AWARDS NIGHT FOR NPP SERIES DRIVERS
DEVON, AB – Competitors from all racing divisions at Edmonton’s Castrol Raceway gathered to celebrate the 2007 race season and honor the champions on Saturday, November 3rd. Close to 400 people were in attendance. The awards ceremony was held at a banquet facility a short ten minute drive from where the season wrapped just a few weeks ago. Joining the festivities were several competitors and teams from the Northern Provincial Pipelines Ltd. Late Model Series.
The awards banquet was Mc’d by NPP Series tour announcer Gord Craig who has been a fixture behind the microphone out at Castrol Raceway since 1993. NPP Series Rookie of the Year honors went to Whitcourt, Alberta’s Paul Grundberg who finished an amazing fourth in the points chase for 2007. Grundberg, a former ‘360’ Sprint Car driver, won four heat races and had 6 top five finishes in Feature events this past season. “Had a pretty good year,” indicates Grundberg, “we’ll have to work on a Feature win for next year.”
Executive Vice President of All Weather Windows, Henry Banman helped present the awards to the top drivers of the NPP Late Model Series. “All Weather Windows was pleased to be apart of this class this season. Its a great group of drivers and to have Jason Beaulieu and the All Weather Windows sponsored race car win the championship was a huge bonus.” Along with the championship trophy and Castrol Raceway season championship jacket, Beaulieu, also received a special championship leather jacket from All Weather Windows. “We had an awesome year,” said the Campbell River, BC driver, “this was probably the funnest year I have had racing in a long time.” Beaulieu’s season championship in 2007 also went into the history books. It was the first time an NPP Series champion was from British Columbia. Castrol Raceway has never had an Oval track champion hail from BC either. Two-time NPP Series champion Dwight Kennedy was also on hand to collect his second place trophy. “It was Jason’s year,” smiles Kennedy, “right from the first race of the year I knew he was going to be tough to beat.”