EDMONTON, AB – 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 see 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).”

(tentative race dates**)

Saturday April 25th – Castrol Raceway
Sunday, May 24th – Central Alberta Raceways

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)