CLARK WINS OILMENS / WHEELER GRABS CHAMPIONSHIP
KINDERSLEY, SK.
(September 3) - Kevin Wheeler won his first ever Northern Provincial Pipelines Late Model Series Championship in dramatic fashion on the September long weekend. "I may need a few days because it really hasn't sunk in yet that we've won this!" Heading into the inaugural two-day race weekend at Flatlanders Speedway, the Whitecourt, Alberta driver was tied for second in the NPP Series standings with Edson, Alberta's Dwight Kennedy.  Wheeler and Kennedy were only 43 points behind leader Chris Beaulieu.  Edson's Darin Borysko was third in the NPP Series Championship standings just 26 points behind Wheeler and Kennedy.  Wheeler, Kennedy and Borysko would all lose ground to the point leader with their finishing positions in Saturday's two Qualifying Heats.  Dean Deatherage and Kevin Clark won both Heats.  Wheeler however would win the 'A' Dash securing the pole position for the Saturday night Feature.  Unfortunately for NPP Series teams and race fans, a nasty summer storm system developed just west of the facility. No rain fell at the track site but 90 kilometer per hour winds would blast the facility forcing a delay of the Saturday night Feature by more than 30 minutes.  When the hurricane force winds began to subside (gusts to 40kph), NPP Series teams hit the unique tri-oval track for their first Feature event of the weekend. 


WHEELER DOMINATED SATURDAY NIGHTS FEATURE AT FLATLANDERS

At the drop of the green Kevin Wheeler took advantage of the pole position and stormed out to the race lead and dominated the entire race. Wheeler would drive the Bill Wiens Trucking/KW Mechanical #3 Dodge to his first NPP Series Feature win since September 1, 2008.  "It took a while to figure out this track," exclaimed Wheeler, "I think we got it.  The number three wins on the tri-oval."  Darin Borysko finished second and Beaulieu finished third.  Beaulieu would still have the NPP Series point lead after Saturday nights Feature but a look of concern was etched on his face in the pits after the race.  "Something is a little off with the engine but we'll be okay for Sunday."  With his Feature win, Wheeler chopped the points gap with Beaulieu to 23 with just one race to go in the 2012 season.  Kennedy dropped to fourth in the NPP Championship points chase after a ninth place finish in the Saturday night Feature.  Borysko remained in third.
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---------- Windy, overcast conditions and much cooler temperatures greeted race fans and NPP Series teams at Flatlanders Speedway on Sunday afternoon.  The 2012 NPP Series Championship would be decided plus it was the 19th running of the Oilmen' Classic.  Any concern regarding Chris Beaulieu's engine had all but disappeared in Qualifying Heat #1 as the point leader moved from sixth up to second on the very first lap.  Sidney, British Columbia's Darrell Midgley drove to his first NPP Series Heat race win since August of 2009. Kevin Clark got by Beaulieu just before the finish line in the Heat race but the two drivers came together underneath the flag stand. Beaulieu careened off Clark's car into the steel guardrail. Beaulieu would be credited with second as Clark was penalized two positions.   


A CRASH IN THE HEAT THEN A BLOWN MOTOR IN THE 'A' DASH FOR BEAULIEU

Qualifying Heat #2 had four different race leaders.  Curtis Moore and Dwight Kennedy would spin while out in front.  Kevin Wheeler took over the race lead from Jeff Grundberg on the white flag lap and drove to victory. This was Wheelers third Qualifying Heat race win of the season. The win secured a spot in the all important and final 'A' Dash of the 2012 season.


HEAT RACE WINNERS MIDGLEY AND WHEELER FINISH 1-2 IN THE 'A' DASH SUNDAY

Darrell Midgley continued his strong weekend in Saskatchewan by winning the 'A' Dash with Wheeler a close second.  Beaulieu finished 5th after a late race spin.  Moments after the conclusion of the 'A' Dash came word out of the NPP Series pits regarding engine problems for Beaulieu's #90 Dodge.  "We're done," exclaimed a disappointed Beaulieu, "no oil pressure at all.  It [the engine] may last for one or two laps but that's it.  It's game over."  With Beaulieu out of the running, Wheeler needed to finish 8th or better to clinch the 2012 NPP Series championship. Borysko and Kennedy still had an outside chance at winning the 2012 Season crown.  Darrell Midgley lead 11 laps of the Feature before a left front tire went down.  Kevin Clark got by a slowing Midgley and led the rest of the way. 


-------- CLARK WON HIS SATURDAY HEAT -------- BORYSKO AND KENNEDY FINISHED 2ND
------- AND THE SUNDAY FEATURE ------------------- AND 3RD IN THE NPP STANDINGS

The Altario, Alberta driver registered his second Feature event win of the 2012 season and won the Oilmen's Classic for the first time.  Wheeler finished the Feature in third giving him the points needed to clinch the Northern Provincial Pipelines Late Model Series Championship. "We've been consistent all year long. We got it together [Saturday night] and pulled off a Feature win.  Four years to the date was pretty neat We survived some carnage today [Sunday] and pulled out a third place." Wheeler had an average Feature finish of 3.8 in 2012 (2.75 the last four races).  "It was real tough luck on Chris losing his motor.  We've had our share of tough luck over the years but that's racing."  Wheeler blew his motor at the 2011 Season Championship weekend in Lethbridge.  "This is definitely a hard Series and we finally got to the top."  Darin Borysko finished Sunday's Oilmen's Feature in 7th and wrapped up his season just 8 points ahead of two-time NPP Series Champion Dwight Kennedy in the standings.  Kennedy finished the Oilmen's Classic in fifth. New Sarepta Alberta's Mike Dunn won the NPP Series Rookie of the Year honors.

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HAMMER DOWN
EDSON, AB. (September 20) - The 2012 race season may be over but the race to complete an important construction project continues west of Edmonton.  With the sound of hammers and saws in the background,  the Northern Provincial Pipelines Late Model Series got a behind the scenes look at the Habitat for Humanity build site in Edson, Alberta.  "We are very, very thankful to the way the racing community has adopted Habitat for Humanity," says Alfred Nikolai, President of Habitat for Humanity Edmonton, "just having our logo on the race car was a big deal to us because it gets the word out about Habitat to so many more people."  NPP Late Model Series competitor Darin Borysko toured the impressive job site.  "This place started as a barren field," exclaims the driver of the Habitat for Humanity/All Weather Windows #35 Dodge, "my hats off to the volunteer coordinators and Habitat for Humanity.  They have come a long way in a short time using volunteer workers.  It really is amazing."  Borysko works for the Town of Edson's Public Works department and was directly involved in the early stages of the 15 home project.


HABITAT FOR HUMANITY EDMONTON PRESIDENT ALFRED NIKOLAI
AND NPP SERIES COMPETITOR DARIN BORYSKO

"This is the largest rural build in Canada," says Nikolai,  "we are so proud of the folks here and everybody that lives or works in Edson should be really proud of themselves."  Thanks to volunteers and community partners, 10 homes are currently in various stages of construction.  "Yes it's a challenge to build fifteen homes at once but it's a wonderful opportunity because these fifteen homes are going to create an instant payback."  Each mortgage payment made by families is re-invested back into the community by Habitat for Humanity to build more homes.  "We had originally hoped that we would have had 10 families in [their homes] before Christmas," adds Nikolai, "but we've had a few hiccups.  Namely the weather."  Record rainfall in June flooded the Habitat for Humanity Edson build site and brought constructions to a standstill for much of June and part of July.  Ironically it was these same rains that wiped out two NPP Late Model Series race events and nearly cancelled a third.  "We are racing the weather right now," adds Nikolai, "winter is coming and we all know what happens in Alberta.  We need to get the roofs on eight of the homes.  We need to get all these homes insulated." 


NPP SERIES PACE CAR AT THE HABITAT FOR HUMANITY BUILD SITE IN EDSON

A total of 10 Edson families have already met the qualifications to become homeowners through Habitat for Humanity.  Nikolai says the need for affordable housing becomes more apparent the closer a project gets to completion.  "With so many people looking for safe and affordable place to live, we expect to be inundated with applications [possibly fifty] for the final five homes."  The first of several low key but emotional ceremonies in Edson, where families receive keys to their brand new Habitat for Humanity homes, is expected in late January or early February. 

HABITAT FOR HUMANITY BASIC GUIDELINES
- this is a hand-up and not a hand-out for families.
- each family works on their own home investing 500 hours of "sweat equity" as a down payment.
- mortgage payments (no interest) will not be more than 25 percent of a family's income.
- families must be employed with stable incomes from $29,000 to $54,000 who are not able to purchase their own home.

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HABITAT FOR HUMANITY - EDSON BUILD
Project Leader ----------------Karen Adam--------- (780) 723 - 5675
Edson Site Supervisor------- Murray Perrin
Construction Leader--------- David Stevens
Volunteer Coordinator------ Stephanie Hembrow (780) 725 - 3434
Fundraising Coordinator-----Yvonne Bayley----- (780) 723 - 1406
Family Support Coordinator-Avril Houstoun----- (780) 725 - 3387
Family Committee------------Jack Drebit
Amenity/Food Coordinator--Lorna Imber
Team Leader Assistant------ Mike Lambregts
Team Leader Assistant------ Tien Youn
Publicity Coordinator-------- Sandy Moore

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SASKATCHEWAN ROAD TRIP
ESTEVAN, SK. (September 24) - Looking to expand its racing horizons for the 2013 season, the Northern Provincial Pipelines Late Model Series visited Estevan, Saskatchewan on the weekend. This venture comes just three weeks after the 2012 NPP Series Championship race in Kindersley, Saskatchewan on the September long weekend.  "Estevan Motor Speedway has been on our radar for a few years," says NPP Series announcer and media relations director Gord Craig,  "this facility does come highly recommended to us by competitors in the IMCA Modified division." Estevan Motor Speedway was wrapping up its 13th consecutive season of oval race action Saturday and Sunday.  "This is an incredible facility," exclaims Craig, "whether you are a spectator or a competitor, this track is absolutely top notch in all areas."  A total of 56 teams (4 classes) filled the competitor pit area for the Saturday afternoon race.  A record 71 competitors were in the pits for Sunday afternoons 150 lap Enduro event. 

"I really like the layout of this facility," adds Craig, "spectators can view some of the action in the pits from the concourse area."  When not in the concourse area, spectators have very comfortable seating arrangements.  "I have been  to a few dirt tracks over the years.  This has got to be the best spectator seating I have seen.  It is bleacher style seating but there are contoured seat backs for all the spectators."  Spectators also have the option of watching the races from comfort of their vehicles high above turn 1 and 2.   The Estevan Motor Speedway VIP skybox suites are also enclosed with heat and air conditioning.  "It's no wonder this facility gets near sell-out crowds each and every race." 


THE NPP SERIES PACE CAR MADE A SPECIAL ON-TRACK APPEARANCE IN ESTEVAN

The Official Pace Car of the NPP Late Model Series was on display in the concourse area during the Heat races but was put to work Saturday afternoon leading the Legend Cars and the IMCA Modifieds for their final Features of 2012.  "There is very little down time between races," exclaims Craig, "when cars are on the track, drivers line up in front of the main grand stands ready for the next race.  Estevan staff run a very tight, fast paced show."  Including hot laps, Saturdays oval show (9 heats / 4 Features) took less than two and a half hours to complete. 

"Yes we are branching out a bit," admits Craig, "racing in Alberta, British Columbia and Saskatchewan this season proves it.  Hopefully we can add Estevan Motor Speedway to our list of tracks next season."  The Northern Provincial Pipelines Late Model Series has competed at 11 different race facilities since its first season back in 2001.

The NPP Late Model Series congratulates Saturday's Feature winners at Estevan Motor Speedway:

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IMCA MODIFIED: #10 Tyson Turnbull; Estevan, Saskatchewan
------------------------------------------ IMCA HOBBY STOCK; #48 Brock Beter; Minot, North Dakota

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IMCA STREET STOCK: #95 Gregg Mann; Estevan, Saskatchewan
-------------------------------------------- LEGEND CARS: #83 Zachary Lutz; Burlington, North Dakota

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