WHEELER WINS CHAMPIONSHIP
KINDERSLEY, SK (September 1)  - The Northern Provincial Pipelines Late Model Series has its first back-to-back season champion in almost a decade.  Kevin Wheeler won the 2013 NPP Late Model Series Championship Sunday afternoon at Flatlanders Speedway. The Whitecourt, Alberta driver swept the weekend Features in Kindersley, Saskatchewan, winning Saturday night from the pole and then Sunday afternoon from the #5 starting spot.  "It's an awesome, awesome feeling to win the championship," says the driver of the KW Mechanical/Bill Weins trucking #3 Dodge, "as everybody knows there are a lot of fast guys out here.  To come out on top is a pretty good feeling." 


WHEELER DOMINATED THE FIELD SATURDAY NIGHT

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Wheeler and his team had a 69 point lead heading into the final weekend of the 2013 season.  Even though there was a big target on their backs, Team Wheeler still earned top points for the weekend and emerged with a 125 lead and the overall title.  "I have to thank my crew Mike and Lee.  Without them we wouldn't be here.  They are the ones that set the car up and I tell you that they know how I drive.  They know the car [inside and out]."  Only one caution flag would fly during the Saturday night Feature.  Two would fly during the Feature on Sunday afternoon.  "Track conditions kept everyone on their toes this weekend," admits Wheeler, "I couldn't believe how sticky the racing surface was Saturday night.  On Sunday it was the complete opposite [dry slick].  All the cars were starting to put rubber down on the track." 


WHEELER WAS RUNNING SIXTH EARLY IN SUNDAYS FEATURE

Sunday afternoon's Feature was also the 19th annual Oilmen's Classic event.  This race has roots which dates back to the early 1990's.  Wheeler becomes the first driver from Whitecourt, Alberta to win this race.  Edson, Alberta's Shawn Kennedy finished second in the NPP Series Championship points chase just a single point ahead of Whitecourt, Alberta's Wayne Wheeler.  Wheeler, would claim NPP Series Rookie of the Year honors with his third place finish in the points.      

NPP LATE MODEL SERIES CHAMPIONS
2013    Kevin Wheeler - Whitecourt, Alberta
2012    Kevin Wheeler - Whitecourt, Alberta
2011    Mike Tom - Stony Plain, Alberta
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 

OILMEN'S CLASSIC CHAMPIONS
2013    Kevin Wheeler - Whitecourt, Alberta
2012    Kevin Clark - Altario, Alberta
2010    Mike Tom - Stony Plain, Alberta
2009    Trevor Emond - Leduc, Alberta
2008    Dwight Kennedy - Edson, Alberta
2007    Dennis MacEachern - Edson, Alberta
2006    Dwight Kennedy - Edson, Alberta
2005    Wayne Gideon - Edson, Alberta
2004    Dwight Kennedy - Edson, Alberta
2003    Trevor Emond - Leduc, Alberta
2002    Trevor Emond - Leduc, Alberta
2001    Dwight Kennedy - Edson, Alberta
2000    Larry Simpson - Valemount, British Columbia
1999    Dwight Kennedy - Edson, Alberta
1998    Dwight Kennedy - Edson, Alberta**
1997    Dwight Kennedy - Edson, Alberta**
1996    Dwight Kennedy - Edson, Alberta**
1995    Dwight Kennedy - Edson, Alberta**
1994    Dwight Kennedy - Edson, Alberta**

**won in a Hobby Stock race car not NPP Late Model Series race car

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SANGUDO CALLING
EDMONTON, AB (September 16) - Although the chase for the 2013 Northern Provincial Pipelines Late Model Series Championship ended on the September long weekend in Saskatchewan, many race teams were not quite ready to park their cars until May of 2014. Thanks to one Northern Alberta race track, NPP Late Model Series drivers have another opportunity to go for the checkered flag. 


LARRY SIMPSON AND DWIGHT KENNEDY BATTLE IN SANGUDO 13 YEARS AGO
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(PHOTO: NPP Series archives)

"The NPP Late Model Series will be returning to Sangudo Speedway for the first time since 2001," says NPP Series announcer Gord Craig, "track officials [in Sangudo] contacted the NPP Series a few weeks ago and invited us to take part in their season championship weekend."  Some of the top drivers from the NPP Series have already indicated they will be at this NPP Series exhibition race on Saturday, September 21st including newly crowned season champion Kevin Wheeler.   


WHEELER BROTHERS IN SANGUDO ON 2013 CANADA DAY LONG WEEKEND

"Kevin and his brother Wayne could have a bit of an advantage in Sangudo," admits Craig, "when we lost our Canada Day long weekend race in Drumheller due to the Southern Alberta floods, the Wheeler brothers brought out their cars to Sangudo Speedway for a test and tune session."  Craig says the extra track time proved invaluable to both drivers.  "It may be a coincidence but the two drivers that tested in Sangudo back in July ended up being our Season Champion [Kevin] and our Rookie of the Year [Wayne]."  Kevin Wheeler is just the second driver in NPP Series history to win back to back season championships.  Wayne Wheeler is the highest finishing rookie driver since the 2008 season. 


SANGUDO, ALBERTA

> Saturday, September 21st
Gates @ 11:00am
Racing @ 1:00pm

Spectator Admission
General                 $12.00
Youth & Seniors    $ 6.00

Classes Racing:
I.M.C.A. Modifieds
NPP Late Model Series
Street Stocks
600cc Sprint Cars
Mini Stocks

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SUPER IN SANGUDO
SANGUDO, AB (September 21) - Kevin Wheeler continued his season-long hot streak Saturday afternoon at Sangudo Speedway. The Whitecourt, Alberta driver got by Edson, Alberta's Ken Clark with just five laps to go and drove to his 5th Feature event victory of 2013. "This has definitely been our year," exclaims the 2013 NPP Series Champion,  "the day was perfect, the track was perfect.  Very clean racing from everyone here today." 


NPP SERIES: FIRST VISIT TO SANGUDO SPEEDWAY SINCE 2001

The Feature event, dominated by Ken Clark, was slowed by just one caution flag.  "Ken had a huge lead on everyone.  The race was his if the yellow didn't come out."  The only caution flag flew with seven laps remaining as Clark had built a four second lead over the rest of the field. With five laps remaining, Wheeler managed to get by Clark down the back straight.  "This class is crazy hard but everything has clicked for us this year", adds Wheeler, "Mike and Lee, my pit crew, have been working hard on setups.  It's now paying off." 

CLARK AND WHEELER BATTLE FOR THE LEAD IN SANGUDO

Ken Clark led the most laps in the Feature and finished second in Sangudo.  "This is the best performance we've had in a few seasons," says Clark,  "Wheeler was a little faster coming out of the corners.  All in all though it was a pretty good day."  Clark missed his first heat race due to starter problems.  "Sangudo is always a good place to come and race.  Always a good atmosphere here.  The track today was very smooth."  Clark raced his Street Stock at Sangudo Speedway back in the early 1990's when the track first opened.  Whitecourt, Alberta's Wayne Wheeler finished on the podium for the second consecutive Feature.  "We had a blast here today," says the 2013 NPP Series Rookie of the Year, "we had a fast car for the main but not quite quick enough [to win it] but we got third spot and that was awesome". Earlier heat race wins went to Kevin and Wayne Wheeler. Saturday's event was the first official appearance of the NPP Late Model Series at Sangudo Speedway since August of 2001.   


SPECIAL GUEST PACE CAR DRIVER: POPPA WHEELER

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