AN ‘OK’ ARIZONA WEEKEND
TUCSON, AZ – Team NPP grabbed 4th and 10th place finishes in the Arizona desert Sunday afternoon. Tucson Speedway was hosting its 8th annual Turkey Shoot event featuring Super Late Models on the US Thanksgiving Holiday weekend. Darrell Midgley finished 4th and Brandon Carlson finished 10th. “It’s all in one piece,” exclaims Midgley, “we just needed to be better. It was an ‘OK’ weekend.” To kick off the race weekend, Midgley qualified 6th in the Northern Provincial Pipelines/AMS Engines #81 Dodge on Saturday. In the 50-lap preliminary Feature, which was also run Saturday, the Sidney, British Columbia finished 10th after losing power on lap-32. “I burnt up a wire to the distributer. It wasn’t really a big deal but it was a good time for it to happen.” Sunday’s 125-lap Feature was a fast paced event with just a single race stoppage. “Seven laps into the race the red flag flew. The track got oiled down pretty good.” After the lengthy clean-up, all driver’s battle hard for 118 consecutive laps. “The race went green the rest of the way.” Dundee, Oregon’s Austin Thom dominated the race and took home the checkered flag and a $5,000 to win payday. “That 93 car was in a league of its own.” Austin also collected an extra $2,000 in prize money for leading at lap-50 and lap-100. This bonus prize money was courtesy Northern Provincial Pipelines and owner Dwight Kennedy who was in attendance at Tucson Speedway. Arvada, Colorado’s Cassidy Hinds and McHenry, Illinois Kami York finished second and third.
Brandon Carlson grabbed a 10th place finish Sunday afternoon in the Turkey Shoot 125. “We were good for about 40-laps but the stagger got away from us,” admits the Victoria, British Columbia driver, “we tried to control it the best we could. Just kinda lost the handle (of the car) during the long green flag run.” Carlson kicked off the weekend qualifying 4th in the Wickertree/Alien Race Cars #14 Chevrolet. “Had some good speed and driveabilty right off the trailer.” This was the first time Carlson brought his own race car to Tucson Speedway. “It was pretty decent on Saturday.” Carlson registered his best ever Feature finish at Tucson Speedway with a second place finish in the 50-lap preliminary Feature. “We didn’t put a mark on the car. Nothing at all went wrong. It was great weekend.” This was Carlson’s fourth Turkey Shoot appearance. He has finished in the top-10 at this event every visit. The 2022 Team NPP race season is officially over. Both Midgley and Carlson will be back to compete at Tucson Speedway’s 2023 Chilly Willy 150 weekend in February.