
November 12  Phoenix International Raceway - Phoenix, Arizona (Kennington)
November 28  Tuscon Speedway - Tuscon, Arizona (Midgley)
February 13    Tuscon Speedway - Tuscon, Arizona (Midgley)
February 28    Kern County Speedway - Bakersfield, California (Midgley)
March 13th     Phoenix International Raceway - Phoenix, Arizona (Kennington)
April 10th       Irwindale Speedway - Irwindale, California (Midgley)

*subject to additions/deletions


LAS VEGAS, NV (October 24) - Darrell Midgley 'doubled down' on the 3/8 mile Bullring track at Las Vegas Motor Speedway. The 2015 Champion of the Northern Provincial Pipelines Late Model Series raced in two-pavement Late Model classes at the annual Fall Classic Friday and Saturday, October 23/24.


During Friday afternoon qualifying, the Sidney, British Columbia driver qualified 15th (out of 21cars) in the Late Model Class and 16th (out of 39) in the Super Late Model Class. In the Friday night Late Model Heat race, Midgley finished a strong second positioning himself well for the Saturday night Feature. With more cars registered in the Super Late Model class, Midgley needed a third place finish or better in his Heat race to lock himself into the Saturday night Feature. While running third, seven laps to go, another competitor ran into the back of the NPP #81 Dodge. "We were in a transfer spot," exclaims the Sidney, British Columbia driver, "we qualified well and were running well." Midgley's machine was removed from the track on the back of a tow truck. "The car was tore up pretty good." His crew immediately went to work repairing the damage to the NPP #81 Super Late Model. They finished repairs just after 2AM Saturday morning.


The 100 lap Late Model Feature did not go very well for Midgley Saturday night. "I thought we had a decent car. We just totally missed the setup. Then a spark plug wire fell off. It just went from bad to worse in this car." Midgley was forced to pit but returned to the track and was credited with a 15th place finish (down 22 laps). "I think we can put this race off as a loss. Most of our efforts here [in Las Vegas] went to the Super Late Model." Eric Richardson of Bakersfield, California was the initial winner of the caution free Late Model Feature. Richardson's however car failed post race inspection and was immediately disqualified. Trevor Huddleston of Agoura Hills, California was declared the winner. Fourth place finisher Jeff Peterson (San Bernadino, California) also failed post race inspection and was DQ'd. Before the disqualifications Midgley was listed as finishing 15th but ended up in 13th.


Midgley needed to finish fourth or better in the Last Chance Super Late Model race to have any hope of advancing to the 150 Lap Fall Classic Feature. With repairs completed and new body panels in place, Midgley won his Last Chance race advancing him to the $10,000 to win Feature. "The car was actually better today [after repairs] than Friday night. The guys did one heck of a job putting it back together." The momentum from the Last Chance victory carried over to the Super Late Model Feature. "At this level there is no time to relax. You are on it the entire race." Starting in the 22nd position, Midgley advanced several positions at the drop of the Green and continued his move to the front.


Unlike last years carnage filled Feature, this years Fall Classic was relatively tame as only 6 caution flags would wave for various spins. Midgley got as high as ninth in the Saturday night Super Late Model finish but ended up 12th when the checkered flag flew. "Says a lot about my guys. They never give up. What they did here to get this car back on the track was amazing. " Linny White of Fontana, California won the 150 Lap Super Late Model Feature and the $10,000 payday.


ST. THOMAS, ON (November 3) - Coming off a 7th place finish in the 2015 NASCAR Canadian Tire Series point standings, two-time champion DJ Kennington and team are gearing up for a race in the Copper State.  "It's been a year since we've been there," says the St. Thomas, Ontario driver, "I'm really pumped for this race."  Kennington competes in the NASCAR K&N Series Casino Arizona 100 at Phoenix International Raceway on November 12th.  The K&N race kicks of four consecutive days of action at PIR which also features the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series (November 13th), NASCAR XFinity Series (November 14th) and the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series (November 15th).  "We don't run this Series [K&N] full-time," says Kennington, "it's nice to have the opportunity to run south of the border.  My crew is looking forward to this race as well."  Kennington will once again pilot the Northern Provincial Pipelines #81 Dodge in Arizona.  "Big thanks to Dwight [Kennedy] again for this opportunity.  Without him this wouldn't be happening."  Kennington will be driving a car prepared at the Bill McAnally Race shop in Roseville, California.  "We're driving a car that's seen a lot of upgrades.  It has cost a bit of money but we needed to upgrade the car to be more competitive."  Kennington drove to a 7th place finish at last year's NASCAR K&N Series race at Phoenix International Raceway. 


PHOENIX, AZ (November 12) - Canada's DJ Kennington drove the Northern Provincial Pipelines/Clark Construction #81 Toyota to a 9th place finish at the NASCAR K & N Series Casino Arizona 100 Thursday night. The road to his 3rd consecutive top 10 finish at Phoenix International Raceway was not easy for the St. Thomas, Ontario driver. In the only practice session of the event, Kennington was 23rd fastest out of 36 entrants. Kennington drew an early number for qualifying and was the 5th car out on the track. He laid down a 128.963mph lap time which was almost a mile an hour faster than his top practice speed earlier in the day.


His fellow competitors however were also faster in qualifying which nullified any gains. In the end Kennington qualified 22nd for the 30 car starting lineup. At the drop of the green flag Kennington moved up several spots to 19th but would be stalled in this position for more than half of the 100 lap race. During the mandatory pit and fuel stop on lap 50, several adjustments were made to Kennington's car. The adjustments allowed Kennington to move forward in the field the last half of the race. Kennington was running 11th as the white flag flew. Entering the final corner, two competitors in front of him came together. This contact opened the door for a two position gain which Kennington took advantage of. Kennington crossed the finish line in 9th at Phoenix International Raceway. The race was won by Todd Gilliland, son of NASCAR driver David Gilliland. At just 15 years of age Gilliland is the youngest winning driver in NASCAR K & N Series history.

- Thursday, November 12, 2015
1. #54 Todd Gilliland - Sherrills Ford, North Carolina
2. #91 William Byron - Charlotte, North Carolina
3.#16 Brandon McReynolds - Mooresville, North Carolina
4. #52 Dalton Sargeant - Boca Raton, Florida
5. #41 Landon Cassill - Cedar Rapids, Iowa
6. #12 Harrison Burton - Huntersville, North Carolina
7. #40 Travis Miller - Chesapeake, Virginia
8. # 6 James Bickford - Napa, California
9. #81 D.J. Kennington - St. Thomas, Ontario
10.# 7 Ronnie Bassett Jr. - Winston-Salem, North Carolina
11.#99 Chris Eggleston - Erie, Colorado
12.# 9 Ryan Partridge - Rancho Cucamonga, California
13.#21 Alex Schutte - Redding, California
14.# 7 Noah Gragson - Las Vegas, Nevada
15.#26 Greg Pursley - Newhall, California
16.#31 Johnny White - Bakersfield, California
17.#13 Todd Souza - Watsonville, California
18.#55 Blake Williams - Spokane, Washington
19.#48 Clayton Green - Marble Falls, Texas
20.#44 Austin Reed - Coto De Caza, California
21.# 5 JJ Haley - Winamac, Indiana
22.#33 Nicole Behar - Otis Orchards, Washington
23.#14 Matt Levin - Tucson, Arizona
24. #27 Gracin Raz - Lake Oswego, Oregon
25.#96 Ben Kennedy - Daytona Beach, Florida
26.#30 Ron Norman - Davenport, Iowa
27. #20 Spencer Davis - Dawsonville, Georgia
28.#61 Brett Thompson - Jerome, Idaho
29.#17 David Mayhew - Atascadero, California
30.# 3 Kaz Grala - Westborough, Massachusetts

Race Length 1:09:36
Cautions Flags 5


TUCSON, AZ (November 25) - Darrell Midgley will be flying the Canadian flag in the Northern Provincial Pipelines #81 Dodge in Arizona this weekend.  The Sidney, British Columbia driver is competing in the Turkey Shoot 125 Super Late Model race at Tucson Speedway Friday and Saturday, November 27th and 28th.  "It's a nice track.  Good people here too that's why we are back."  The veteran racer made his Tucson, Arizona debut at the Chilly Willy 100 back in February and finished 22nd.  "We were running 8th in this race but got taken out near the end.  We probably had a top 5 car.  For never running here before I was pretty happy with how we performed.  Hopefully this time we can finish near the front."  The 2015 NPP Late Model Series Champion is coming off a 12th place finish on "The Bullring" at Las Vegas Motor Speedway last month.  "We are racing the same car we raced in Vegas.  The car did get banged up a bit [in Las Vegas] but it's all repaired now and ready to go." 


Several of the teams he competed against in Las Vegas are expected to be in the pits for the Tucson show.  "I haven't seen an entry list yet but I probably will be the only Canadian in the field."  With snow on the ground in many parts of Canada Midgley enjoys the opportunity to race south of the border.  "Anytime you can escape the colder temperatures is a bonus.  We just do it a little differently than most people."  Along with racing in the NPP Late Model Series during the summer, Midgley is also the promoter of Western Speedway in Victoria, British Columbia. "When we race in the US at various tracks  I definitely pay attention to what's going on.  When you run a track you are always learning.  Yes I'm here as competitor but I'm also seeing how they run their shows as well."  When the checkered flag fly's on Saturday night this will be Midgley's last race of his 2015 season.  "This will be it [for my team] for a few months.  We are going to be leaving the car here in Tucson and be back in February."  A top 5, or even a victory in Tucson would be the perfect way to wrap up the year for the Midgley and his race team.

Tucson, Arizona

Friday, November 27th
4:00pm - Practice
5:30pm - Practice
7:00pm - Practice

> Saturday,November 28th
10:30am - Practice
4:00pm - Qualifying
6:00pm - Race event starts
            Hornets Heat Race
            Trucks Heat Race
            Hornets Feature (20 Laps)
            Trucks Feature (50 Laps)
            Super Late Model Feature (125 laps)

-Advance/On-line (available till Nov. 28th at 2:00pm)
$15.00 General
$12.00 Seniors/Military (age 55+)
$ 8.00 Children (11 - 12)
FREE  (age 10 and under)
-At the Gate
$25.00 General
$20.00 Seniors/Military (age 55+)   
$12.00 Children (11 - 12)
FREE  (age 10 and under)


UPDATE: (November 28 at 5:25pm) Darrell Midgley has qualified 2nd (out of 23 cars) for Saturday nights Turkey Shoot 125 Super Late Model race on the 3/8 paved oval of Tucson Speedway. Green flag is expected to drop at around 7:45pm.

1. #27 Jay Beasley - Las Vegas, Nevada 15.615
2. #81 Darrell Midgley - Sidney, British Columbia 15.845
3. #11 Dustin Ash - Las Vegas, Nevada 15.863
4. # 8 Mariah McGriff - Vail, Arizona 15.956
5. #99 Linny White - Fontana, California 16.008 (won 2015 Fall Classic at LVMS)
6. #22 Paul Banghart - Tucson, Arizona 16.078
7. #11 Darren Robertson - Arvada, Colorado 16.080
8. # 9 Thane Alderman - Las Vegas, Nevada 16.083
9. #14 Chris Clyne - Las Vegas, Nevada 16.099
10.#34 Rudy Vanderwal - LaSalle, Colorado 16.202

UPDATE 2: (November 28 at 10:15pm) Darrell Midgley dominated the first half of the race building up a 6 second lead after taking over top spot on Lap 6. Just past lap 50 Midgley had a tire go down while leading. Midgley, who had the fastest car on the track in the entire race, would fight back and finish 8th at the Turkey Shoot 125 at Tucson Speedway.


TUCSON, AZ (November 28)- Darrell Midgley dominated the beginning of the Super Late Model race in Arizona Saturday night but had to settle for eighth when the checkered flag flew.  "We qualified well (2nd) for this race which put us in good track position at the start."  On Lap 6 of the inaugural Turkey Shoot 125, the lone Canadian Super Late Model driver in the field, took over the race lead.  By lap 15, Midgley and his Northern Provincial Pipelines #81 Dodge had built up a six-second lead.  That commanding lead would disappear on Lap 25 when the caution flag flew for a two-car spin.  The restart would see the Sidney, British Columbia driver lead the field at Tucson Speedway once again.  "We had a really good car tonight.  It's just unfortunate about the flat tire."  Approaching Lap 55, Midgley's car developed a strong vibration.  "We picked up something on the track," sighs the veteran pavement racer,  "I had a tire going down and I knew we weren't going to be out front for much longer." 

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Midgley was forced to slow up due to his tire issue.  He relinquished the lead just a few laps later.  "I had to ride around (the track) and hope for a yellow."  That yellow flag finally flew some 20 laps later for another spin.  "We came to the pits and changed two tires."  Midgley spent the rest of the race fighting back to regain lost track postion thanks to the pit stop and tire change.  Midgley eventually climbed back into the Top 10 with less than 25 laps to go.  "The car was really fast.  We absolutely had a winning car here tonight.  We'll take that eight."  Dustin Ash of Las Vegas, Nevada was the race winner.  For Darrell Midgley and his team, the race in Tuscon, Arizona was the final event of the 2015 season.  The 2015 NPP Late Model Series Champion is back in Arizona February 12/13, 2016 for the third-annual $10,000 to win Chilly Willy 150 at Tucson Speedway.

1. #11 Dustin Ash - Las Vegas, Nevada
2. #22 Paul Banghart - Tucson, Arizona
3. # 9 Thane Alderman - Las Vegas, Nevada
4. #99 Linny White - Fontana, California
5. #11 Darren Robertson - Arvada, Colorado
6. #27 Jay Beasley - Las Vegas, Nevada
7. # 8 Mariah McGriff - Vail, Arizona
8. #81 Darrell Midgley - Sidney, British Columbia
9.#82 Michael Scott - Cheyenne, Wyoming
10.#07 Keith Lopez - Tucson, Arizona
11.#05 John Lashley - Tucson, Arizona
12.#20 Stan Mullis - Las Vegas, Nevada
13.#53 Mike Foster - Tucson, Arizona
14.# 2 AJ Warren - Berthoud, Colorado
15.#34 Kayli Barker -  Las Vegas, Nevada
16.#39 Brian Harrington Jr. - xxxx, Nevada
17.#07 Chuck Wares - Tucson, Arizona
18.# 7 Ron Eaton - Lakewood, Washington
19.#34 Rudy Vanderwal - LaSalle, Colorado
20.#12 Don Zoll Jr. - Phoenix, Arizona
21.#20 Brandon Schilling - Tucson, Arizona
22.#14 Chris Clyne - Las Vegas, Nevada
23.#23 Curtis Lansing - Tucson, Arizona
24.#11 Stephen Johnson - Windsor, Colorado
25.#61 Bobby Erdman - Apache Junction, Arizona
26.#70 Chris Trickle - Las Vegas, Nevada


EDMONTON, AB (December 7) - One of the most popular shows on the oval track at Castrol Raceway since 2007 won't be on the schedule in 2016. Castrol Raceway officials have announced that the Oil City Cup, featuring the World of Outlaws Sprint Car Series, will not be returning to Edmonton next August. The state of the Alberta economy and the current exchange rate are getting much of the blame for this decision.  2016 would have been the tenth consecutive season that some of the best Sprint Car drivers in the world have competed in Edmonton.  The Northern Provincial Pipelines Late Model Series was the support class to the World of Outlaw's the first three years (2007 - 2009) of their visit to Edmonton, Alberta. The Northern Thunder Dirt Late Models has been the support class the past six seasons.  

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The cancellation of the World of Outlaws appearance next season has put a huge hole in the scheduling plans for Castrol Raceway officials. To bolster the 2016 schedule, additional motorsport events, that don't feature Sprint Cars or Late Models, are being considered for the Oval venue.  Track officials have hinted that the 2016 Gold Cup sprint car race will most likely be moved from July to the last weekend of August in place of the Oil City Cup event.   Planning for the 2016 season continues for the Northern Provincial Pipelines Late Model Series.  NPP Series officials are awaiting the release of available oval dates from several tracks including Castrol Raceway (Edmonton) and Central Alberta Raceways (Rimbey). A tentative 2016 schedule will be release soon.

Donny Schatz - Fargo, North Dakota -----------5
Jason Meyers - Clovis, California -------------- 3
Joey Saldana - Brownsburg, Indiana ----------- 3
Cody Darrah - Red Lion, Pennsylvania -------- 1
Craig Dollansky - Elk River, Minnesota ------- 1
Jac Haudenschild - Wooster, Ohio ------------- 1
Steve Kinser - Bloomington, Indiana -----------1
Kerry Madson - Saint Marys, New South Wales, Australia - 1
Daryn Pittman - Owasso, Oklahoma ----------- 1
Sammy Swindell - Germantown, Tennessee ---1

Dwight Kennedy - Edson, Alberta ------------ 3
Jason Beaulieu - Campbell River, BC -------- 1
Kevin Clark - Altario, Alberta ----------------- 1
Trevor Emond - Leduc, Alberta --------------- 1

Dave Smith - Edmonton, Alberta ------------ 6
Stu Hayward - Calgary, Alberta-------------- 5
Terry Carter - Ft. Saskatchewan, Alberta ---1


EDMONTON, AB (December 21) - Two tracks the Northern Provincial Pipelines Late Model Series will be competing at next year have released their tentative 2016 oval schedules.  A total of 25 oval race dates have been scheduled at both Edmonton's Castrol Raceway and Rimbey's Central Alberta Raceways.  Both tracks however are going in opposite directions as far as the total number of oval race events scheduled for 2016.  Castrol Raceway has dramatically reduced the number of scheduled oval races next season, while Central Alberta Raceways has increased its race date count. Edmonton officials have just 9 oval races on the schedule next season, which is down from the 16 dates scheduled in 2015.  Central Alberta Raceway's will be running the most oval race dates in its 12 year history.  A total of 16 oval races are scheduled for the Rimbey, Alberta track in 2016 which is up four race dates from last year.  The pre-season test 'n' tune will be held the same weekend at both tracks in May.  Edmonton's test 'n' tune day will be held on Saturday, May 14th and Rimbey's will be on Sunday, May 15th.  Even with a limited Edmonton oval schedule, upon closer inspection, Central Alberta Raceways and Castrol Raceway are racing on the same night a total of five times in 2016.  NPP Series officials are looking at running 10 - 12 events in 2016.  A tentative NPP Series schedule will be released in the new year.        

Saturday, May 14th (test 'n' tune)
Saturday, May 28th
Saturday, June 11th
Saturday, June 25th
Saturday, July 9th
Saturday, July 23rd
Saturday, August 13th
Friday, August, 26th (Gold Cup - Night #1)
Saturday, August 27th (Gold Cup - Night #2)
Saturday, September 3rd

Sunday, May 15th (test 'n' tune)
Friday, May 27th
Saturday, May 28th
Friday, June 10th
Saturday, June 11th
Friday, June 24th
Saturday, June 25th
Friday, July 8th
Saturday, July 9th
Friday, August 12th
Saturday, August 13th
Friday, September 9th
Saturday, September 10th
Saturday, September 24th
Sunday, September 25th
Saturday, October 1st
Sunday, October 2nd