LONG WEEKEND PLANS
EDMONTON, AB.
(September 3) – Racing on September long weekends has been standard operating procedure for the Northern Provincial Pipelines Late Model Series for the past nine seasons.  With no scheduled long weekend race event in 2010 you will have to pardon some drivers for having the “what do I do this weekend” look on their faces.  The past two seasons the September long weekend meant a trip to Grays Harbor Raceway in Elma, Washington.  The 2007 September long weekend saw NPP Series teams travel to Bridge County Raceway in Lethbridge, Alberta. Prior to 2007 it was racing at the NPP Series home track of Castrol Raceway in Edmonton, Alberta. NPP-RACING.COM asked the top five drivers in the NPP Series Championship point’s chase about their plans for the September long weekend:

#61 Bruce Broughton; Spruce Grove, Alberta – I’m going camping by the lake with my family. Curtis Moore’s (NPP Series driver) family is joining us as well. We are bringing the ski boat and plan on making a few laps of the lake!! Looking forward to a relaxing long weekend.

#55 Mike Tom; Stony Plain, Alberta – Going camping with my family this long weekend. Have a spot by the river already picked out.

# 3 Kevin Wheeler; Whitecourt, Alberta – I’m going to help my wife with some yard work. We’re getting geared up for fall and winter around the acreage. There is a mud bog and demolition derby taking place Saturday and Sunday in Edson so I may sneak out on one of the days.

# 5 Kevin Clark; Altario, Alberta – We had our family holiday earlier this year. This weekend we will be spending time working on the farm (grain and cattle).

#78 Ken Clark; Edson, Alberta – I plan on spending the long weekend at the lake on the boat…….weather permitting.

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THREE DRIVERS: ONE CHAMPIONSHIP
EDMONTON, AB. (September 7) Three drivers aim for their first ever Northern Provincial Pipelines Late Model Series Championship this Saturday night.  Veteran racers Bruce Broughton, Mike Tom and Kevin Wheeler are separated by just 55 points heading into the Lucas Slick Mist 2010 Season Championship race.  “This is my tenth season in racing,” says current point leader Bruce Broughton, “it would definitely be a feather in the cap for me and my team if we’re able to hang on and win this.”  Broughton’s last Season Championship came in 2001 behind the wheel of a Super Stock at Castrol Raceway. 


BROUGHTON LEADING THE PACK IN 2001 AND 2010

“My brother and I (Brent) shared the driving duties that year in Edmonton.  It was our last season racing in that class.”  Broughton tried his hand at racing open wheel Sprint Cars for three seasons (finished 4th in 2003) but returned to stock car competition in 2005 winning the NPP Series Rookie of the Year honors.  In his six seasons with the NPP Series, the Spruce Grove Alberta driver sits third for all-time heat race wins (38) and fifth in Feature victories (7).  “Its a great class to race and its a great group of drivers to race against.” 


TOM HAS BEEN A STEADY NPP SERIES COMPETITOR SINCE 2004

Mike Tom is no stranger to winning Season Championships.  Tom was a dominant force in the Super Stock class at Yellowhead Raceway in Hinton, Alberta and Rocky Mountain Speedway in Valemont, British Columbia.  Tom amassed eight track championships between these two facilities from 1996 to 2003.  In his rookie season with the NPP Series, Tom finished fifth in the points chase.  “This is my seventh consecutive season running in the NPP Series,” indicates the Stony Plain, Alberta driver, “we’ve been close (Championship) a couple of times over the years.  We are only 36 points behind Bruce in the standings.  Anything can happen.”  Tom finished second in NPP Series points in 2005 and third in 2008 and currently sits fourth for all-time heat race wins (37) and sixth in Feature victories (5).        


WHEELER DRIVING HARD IN 2010 ---------- (Photo: Tarra Sahlin)

Like Tom and Broughton, Kevin Wheeler, also has championship experience.  The Whitecourt, Alberta driver, currently third in the NPP Points chase, claimed the Alberta Outlaw Modified Championship in 2002.  “Eight years can sure go by pretty quick,” exclaims Wheeler, “sure seems like along time ago.”  Wheeler started racing in the NPP Series in 2006 and has 12 Heat race wins and 2 Feature victories in five seasons.  “Sure would like to end the season with a win”.  Wheelers last Feature win came on September 1st, 2008 at Gray’s Harbor Raceway in Elma, Washington.  Wheeler has finished second in his last two Feature events this season and is just 18 points behind Tom and 55 points behind Broughton.  “Heck, winning a championship would be nice too!” 

2010 LUCAS SLICK MIST SEASON CHAMPIONSHIP
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Saturday, September 11th UPDATE: Saturday, September 18th
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Castrol Raceway – Edmonton, Alberta
Gates @ 4:00  ///  Racing @ 6:00PM

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MANUFACTURED BATTLE
EDMONTON, AB. (September 14) Not only will the 2010 Season Champion be crowned this weekend in the Northern Provincial Pipelines Late Model Series, the manufacturers title will also be decided.  “Dodge has finished on top, three of the last four seasons,” says NPP Series announcer Gord Craig, “last season (2009) Dodge swept the podium.  That won’t be happening this year.”  Odds are stacked in Chevrolets favor this season to take home its second manufacturers crown since 2008.  Bruce Broughton and Mike Tom, driving Chevrolets, sit one and two in the current NPP Series point standings with Kevin Wheeler and his Dodge in third. 

“These three drivers have never won a NPP Series Championship,” indicates Craig, “so the manufacturer’s battle is probably the furthest from their minds right now.”  Just 55 points separates Broughton, Tom and Wheeler heading into this Saturday’s Lucas Slick Mist Season Championship event at Castrol Raceway.  Craig notes that Chevrolet has won all the Feature events in 2010.  “If a Dodge does not drive to victory lane this Saturday night it would be the first time in NPP Series history (since 2001) that this has happened.”  Chevrolet was shut out of the Feature win column during the 2007 season of the NPP Late Model Series.    

FEATURE WINS (2001 – 2009)
68 – DODGE
33 – PONTIAC
21 – CHEVROLET

MFG SEASON CHAMPIONSHIPS
2009 - DODGE
2008 - CHEVROLET
2007 - DODGE
2006 - DODGE
2005 - PONTIAC
2004 - PONTIAC
2003 - PONTIAC
2002 - PONTIAC
2001 - DODGE    
        

TRACK UPDATE: Castrol Raceway has dried out nicely the past 24 hours and is ready to race on Saturday night. The pit area and oval infield are now in good condition. One hour after these pictures were taken the water truck was heading out onto the Oval surface to give it a good soaking.


CASTROL RACEWAY PIT (central) ---- OVAL TRACK (looking towards turn 2)
Photos taken Friday, September 17th at 4:55PM

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SERIES CROWN FOR BROUGHTON
EDMONTON, AB. (September 19th) The Northern Provincial Pipelines Late Model Series crowned its seventh different champion in ten seasons at the Lucas Slick Mist Season Championship race on Saturday night.  Spruce Grove, Alberta's Bruce Broughton won the 2010 NPP Late Model Series Championship with a fourth place finish in a hard fought Feature event at Castrol Raceway.  “Couldn’t be more proud of my team,” says the driver of the Fraser Shingling and Exteriors #61 Chevrolet, “I could not have done it without my family and my crew.”  Broughton last won a Season Championship back in 2001 when he and his brother (Brent) drove to the Castrol Raceway Super Stock championship. He was the NPP Series Rookie of the Year in 2005.


BROUGHTON (#61) CLOSES IN ON TOM (#55) WHEELER (#3) AND DAY (#10)
-------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- photo: Tarra Sahlin

“We definitely earned it with the teams and drivers we competed against this season.  They all raced hard.  We were lucky to beat them for a chance at the big trophy.”  This is Broughton’s first ever NPP Series Championship.   With temperatures hovering around 3C (37F) Saturday night, Stony Plain, Alberta’s Mike Tom grabbed the final checkered flag of the 2010 season and finished the year just 19 points behind Broughton in the Chase for the NPP Series Championship.


TOM WRAPS UP 2010 SEASON WITH A FEATURE WIN IN EDMONTON

This is the second closest Championship points finish in NPP Series history.  “It was a crazy year that’s for sure,” indicates the driver of the Hinton Oilfield Services #55 Chevrolet, “we ran as hard as we could.  I’m really proud of the whole team and everything we did this year.”  For the third consecutive race Kevin Wheeler drove his KW Mechanical #3 Dodge to a second place finish in a NPP Feature event.  “The track was very fast tonight, indicates the Whitecourt, Alberta driver, “Mike drove a good race tonight. I was aiming for him but at the same time was worried about Curtis (Moore) getting by me.”  Wheeler finished the NPP Championship points chase in third.

NPP SERIES CHAMPIONS
2010   Bruce Broughton; Spruce Grove, Alberta
2009   Darrell Midgley; Sidney, British Columbia
2008   Brian McCaughan; Okotoks, Alberta
2007   Jason Beaulieu; Campbell River, British Columbia
2006   Dwight Kennedy; Edson, Alberta
2005   Trevor Emond; Leduc, Alberta
2004   Trevor Emond; Leduc, Alberta
2003   Trevor Emond; Leduc, Alberta
2002   Dennis MacEachern; Edson, Alberta
2001   Dwight Kennedy; Edson, Alberta

NPP RACE NOTES
- Broughton is the seventh different driver in ten seasons to win a NPP Series Championship.
- The 19 point difference between Broughton and Tom is the second closest in NPP Series history.
- Tom was the first driver this season to win the Feature from the pole position. 
- Only four Feature wins have come from the pole the last two NPP seasons.
- Chevrolet swept all Features events in the 2010 NPP season.
- For the first time in NPP Series history, Dodge was kept out of the Feature win column in 2010.
- Kevin Wheeler won his first heat race since July 11, 2009.  Wheeler finished third in NPP Championship points, which is a personal best.   
- Curtis Moore’s 3rd place finish in Saturday nights Feature was his best showing since May 31st, 2008 (2nd).
- Travis Day finished fifth in NPP Series Championship points after a fifth place finish in Saturday nights Feature.  It’s Days best ever season in a NPP Late Model.
- Only two yellow flags flew in NPP race action Saturday night.  Both were for separate Heat race spins by Tom and Broughton.  The Feature event ran caution free.   

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SUPER IN SASKATCHEWAN
LEDUC, AB (September 30th) – Three-time Northern Provincial Pipelines Late Model Series Champion Trevor Emond claimed another championship winning the inaugural season of the Dakota Dunes Pavement Super Late Model Series in the province of Saskatchewan.  Emond clinched the title after driving his Hitchworks #17 Chevrolet to victory at Auto Clearing Speedway in Saskatoon on Saturday September 18th.  This is Emonds sixth season championship in the past 10 seasons.  “It was a really good year,” says the Leduc Alberta driver, “there was some good competition against drivers I’ve been racing against on the pavement for the last 15 years or so.” 

CHAMPIONSHIP FOR EMOND ON A COOL NIGHT IN SASKATCHEWAN
------------------------------------------------(Brent Just Photography)

In 2010, Emond divided his time running the NPP Late Model Series ‘dirt’ schedule and the Dakota Dunes ‘pavement’ schedule.  “Making the top 10 in the NPP Series would have been nice to go along with the championship but both series had their last race of the season on the same night.”  Emond finished 11th in the 2010 NPP Late Model Series Championship points chase.

EMOND CHAMPIONSHIPS
2010 – Dakota Dunes Super Late Model Series
2008 – ARCA West Series
2005 – NPP Late Model Series
2004 – NPP Late Model Series
2003 – NPP Late Model Series
2002 – Western Racing League


DAKOTA DUNES FINAL STANDINGS (TOP 5)  
1. #71 Trevor Emond; Leduc, Alberta -------               432
2. #77 Greg Vangool; Saskatoon, Saskatchewan          393
3. #70 Trent Seidel; Saskatoon, Saskatchewan --------383
4. #38 Dave Bone; Martensville, Saskatchewan            363
5. #14 Glen Hertzke; Saskatoon, Saskatchewan           349

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