TEAM NPP ON TRACK
EDSON, AB. (September 1) - This September long weekend, Team NPP competes on both sides of the border.  Darrell Midgley,  fresh off his NPP Late Model Series sweep last weekend at Edmonton's Castrol Raceway, is back on the pavement at Western Speedway in Victoria, British Columbia.  Billed as one of the biggest Late Model races in Western Canada, Midgley is racing the Northern Provincial Pipelines/Alien Chassis #81 Dodge at the Reg Midgley Memorial Canada 200 on Saturday and Sunday (September 3rd & 4th).    


MIDGLEY COMPETING AT HIS HOME TRACK THIS LONG WEEKEND
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Lane Zerbin is back at Grays Harbor Raceway in Elma, Washington in his Northern Provincial Pipelines/Alien Chasis #81 Modified, looking to head to victory lane for the second weekend in a row.  Zerbin grabbed his second win of the season south of the border last Saturday night after a daring front straight pass just before the finish line.  The Victoria, British Columbia driver also won his Heat race earlier in the evening.  Zerbin registered his first Modified win back in July at Willamette Speedway in Lebanon, Oregon.  The Modifieds are the support class to the Sprint Cars on Sunday night.   


ZERBIN VISITED VICTORY LANE LAST SATURDAY NIGHT (AUGUST 27)


REG MILLEY CANADA 200
WESTERN SPEEDWAY - Victoria, British Columbia
>SATURDAY, September 3rd
Sidney, BC's Darrell Midgley qualifyied 13th (16.971) out of 17 cars.
Defending event champion Wade Bland from Saanich, BC qualified #1 (16.618).
Midgley finished 9th in the Saturday night Heat race (pulled off track on Lap 4 with rear suspension problems).

>SUNDAY, September 4th
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Despite handling issues, Darrell Midgley finished 10th at Western Speedway Sunday night. Congratulations to Wade Bland on winning the Reg Midgley Canada 200.

 


SUMMER THUNDER EVENT
GRAYS HARBOR RACEWAY - Elma, Washington
>SUNDAY, September 4th
Twenty-four cars were in the pits at Grays Harbor Raceway Sunday night. Lane Zerbin finished fourth in his Heat race. The Victoria, British Columbia driver started 10th in the Modified feature. On the very first lap, Zerbin was tagged hard by another driver. The contact broke the left-front spindle on Zerbins car ending any hope of winning his second consecutive Feature in Elma, Washington. Zerbin was forced to pit and was credited with a 20th place finish.

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THE END IS NEAR
EDMONTON, AB. (September 12) - The motorsport season in the province of Alberta is winding down for another year. Edmonton's Castrol Raceway wrapped up its 26th consecutive year of oval racing on Saturday, September 10th. Two other tracks, Central Alberta Raceways and Drayton Valley Speedway, still have several oval events remaining on their 2016 schedules.  On September 24th and 25th, the Northern Provincial Pipelines Late Model Series will wrap up its 16th consecutive season at the Rimbey, Alberta track.  "After our rainout in Edmonton back in May we started our season in Rimbey (in June)," says NPP Series announcer Gord Craig, "for the third consecutive year the season champion will once again be crowned in Rimbey."  The NPP Late Model Series has struggled with a low car count since the drop of the first green flag.  "When you go from an average car count of 15 just a few years ago, down to the single digits, there can be a lot of questions." Craig has fielded plenty of questions since the 2016 season opener when only five cars showed up. 


2016 SEASON OPENING CAR COUNT IN RIMBEY
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"Where did everybody go was the most common," admits Craig, "but we weren't the only class suffering from a decreased car count this year.  They were down everywhere." Not only were car counts down, the number of specatators sitting in the grandstands was down this year also. With unemployment levels in the province of Alberta at their highest levels in twenty-years, racing has not been a priority for many people this season.  "I had a nice long chat with one of our drivers back in July.  He told me he was receiving a pick slip the end of the month."  Many NPP Series drivers are business owners.  "Staying afloat during these tough economic times is the new priority.  Park the race car and steer the business is something I heard time and time again in my conversations." Craig hopes an economic turnaround comes soon in the province of Alberta. Two-time and defending NPP Series champion Darrell Midgley from Sidney, British Columbia has a 27 point lead over Edson, Alberta's Shawn Kennedy in the point standings. Kennedy, who has never won a NPP Series Championship sits just five points ahead of 2014 NPP Series Champion Mark Miller from Calgary, Alberta. Miller has a three point cushion over 2010 NPP Series Champion Bruce Broughton from Stony Plain, Alberta who sits fourth in the point standings.

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THE CHASE ENDS HERE
RIMBEY, AB. (September 19) - The current point leader of the Northern Provincial Pipelines Late Model Series is approaching the final race weekend of the 2016 season with caution.  Darrell Midgley, the defending NPP Series Champion, has a small 27 point lead in the 2016 Championship points chase.  With just two races left on the schedule, the driver of the Intergra Tire (Edson) #14 Dodge says anything can happen.  "It's up for grabs for sure.  We just need to stay the course and do what we've been doing." 


#14 DARRELL MIDGLEY:2009 & 2015 NPP SERIES CHAMPION
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The Sidney, British Columbia driver has won four of the last eight Feature events at Central Alberta Raceways dating back to the 2014 season.  He's hoping that this daytime race event, on Saturday and Sunday, won't affect his current momentum.  "A lot of how the weekend will play out will be track conditions.  If the track is raceable, we should be good."  Midgley is looking to become just the third driver in NPP Late Model Series history to win back to back season championships.  "I don't come out from BC to just drive around.  I come to win races and that's what I'm planning to do."  Midgley is one of four drivers that can still mathematically win the 2016 NPP Late Model Season Championship this weekend.  Calgary, Alberta's Mark Miller sits third in points and Stony Plain, Alberta's Bruce Broughton is fourth.  Both Miller and Broughton have already won a NPP Series Championship.  Shawn Kennedy enters the final race weekend of the season second in the point standings.  The Edson, Alberta competitor has never won a NPP Late Model Series Championship. 


#81 SHAWN KENNEDY AND 2014 NPP SERIES CHAMPION MARK MILLER
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"I didn't have all my ducks in a row right at the beginning of the year," says the driver of the TheRebel.Media #81 Dodge,  "the one thing that's hurt me in the standings was missing a heat race at the season opener."  Kennedy adds that a win Saturday night would boost his confidence going into championship Sunday.  "I know my car is there.  I just have to work on my consistency.  Going to give Darrell a run for his money this weekend."  Kennedy leads third place Mark Miller by just five points.  Miller briefly held the points lead after winning the season opener back in June. 


#61 BRUCE BROUGHTON: 2010 NPP SERIES CHAMPION

Miller meanwhile leads fourth place Bruce Broughton by only three points.  Broughton has gone to victory lane twice at Central Alberta Raceways with his most recent victory coming September 11th, 2015.  This is the third consecutive season the Rimbey, Alberta track is hosting the final race of the season for the NPP Late Model Series.
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Rimbey, Alberta
2016 SEASON CHAMPIONSHIP WEEKEND (updated 9/22/2016 @ 12:30pm)
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> SATURDAY/SUNDAY, September 24th/25th
Classes racing: Sportsman Sprint Cars / NPP Late Model Series / Modifieds/Legends / Hobby Stock / Mini Stock / Demolition Derby cars
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11:00am - Spectator Gates Open
NOON - Demolition Derby action (Round #1).
1:00PM** - Oval Heat Race #1 followed by Demo Derby (Round #2)
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Spectator Admission:
$10.00 - General
Free - Children 7 years and under

ALL-TIME RIMBEY
NPP SERIES FEATURE WINNERS

Darrell Midgley 5
Bruce Broughton 2
Dean Deatherage 1
Trevor Emond 1
Dwight Kennedy 1
Mark Miller 1
Brian McCaughan 1

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MIDGLEY MAKES IT THREE
RIMBEY, AB. (September 25) - Darrell Midgley, the 2015 Northern Provincial Pipelines Late Model Series Champion won the 2016 NPP Series crown on the weekend. This was Midgleys third NPP Series Championship since claiming his first title back in 2009. Riding a three-race winning streak into the final weekend of the season, the Sidney, British Columbia driver dominated the Saturday Feature event. Midgley outpaced the field with an eight-second margin of victory at Central Alberta Raceways. There would be no repeat of the domination by the driver of the Integra Tire (Edson) #14 Dodge in the Sunday afternoon Feature.


MIDGLEY WON FOUR CONSECUTIVE FEATURES IN 2016
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Darrell Midlgey and Shawn Kennedy squared off in an epic on-track dual that saw the lead change hands a total of five times. Kennedy took over the race lead with five laps remaining and drove to his first NPP Series Feature event victory since the 2006 season. Midgley's runner-up finish gave him the points needed to win the 2016 NPP Series championship. "We had a good run yesterday and we were pretty good today," explains Midgley, "I couldn't run down low where Shawn was. I was [running] up high.  We were pretty good up there.  I just burned up the cushion and couldn't get a run on him anymore." Midgley still managed to lead the most laps in the hard fought Sunday Feature. "Shawn drove a really good race.  So happy for him to get a win.  For us to get the championship it was a really good weekend." Kennedy's victory in the NPP/Rebel Media #81 Dodge was overwhelming. "I was just screaming. It was awesome," exclaims the Edson, Alberta driver, "I had to earn it too, Darrell raced hard.  It wasn't a cakewalk.  Best feeling ever."


KENNEDY RACED TO HIS FIRST FEATURE WIN OF THE SEASON SUNDAY
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Kennedy completely missed the setup for the Saturday afternoon Feature in Rimbey, Alberta.  It was a situation he did not want to repeat on Sunday. "I went on the computer [Saturday night] and crunched some numbers and came here and put them in [set-up] and I got it." The Feature event win for Kennedy secured second place in the NPP Late Model Series Championship point standings. Kennedy finished second in points in 2013. Stony Plain, Alberta's Bruce Broughton had a second and third place finish in the weekend Features. The driver of the Habitat for Humanity/LJB Auto #61 Dodge wrapped up the season third in the NPP Series points chase. This was Broughton's best finish in the point standings since winning the 2010 NPP Series Championship.

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