COUNTDOWN TO GREEN (pt1)
EDMONTON, AB – The top-three drivers from the 2015 season of the Northern Provincial Pipelines Late Model Series continue preparations for the 2016 season. Darrell Midgley, Mark Miller and Ken Clark all have the season opening date [May 28th] circled on the calendar. “We are ready to go,” exclaims Darrell Midgley, the defending and two-time NPP Series Champion, “the car is sitting in Edson right now just waiting to be decaled up.” Midgley set an NPP Series record last season winning five consecutive Feature events in his Integra Tire (Edson) #14 Dodge. “Consistency and no DNF’s wins championships,” says the Sidney, British Columbia driver, “I know the target is on me this season but that leads to better racing overall.” Midgley already has hundreds of lap under his belt since winning the NPP Series championship last September. “Had some fun south of the border with the pavement car during the winter.” In the four ‘winter’ events run, his best finish was a 5th at California’s Madera Speedway on March 19th. “These guys get to race year round and to finish where I did felt pretty good.” Along with racing in the NPP Late Model Series, Midgley also is the promoter of Western Speedway in Victoria, British Columbia where he’ll also be competing in 2016.
Mark Miller, the 2014 NPP Late Model Series champion continues to count down the days till the start of the season. “The car is all together,” says the driver of the A1 Autobody #69 Chevrolet, ” we are ready to rock. Hoping to test at Edmonton or Rimbey or both. Not sure yet.” The Calgary, Alberta driver finished second in the NPP Series championship points chase last season. “We had a bit of a slow start and that cost us in the end,” admits Miller, “we finished seventh at the season opener but was pretty strong the remainder of the year.” Miller registered six consecutive podium finishes including one win after last year’s season opener. “We’ve got a good team, a good car. Not too many changes for us this year.”
Ken Clark finished third in the NPP Series Championship point standings last season. “Hope we can do even better this season,” says the Edson, Alberta driver, “we’re going to work on the things we did wrong last year. Looking back we probably could have been second if not for a few problems last season.” Clark already admits that he will not be able to attend any test and tune dates for one simple reason. “The car is not ready to go yet. It’s up on the jack stands. Still have some bodywork to do when I get the time.” Clark owns Edson Sign which has had a very busy spring printing season. “The business and customers come first.” Northern Provincial Pipelines Late Model Series teams have four test and tune dates to choose from before the May 28th season opener. After shutting down back in 2006, Rapid Fire Motorsports Park (Drayton Valley Speedway) re-opens for the first time on May 7th and 8th (test and tune). Castrol Raceway (Edmonton) holds their test and tune on May 16th. Central Alberta Raceways (Rimbey) test and tune is one day later on May 17th.