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BEFORE THE SERIES – NPP LATE MODELS AT SANGUDO
EDMONTON, AB
(January 7th) Race teams of the Northern Provincial Pipelines Late Model Series continue to prepare for the 2009 season which starts May 3rd at Castrol Raceway in Edmonton.  This will be the 9th season of racing action for Western Canada’s richest touring series on the dirt. Back in the year 2000 however there was no ‘official’ NPP touring Series in the province of Alberta.  That did not stop a small group of drivers and their NPP Late Models from gathering at the 8th annual Oilmen’s Invitational at Sangudo Speedway in Sangudo, Alberta.  Rare broadcast footage has been tracked down from this race which took place northwest of Edmonton in the summer of 2000.  It’s a look back in time to the way it used to be. Before the official formation of the NPP Late Model Series. Before the announcement of Edmonton's Castrol Raceway as home. Before the big dollar prize purses.

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NPP SERIES 'OFF SEASON' REACHES THE MIDWAY POINT
EDMONTON, AB (January 11)
– January 11th is an important date on the calendar for teams of the Northern Provincial Pipelines Late Model Series.  January 11th is definitely not a race date because there is still snow on the ground.  It’s not a deadline to have driver and team profiles updated either.  So what does January 11th symbolize?  This date is the official halfway point of the ‘off-season’.  “One hundred and twelve days ago the NPP Late Model Series wrapped up the 2008 season,” says NPP Series announcer Gord Craig, “in just one hundred and twelve days we are going racing again.”


NPP Pace Car at snow covered Castrol Raceway in January

Behind the scenes preparation for the 2009 season continues. “We are always on the lookout for major sponsors for the NPP Series,” says Craig, “despite the downturn in the Canadian economy we hope to have a few more new sponsors on board before racing starts in May.”  The 2009 Northern Provincial Pipelines Late Model Series schedule is almost ready for official release.  “About seventy-five percent complete,” adds Craig, “race dates at our home track (Castrol Raceway) are pretty well finalized.  Right now we are in the process of firming up the race dates away from Edmonton.”  The Northern Provincial Pipelines Late Model Series celebrates its 9th season of racing action in 2009.         

2009 NPP LATE MODEL SERIES SCHEDULE
(tentative dates**)        
Saturday April 25th       Castrol Raceway (test 'n' tune)
Saturday, May 2nd        Castrol Raceway (2009 NPP Season Opener)
Saturday, May 16th       Bridge County Raceway – Lethbridge
Sunday, May 17th         Bridge County Raceway – Lethbridge

Friday, June 5th             Castrol Raceway – Edmonton
Saturday, June 6th         Central Alberta Raceway – Rimbey

Friday, June 19th           Castrol Raceway – Edmonton
Saturday, June 20th       Rocky Mtn. Raceway Park – Okotoks
Saturday, June 27th       Bridge County Raceway – Lethbridge

**Sunday, June 28th         (track to be announced/Drumheller??)
Friday, July 10th            Castrol Raceway (Gold Cup)
Saturday, July 11th        Castrol Raceway (Gold Cup)
Sunday, July 12th          Castrol Raceway (Gold Cup raindate)
Saturday, July 25th        Rapid Fire Motorsports Park – Drayton Valley
Saturday, August 1st     Castrol Raceway (Oilmens Invitational)
Sunday, August 2nd       Castrol Raceway (Oilmens Invitational)
Saturday, August 15th   Bridge County Raceway – Lethbridge

**Sunday, August 16th     -TBA-
Friday, August 28th       Castrol Raceway (Oil City Cup)
Saturday, August 29th Castrol Raceway (Oil City Cup)

**Saturday, Sept. 5th        Grays Harbor Raceway – Elma, Washington
**Sunday, Sept. 6th          Grays Harbor Raceway – Elma, Washington
**Saturday, Sept. 19th      Castrol Raceway (Season Championship)

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2009 TENTATIVE SCHEDULE UPDATE - Two confirmed race dates aren't so confirmed anymore after an unforseen scheduling 'issue' developed with one of the tracks today (Wednesday - Jan 14) . The Friday June 5th race date (Edmonton) and the June 6th race date (Rimbey) have been switched back to tentative. Trying to keep with the one weekend on, one weekend off scheduling format for most of the 2009 season, there could be a change to this particular race weekend. There is the possibility that these race dates will be switched to Friday and Saturday May 29th and 30th. Meanwhile, conversations with Grays Harbor Raceway in Elma, Washington continue. Like last year at this time, the NPP Series has one confirmed race date in the United States. NPP Series officials are hoping to have confirmation of the second race date before the season starts and the NPP Series schedules are printed.

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TENTATIVE SCHEDULE CHANGES
EDMONTON, AB (January 18th) – The 2009 tentative schedule for the Northern Provincial Pipelines Late Model Series has had an adjustment made to a pair of spring race dates.  The Friday June 5th and Saturday June 6th race dates at Edmonton’s Castrol Raceway and Rimbey’s Central Alberta Raceway, have been moved back one weekend to Friday May 29th and Saturday May 30th.  The Northern Provincial Pipelines Late Model Series celebrates is 9th season of racing action in 2009.  The season opener and the Chase for the NPP Series Championship, begins Saturday May 2nd at Edmonton’s Castrol Raceway.   
  
2009 NPP LATE MODEL SERIES SCHEDULE
– as of Sunday, January 16th  (tentative dates**)

Saturday April 25th Castrol Raceway (test 'n' tune)
Saturday, May 2nd Castrol Raceway (2009 NPP Season Opener)
Saturday, May 16th Bridge County Raceway – Lethbridge
Sunday, May 17th Bridge County Raceway – Lethbridge

Friday, May 29th Castrol Raceway – Edmonton
Saturday, May 30th Central Alberta Raceway – Rimbey

Friday, June 19th Castrol Raceway – Edmonton
Saturday, June 20th Rocky Mtn. Raceway Park – Okotoks
Saturday, June 27th Bridge County Raceway – Lethbridge

**Sunday, June 28th (track to be announced/Drumheller??)
Friday, July 10th Castrol Raceway (Gold Cup)
Saturday, July 11th Castrol Raceway (Gold Cup)
Sunday, July 12th Castrol Raceway (Gold Cup raindate)
Saturday, July 25th Rapid Fire Motorsports Park – Drayton Valley
Saturday, August 1st Castrol Raceway (Oilmens Invitational)
Sunday, August 2nd Castrol Raceway (Oilmens Invitational)
Saturday, August 15th Bridge County Raceway – Lethbridge

**Sunday, August 16th -TBA- (Drumheller??)
Friday, August 28th Castrol Raceway (Oil City Cup)
Saturday, August 29th Castrol Raceway (Oil City Cup)

**Saturday, Sept. 5th Grays Harbor Raceway – Elma, Washington
**Sunday, Sept. 6th Grays Harbor Raceway – Elma, Washington
**Saturday, Sept. 19th Castrol Raceway (Season Championship)

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BRING A SHOVEL AND LETS GO RACING VIDEO!!
The off season is an extremely cruel time for race car drivers and race fans. What feels like endless days of snow and cold temperatures tortures the race enthusiast in all of us. WARNING: This video won't help! Enjoy the snowy sights from three race tracks the Northern Provincial Pipelines Late Model Series will be competing at later this year!!

PS: You'll also have the song stuck in your head long after the snow melts. The sounds of spring are seen and heard at the end of the video.

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GROUNDHOGS SEE SHADOWS, CHANGES MADE TO SCHEDULE
EDMONTON, AB. (February 2) – Its official. Punxsutawney Phil, Shubenecadie Sam, Wiarton Willie and Balzac Billy all saw their shadows on this Groundhog Day 2009. As legend dictates, its another six weeks of winter. In just thirteen weeks, the chase for the 2009 Northern Provincial Pipelines Late Model Series championship begins. Often expected during any off-season are changes to the tentative race schedule. "It's not a major adjustment," says NPP Series announcer Gord Craig, "we're actually just going back to the previous tentative schedule."


Groundhog Day and NPP Schedule Changes

The Friday, May 29th and Saturday, May 30th race dates at Edmonton's Castrol Raceway and Rimbey's Central Alberta Raceway have been moved back to Friday, June 5th and Saturday, June 6th. "Last months change (Jan. 18th), was due to a possiblity of some staffing concerns at Central Alberta Raceways. That is not the case anymore. The good news is that Castrol Raceway is still adjusting their 09' schedule and had no problems with the change in race nights." Central Alberta Raceway has hosted at least one NPP Late Model Series race since 2005. "We were the first touring Series to compete in Rimbey," adds Craig, "it's a great place to race." The 2009 NPP Late Model Series schedule is about 80% complete. "Elma, Drumheller and the season Championship race date at Castrol Raceway are the only question marks we have on the schedule now. It is hoped the NPP schedule will be 100% finalized by the middle of this month." The Northern Provincial Pipelines Late Model Series celebrates is 9th season of racing action in 2009.  The season opener and the Chase for the NPP Series Championship begins Saturday May 2nd at Edmonton’s Castrol Raceway. 

2009 NPP LATE MODEL SERIES SCHEDULE
– as of Monday, February 2nd (tentative dates**)
Saturday April 25th Castrol Raceway (test 'n' tune)
Saturday, May 2nd Castrol Raceway (2009 NPP Season Opener)
Saturday, May 16th Bridge County Raceway – Lethbridge
Sunday, May 17th Bridge County Raceway – Lethbridge
Friday, June 5th Castrol Raceway – Edmonton
Saturday, June 6th Central Alberta Raceway – Rimbey
Friday, June 19th Castrol Raceway – Edmonton
Saturday, June 20th Rocky Mtn. Raceway Park – Okotoks
Saturday, June 27th Bridge County Raceway – Lethbridge

**Sunday, June 28th (track to be announced/Drumheller??)
Friday, July 10th Castrol Raceway (Gold Cup)
Saturday, July 11th Castrol Raceway (Gold Cup)
Sunday, July 12th Castrol Raceway (Gold Cup raindate)
Saturday, July 25th Rapid Fire Motorsports Park – Drayton Valley
Saturday, August 1st Castrol Raceway (Oilmens Invitational)
Sunday, August 2nd Castrol Raceway (Oilmens Invitational)
Saturday, August 15th Bridge County Raceway – Lethbridge

**Sunday, August 16th -TBA- (Drumheller??)
Friday, August 28th Castrol Raceway (Oil City Cup)
Saturday, August 29th Castrol Raceway (Oil City Cup)

**Saturday, Sept. 5th Grays Harbor Raceway – Elma, Washington
**Sunday, Sept. 6th Grays Harbor Raceway – Elma, Washington
**Saturday, Sept. 19th Castrol Raceway (Season Championship)

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NPP GOES INDOORS
STONY PLAIN, AB (February 7)
The 11th annual AWANA Grand Prix took place at the East Parkland Bible Church on the weekend in Stony Plain, Alberta.  For the second year in a row the Northern Provincial Pipelines Late Model Series was part of the action.  NPP Series announcer Gord Craig provided the play by play for the indoor race event.  “This is a real fun event to announce,” says Craig, “to the participants, this is like there very own Daytona 500.”  There were 38 registered entrants for the Saturday afternoon Grand Prix race.

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LETS GO RACING!!

Just over 100 people were in attendance to watch the hand made wooden race cars compete on the ramp style track.  “There were some close calls and several photo finishes”, adds Craig, “and just like at the big track during the summer, there were several crashes.”  Each car competed in four heat races.  The top four cars (3 classes) from the heats then transferred to the Features.  “The finals were pretty intense,” says Craig, “the room sure got quiet just before the cars were let loose down the track." Brooklyn Carpenter, Talita Buchner and Edith Fehr were the big winners on the day taking home the trophies.


JUST A FEW OF THE HIGH SPEED ENTRANTS

There were more winners as NPP Late Model Series sponsor Lucas Oil provided some race cars, T-shirts and hats as door prizes. Castrol Raceway, the home track for the NPP Series, also provided family passes to the May 2nd season opener. 

>Official race results<
11th ANNUAL AWANA GRAND PRIX
East Parkland Bible Church
Stony Plain, Alberta

SPARKS (ages 5 – 9)
1st # 2 Brooklyn Carpenter – Stony Plain
2nd # 3 Daniell Buchner – Stony Plain
3rd # 5 Ashley Carpenter – Stony Plain

T & T’s (ages 9 – 13)
1st #30 Talita Buchner – Stony Plain
2nd #26 Amanda Lajeunesse – Spruce Grove
3rd #36 Lowell McAlister – Stony Plain

LEADERS
1st #57 Edith Fehr – Stony Plain
2nd #51 Edward Buchner – Stony Plain
3rd #58 Martha Sawatsky – Stony Plain

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CANADA’S KENNINGTON IN DAYTONA
DAYTONA BEACH, FL (February 12) The 2009 NASCAR race season starts this weekend at Daytona International Speedway.  For Canadian DJ Kennington, there is no other place he’d rather be.  “We’re ready to go.  The team is ready.  I’m ready.  Lets get the season rolling.” There is a little less pressure on Kennington who’ll be kicking off his second consecutive season in the NASCAR Nationwide Series on Saturday. After a 24th place finish in the Nationwide Series point standings in 2008, the St. Thomas, Ontario driver is locked into the starting grid for the first five races of 2009. “We had to run the tires off the car in qualifying last year just to get into the show,” says the driver of the D.H. Griffin/Northern Provincial Pipelines #81 Dodge, “we still plan to run the tires off the car in qualifying (Friday) but this time there is no chance we can get bumped from the field.”  Last year in Florida, Kennington qualified in the top half of the field (16th). “To have never competed at Daytona and end up 16th fastest last year was unbelievable. We struggled a little bit in the race though (handling) and finished 33rd.”  Last years race in Daytona was a dream come true for Kennington.  “Running here for the very first time was huge. That’s something that can never be taken away from me. Now I get to do it for a second time.”  When the green flag drops on Valentines Day, Kennington, the lone Canadian in the field, will once again battle some of NASCAR’s best race car drivers.  Like DJ Kennington, Dale Earnhardt Jr., Kyle Busch and last years Nationwide season opening winner, Tony Stewart, all have guaranteed spots in Saturdays race.   


On the track at Daytona (Phil Cavalli photo)

>DJ Kennington was 15th fastest in practice on Wednesday (out of 50 entrants) running 182.630mph. Kennington ran a lap time of 49.280seconds in his D.H. Griffin/Northern Provincial Pipelines sponsored #81 Dodge. Rookie Scott Lagasse Jr. ran the quickest/fastest lap in practice at 183.662mph (49.003seconds)

>DJ Kennington was 29th fastest in practice on Thursday (out of 50) running 179.415mph for a lap time of 50.163seconds in his D.H. Griffin/Northern Provincial Pipelines sponsored Dodge. Rookie Brendan Gaughan was fastest at 184.132mph/48.878seconds.

CAMPING WORLD 300 (120 laps / 300 miles)
>Wednesday, February 11th
Practice Session #1 – 1:00pm (Alberta time) (15th fastest)
>Thursday, February 12th
Practice Session #2 – 7:30am (Alberta time) (29th fastest)
>Friday, February 13th
Qualifying – 1:10pm (Alberta time) Qualified 16th
>Saturday, February 14th
RACE – 11:15am (Alberta time)

UPDATE: Kennington qualifies 16th in Daytona for Saturdays Nationwide race.

UPDATE: Kennington finishes 17th in Daytona (Tony Stewart - winner).

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CALIFORNIA CALLING KENNINGTON
FONTANA, CA (February 20th) - Race number two of the NASCAR Nationwide Series schedule is this Saturday at Auto Club Speedway in Fontana California.  Canada’s DJ Kennington is coming off his best ever finish in NASCAR competition last weekend.  The St. Thomas Ontario driver is hoping to follow up his 17th place finish at Daytona International Speedway with a strong performance in the Red Bank Outfitters/Northern Provincial Pipelines #81 Dodge.  “If we can stay out of trouble and have a car that handles well, we can grab a top-15 finish this weekend.”  Last year, Kennington qualified 31st and finished 26th at the February race in California.  “Pretty well every track we ran at last year we’ve never raced before.  This season we can’t use that as an excuse.  We really need to back up what we did last weekend with another strong race.”  Kennington knows there is some pressure heading into the California race.  “I think we have to have a car that handles well.  We also have to have a car that is fast.  Then we can’t make any mistakes out on the race track or in the pits.”  Kennington currently sits 17th in the NASCAR Nationwide Series point standings just 27 points out of the top 10.

UPDATE 1: DJ was 33rd fastest in his first practice session of the day running 168.879mph. Carl Edwards posted the fastest lap running 177.528mph.

UPDATE 2: DJ was 27th fastest in his second practice session running 171.789mph. Mike Bliss posted the fastest lap running 177.266mph.      


FONTANA, CALIFORNIA

STATER BROS. 300 (150 laps/300 miles)
>Friday, February 20th
Practice Session #1 – 10:45am (Edmonton time) 33rd fastest out of 47 cars
Practice Session #2 –   6:45pm (Edmonton time) 27th fastest out of 47 cars

>Saturday, February 21st
Qualifying – 10:35am (Edmonton time)qualified 25th
RACE – 5:45pm (Edmonton time)

UPDATE > Kennington qualifies 25th in California (173.93mph/41.396 seconds) Carl Edwards was number 1 qualifier (179.69mph/40.068seconds)

UPDATE > Kennington finishes 24th in California (Kyle Busch was the winner)

(Phil Cavali photo)
Kennington battles with Morgan Shepherd (#89) Saturday night in California

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OPTIONAL NPP TEST ‘n’ TUNE DATE ADDED
RIMBEY, AB
(February 23) Race teams with the Northern Provincial Pipelines Late Model Series have a bonus on track test ‘n’ tune session this spring.  The 2009 Oval Season opener at Central Alberta Raceways in Rimbey, Alberta takes place Sunday May 24th.  On this same day, NPP Series race teams will be allowed to come to Rimbey for a test ‘n’ tune session (back gate fees apply). NPP teams would be allowed on the track in-between the competing classes of the day.


NPP Late Model Series visits Central Alberta Raceway on June 6th

Back in 2005, the NPP Late Model was the first class of race cars to compete on the 3/8 mile track.  On Saturday, June 6th, the NPP Late Model Series is back at Rimbey's Central Alberta Raceways for a fifth consecutive season.    

TEST ‘n’ TUNE #1 – Castrol Raceway - Edmonton (April 25th)
TEST ‘n’ TUNE #2 – Central Alberta Raceways - Rimbey (May 24th)

>2009 race season starts May 2nd at Edmonton's Castrol Raceway<

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2009 NPP SCHEDULE UPDATE
EDMONTON, AB
(February 23) – The 2009 Northern Provincial Pipelines Late Model Series tentative schedule, which was released back in November, is close to being finalized.  “There are four race dates which are still written in pencil,” says NPP Series announcer Gord Craig, “securing the second night of racing in Elma Washington is of most importance right now.”  The NPP Series is tentatively set to run September 5th and 6th at Grays Harbor Raceway.  “Racing in Elma Saturday night is a go.  We are trying to secure a spot on Sunday night’s race schedule.”  Grays Harbor Raceway hosts their annual Big ‘E’ race weekend on September 5th, 6th and 7th.  The NPP Late Model Series made its American debut in Washington State in 2008.  “We had a blast down there,” adds Craig, “it was a definite highlight of our season last year.”  The other NPP scheduling dates that need to be addressed are in Edmonton and Drumheller.  “Castrol Raceway is still awaiting word if they will be playing host to a big monster truck show on the last weekend of September.  Because of this track management told us (back in December) they are tentatively moving the oval championship night to September 19th.  This date could change back to September 26th.”  The final scheduling issue involves the new track in Drumheller.  “Talking with organizers last week they hope to have the oval track operational by the May long weekend.”  The NPP Series has tentative dates booked for Drumheller which are part of two Southern Alberta road trips this summer that would also feature events at Bridge County Raceway in Lethbridge.  “The plan is to race in Lethbridge Saturday night (June 27th and August 15th) then head to Drumheller for two Sunday afternoon races (June 28th and August 16th).”     

2009 NPP LATE MODEL SERIES SCHEDULE
 (tentative race dates**)       

TEST DATES
Saturday April 25th       Castrol Raceway (Test n Tune)
Sunday, May 24th         Central Alberta Raceways (Test n Tune)

RACE DATES
Saturday, May 2nd        Castrol Raceway (2009 NPP Season Opener)
Saturday, May 16th       Bridge County Raceway – Lethbridge
Sunday, May 17th         Bridge County Raceway – Lethbridge
Friday, June 5th             Castrol Raceway – Edmonton
Saturday, June 6th         Central Alberta Raceway – Rimbey
Friday, June 19th           Castrol Raceway – Edmonton
Saturday, June 20th       Rocky Mtn. Raceway Park – Okotoks
Saturday, June 27th       Bridge County Raceway – Lethbridge

**Sunday, June 28th     Dinosaur Downs Raceway - Drumheller
Friday, July 10th            Castrol Raceway (Gold Cup)
Saturday, July 11th        Castrol Raceway (Gold Cup)
Sunday, July 12th          Castrol Raceway (Gold Cup raindate)
Saturday, July 25th        Rapid Fire Motorsports Park – Drayton Valley
Saturday, August 1st     Castrol Raceway (Oilmens Invitational)
Sunday, August 2nd       Castrol Raceway (Oilmens Invitational)
Saturday, August 15th   Bridge County Raceway – Lethbridge
**Sunday, August 16th   Dinosaur Downs Raceway - Drumheller
Friday, August 28th       Castrol Raceway (Oil City Cup)
Saturday, August 29th Castrol Raceway (Oil City Cup)
Saturday, Sept. 5th        Grays Harbor Raceway – Elma, Washington

**Sunday, Sept. 6th      Grays Harbor Raceway – Elma, Washington
**Saturday, Sept. 19th Castrol Raceway (Season Championship)

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2009 NPP SCHEDULE CONFIRMATIONS
EDMONTON, AB (February 25)
– The Northern Provincial Pipelines Late Model Series is another step closer to officially finalizing the 2009 race schedule.  “We secured our American race dates today (Wednesday)”, says NPP Series announcer Gord Craig, “for the second year in a row we will be competing at Grays Harbor Raceway on the September long weekend.”  The NPP Late Model Series made its American debut in 2008 at the Big ‘E’ race weekend in Elma, Washington.  “We raced Saturday and Monday night in Elma last year.  This year we will be racing the ‘Big ‘E’ on Saturday and Sunday night instead.”  Castrol Raceway has also confirmed that the 2009 Championship night will be run on September 19th.  “There was the possibility of it being moved to September 26th,” adds Craig, “that won’t happen now as the home track of the NPP Series will be hosting one of the biggest monster truck shows to ever hit Edmonton.” Only one scheduling issue remains and that involves two race dates at the new track in Drumheller.  “We have several southern Alberta road trips planned for this season.  There are two stand alone race nights confirmed at Bridge County Raceway in Lethbridge on Saturday June 27th and August 15th.  The goal is for two Sunday afternoon races at Drumheller’s new facility on the same weekends. I'm pretty confident these race dates will take place." The Northern Provincial Pipelines Late Model Series celebrates its 9th season of racing action in 2009.  The season opener is Saturday May 2nd at Edmonton's Castrol Raceway.

2009 NPP LATE MODEL SERIES SCHEDULE
 (tentative race dates**)       

TEST DATES
Saturday April 25th       Castrol Raceway (Test n Tune)
Sunday, May 24th         Central Alberta Raceways (Test n Tune)

RACE DATES
Saturday, May 2nd        Castrol Raceway (2009 NPP Season Opener)
Saturday, May 16th       Bridge County Raceway – Lethbridge
Sunday, May 17th         Bridge County Raceway – Lethbridge
Friday, June 5th             Castrol Raceway – Edmonton
Saturday, June 6th         Central Alberta Raceway – Rimbey
Friday, June 19th           Castrol Raceway – Edmonton
Saturday, June 20th       Rocky Mtn. Raceway Park – Okotoks
Saturday, June 27th       Bridge County Raceway – Lethbridge

**Sunday, June 28th     Dinosaur Downs Raceway - Drumheller
Friday, July 10th            Castrol Raceway (Gold Cup)
Saturday, July 11th        Castrol Raceway (Gold Cup)
Sunday, July 12th          Castrol Raceway (Gold Cup raindate)
Saturday, July 25th        Rapid Fire Motorsports Park – Drayton Valley
Saturday, August 1st     Castrol Raceway (Oilmens Invitational)
Sunday, August 2nd       Castrol Raceway (Oilmens Invitational)
Saturday, August 15th   Bridge County Raceway – Lethbridge

**Sunday, August 16th   Dinosaur Downs Raceway - Drumheller
Friday, August 28th       Castrol Raceway (Oil City Cup)
Saturday, August 29th Castrol Raceway (Oil City Cup)
Saturday, Sept. 5th        Grays Harbor Raceway – Elma, Washington
Sunday, Sept. 6th      Grays Harbor Raceway – Elma, Washington
Saturday, Sept. 19th Castrol Raceway (Season Championship)

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KENNINGTON EYEING TOP TEN IN NATIONWIDE STANDINGS
LAS VEGAS, NV (February 26)
– With the lights of Las Vegas shimmering in the distance, Canada’s DJ Kennington hopes he can deal his way into a top 10 position in the NASCAR Nationwide Series point standings.  Las Vegas Motors Speedway is the next stop for the St. Thomas Ontario driver this weekend.  Kennington currently sits 12th in points after finishing16th and 24th at the Daytona and California races.  “I think we have come out of the box pretty strong this year,” says the St. Thomas, Ontario driver, “we have had two pretty good runs.  I am hoping we can get the No. 81 Dodge in to the top 10 this weekend at Vegas.”  Last year, in his first ever visit to Las Vegas Motor Speedway, Kennington finished 29th after qualifying his race car in 34th.  “There is still a bit of a learning curve running these big tracks,” adds Kennington, “but we are starting to see results from what we learned last season.  We’re heading in the right direction that’s for sure.”  Veteran NASCAR racer Michael Waltrip sits just 6 points ahead of Kennington in the Nationwide Series point standings.  Kennington is only 18 points back of being in the top 10.  “Last year at this time we were sitting 27th in the standings.”  After the Las Vegas race, Kennington and his Northern Provincial Pipelines Ltd sponsored team and the rest of the Nationwide Series competitors, have almost one complete month off, after four consecutive weekends of racing. 

 

 

 

SAM’S TOWN 300 (200 laps/300 miles)
>Friday, February 27th
Practice Session #1 - 31st fastest out of 47 cars.
Practice Session #2 –  

>Saturday, February 28th
Qualified 25th
RACE – finished 33rd (crashed on lap 89)

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NPP ON THE WWW
EDMONTON, AB
(March 6) – The makeover of the Northern Provincial Pipelines Late Model Series website is almost complete.  “The changes actually started back in January,” says NPP Series announcer Gord Craig, “race fans and NPP race teams will see more content, more pictures and more videos once the transformation is finished at the end of this month.” The driver profile pages were the first to undergo the makeover.  “Videos profiles of all the drivers will be new on the website this year,” says Craig, “they will be added once we get into the race season.”  The NPP home page will feature the most changes.  “The home page will see more stats.  You’ll automatically see who the top drivers in the standings are and who won the most recent races without having to click all over the website.”  This final adjustment to the website is expected to be completed by the end of the month.  “Since its launch in 2007, the website has been a huge plus for the Series.  We are seeing continued growth in the number of people visiting the site even during the off season.”  The npp-racing.com website saw an average of just over 6,100 page views a month in 2008. A number which is expected to grow as the May 2nd start of the 2009 season draws closer.

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KENNINGTON PREPARES FOR PHOENIX
BRISTOL, TN (March 18) After a three week break, the NASCAR Nationwide Series resumes its 2009 schedule this Saturday at Bristol Motor Speedway.  The familiar red and white #81 Dodge will be at the race track but series regular DJ Kennington will not be behind the wheel.  “I really wanted to race Bristol,” exclaims the St. Thomas Ontario driver, “but it’s a dollars and cents thing right now.”  The current economic down turn has forced many NASCAR Nationwide Teams to resort to unique partnerships to keep the wheels turning.  Kevin Hamlin, who is without a ride in 2009, will pilot the D.H. Griffin/Northern Provincial Pipelines #81 Dodge this weekend and the next scheduled race event in Texas on April 4th. 


Hamlin to drive the #81 Dodge the next two Nationwide events

Hamlin was a NASCAR Nationwide Series regular in 2007 driving for Chip Ganassi Racing.  Hamlin was called upon twice last season to fill in for Kennington.  Most recently, Hamlin has been a race spotter for NASCAR’s John Andretti, so he is looking forward to getting behind the wheel again.  We had two good runs last year with MacDonald Motorsports (#81) at Dover and California,” says Hamlin, “I hope we can build on that success this year and bring home a solid top-15 finish.”  Kennington is looking forward to his next Nationwide Series race in Phoenix.  “We have a great team and we are doing what needs to be done to get this car to the track.” 

SCOTTS TURF BUILDER 300 (300 laps/160 miles)
>Friday, March 20th
Practice Session #1 – 46th fastest out of 51 cars
Practice Session #2 – 42nd fastest out of 51 cars

>Saturday, March 21st
Qualified 39th
RACE – Finished 33rd

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ATTENTION NPP Late Model Series race teams that use IMPACT Racing products.

IMPACT RACING PRODUCT RECALL
POWAY, CA. (March 20) - Any and all driver suits, pants, jackets, shoes and boots manufactured by Impact Racing pursuant to SFI Specifications 3.2A/15, 3.2A/20, 3.3/15 and 3.3/20 at any time during the year 2008 have been decertified by SFI Foundation, Inc. and must be immediately returned to Impact Racing offices or an Impact representative. Impact Racing has reason to believe that these products do not fully comply with the stated SFI Specifications and therefore do not meet SFI manufacturer certification requirements. This recall applies to all such products whether or not they have been updated, rebadged, or recertified by Impact Racing. This recall applies even if the product now has a 2009 SFI patch or label affixed to the product. All applicable sanctioning bodies have been notified by Impact of this noncompliance.

Please contact www.impactraceproducts.com for information or contact Impact Racing directly. (317) 852 - 3067

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2009 NPP SCHEDULE FINALIZED
EDMONTON, AB (March 23) The Northern Provincial Pipelines Late Model Series has finalized its 2009 schedule.  “The goal was to make this years schedule more family friendly for race teams,” says NPP Series announcer Gord Craig, “we were aiming for a one weekend on and one weekend off style format so teams could have some family time away from the track.  I think that has been accomplished.”  The 2009 NPP Late Model season features 21 race events at seven tracks.  For the second year in a row, the NPP Late Model Series will travel south of the border and compete in the United States.  Grays Harbor Raceway (Elma, Washington) will host the NPP Late Model Series for two nights in September as part of their Big ‘E’ race weekend.   “This race (Elma) was a major highlight last year that’s for sure,” says Craig, “I know a lot of NPP drivers are happy to see it back on the schedule again this year.”  The NPP Late Model Series has scheduled four Southern Alberta road trips in 2009 with stops at Bridge County Raceway (Lethbridge), Dinosaur Downs Raceway (Drumheller) and Rocky Mountain Raceway Park (Okotoks).  “There are more double race weekends on the schedule this season,” adds Craig, “for example, in June and August we will race in Lethbridge on a Saturday night, then pack up and drive the three hours north to Drumheller for a Sunday afternoon race.” The Drumheller Ag. Society celebrates the grand opening of its brand new oval track in May.  The NPP Late Model Series race teams will also compete at Central Alberta Raceways (Rimbey) and Rapid Fire Motorsports Park (Drayton Valley).  Half of the scheduled race events for 2009 will be campaigned at Castrol Raceway (Edmonton), the home track of the NPP Late Model Series.  “The NPP Late Model Series debuted in Edmonton back in 2001.  You won’t find a bigger supporter of racing at Castrol Raceway than Northern Provincial Pipelines.”      

2009 NPP LATE MODEL SERIES SCHEDULE
>TEST DATES
Saturday April 25th                   Castrol Raceway (Test ‘n’ Tune)
Sunday, May 24th                     Central Alberta Raceways (Test ‘n’ Tune)

>RACE DATES
Saturday, May 2nd                    Castrol Raceway (2009 NPP Season Opener)
Saturday, May 16th                   Bridge County Raceway – Lethbridge
Sunday, May 17th                     Bridge County Raceway – Lethbridge
Friday, June 5th                         Castrol Raceway – Edmonton
Saturday, June 6th                     Central Alberta Raceway – Rimbey
Friday, June 19th                       Castrol Raceway – Edmonton
Saturday, June 20th                   Rocky Mtn. Raceway Park – Okotoks
Saturday, June 27th                   Bridge County Raceway – Lethbridge
Sunday, June 28th            --      Dinosaur Downs Raceway - Drumheller
Friday, July 10th                        Castrol Raceway (Gold Cup)
Saturday, July 11th                    Castrol Raceway (Gold Cup)
Sunday, July 12th                      Castrol Raceway (Gold Cup raindate)
Saturday, July 25th                    Rapid Fire Motorsports Park – Drayton Valley
Saturday, August 1st                 Castrol Raceway (Oilmens Invitational)
Sunday, August 2nd                   Castrol Raceway (Oilmens Invitational)
Saturday, August 15th               Bridge County Raceway – Lethbridge
Sunday, August 16th        --      Dinosaur Downs Raceway - Drumheller
Friday, August 28th                   Castrol Raceway (Oil City Cup)
Saturday, August 29th               Castrol Raceway (Oil City Cup)
Saturday, Sept. 5th                    Grays Harbor Raceway – Elma, Washington
Sunday, Sept. 6th                      Grays Harbor Raceway – Elma, Washington
Saturday, Sept. 19th                  Castrol Raceway (Season Championship)

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#81 QUALIFIES 14th in TEXAS
FORT WORTH, TX (April 3) – NASCAR Nationwide Series driver Kevin Hamlin was 14th fastest in qualifying Thursday afternoon at Texas Motor Speedway.  “It’s good to rebound from the tough weekend we had at Bristol with a good day in practice and a good qualifying lap,” says the driver of the D.H. Griffin/Northern Provincial Pipelines Ltd. #81 Dodge, “I really appreciate the effort, hard work and long hours the crew put into the D.H. Griffin Dodge over the last two weeks.”  Hamlin ran the 1.5 mile track in 29.227 seconds at 184.76mph putting him just over a half second behind pole sitter and last years winner in Texas Kyle Busch (28.685 at 188.25mph). Qualifying 14th was the best ever showing for the #81 Dodge since its debut in the NASCAR Nationwide Series in 2008. 


HAMLIN PREPARES FOR QUALIFYING IN THE DH GRIFFIN / NPP #81 DODGE

Hamlin, who is competing in only his second race of the 2009 season, will start on the outside of row seven when the green flag drops.  “I look forward to getting back on the track for the race on Saturday.” The event in Texas is race number five of the 2009 NASCAR Nationwide Series season.

(with files from macdonaldmotorsports.com)

O’REILLY 300 (200 laps/300 miles)
>Thursday, April 2nd  
Practice Session #1 – 31st fastest
Practice Session #2 – 16th fastest
Qualified 14th – 29.227seconds at 184.76mph 

>Saturday, April 4th
RACE – 12:30pm (Edmonton time)

UPDATE: Hamlin drives the D.H. Griffin/Northern Provincial Pipelines Dodge to a 31st place finish at Texas Motor Speedway. (Kyle Busch was the winner)

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SEASON OPENER OPTIMISM?
EDMONTON, AB. (April 6) The Northern Provincial Pipelines Late Model Series begins its 9th incredible season of race action in less than one month.  Facility preparation began today (Monday) at Castrol Raceway for the April 25th test ‘n’ tune session and the 2009 season opener on May 2nd. 


Moving the snow from high traffic areas at Castrol Raceway
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(all snow photos taken on April 6)

NPP Series announcer Gord Craig remains optimistic both will be taking place as scheduled.  “It’s going to be extremely close as far as getting the home track of the NPP Series dry and ready for test ‘n’ tune day.  We definitely need some above normal temperatures which will help track staff get the facility polished and ready to go.” 


Turn 4 is still under a six foot snow drift.
(Note the snowmobile tracks made two weeks ago from an anonymous NPP Series competitor)

Snow drifts over six feet high still line the turn 3 and 4 walls of the oval track.  However rivers of water are currently streaming into the infield from the melting snow.  “The track looks like it wintered very well,” adds Craig, “some sponsor signs have been blown off their mounts but that’s a quick fix.” 


Front straight under snow and standing water.

One major project that needs to be completed is the reconfiguration of the oval and pit area.  For the first time in track history, all race teams this season will be pitting outside of the oval.  “There is a lot of work that still needs to be done to complete the move of the competitor pits,” says Craig, “there is still work needed on the back straight wall where the race cars will exit to the new pit area.  Where the cars enter the track from the new pit area (front straight) needs to be worked on as well.” 


Optimistic..........yes!

This will be the 19th consecutive season of operation for the 3/8mile clay oval track located beside the Edmonton International Airport. NPP Late Models have been part of the Edmonton racing scene since 1999. The NPP Late Model Series is proud to be a Western Canada based racing series which brings big league auto racing to tracks throughout Alberta. The 2009 Lucas Oil Slick Mist Season Opener takes place Saturday May 2nd at Edmonton’s Castrol Raceway. 

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GREEN GETS THE GREEN FOR NASHVILLE
LEBANON, TN (April 9)NASCAR veteran Jeff Green will pilot the McDonald Motorsports/Northern Provincial Pipelines Ltd. #81 Dodge at the NASCAR Nationwide Series race at Nashville Superspeedway this weekend.  The 2000 Season Champion (runner-up in 1999, 2001) got the call earlier this week from MacDonald Motorsports.  Green has 16 career wins in the Nationwide Series (formally Busch) and last drove to victory lane in 2002.  Green, who is without a ride in 2009, has one Nationwide Series start this season where he finished 27th (started 40th) at the season opener at Daytona International Speedway.  Canada’s DJ Kennington, who normally campaigns the familiar red and white Dodge, returns to the driver’s seat in Phoenix next weekend.    

PEPSI 300 (300miles/225laps)
>Friday, April 10th  
Practice Session #1 – cancelled (rain)
Practice Session #2 – 33rd fastest out of 48 cars

>Saturday, April 11th
Qualified 36th (30.077 seconds at 159.551mph)
RACE – Finished 21st

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SEASON OPENER OPTIMISM? (part II)
EDMONTON, AB (April 13) - In less than four weeks, the Northern Provincial Pipelines Late Model Series begins its 9th incredible season of race action.  Facility preparations for the April 25th test 'n' tune and the May 2nd season opener continue at Castrol Raceway.  “What a difference a week makes,” says NPP Series announcer Gord Craig, “thanks to above normal temperatures I would say close to 80% of the snow has now melted at the track site. Now whats needed is for the frost to leave the ground beneath the racing surface.”

Castrol Raceway - Turn 4  

(photo taken April 6th)

(photo taken April 13th)

Front straight into Turn 1

(Photo taken April 6th)

(photo taken April 13th)

With another day of dry weather forecast for today (Monday), the forecast takes a rather wet turn for the next 36 hours.  “The extended forecast is looking good with lots of sunshine,” adds Craig, “but the unfortunately the forecast is calling for rain changing to snow tonight and overnight.”

Middle of Corner 1 & 2 looking west into Oval infield

(Photo taken April 6th)

(Photo taken April 13th)

“If the track gets hammered with a lot of rain or snow, this will definitely set back track preparations for several days.” The weather could also set back the ongoing reconfiguration of the oval and pit area.  “The exit from the back straight into the brand new pit area is basically completed,” says Craig, “the reconstruction of the front straight has not taken place yet because it’s still a little too wet from the spring run off.”

NEW OVAL PIT EXIT REDESIGN - FIRST LOOK

This is the first time in Castrol Raceways 19 year history that all race teams will pit outside of the 3/8mile clay oval track.

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KENNINGTON COMPETING IN THE COPPER STATE
AVONDALE, AZ (April 15) Race number seven of the 2009 NASCAR Nationwide Series schedule goes this Friday night at Phoenix International Raceway. What has seemed like a lengthy pit stop for Canadian DJ Kennington is now over.  The St. Thomas Ontario driver, who last competed in Las Vegas on February 28th, will once again be at the wheel of the Northern Provincial Pipelines Ltd. #81 Dodge. 


Kennington focused on Phoenix

“I’ve had to flip my calendar twice,” smiles Kennington, “it may seem like a long time but I’ve actually only missed three races.”  With drivers Kevin Hamlin and Jeff Green driving the last three Nationwide Series events (Bristol, Texas, Nashville), Kennington was using the time off wisely preparing his two Castrol / Northern Provincial Pipelines sponsored race cars for the 2009 Canadian Tire NASCAR Series season.  “I’d love to race every single event on both sides of the border but that’s not possible,” exclaims Kennington, “we are running two cars in Canada this year and this will definitely be taking up a lot of my time.” 


Kennington looking forward to Phoenix race

As far as the remainder of the 2009 NASCAR Nationwide Series schedule is concerned, finances and corporate sponsorship will play a major role. “We are doing one race at a time,” exclaims Kennington, “it’s a dollars and cents thing right now. We are penciled in to run Talledega, Richmond and Darlington after this race but that could change.” Trying not to look too far ahead, Kennington remains focused on the Arizona race.  “Phoenix is one of the first big American tracks that I competed at when I broke into the Nationwide Series (2006).  It’s definitely nice to be back here again.”  Kennington finished 26th and 22nd in his two appearances at Phoenix International Raceway last season (April and November). “We are definitely looking for a good run this Friday in both qualifying and the race.”                  

BASHAS' SUPERMARKETS 200 (200miles/200laps)
>Friday, April 17th 
Practice Session – 35th fastest (28.263 seconds at 127.37mph)
QUALIFIED 30th (28.175 at 127.77mph)
RACE – Finished 23rd

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TEST 'n' TUNE BLACK FLAGGED
EDMONTON, AB (April 21) – The Oval test ‘n’ tune scheduled for this Saturday (April 28th) at Castrol Raceway has been cancelled.  “Castrol Raceway track officials had their meeting today (Tuesday),” says NPP Series announcer Gord Craig, “it was decided that it would be in the best interests of all competitors not to hold a test ‘n’ tune this Saturday.”  Very little snow remains at the track site but the remnants of a cold winter still remain. 


Frost remains underneath oval surface (photo taken April 21st)

“I am a little disappointed we had to make this call,” says operations manager Denny Miller, “the oval facility was drying out real nice but underneath the oval racing surface there is still a lot of frost left in the ground.”  The melting frost has created several soft spots on the oval track which is preventing heavy equipment from venturing onto the clay oval surface 


Large equipment has been unable to get onto the oval track. (photo taken April 21st)

“Facility preparations continue for the season opener,” adds Miller, “it’s been a long off season for everyone and we can’t wait for the green flag to drop.”  Part of the facility preparations include the reworking of the new pit area outside the oval track. 


Work continues on the new competitor pit area at Castrol Raceway

“Northern Provincial Pipelines is helping with the basic groundwork of the new oval pit area,” says Craig, “pitting inside the oval was getting just a little too crowded with all the bigger race car haulers. The NPP Series and the other racing divisions are very happy with the move. There will be a lot more space for maneuvering by pitting outside of the oval.”    

Castrol Raceway’s kicks off its 19th season of oval racing when the 2009 season begins on May 2nd.  The Northern Provincial Pipelines Late Model Series celebrates its 9th consecutive season of racing action this year.  Castrol Raceway is once again the home track for Canada richest short track series on the dirt.

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KENNINGTON GRABS 19TH IN ALABAMA

AARONS 312 (312miles/117laps)
>Thursday, April 23rd
Practice Session #1 – 22nd fastest (50.163seconds at 190.898mph)
Practice Session #2 –   2nd fastest (49.784 at 192.351mph)

>Friday, April 24th
QUALIFIED 11th (51.915 at 184.455mph)  

>Saturday, April 25th
RACE –Finished 19th

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NPP HOME OPENER CANCELLED
EDMONTON, AB (April 28)
- The 2009 Castrol Raceway season opener originally scheduled for this Saturday, May 2nd has been cancelled.  The cancellation means the 2009 Lucas Oil Slick Mist Season Opener for the Northern Provincial Pipelines Late Model Series is postponed until the May long weekend at Bridge County Raceway in Lethbridge.  “This will be the third year in a row that race fans in southern Alberta get to see the first race of the season featuring the stars of the NPP Late Model Series,” indicates NPP Series announcer Gord Craig, “it would have been nice to kick off our 9th season on our home track but at the same time Castrol Raceway officials did make the right call (race cancellation).”  The extended cold snap in Northern Alberta has set back facility preparations at Castrol Raceway close to two weeks.  “There is still some frost in the ground underneath the racing surface which hampered track preparation,” adds Craig, “the race track will be ready for this Saturday but Castrol Raceway continues to battle frozen pipes underneath the main concession.  The building has power but no water.” 


Track preparations continue at Castrol Raceway

Castrol Raceway operations manager Denny Miller says a season opener must include a properly functioning facility for race fans.  “The last thing we want to do is have a bunch of potential new race fans come to the facility and not give them a positive racing experience.” A capacity crowd was expected for the 2009 Season Opener in Edmonton. The past several months the Northern Provincial Pipelines Late Model Series and Castrol Raceway handed out complimentary race tickets for the May 2nd Season Opener.  “Race fans can still come to the track this Saturday and watch some race cars,” adds Miller, “but it will be a test ‘n’ tune day instead of a race day.”  The complimentary race tickets will now be valid for the rescheduled Castrol Raceway Season Opener on Friday May 8th. The Northern Provincial Pipelines Late Model Series next race date in Edmonton is scheduled for Friday, June 5th.    

CASTROL RACEWAY TEST 'n' TUNE (formerly Season Opener)
Saturday May 2nd
Gates Open: NOON
Cars on track at 2:00PM
Spectators – FREE
Competitors – standard race day admission

ATTENTION: SEASON OPENING TICKET HOLDERS
Both the Northern Provincial Pipelines Late Model Series and Castrol Raceway handed out complimentary tickets to the 2009 Season opener originally scheduled for this Saturday, May 2nd.  These tickets will be honored at the Friday, May 8th race event at Castrol Raceway.  The NPP Late Model Series is not scheduled to race this night however several NPP Late Model teams will be at the track.


Can be used at May 8th race at Castrol Raceway

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