WHEN SEPTEMBER ENDS
EDMONTON, AB (September 3) - There are always mixed feelings when the month of September rolls around.  When the calendar flips it means that Fall is just around the corner and that another season of Northern Provincial Pipelines Late Model Series race action will soon be coming to an end.  Dating back to the very first season, a total of 44 NPP Series events have been scheduled at 6 tracks in the month of September.  Sadly, 13 of those events never saw a green flag fly thanks to inclement weather.  The 2004 season was a disaster for scheduled September races.  Four consecutive race dates, over three weekends, were cancelled due to rain which saw NPP Series officials actually extend the race season into the month of October for the first and only time in NPP Series history.


SEPTEMBER 8, 2007 HAILSTORM IN EDMONTON

One September race in 2007 was cancelled after four inches of hail pounded race teams before an event.  The good news is that September weather has been extremely kind to the NPP Late Model Series since the infamous 'hailout' in Edmonton.  Only two September race events have been lost due to weather since then.  So far the extended forecast is looking favorable for the 2015 championship weekend at Central Alberta Raceways on September 11th and 12th.  A total of 15 different drivers have won Feature events in the month of September since the first season. 


MIDGLEY HAS WON TWO NPP FEATURES IN THE MONTH SEPTEMBER

Current point leader Darrell Midgley was the last driver to add his name to the list of September winners.  The Sidney, British Columbia driver swept the 2014 season championship weekend in Rimbey, Alberta last September in his Integra Tire(Edson) #14 Dodge.  Midgley currently has a 53 point lead over defending season champion Mark Miller from Calgary, Alberta. Both Midgley and Miller have the opportunity at becoming just the fourth driver in NPP Series history to win a second championship. Midgley won his first NPP Series championship back in 2009. After a rough start to the 2015 season Miller is on a roll heading into the final two races of the 2015 season. The driver of the A1 Autobody #69 Chevrolet finished second and scored his first Feature win of the season last month at Central Alberta Raceways. In only four starts, Miller has an average Feature finish of 3.3 in Rimbey, Alberta. Midgley meanwhile has eight starts at Central Alberta Raceways and has an average Feature finish of 6.6.

SEPTEMBER
FEATURE WINS

Trevor Emond            5
Kevin Wheeler           5
Jason Beaulieu           4
Dwight Kennedy        4
Kevin Clark               2
Darrell Midgley          2
Chris Beaulieu            1
Kelvin Bell                 1
Graham Cooke          1
Wayne Gideon           1
Wayne Iwaschuk       1
Harry Kuhne              1
Brian McCaughan      1
James McCormack    1
Mike Tom                  1

NPP SERIES CHAMPIONS
2014 Mark Miller - Calgary, Alberta
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

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TWICE A CHAMPION
RIMBEY, AB (September 9) - Trevor Emond, Dwight Kennedy and Kevin Wheeler are the only drivers in Northern Provincial Pipelines Late Model Series history to win multiple season championships.  Hoping to be the next driver on that exclusive list is current point leader Darrell Midgley and defending season champion Mark Miller.  Miller grabbed his first NPP Series championship at the final race of the season last year in Rimbey, Alberta.  Midgley won his first NPP Series championship back in 2009.  Midgley currently has a 53 point cushion over Miller with just two races remaining in the 2015 season.  Those two races will be run this Friday and Saturday night (Sept. 11th and 12th) at Central Alberta Raceways. 


MILLER AND MIDGLEY BOTH LOOKING FOR A SECOND NPP SERIES CHAMPIONSHIP

Miller has the rare opportunity to become just the third driver in NPP Series history to win back to back season championships.  "We are excited [about the weekend]," says the driver of the A1 Autobody #69 Chevrolet, "we know we can do well at this track."  The Calgary, Alberta driver scored his first Feature win of the season last month at Central Alberta Raceways.  "It's good to know we can get a good finish [in Rimbey].  Looking forward to this race weekend.  Hopefully we can  repeat what we did here last time."  Miller has an average Feature finish of 3.3 in four Rimbey starts and will need to run a near perfect weekend if he wants to catch Midgley in the standings.  Last season, Midgley swept the season championship weekend in Rimbey, Alberta with back to back Feature wins and finished seventh in the 2014 season points chase.  Thanks to five consecutive Feature wins in 2015, the Sidney, British Columbia driver is the current point leader, a position he has held since late June.  "Everything has sure gone our way this season," exclaims the driver of the Integra Tire(Edson)  #14 Dodge, "that flat tire in Rimbey last month has been our only hiccup.  I'm glad it wasn't worse."  Midgley has eight starts at Central Alberta Raceways and has an average Feature finish of 6.6.  "With the season we've had it would be a huge disappointment not to finish where we are in the standings right now." 


KENNEDY, CLARK AND BROUGHTON STILL IN THE HUNT
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The Team Kennedy car, which will be driven by Shawn Kennedy this weekend, is 31 points back of Miller in the NPP Series Championship point standings.  Just 30 points back of Kennedy, sitting fourth, is Ken Clark. Bruce Broughton, the 2010 NPP Series Champion sits fifth in the standings 101 points back of Clark. Both Broughton, Clark and Kennedy still mathematically have a chance at catching the front runners in the 2015 standings. 

NPP LATE MODEL SEASON CHAMPIONSHIPS
3          Trevor Emond            (2003, 2004, 2005)
2          Dwight Kennedy         (2001, 2006)
2          Kevin Wheeler           (2012, 2013)
1          Jason Beaulieu            (2007)
1          Bruce Broughton      (2010)
1          Dennis MacEachern   (2002)
1          Brian McCaughan      (2008)
1          Darrell Midgley       (2009)
1          Mark Miller             (2014)
1          Mike Tom                   (2011)


> FRIDAY/SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 11th & 12th
NPP SERIES SEASON CHAMPIONSHIP WEEKEND
Spectator Gates Open @ 5:00pm
Racing @ 7::00pm on Friday
Racing @ 6:00pm on Saturday
Oval Classes competing:
NPP Late Model Series
Western Canadian Modifieds
Hobby Stock
Mini Stock
Sportsman Sprint Cars (Friday night only

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RACEDAY: RIMBEY, ALBERTA
RIMBEY, AB (September 11) - For the second consecutive season Central Alberta Raceways plays host to the season championship weekend of the Northern Provincial Pipelines Late Model Series.  Mark Miller claimed his first ever season championship last year at the Rimbey, Alberta track.  This season, the Calgary, Alberta driver sits second in points behind Sidney, British Columbia's Darrell Midgley.  Midgley won his first NPP Series championship back in 2009.  Both Midgley and Miller are looking at becoming just the fourth driver in NPP Series history to win more than one championship. 


MILLER AND MIDGLEY AIMING FOR SECOND NPP SERIES CHAMPIONSHIP

The Team Kennedy car, driven this weekend by Shawn Kennedy, is third in points.  Kennedy is poised to pounce on any mistakes made Friday and Saturday night by the two drivers ahead of him in the standings.  Ken Clark, from Edson, Alberta is fourth in the points chase,  just 30 points back of Kennedy.  Clark's previous best finish in the NPP Series Championship point standings was sixth back in 2010.  Bruce Broughton sits fifth in points just 103 back of Clark.  The 2010 NPP Series Champion would like to wrap up the season with two strong nights at Central Alberta Raceways.  Dean Deatherage sits sixth in points.  Engine issues at the last race in Rimbey, knocked the Beaumont, Alberta driver from third to sixth in the standings.  Central Alberta Raceways is just the fourth track to host the season championship of the NPP Late Model Series.  Castrol Raceway (Edmonton, Alberta), Bridge County Raceway (Lethbridge, Alberta) and Flatlanders Speedway (Kindersley, Saskatchewan) were prior season championship host tracks.

NPP SERIES - THE INSIDE TRACK:
- point leader Darrell Midgley has three Feature wins and one fifth place in the last four appearances at Central Alberta Raceways.  Before this streak, he had never registered a Top 10 finish in Rimbey.
- only 25% of NPP Series Feature events have been won from the pole position.  2010 NPP Series Champion Bruce Broughton was the pole sitter of the last two Features in Rimbey in August and finished fourth and third.
- Ken Clark starts his 101st NPP Series event Friday night. 
- Mark Miller and Shawn Kennedy were the only two drivers that finished on the podium at the last race weekend in Rimbey. 
- this weekend's event in Rimbey will be Marc Hobe's last race in Canada.  After spending the last two years in Canada, the Sylvan Lake, Alberta driver is moving back to Arizona to be closer to his new grandchild.  Hobe could clinch NPP Series Rookie of the Year honors Friday night.   
- first run in 1994, Saturday nights Feature event is also the 22nd annual Oilmen's Classic race.
- Friday and Saturday nights oval events at Central Alberta Raceways will be the first time in the 11 year history of the facility that it will be running back to back races under the lights.


> FRIDAY/SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 11th & 12th
NPP SERIES SEASON CHAMPIONSHIP WEEKEND
Spectator Gates Open @ 5:00pm
Racing @ 7:00pm on Friday
Racing @ 6:00pm on Saturday
Oval Classes competing:
NPP Late Model Series
Western Canadian Modifieds
Hobby Stock
Mini Stock
Sportsman Sprint Cars (Friday night only)

NPP LATE MODEL SERIES CHAMPIONS
2014    Mark Miller - Calgary, Alberta
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

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THREE WINNERS, ONE WEEKEND
RIMBEY, AB (September 12) - Bruce Broughton and Dean Deatherage were the big Feature winners at Central Alberta Raceways on Friday and Saturday night but it was Darrell Midgley taking the top prize.  The Sidney, British Columbia driver finished second in the Feature both nights and that gave him the points needed to grab the 2015 Northern Provincial Pipelines Late Model Series Championship.  Midgley, who won his first NPP Series Championship in 2009, becomes only the fourth driver in NPP Series history to win more than one championship.  "We put a nice string of victories together early in the year," says the driver of the Integra Tire(Edson) #14 Dodge, "in the end [we raced] smart and did not try to do anything beyond the cars capabilities and just finish."  Midgley set an NPP Series record in 2015 with five consecutive Feature event wins.  "It's an honor to run [in this Series] and a big thanks to Dwight Kennedy for giving me this opportunity. I've been pretty fortunate."


2015 NPP SERIES CHAMPION: DARRELL MIDGLEY

Bruce Broughton ended a lengthy winless drought in Rimbey, Alberta on Championship weekend.  Friday night, the Stony Plain, Alberta driver got by pole sitter Dean Deatherage and drove to a convincing Feature event win.  "Always feels good to win one and it's been a little while," said Broughton, "really glad for everybody.  [My crew] has been working hard for two years and we finally got another one."  Broughton's last Feature event win was June 23, 2012 at Central Alberta Raceways.  "We almost forgot what it was like to win."  Broughton backed up  his Friday night Feature event victory with a third place finish in the Saturday night Feature.  The driver of the All Weather Windows/Habitat for Humanity #61 Dodge and NPP Series Champion from 2010 sits fourth in all-time NPP Series Feature event wins with 9 victories. 


BROUGHTON: FRIDAY NIGHT FEATURE WIN AND A 3RD ON SATURDAY NIGHT

After what was an extremely tough season filled with flat tires, wrecks and a blown engine, Dean Deatherage  was the class of the field both Friday and Saturday night at Central Alberta Raceways.  The Beaumont, Alberta driver won the Heats, plus won the pole position ['A' Dash] both nights.  On Saturday night the driver of the Scott Safety #18 Dodge held off a hard charging Darrell Midgley in the Feature to claim his first ever NPP Series Feature event.

DEATHERAGE HOLDS OFF MIDGLEY FOR HIS FIRST EVER NPP FEATURE WIN

"This has been a long time coming," says Deatherage, "a huge thanks to Shawn [Kennedy].  He set the car up.  It was the fastest car here."  Twenty-four hours earlier Deatherage was denied a second place finish in the Friday night Feature.  His car blew a tire with five laps to go.  "It feels good to know that I can run with these guys.  This was an outstanding weekend.  I don't see why we can't do this in the future or any other weekend."

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BATTLE OF THE BRANDS
EDMONTON, AB (September 28) - The Northern Provincial Pipelines Late Model Series has been a manufacturers battleground since the very first season.  Chevrolet, Dodge, Ford and Pontiac have all gone fender to fender at various tracks in Western Canada since 2001. 


2015 NPP SERIES CHAMPION - DARRELL MIDGLEY
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Along with setting a NPP Series record with five consecutive Feature wins, Sidney, British Columbia's Darrell Midgley drove his Integra Tire(Edson) #14 Dodge to the 2015 NPP Series Championship.  This was the seventh NPP Series championship for Dodge.  Dodge has taken home the NPP Series championship three out of the last four seasons including a sweep of the podium (1st, 2nd, 3rd) in 2012 and 2013.  This season however, Dodge is alone on the podium.  For only the second time in NPP Series history, Chevrolet finished second and third in the Championship point standings.  Defending season champion Mark Miller finished the 2015 season in second.  "It wasn't the season we wanted after last year," admits the driver of the A1 Autobody #69 Chevrolet,  "overall my team did awesome.  I'm excited for next year and hopefully we can get a championship back." 


MILLER AND MIDGLEY BATTLED HARD EVERY RACE IN 2015

The Calgary, Alberta driver ironically finished 69 points back of top spot in the NPP Series Championship chase.  "It's a great Series.  Hopefully we see more cars next year."  Miller had one Feature win and four second place finishes in 2015. 


CLARK AND MIDGLEY WENT FENDER TO FENDER SEVERAL TIMES IN 2015
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Ken Clark had his best ever finish in the 2015 NPP Late Model Series Championship standings.  The Edson, Alberta driver finished third in points.   "The schedule was good for me [this season]," says the driver of the Edson Sign #78 Chevrolet, "I run better when the track is dry.  We don't have the power that most teams have in this Series.  The track has to come to us most nights."  Clark had three top 5 finishes in Feature events this year.  "We race to do well and not cause any trouble.  It the track is tacky we know we will probably be in for a long night."  Clark's previous best finish in the NPP Series Championship points chase was 6th back in 2010. During the 2009 season Clark set the NPP Series ironman record with 83 consecutive starts. Clark currently sits second on the all-time list with 102 NPP Series race starts.  

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