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SNOWED OUT
EDSON, AB (January 12) Current road conditions and a snowy forecast forced Northern Provincial Pipelines Late Model Series officials to cancel Wednesday nights ‘off-season’ meeting with race teams.  Road crews are still clearing the more than 30 centimeters of snow which hammered much of the province of Alberta on the weekend. 

---WINDSHIELD VIEW FROM THE NPP SERIES PACE CAR (January 12th @ 3:30pm)

With an additional 4 centimeters of light snow on Wednesday, road conditions quickly deteriorated throughout the day.  Visibility was down to zero with blowing snow. Portions of the Trans Canada Highway (Highway 16) which weren’t snow covered were extremely slippery due to black ice.  The NPP Series ‘off-season’ meeting will take place in one week’s time. 

NPP SERIES OFF-SEASON MEETING
>Date: Wednesday, January 19th 2011
>Where: Northern Provincial Pipelines in Edson.
>Time: 7:30PM

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WHERE DO WE GO FROM HERE?
EDMONTON, AB.
(January 20) – Three Alberta tracks, the Northern Provincial Pipelines Late Model Series plans to compete at this season, have released their tentative 2011 Oval schedules.  Bridge County Raceway (Lethbridge), Central Alberta Raceways (Rimbey) and Castrol Raceway (Edmonton) have a grand total of 36 Oval race dates scheduled this year.  NPP Series officials and drivers will be taking a look at these available dates at the upcoming off-season meeting (January 26) and begin planning the 2011 NPP Series schedule.  The NPP Late Model Series is looking at a 10 – 14 event schedule in 2011.  Other Alberta facilities the NPP Series could visit in 2011 include Rocky Mountain Raceway Park (Okotoks), Dinosaur Downs Raceway (Drumheller), Yellowhead Raceway (Hinton), and Sangudo Speedway (Sangudo).  These tracks are expected to be releasing their tentative schedules in the next few weeks.  The NPP Late Model Series hopes to have its own 2011 tentative schedule prepared and released by the middle of February.

NOTE: The 'new' Yellowhead Speedway does not have official logo. This is only a concept logo for the track.

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TENTATIVE SCHEDULE RELEASED
EDSON, AB. (January 27) – The Northern Provincial Pipelines Late Model Series has released its tentative schedule for the 2011 Season.  NPP Series officials will now take this tentative schedule to officials at both Castrol Raceway in Edmonton and Bridge County Raceway in Lethbridge for their stamps of approval.  If approved, Bridge County Raceway would host the 18th Oilmen’s Classic race for the first time. For the first time in NPP Series History the Oilmen’s event is also the 2011 Season Championship weekend. This would be the first time a NPP Series Champion would be crowned in Southern Alberta.                     

Saturday, May 21st                   Bridge County Raceway – Lethbridge, Alberta
Sunday, May 22nd                    Bridge County Raceway – Lethbridge, Alberta
Saturday, June 4th                     Castrol Raceway – Edmonton, Alberta
Saturday, June 11th                   Castrol Raceway – Edmonton, Alberta (rain date)
Saturday, July 9th                      Castrol Raceway – Edmonton, Alberta
Friday, July 22nd                       Castrol Raceway – Edmonton, Alberta
Saturday, July 23rd                    Castrol Raceway – Edmonton, Alberta
Saturday, August 20th --------- Castrol Raceway - Edmonton, Alberta                        
Saturday, September 3rd           Bridge County Raceway – Lethbridge, Alberta
Saturday, September 4th           Bridge County Raceway – Lethbridge, Alberta
Saturday, September 10th         Castrol Raceway, Edmonton, Alberta (rain date)

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JUST A CLICK AWAY
EDMONTON, AB. (February 1) – With the official start of the 2011 season still four months away, the official website of the Northern Provincial Pipelines Late Model Series set a visit record for the month of January.  “Over three-thousand people logged onto the website last month,” says NPP Late Model Series announcer Gord Craig, “both race fans and competitors continue to click the website during the long off-season for the latest NPP Series news.”  January 2011 saw a total of 3,105 visits.  The previous record for website visits during the month of January was 2,881 set in 2010.  “This is a positive indicator for the upcoming race season.”  The NPP Series website has had more than 114,000 visits (296,000 page views / 3.7 million hits) since its official launch in May of 2007.  The 2011 season begins at Bridge County Raceway in Lethbridge, Alberta on the May 14th and 15th long holiday weekend.  The Northern Provincial Pipelines Late Model Series celebrates its 10th anniversary in 2011.

WEBSITE VISITS - ALL TIME**
TOTAL VISITS: 114,509
TOTAL PAGE VIEWS: 296,002
TOTAL HITS: 3,724,690

(**not including February 1st, 2011)

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RUN THE RACE
STONY PLAIN, AB. (February 6) – The 13th annual AWANA Grand Prix was held at the East Parkland Bible Church in Stony Plain, Alberta on Saturday (February 5th) and the Northern Provincial Pipelines Late Model Series was there.  For the fourth consecutive year, NPP Series announcer Gord Craig was special guest MC.  “A lot of work goes into this event to make it successful,” says Craig, “it’s a fun family event to be a part of.”  Close to 100 people were in attendance to watch the twenty-eight registered teams (3 classes) compete. 


AWANA GRAND PRIX PIT AREA

“All cars had to pass a tech inspection before being allowed to race.”  As in previous years the design of the race cars was up to the individual competitor.  “There were no two cars alike.  It was pretty well anything goes as far as design but the car couldn’t be heavier than 150 grams.”  Once the hand-made wooden race cars passed tech it was time to race.  “The competition this year was the closest I’ve seen the last four years.” 


READY TO GO RACING!

After the heat races were completed, four tie-breakers were needed to determine which cars would go to the finals. Tie-breakers were also needed in the finals. Adam McGann (age 6) and Jordan Bueckert (age 8) were the eventual winners in the children’s classes.  Vic McCoy won the leaders class. 

The Northern Provincial Pipelines Late Model Series celebrates its 10th anniversary this year.  The 2011 season starts May 21st at Bridge County Raceway in Lethbridge, Alberta. 

*AWANA is a Christian children's ministry which was founded in 1950.

THANKS TO: Castrol Raceway and Lucas Oil for additional door prizes. 
All the volunteers (concession/race officials) for making this a successful race.          

>Official race results<
13th ANNUAL AWANA GRAND PRIX
Saturday, February, 5th
East Parkland Bible Church
Stony Plain, Alberta

SPARKS (ages 5 – 9)
1st  #20 Adam McGann – Spruce Grove
2nd #10 Jeremiah St-Laurent – Stony Plain
3rd # 4 Matthew Bueckert – Stony Plain

T & T’s (ages 9 – 13)
1st #48 Jordan Bueckert – Stony Plain
2nd #46 Adam Klassen – Spruce Grove  (2010 Awana T & T Champion)
3rd #45 Benjamin Brignall – Spruce Grove

LEADERS
1st #55 Vic McCoy – Duffield
2nd #74 Elaine McKay – Carvel
3rd #57 Sherri Bueckert – Stony Plain

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