HISTORY MAKING NIGHT EXPECTED AT CASTROL RACEWAY
EDMONTON, AB (September 7) –   The $100,000 Northern Provincial Pipelines Late Model Series rounds out the 2007 season with two events at Edmonton’s Castrol Raceway.  Hoping to make N.P.P Series history and a bit of personal history this Saturday night is current point leader Jason Beaulieu.  “I’ve won several track championships on the pavement over the years,” exclaims the Campbell River, BC driver, “but I’ve never won a race series on dirt before.”  Beaulieu, who had an opportunity to clinch the championship in Lethbridge on the Labor Day long weekend, now only needs 57 points to clinch.  “It was a tough weekend in Lethbridge for the All Weather Windows team (18th/rear end and 14th/flat tire).  I was hoping to give my crew a bit of an early Christmas present maybe I can do it this weekend.”  Never in the history of the N.P.P. Late Model Series has a driver from British Columbia won the championship.  “To be the first BC driver to ever win this series would feel pretty good.”  Sitting second in the points standings is defending season champion Dwight Kennedy.  “We’re not giving up until the last lap is run,” says the Edson, Alberta driver, “second place in the Feature or even the heats is not an option.”  Kennedy has won three out of the last 4 Feature events run at Castrol Raceway.  “We have had pretty good success in Edmonton this year.  Let’s hope it continues for the rest of the month.”  The 2007 NPP Rookie of the year honors appears to be coming down to two drivers based out of Whitecourt, Alberta.  Paul Grundberg sits 5th in the standings and currently has a 145 point lead over fellow rookie driver Rod Wilde (9th).  “We’ve had a very good first year,” says Grundberg, “some pretty good finishes too including a second place in Edmonton last month.”  Grundberg has not finished out of the top 10 in a Feature event all season.  Rod Wilde hopes for two strong races against Grundberg in Edmonton in September.  “I’ve passed him a few times this season and I make sure I tell him after the race,” smiles Wilde, “we haven’t had the luck in the Features that Paul has had (5 top 10 finishes) but we are going to fight hard in the remaining races to try and catch him.”  N.P.P. Speed on SHAW TV will be covering the Chase for the Championship at Castrol Raceway in September. The September 8th race featuring the NPP Late Model Sereis will be broadcast on SHAW TV (Channel 10 – Edmonton) on September 16th, 19th and 23rd.  

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3 TIME NPP CHAMP TO COMPETE SATURDAY NIGHT
EDMONTON, AB (September 7) – One of the most dominating drivers in NPP Series history returns to Castrol Raceway this Saturday night. Leduc, Alberta’s Trevor Emond will climb behind the wheel of the #5 N.P.P. Late Model Stock Car normally driven by Kevin Clark. Clark contacted Emond last week to see if he was available. “I took a chance and asked Trevor if he would like to have some fun behind the wheel again and maybe win a race before the season concluded. I’m pretty pleased he said yes.” Clark will still be at the racetrack Saturday night but not in a driving role. “I’m helping my daughter (Danielle) race in the Bud Super Stock class,” adds Clark, “I’m going to be her crew chief for the night.” Clark currently sits third in the point standings heading into race action this Saturday night. “Hope I can help him out,” grins Emond, “he can’t get the championship but stealing second place away from Dwight is still possible.” Clark sits just 97 points behind Dwight Kennedy with two races to go in the 2007 season. During his five seasons with the Northern Provincial Pipelines Late Model Series Emond won the championship three years in a row in 2003, 2004, 2005.

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HAIL OF A STORM HANDS BEAULIEU FIRST NPP CHAMPIONSHIP
EDMONTON, AB (September 12)
- A freak Alberta hailstorm cancelled race action at Edmonton's Castrol Raceway on Saturday night. "Never seen anything like it in my 15 years here," says NPP Late Model Series announcer Gord Craig, "the sky just opened up on us. The clouds were threatening from the north. Then in the blink of an eye everyone was running for cover. The scary part was race teams in the pits had no where to go." Pea size hail fell non stop for close to 10 minutes. Fans ran for the parking lot and for spots under the bleachers.  "It was a very surreal scene as the track turned into a winter scene."  The storm left all drivers shaking their heads. "We were pretty stoked coming in here tonight," says Whitecourt's Kevin Wheeler, "we had a great run in Lethbridge last weekend (win) but mother nature beat the heck out of us tonight."  The weather not only cancelled race action it also ended the season championship chase as Jason Beaulieu to clinched the 2007 Northern Provincial Pipelines Late Model Series Championship in his All Weather Windows sponsored Dodge.  “I don’t like winning it this way,” says the Campbell River, BC driver, “I would have rather won it on the track rather than mother nature deciding it for all of us.  I was telling Dwight (Kennedy) that I would like to have beat him two more times.  I don’t travel all the way from BC to sit in a trailer and watch the weather.“  Beauelieu had a 184 point lead heading into race action on Saturday night and would have clinched the season Saturday night with a top 10 finish in the Feature.  “It was a great battle with Dwight, both Kevins (Clark/Wheeler) and Darrel (Midgley) all season.  All four drivers were right behind me in points several times.”  For Beaulieu it was his first championship with a race series entirely run on clay/dirt oval tracks.  “This was my first full season on dirt,” exclaims Beaulieu, “I had a blast. It’s a great series with a fun bunch of guys.”  For the NPP Late Model Series it was also the first time in its seven year history that a British Columbia based driver has taken top spot.  Edson, Alberta’s Dwight Kennedy now has one race remaining to hold onto second spot in the standings.  “Jason had a good year with very few bad nights on the track.  We started out a little slow but came on strong winning three in a row.  The wreck last weekend in Lethbridge pretty well ended our chances at winning this thing again.  We just ran out of races to catch the point leader.  Now I have to fend off Kevin (Clark) cause’ he’s right behind me in points.”  Last years NPP rookie of the year finished just out of the top ten last year (12th).  “I can finish as high as second or drop to sixth in the last race of the year,” says Kevin Clark, “where I finish (standings) will be up to me the end of the month in Edmonton”.  The Altario, Alberta driver is just 97 points behind Kennedy but holds a slim 24 point lead over Sidney, BC’s Darrell Midgley who sits fourth in the overall standings.  The season champion may have been decided for 2007 but with one race to go and the bulk of the $100,000 points fund money still to be handed out, the final race of the season at Castrol Raceway on September 22nd could be one of the wildest race events of the year…..if the weather co-operates.

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WHITECOURT DRIVER CLINCHES ROOKIE OF THE YEAR HONORS
EDMONTON, AB (September 12) Saturday night’s freak hailstorm at Castrol Raceway, which handed the 2007 Northern Provincial Pipelines Late Model Series championship to British Columbia’s Jason Beaulieu, also sealed the deal for driver Paul Grundberg.  The Whitecourt, Alberta driver clinched the 2007 NPP Rookie of the Year title.  “We’ve had a pretty good year,” says Grundberg who has not finished out of the top 10 in a Feature race all season, “I sure would like to win one before the year is out.  Came close with a second a couple of months ago but we’ll have to see what happens at the last race of the year.  It’s good that they (Feature) are hard to win.  Makes you want to keep coming back to the track.  I saw Kevin (Clark) win his first earlier this year and it looked like a lot of fun.”  Kevin Clark was the NPP Series Rookie of the Year in 2006.  “I have to drive smart at the last race of the year,” says Grundberg, “I’m sitting fifth right now with Darrel (Midgley) and Kevin (Clark) in front of me.  It would be nice to get by them.”  A finish of fourth or better for Grundberg would make him one the highest finishing rookies in the NPP standings since Gerry Emond (now retired) won NPP Rookie of the Year honors in 2004 by finishing an amazing second in standings.

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$85,000 IN POINTS FUND MONEY STILL UP FOR GRABS
EDMONTON, AB (September 18) – The $100,000 Northern Provincial Pipelines Late Model Series wraps up its 7th consecutive season of race action this weekend at Castrol Raceway. The 2007 Series Champion would like to end his season the way he started it back in May. “I wouldn’t mind winning the last race of the year,” exclaims Jason Beaulieu, “to start and end the season with a victory would feel pretty good.” Beaulieu has 5 Feature wins this season. Because of his point lead, the Campbell River BC driver clinched the Series Championship back on September 8th when a freak hailstorm pounded Castrol Raceway forcing officials to cancel the event. “I would have rather clinched the championship on the track instead of mother nature deciding it for us.” It's Beaulieu’s first ever season championship in a race series run entirely on dirt/clay race tracks. As the NPP Series heads into the final race weekend of the season, there is only one remaining question. Who will be joining Beaulieu on the podium? Kevin Clark, last year’s rookie of the year, currently sits third in points and can finish as high as second. An off night from Clark though could put the Altario Alberta driver back to as low as sixth in the standings. “I finished 12th last season in the points. It’s going to be tough but to be able to get past Dwight (Kennedy) and finish second.  If I can, it would be incredible.” Clark sits 97 points back of the defending season champion. “Dwight will need to have a bad night for me to have any chance at catching him.” Dwight Kennedy meanwhile has won three of the last four feature events run in Edmonton. “It’s good to be back in Edmonton where we’ve gotten a majority of our wins this season. Road trips have been a little tough on us this year.” The Edson Alberta driver can finish no worse than third in the point standings. “Back to back championships would have been nice but Jason (Beaulieu) ran a pretty good year.” For race teams currently out of the top three in the standings, an all out battle for position is expected this Saturday night: 47 points separates 4th from 6th, 54 point’s separates 7th through 11th. The last race of the year will also determine what kind of payday teams will have at the year end awards banquet. One position lost in the standings this Saturday night could cost a driver up to $2,000 in year end prize money. This race event will also be televised (tape delay) on Edmonton’s SHAW TV in October. 

FINAL RACE OF 2007 SEASON
Castrol Raceway – Edmonton, Alberta
Saturday, September 22nd
Racing starts at 6:00PM

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BEAULIEU WRAPS UP CHAMPIONSHIP SEASON WITH A VICTORY
EDMONTON, AB
(September 22nd)  – The $100,000 Northern Provincial Pipelines Late Model Series wrapped up its 7th season of race action on September 22nd.  Heading into the final race at Castrol Raceway there was no mystery as to who would be the 2007 Champion.  Jason Beaulieu clinched that honor while sitting in the pits two weeks ago (September 8th) after a freak hailstorm cancelled the Edmonton race event.  With a championship secured, the Campbell River BC driver refused to coast at the last race of the year.  “There was a little pressure coming into the final race,” says Beaulieu, “we wanted to finish the year with a win and we did. Dwight (Kennedy) and I were tied up with 5 wins on the season so it was nice to win the tie breaker too.”  Kennedy, the defending season champion, finished the feature in third which allowed him to clinch second in the point standings.  “Jason had everything going right for him tonight,” indicates the Edson Alberta driver, “he got pole position too.  What are you gonna do.  Next year can’t come soon enough.”  Beaulieu’s 6th Feature win of the season was maybe his toughest of the year as he was challenged hard by Spruce Grove’s Bruce Broughton for a good portion of the race. For Broughton it was his second consecutive podium finish.  “It’s too bad the seasons over,” says the Spruce Grove Alberta driver, “finishing second here and a third in Lethbridge on the September long weekend is a great way to wrap up the year…..but I wouldn’t mind a few more races right now.”  Broughton finished the season 12th in the point standings.  “Not as good as last year (6th),” sighs Broughton, “the car let us down a few times in the Features this year but when the car was running strong we were right there.”  Broughton had ten heat race victories this season.  The last Feature event of 2007 also saw the biggest crash of the season.  Seven cars tangled on the opening lap.  Five cars were able to continue but for Darin Borysko (Edson) and Arvid Fonstad (Entwistle) their night was over.  “I got spun going into turn one,” says Borysko, “and the next thing I know is two yellow cars are slamming into me.”   Kevin Wheeler’s race car suffered heavy front end damage but was able to continue.  Kevin Clark, last years rookie of the year was also involved in the opening lap crash.  “I got clipped pretty good,” says the Altario, Alberta driver, “guys were trying to grab a couple extra spots on the first lap.  We just had a tire go down from the contact.  It sure could have been a lot worse.”  Clark entered race action third in points with just a 24 point lead over Darrell Midgley.  Midgley, from Sidney, BC, was knocked out of the race when he spun on lap ten and then was struck hard by Whitecourt’s Pat Fines.  Midgley’s misfortune guaranteed Clark a third place finish in the standings. Paul Grundberg moved up to fourth while Midgley went to fifth.  Grundberg, the 2007 Rookie of the Year, becomes the second highest finishing rookie driver with his 4th place finish in the points chase.

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