NPP race teams are lined up in the Eagles Landing Hotel parking lot in Rochester, Washington.

EVERYTHING ON THE LINE IN ELMA
ELMA, WASHINGTON (September 3) - For the second year in a row the Northern Provincial Pipelines Late Model Series is part of the BIG 'E' WEEKEND in Elma, Washington. Grays Harbor Raceway is the next stop for race teams of the Northern Provincial Pipelines Late Model Series this Saturday and Sunday night. "It's a crucial race weekend for everyone," says NPP Series announcer Gord Craig, "no position is safe in the standings. With only three races remaining and with the points chase so close, nobody can afford to make any mistakes at this point on the final road trip of the season." Sidney BC's Darrell Midgley leads the NPP Series Championship points chase heading into Elma. "Consistency is key these final few races," says Midgley, who coming off a second and a third at the last event in Edmonton, "race smart, race hard and don't mess up."


NPP SERIES POINT LEADER DARRELL MIDGLEY

The Lucas Oil #14 Dodge has finished out of the top three in Feature race action only once this season (finished ninth and fourteenth last year in Elma). One driver looking forward to the return visit to Grays Harbor Raceway is Paul Grundberg. The Whitecourt, Alberta driver made NPP Series history last season becoming the first driver to win a NPP Feature event on US soil. "That was definitely a highlight for me last year," says the driver of the Carlan Services #12 Pontiac, "it was a hard fought battle and we managed to come out on top."


PAUL GRUNDBERG HOPING FOR A REPEAT PERFORMACE IN ELMA

Grundberg enters race action sitting 10th in the NPP Championship points chase. "It's been a really tough season for us this year. We have to do well in Elma this weekend. That will hopefully put us in a good spot to finish closer to the top five at the last race of the year (in Edmonton)." Leduc Alberta's Trevor Emond and Stony Plain Alberta's Mike Tom sit third and fourth in the NPP Championship point standings separated by just two points. Edson, Alberta's Dwight Kennedy is fifth in the standings just eight points back of Tom.

>SATURDAY, September 5th
Northwest Wingless Sprint Tour
NPP Late Model Series
Sportsman Sprint Cars
Gates @ 4:30pm
Racing @ 7:00pm

>SUNDAY, September 6th
ASCS Northwest Region Sprint Tour
NPP Late Model Series
Gates @ 4:30pm
Racing @ 7:00pm

>Monday, September 7th
World of Outlaws
Midgets
Gates @ 3:30pm
Racing @ 6:30pm

GRAYS HARBOR RACEWAY SPECTATOR ADMISSION
Saturday: $13.00(Adults) $8.00 (age 6 – 14) Free (0 – 5)
Sunday: $23.00(Adults) $8.00 (age 6 – 14) Free (0- 5)
Monday: $38.00(Adults) $19.00 (age 2 – 14)

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KENNEDY WINS, BEAULIEU BOUNCED
ELMA, WASHINGTON (September 6) - On a cloudy cool Saturday evening on the west coast of Washington State, the Northern Provincial Pipelines Late Model Series added both heat and fireworks to Night #1 of the annual Big 'E' race weekend at Grays Harbor Raceway. Whitecourt, Alberta's Travis Day and Spruce Grove, Alberta's Bruce Broughton would kick off the night collecting victories in the caution free qualifying heats. Current NPP Series point leader Darrell Midgley would struggle in his heat race (6th) and would be forced to run the 'B' Dash event. The Sidney, BC driver would finish second. Altario, Alberta's Kevin Clark would win the 'B' Dash putting him first in line behind the finishing order of the 'A' Dash. Stony Plain, Alberta's Mike Tom would dominate the 'A' Dash race with a four second victory over second place Chris Beaulieu. Tom would be on the pole for the 30 lap Feature event. With just three events to go and a season already shortened by rained-out events, NPP drivers were desperate to grab as many points as possible this night.


NPP TEAMS BATTLE AT GHR SATURDAY NIGHT

The fireworks would start early in the Feature with Tom, Broughton and Beaulieu exchanging some paint going three wide down the front straight on lap four. Beaulieu would sustain some damage (fender and side bar) and was asked by track officials to stop down the back straight for a safety check. Beaulieu was shown in first place at this stage of the race. "I was instructed not to go to the pits but to stop on the track for repairs," says Beaulieu, "I can see where this would ruffle a few feathers. I was only doing what the track officials told me to do." Beaulieu was given his position back and allowed to continue even though the side bar was not firmly attached. "Was it a safety issue? I don't know. I couldn't see it." Just a few laps later Mike Tom would be sidelined by a punctured right rear tire caused by debris on the race track possibly from Beaulieu's race car. "We had the winning car tonight," says the driver of the Hinton Oilfield Services #55 Chevrolet, "unfortuately a bad decision cost us the race." With Tom on the sidelines, there would be no other challenger for the lead in the Feature. Dwight Kennedy and Kevin Clark battled hard for second about five car lengths back of Beaulieu. Rod Wilde and Crystal Kennedy jostled for fourth. While running third, with just four laps to go, Clark had his motor expire. The driver of the Clark Construction #5 Dodge would be pushed off of the track to a 10th place finish. Beaulieu meanwhile would drive a near flawless race en-route to his first Feature event win in an NPP Late Model. However the celebration for Beaulieu would be short lived. Many NPP teams expressed their displeasure after the race regarding the tracks decision to allow Beaulieu to have his car repaired on the race track. NPP Late Model Series announcer Gord Craig, who has acted as Series referee in one other controversial race (Drumheller - May 2007), spent nearly one hour talking individually with drivers after the races concluded. A decision was made to take Beaulieu's Feature win away. "I am disappointed but understand the decision," says Beaulieu, "what I do know is that I can win in this Series. I proved it tonight." Edson, Alberta's Dwight Kennedy was declared the Feature winner when the dust settled. "I don't like to win this way," says the driver of the Lucas Oil #81 Dodge, "I really had a good car tonight, probably the best this season." Kennedy's previous best finish this season was a third back on August 2nd. Kennedy's win moves the racing veteran into third place in the NPP Series Champoinship points chase. Whitecourt, Alberta's Rod Wilde, filling in for Dan Stewart, finished second. Edson Alberta's Crystal Kennedy had her first ever podium finish placing third. It's the first time in NPP Series history that a father and daughter has finished on the podium. Night #2 of the Big 'E' Weekend scheduled for Sunday night (September 6th) at Grays Harbor Raceway was unfortunately cancelled due to bad weather. Heavy rains began to fall at the track site several hours after Saturday nights race concluded. Rain fell in the region for close to 12 straight hours. Track officials had no other option to scrub Sunday nights show.

Next race action for the NPP Late Model Series is the Lucas Oil NPP Season Championship night. The 2009 NPP Series Champion will be crowned Saturday September 19th at Edmonton's Castrol Raceway.

NPP RACE NOTES
- with numerous father/son podium finishes over the years, for the first time in NPP Series history, a father and a daughter have finished on the podium. Dwight Kennedy won the Feature with daughter Crystal finishing third on Saturday night.
- this is Crystal Kennedy's second top five finish this season.
- this is the first time in 2009 that the NPP Series has managed to complete three consecutive scheduled race events with out a rainout.
-Travis Day registered his first ever heat race win in an NPP Late Model.
- Canada's DJ Kennington was to have joined the NPP Late Model Series at the Big 'E' race weekend in Elma, Washington. The Nascar Nationwide/Canadian Tire Series driver cracked several ribs in a crash in the road race in Montreal last weekend.
- the top 5 drivers in the NPP Championship point standings have at least one feature win.
- 68 points separates third from sixth in the NPP Championship point standings.
- Darrell Midgley's needs just 78 points to clinch the 2009 NPP Late Model Series Championship.

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WEATHER UPDATE
NIGHT #2 of the BIG 'E' RACE WEEKEND at Grays Harbor Raceway in Elma, Washington has been rained out (as of 2:00pm). Many NPP teams are now on the road heading home. Next scheduled race is September 19th at Edmonton's Castrol Raceway.


HEAVY OVERNIGHT RAINFALL (photo taken 1:10am Sunday)


RAIN CONTINUES TO FALL (photo taken 1:27pm Sunday afternoon)


TEAM KENNEDY, BEAULIEU AND WILDE HIT THE ROAD JUST BEFORE
3:30 SUNDAY AFTERNOON HEADING BACK TO CANADA


TEAM MOORE LEAVES THE HOTEL MONDAY MORNING (9:03am)
FOR THE 15 HOUR JOURNEY HOME

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BC BATTLE IN ALBERTA
EDMONTON, AB (September 16)
- The Northern Provincial Pipelines Late Model Series wraps up its 9th season of racing action this Saturday night at Edmonton’s Castrol Raceway.  For the second year in a row the championship will be decided on the final race night of the year.  NPP Series announcer Gord Craig indicates that there is only one guarantee this weekend.  “A British Columbia driver will be number one in the Alberta based racing series in 2009.”  Darrell Midgley (Sidney, BC) and Jason Beaulieu (Campbell River, BC) sit one and two in the NPP Series championship points chase.  “Darrell and Jason have swapped the point lead a couple of times this season.  It is going to be a fight to the finish to see who finishes the year as champion.”  Jason Beaulieu has four Feature wins this season compared to Darrell Midgley’s two victories.  However it is Midgley who has had the more consistent race season in his Lucas Oil #14 Dodge.-


A SMART RACE SATURDAY = SEASON CHAMPIONSHIP FOR MIDGLEY

“We’ve had a pretty good run this year,” says Midgley analyzing his 154 point cushion over Beaulieu heading into the final race, “we’ve completed every lap of every race.  We had only one major mechanical problem (broken axle) and we still managed a top 10 finish.”  The veteran pavement racer, who finished 7th in the NPP Series points chase last season (5th in 2007, 3rd in 2006), has never won a championship on the dirt.  “With one race to go, I’ve said it a few times.  Just race smart, race hard and don't mess up.”  Veteran pavement racer Jason Beaulieu won his first season championship on the dirt in a NPP Late Model back in 2007.  “This is an extremely tough Series.  I’ve run in many different racing Series in the past and there are no guarantees here.”   Beaulieu finished fourth in the NPP Series points chase last season.  “I’m looking at the final race of the season like I do all the races.  Go out and have fun and try to win it.  That’s all you can do.  I know Darrell and his team have worked very hard this season and I wish them well at the final race.”


BEAULIEU GOING FOR SECOND NPP CHAMPIONSHIP IN 3 SEASONS

While many will be watching Midgley and Beaulieu battle for top spot, a showdown is set for drivers third through sixth in the NPP Championship point’s chase.  Just 68 points separates Dwight Kennedy (3rd in points), Trevor Emond (4th), Mike Tom (5th), and Kevin Clark (6th).

Two-time NPP Series Champion Dwight Kennedy has just a 30 point lead over three-time NPP Series champion Trevor Emond.  Ironically, 30 points also separates Mike Tom and Kevin Clark.

2009 LUCAS SLICK MIST SEASON CHAMPIONSHIP
CASTROL RACEWAY – Edmonton, Alberta
GATES @ 4:00PM
RACING @ 6:00PM

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EMOND GRABS FEATURE, MIDGLEY WINS SEASON
EDMONTON, AB (September 20) - The Northern Provincial Pipelines Late Model Series crowned its 2009 season champion on the weekend at Castrol Raceway.  Sidney, British Columbia’s Darrell Midgley won his first ever championship on the dirt with a second place finish in Saturday nights feature race.  “We really got a handle on the car set up this year,” says the driver of the Lucas Oil #14 Dodge, “it sure showed on the race track.  We won two races and ran extremely consistent in the others and that allowed us to finish at the top. Its very tough to win a race in this series.”  The Lucas Oil #14 Dodge finished on the podium nine times this season which included four second place finishes.


MIDGLEY WINS FIRST SEASON CHAMPIONSHIP ON THE 'DIRT'

Midgley, who finished seventh in the NPP points chase last year, is only the second British Columbia driver to claim the season championship in the Alberta-based racing series.  Campbell River BC’s Jason Beaulieu won the NPP crown in 2007.  It would be point leader Midgley and Beaulieu (second in points) who would sit on the front row to start the final feature race of the 2009 season.  The two drivers would exchange the lead several times during the first ten laps. 


BC DRIVERS MIDGLEY AND BEAULIEU SQUARE OFF IN ALBERTA

However a broken axle, just before the mid-point of the race, would dash Beaulieu’s drive for his fifth feature win of the year.  Beaulieu would finish twelfth but would still end up retaining second place in the NPP Series Championship point’s chase.  With Midgley the race leader, three-time NPP Series Champion Trevor Emond and two-time NPP Series Champion Dwight Kennedy would make it a three car battle for the lead in the remaining 13 laps. 


EMOND AND MIDGLEY BATTLE FOR RACE LEAD SATURDAY NIGHT

A hard charging Emond would take over the race lead with 10 laps to go and would wrap up the 2009 season with his third Feature win of the season.  Emond would also hold onto fourth place in the NPP Series Championship point’s chase.  “Nice to race at home,” indicates the driver of the Glentel Wireless #17 Chevrolet, “between traveling and battling engine problems and the weather, it’s nice to cap off the season with a win.”  Edson, Alberta’s Dwight Kennedy finished the Feature in third and also wrapped up the season in third place in the point standings.  “We were chasing the car set up for most of the season,” says the driver of the #81 Lucas Oil Dodge, “but we always raced good enough to stay within striking distance of the point leaders.” 


KENNEDY FINISHED THIRD IN SEASON POINTS

Kennedy was never out of the top five in points all season.  “It is nice to have three Dodges finishing one, two and three in the points.”  Rounding out the top five in Saturday nights finish, Altario, Alberta’s Kevin Clark finished fourth and Whitecourt, Alberta’s Paul Grundberg finished fifth.

RACE NOTES
- only three NPP Features were won from the pole position this season.   
- the #17 Glentel Wireless Chevrolet finished on the podium 7 times this season.
- the #14 Lucas Oil Dodge finished on the podium 9 times this season.
- Kevin Clark’s fourth place finish was his fifth top five finish of this season. Clark finished the NPP season in fifth place in his #5 Clark Construction Dodge. 
- Curtis Moore was the hardest charging driver in the Feature.  Moore piloted his Air Power Systems #80 Dodge from the 16th starting spot and finished 8th on the dry slick race track. 
- Dwight Kennedy wrapped up the season with back to back podium finishes in his #81 Lucas Oil Dodge. 
- with just five laps to go Mike Tom had a water pump problems in his Hinton Oilfield Services #55 Chevrolet that cost him a top five finish in the NPP Championship points chase.
- Rookie of the Year contender Blair Snow runs his first ‘A’ Dash event in an NPP Late Model and finishes 11th.

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MIDGLEY MOTORS ALONG
SIDNEY, BC (September 24) - The race season is not over yet for the newly crowned champion of the Northern Provincial Pipelines Late Model Series.  Darrell Midgley, who won his first season championship on the dirt in Edmonton, Alberta on the weekend, is preparing for three grueling races on the pavement over the next month and a half.  “I’ve raced at these tracks in the past but not in a row like we are doing this year.”

The veteran pavement racer will be driving the Northern Provincial Pipelines/Lucas Oil #81 Dodge at Penticton Speedway in British Columbia this weekend, Shasta Raceway Park near Anderson, California in October and Las Vegas Motor Speedway in November.  “We have two different pavement cars ready to go,” indicates the Sidney, BC driver, “we will be using one car for Penticton and Las Vegas.  The other car will be for the track in California.”  Midgley is optimistic about his chances at all three tracks.  “We’ve only run the tracks in Penticton and Las Vegas a couple times over the years.  You just never know how a race will go.”  Midgley is particularly looking forward to the race in Anderson, California.  This will be the 21st consecutive year that the BC driver will head to the Golden State to run the Fall Classic Late Model Invitational at Shasta Raceway Park.  “We won it in 2001!”  Midgley, the only Canadian in the field last year, finished fifth at the California race. 

MIDGLEY RACE SCHEDULE
PENTICTON SPEEDWAY – Saturday, September 26th
SHASTA RACEWAY PARK – Saturday/Sunday, October 3rd/4th
LAS VEGAS MOTORSPEEDWAY – Saturday, November 7th

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MIDGLEY FINISHES SECOND
PENTICTON, BC (September 27) – Darrell Midgley’s amazing race season continued at Penticton Speedway Saturday, September 26th.  The recently crowned Northern Provincial Pipelines Late Model Series Champion finished second on the pavement in the 100 lap Feature.  “This was only the third time we’ve run here,” says the Sidney, BC driver, “so we’re pretty pleased with the finish.  It was definitely a hard fought battle.”  Midgley kicked off the race night qualifying tenth.  Unfortunately electrical problems would bring the Northern Provincial Pipelines/Lucas Oil #81 Dodge to a standstill in the pits before the heat race.  “Wiring to the race car’s kill switch malfunctioned.  Thank goodness it was a quick fix.”  In the Feature, it took just eight laps for Midgley to make his way to the race lead.  Approaching lap 35, eventual race winner Brent Morris (Victoria, BC) would wrestle the lead away from Midgley.  Midgley would pressure the leader the remaining laps while holding off several hard charging drivers including the eventual season champion in the Kantana Sportsman division.

PENTICTON SPEEDWAY (top 5) - Saturday, September 26th
1. #29 Brent Morris; Victoria, BC
2. #81 Darrell Midgley; Sidney, BC
3. #52 Geoff Morris; Victoria, BC
4. #57 Ken Jorgensen; Surrey, BC (2009 Kantana Sportsman Champion)
5. #33 Dave Hemrich; Ladner, BC

Next race for Darrell Midgley is the Fall Classic Late Model Invitational at Shasta Raceway Park in Anderson California.  This is the 21st consecutive year that Midgley has run this event.  Midgley, who won this race in 2001, finished 5th last year and 7th in 2007.       

NOTE: Leduc, Alberta’s Trevor Emond finished second in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan in his pavement car in ARCA West race action on September 12th.  Emond was the 2008 ARCA West pavement champion. 

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KENNEDY GETS SCHOOLED ON HOME TRACK
EDMONTON, AB (September 28) – It was October 2008, Northern Provincial Pipelines Late Model Series competitor Crystal Kennedy attended the Jimmy Sills racing school down in Marysville, California.  The impact of the school was immediately seen in her on track performance during the 2009 race season.  Last season, Kennedy finished out of the top-ten eleven times and finished fourteenth in points.  In 2009, Kennedy finished out of the top-ten only three times and finished eighth in points.  Kennedy also had two top-five finishes including her first ever podium finish (3rd).


KENNEDY FINISHED THE 2009 SEASON IN THE TOP 10

“This was my best season ever,” exclaims the driver of the Edson Top Choice Autobody #88 Dodge, “I gained a lot of confidence this season that’s for sure.”  When Kennedy heard that the Jimmy Sills racing school was coming to her home track, she jumped at the opportunity for a refresher course.  Kennedy, joined sprint car drivers, Casey Adams, Trevor Turnbull, Karalyn Miller and David Miller at Edmonton’s Castrol Raceway Saturday and Sunday September 26th and 27th.  “I have had problems racing on my home track,” admits Kennedy, “with the race school coming here maybe I can learn something new.”  Day 1 of the Jimmy Sills racing school was spent in a classroom setting.  Day 2 of the school was spent on Castrol Raceway’s 3/8 mile oval.  “I really want to thank Darcy and Jenna Chalmers for allowing me the use of their sprint car for the weekend.”  Kennedy had six on track sessions Sunday afternoon in the Cimmaron Ventures #8 Sprint Car. 


KENNEDY BEHIND THE WHEEL OF JENNA CHALMERS SPRINT CAR

“For some reason, I’ve had problems going into the corners here (Edmonton),” indicates Kennedy, “part of the on-track sessions involved driving the racecar deeper into the corners.”  It was a little unnerving at first for Kennedy.  “It took some getting used to but Jimmy (Sills) made it known to everyone that you have to trust the car to do what it’s supposed to do.”  Kennedy called the weekend a success and hopes that the refresher course improves her home-track performance in 2010.  She unfortunately will have to wait about 8 months to put the new knowledge of Castrol Raceway’s oval track to the test in her NPP Late Model.  The first appearance in Edmonton of the Northern Provincial Pipelines Late Model Series tentatively won’t take place until the middle of June.

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