EDMONTON, AB – Mike Tom, the newly crowned Northern Provincial Pipelines Late Model Series Champion and Bruce Broughton, the 2010 NPP Series Champion, were warming the Castrol Raceway bleachers on the weekend. The Edmonton race track wrapped up its 20th anniversary season Saturday night and crowned its 2011 season champions. Taking a ‘mini’ sabbatical from racing, Broughton ran a limited NPP Series schedule in 2011 and was behind the wheel of his new boat more often than his NPP Late Model. “We’ve been racing hard for over a decade,” says the Spruce Grove, Alberta driver, “got the NPP Championship last year and this season I decided it was time to step back a little.” Broughton is the only active NPP Series driver with both an Edmonton track championship (2000, 2001) and a NPP Series Championship (2010). Broughton was the NPP Series Rookie of the Year in 2005.
“My brother (Brent) and I sure have run a lot of laps here.” Broughton admits he missed being on the race track this season but did enjoy the benefits of being a casual spectator. “I got home at a decent time and didn’t have to worry about loading up any cars.” Despite his limited race season in 2011, Broughton still managed to register one Heat race victory. “I was in the grandstands when Mike (Tom) won his fifth NPP Feature in a row. Mike definitely deserved the championship this year.” Mike Tom finished second to Broughton in Championship points last season.
The NPP Late Model Series wrapped up its 10th anniversary season on the September long weekend in Lethbridge, Alberta. Tom clinched the 2011 NPP Series Championship on the final race night of the season. “Had a nice write up in the local paper (Stony Plain Examiner) after we won the NPP championship,” exclaims Tom who had his Enerbuilt Technologies #55 Chevrolet on display in Edmonton Saturday night, “it’s finally settling in that we now have the title. It feels good and it feels right.”
Before coming to the NPP Late Model Series in 2004, Tom won 8 Street Stock Season Championships at Yellowhead Raceway in Hinton, Alberta. “This is an extremely tough series to win in. After eight years we finally did it!”
The Northern Provincial Pipelines Late Model Series offers congratulations to the 2011 Castrol Raceway Season Champions.
‘360’ SPRINT CAR: #12 Casey Adams; Leduc, Alberta
SPORTSMAN SPRINT CAR: #55 Gord Kynoch; Spruce Grove, AB
CASTROL LATE MODEL: #20 Brad Cameron; Vimy, Alberta
HORNET: #11 Kent Evans; Leduc, Alberta