TWO IN TEXAS
MESQUITE, TX (October 10) - A unique two-day oval event with big paydays was held on the weekend in the State of Texas.  The fourth annual Lonestar 600 took place Friday and Saturday night at Devils Bowl Speedway in Mesquite, Texas.  Former Northern Provincial Pipelines Late Model Series competitor Marc Hobe' was one of the entrants.  "I've never raced in Texas before," exclaims Hobe, "my son (Dylan) and I made the fourteen hour haul to go race."  Hobe' left the NPP Late Model Series at the conclusion of the 2015 season and eventually moved back to Arizona to be closer to family and his grandchildren. His #2 Ford race car accompanied him back to the USA. "This was my first race since moving back to the States," admits Hobe', "it was a lot of fun and brought back some good memories when I raced in Canada."  The Lonestar 600 is unique in that all registered cars run on the track at once.  There are no heat races, time trials or dashes, just two 300 lap Features.


HOBE' AT DEVILS BOWL SPEEDWAY IN TEXAS

"They paid $10,000 to win both nights.  Whoever had the best average finish from both nights gets $5,000."  Total purse for the Lonestar 600 was $52,000.  "This was the fourth year for this event.  But the first year this event has been held at this track."  Night number one saw 135 cars take the green flag.  It also saw an early exit for Hobe'.  "Someone behind me wanted to win the race on the second lap.  I got put into the wall.  I didn't realize that the car had been bent (front right tire) that bad.  I stayed out for a few more laps then came to the pits."  Hobe was credited with a 125th place finish in the JoVi Trucking #2 Ford after just six laps.  There were nine other drivers that retired from the race before Hobe' pulled into the pits.  "A lot of Modifieds, Street Stocks and Bombers in this race.  There were very few Late Models."


135 CARS STARTED NIGHT #1 / 97 CARS STARTED NIGHT #2
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The track was a little less congested for Night #2 of the Lonestar 600.  Carnage from Night #1 saw 37 less cars return to compete.  A total of 97 cars took the green flag.  Early in the race on Night #2,  Hobe' found himself running fourth.  "The track (Devils Bowl Speedway) is almost like Edmonton (Castrol Raceway) as far as configuration.  We really were running good on the second night."  At the start of Lap 26 Hobe' felt a shudder under the flag stand.  "The transmission let loose going down the front stretch and I rolled to a stop in the corner then immediately got smacked from behind not once but twice."


HOBE' AND HIS CRUNCHED UP RACE CAR

Hobe's night and inaugural experience at the Lonestar 600 was over. "Pretty discouraged with the early exits both nights," sighs Hobe',  "but we had lots of fun.  We did run at the front for a bit."  Hobe' finished 93rd in the Saturday night Feature.  "The car that was running third was taken out (crash) a few laps after us."  Hobe' now is now focused on his next tasks.  "I've started up a small trucking operation here (in Arizona)."  As far as racing is concerned Hobe' may have competed in his last ever event on the dirt. "The plan right now is to convert the car to run pavement and race at Tuscon Speedway next year."  Tucson is just a two hour haul from Hobe's hometown.

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NEW CAR TEST
VICTORIA, BC (October 14) - Veteran race car driver Darrell Midgley turned some laps in his brand new Super Late Model Friday.  A brief morning shower in Victoria, British Columbia delayed the start of testing but once on the track, the president of Western Speedway was all smiles during and after the session.  "It went very well," exclaims the Sidney, British Columbia driver, "we accomplished what we wanted too in the short time we were on the track."  Midgley ran close to 50 laps at Western Speedway in the Northern Provincial Pipelines/Alien Race Cars #81 Dodge. 


BRAND NEW NPP SUPER LATE MODEL TESTING AT WESTERN SPEEDWAY

"We had one small leak in a brake line and one minor leak in an oil line but nothing major to speak of." Back in July, Alien Race Cars, in Victoria, BC was tapped by Team NPP owner Dwight Kennedy to build a new Super Late Model.  This is the first new pavement Super Late Model to enter the Team NPP racing stable in almost a decade.  "The anticipation of a brand new car is always special," admits Midgley, "we are going to be competing with what everyone else has."  There were some immediate differences between the new car, built on a Hamke Chassis and the older car it replaces.  "It really turns well in the corner which is definitely going to help with tire wear."  The past several years, while running near the front of the field, Midgley suffered tire failure in the late stages of many events. 


BRAND NEW HAMKE CHASSIS

"One of the reasons we went with this chassis is we can lean on people for information regarding car set-up. We'd like to be challenging for the win instead of in the pits with flat tires."  Pleased with the way the new car handled, Midgley also noticed a significant difference in how the car stopped.  "Really liked how fast the car responded.  The brakes are better than anything we've ever had."  Midgley admits that being alone on the race track testing is a lot different than in a race. 


FRIDAY AFTERNOON TESTING IN VICTORIA, BC

"The first real test is coming up in a week. Looking forward to it."  Team NPP is heading to Las Vegas Motor Speedway and the 2017 Senators Cup on Friday and Saturday (October 20/21) on The Bullring 3/8 mile paved oval.  "We are really excited.  With the brand new car our expectations are a lot higher going in.  The goal is to qualify our way in to the Saturday night show." Midgley will be on the track in Las Vegas Thursday afternoon for another test and tune session with his brand new car.

MIDGLEY'S TEAM NPP OCTOBER SCHEDULE



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ROLLING THE DICE
LAS VEGAS, NV (October 18) - Coming off a successful test at Western Speedway in Victoria, British Columbia, Darrell Midgley and Team NPP are competing at Las Vegas Motor Speedway this weekend.  Midgley debuts his brand new Northern Provincial Pipelines/Alien Race Cars #81 Dodge at the 2017 Senators Cup Fall Classic.  The $15,000 to win event is a two-night show feature 100+ mph Super Late Models.  While the race car may be new, Midgley is no stranger to "The Bullring."  This is Midgley's ninth consecutive visit to the 3/8 mile paved oval in Las Vegas since 2009.  His best finish in a Super Late Model at Las Vegas was 11th back in 2014.  "With the brand new car, our expectations are a lot higher going in," says the Sidney, BC driver, "the goal is to qualify our way into the Saturday night show."  More than 30 teams will be in the pits fighting for just 24 Saturday night starting spots.  Qualifying and Heat races will be run Friday.  The last chance race and the Feature are on the schedule for Saturday. 

MIDGLEY FINISHES AT LVMS
October 21, 2017 - ???????
October 22, 2016 - finished 22nd in Super Late Model (engine)
October 24, 2015 - finished 13th in Late Model // 12th in Super Late Model
October 25, 2014 - finished 10th in Late Model // 11th in Super Late Model
October 26, 2013 - finished 3rd in Late Model // DNQ in Super Late Model
October 20, 2012 - finished 5th in Late Model
November 5, 2011 - finished 13th in Late Model
November 6, 2010 - finished 27th in Late Model (crash)
November 7, 2009 - finished 26th in Late Model





Classes Racing:  Super Late Models
                          USAC Midgets
                          Super Stocks
                          Trucks
                          Jr. Late Models (Friday only)
                          Bombers (Saturday only)
                          Bandeleros (Saturday only)

>FRIDAY, OCTOBER 20th
Noon - Open Practice
4:30pm - Qualifying
6:00pm - Dashes and Heat races (all classes)

> SATURDAY, OCTOBER 21st
4:15pm - Heat Races
5:15pm - SLM Last Chance Race
6:00pm - Features (all classes)
7:30pm (approx.) Senators Cup

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UPDATE: (October 20th @ 8:45pm): New car woes surfaced during the debut of the brand new Northern Provincial Pipelines Ltd./Alien Race Cars #81 Dodge at Las Vegas Motor Speedway. The car handled well but the speed was not there for Canada's Darrell Midgley during a qualifying session that saw the track record reset twice. The Sidney, British Columbia driver sputtered to a 15.285 second lap time on "The Bullring" 3/8 mile track during qualifying putting him 29th quickest out of 34 cars. Midgley missed his Friday night Heat race due to engine issues and informed track officials he would be going to a back up car for Saturday. The near decade old Super Late Model, which the new car replaced, has been called back into action. Midgley will start at the back of the pack in the 'B' Feature/Last Chance race and must finish fourth or better to advance to the 150 lap Senators Cup Fall Classic Feature.

UPDATE: (October 21st @ 6:25pm): Instead of one 'B' Feature/Last Chance race at Las Vegas Motor Speedway, two were competed on Saturday night. The 'B' Features/Last Chance races were made up of drivers who did not finish third or better in the Friday night Heat races. The top 2 cars from each race would transfer to the 150 lap Senators Cup Fall Classic race. Midgley ran as high as third in his 20 lap Last Chance race but fell to fourth in the dying laps. For only the second time since 2009 Midgley failed to qualify for the big race of the night in Las Vegas. Not much time to reflect on the Vegas DNQ as Team NPP heads to Tucson Speedway in Arizona to compete on Saturday night October 28th.

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BUST IN VEGAS
LAS VEGAS, NV (October 21) - Not the weekend Darrell Midgley and Team NPP wanted or expected at Las Vegas Motor Speedway. Midgley was debuting a brand new Super Late Model on "The Bullring" track at the 2017 Senators Cup Fall Classic. "We had high expectations going in for sure," says a disappointed Midgley, "it was a frustrating few days here." The Sidney, British Columbia was not seeing on-track performance from his new Northern Provincial Pipelines Ltd./Alien Race Cars #81 Dodge.


NEW CAR DEBUT DID NOT GO ACCORDING TO PLAN

"The new car was handling well," admits Midgley, "the motor just wouldn't run. It was flat. It wouldn't gain RPM." Midgley was well off the pace in several practice sessions held Thursday and Friday. "We changed carburators and plug wires hoping to fix the problem. It didn't work."


ENGINE ISSUES PLAGUED THE BRAND NEW RACE CAR IN VEGAS

Out of 34 cars, Midgley qualified 29th Friday afternoon. It was at this point Midgley decided to park the brand new car and bring out the backup car. "We didn't have any time to change the motor so we started working on the back up car." Midgley missed the Friday night heat race backing him in to a corner. He would have to finish second or win his 'B' Feature/Last Chance race to transfer to the 24 car $15,000 to win Feature. "We had one practice session Saturday to dial in the back up car for this track." Midgley ran as high as third in the 20 lap 'B' Feature. He finished fourth which ended his race weekend. This was only the second time in nine appearances at Las Vegas that Midgley has failed to run the big race of the weekend.


MIDGLEY BATTLES FOR A TRANSFER SPOT IN BACK UP CAR

"We just got to suck it up and move on to Tucson next week." Midgley indicates the new NPP/Alien Racecars Super Late Model wiil have a new engine installed for the one night show at Tucson Speedway on Saturday, October 28th.

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AIMED HIGHER IN ARIZONA
TUCSON, AZ (October 28) - Darrell Midgley and Team NPP finished sixth at Tucson Speedway Saturday night. The strong finish comes exactly one week after failing to make the big race on "The Bullring" at Las Vegas Motor Speedway.
On Friday, Midgley was one of the fastest cars in practice. Saturday afternoon, the Sidney, British Columbia driver qualified third. "We are pointed in the right direction," says Midgley, "we really had only one way to go after last weeks showing (in Las Vegas)." For a majority of the Saturday night Feature, Midgley ran the Northern Provinical Pipelines Ltd./Alien Chassis #81 Dodge in the top 5.


QUALIFIED 3RD/FINISHED 6TH AT TUCSON SPEEDWAY ON SATURDAY
.............................................................................................. (photo: O'Neall Photography)

"The car had some speed tonight. We just need a little more longevity on the track." Midgley ran as high as third on two separate occasions early in the Feature. "The car got a little tight towards the end of the race." Midgley fell out of the top 5 with just 15 laps to to go. "We'll take the sixth place finish. The car is in one piece. I know we'll be a lot better next time." That 'next time' is less than one month away. Midgley and Team NPP are back at Tucson Speedway for the 3rd annual Turkey Shoot 125 on Saturday, November 25th.

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DJ IN THE DESERT
AVONDALE, AZ
(November 8) - Canada's DJ Kennington wraps up his 2017 race season at a track where he has had the incredible opportunity of competing in each of NASCAR's top racing divisions.  This weekend Kennington is making his 20th appearance at Phoenix International Raceway.  For the second year in a row, Kennington will compete in the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series at the Arizona facility.  Kennington will be behind the wheel of the Northern Provincial Pipelines Ltd./Clark Construction #15 Chevrolet.


20 APPEARANCES FOR KENNINGTON AT PHOENIX

"Try to run all the laps and finish the race with the car in one piece," admits the St. Thomas, Ontario driver, "the goal is to finish higher than where I finished here last year"  Kennington finished 35th in his Phoenix debut in the NASCAR Monster Energy Series.  Last November's debut laid the groundwork for his appearance at the 2017 Daytona 500 back in February.  Kennington was credited with a 36th place finish at Daytona after getting caught up in a multi-car crash late in the race. Although his time has been limited in the Monster Energy NASCAR Series, the learning curve is getting a little bit straighter. "Cars are a lot different than what I'm used to.  However the more you drive these cars the better off you'll be."


MONSTER ENERGY NASCAR CUP SERIES 2016 DEBUT IN PHOENIX
........................................................................................................... (photo: Travis Day)

Kennington, a two-time Pinty's NASCAR Series Champion in Canada, finished 5th in points in 2017.  "I'm an extremely lucky guy to be able to do what I do and race against the best drivers in the world."  He'll be on the track Friday morning for practice.  Friday afternoon, Kennington will go up against the best drivers in the world in qualifying in the hopes of making the 40 car starting line-up for Sundays running of the Can-Am 500. 


November 10 - 12, 2017
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FRIDAY, November 10th
Practice > Kennington was 34th fastest in practice (130.501mph /-6.867mph) // (27.586sec /-1.379)
Qualifying > Kennington qualified 37th (132.251mph / -5.691mph) // (27.221sec/-1.123)
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SATURDAY, November 11th
Practice > 36th fastest during Saturday AM practice. (128.588mph /-5.770mph) // (28.003sec /-1.203)
Final Practice >36th fastest Saturday PM practice. (129.562mph /-5.411mph) // (27.786sec /-1.114)
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SUNDAY, November 12

DJ Kennington finished 26th in the Can-Am 500 at Phoenix International Raceway.


DJ FINISHES AT PHOENIX
November 13 2016 - finished 35th (NASCAR Sprint Cup Series debut)
November 12, 2016 - finished 30th (NASCAR Xfinity Series)
March 12, 2016 - finished 36th (NASCAR XFinity Series)
November 12, 2015 - finished 9th (NASCAR K&N Series)
November 6, 2014 - finished 7th (NASCAR K&N Series)
February 27, 2014 - finished 5th (NASCAR K&N Series)
November 8, 2013 - finished 36th (NASCAR Camping World Truck Series)
November 8, 2013 - finished 26th (NASCAR K&N Series)
March 2, 2013 - finished 7th (NASCAR K&N Series)
March 3, 2012 - finished 10th (NASCAR K&N Series)
November 12, 2011 - finished 33rd (NASCAR Nationwide Series)
November 12,  2011 - finished 11th (NASCAR K&N Series)
February 24, 2011 - finished 10th (NASCAR K&N Series)
April 17, 2009 - finished 23rd (NASCAR Nationwide Series)
November 8, 2008 - finished 22nd (NASCAR Nationwide Series)
April 11, 2008 - finished 26th (NASCAR Nationwide Series)
November 10, 2007 - finished 43rd (NASCAR Busch Series)
April 20, 2007 - finished 27th (NASCAR Busch Series)
November 11, 2006 - DNQ (NASCAR Busch Series)

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