EDMONTON, AB – The Northern Provincial Pipelines Late Model Series is proud to be a part of this weekend’s Gold Cup 2006 Sprint Car event at Edmonton’s Castrol Raceway.  “This is the 6th consecutive season the NPP Late Model Series has competed at Canada’s oldest, most prestigious open wheel race event,” says tour announcer Gord Craig, “speaking on behalf of the Late Model race teams, it truly is an honor to be a part of an Edmonton motorsport event that has roots dating back to 1954.”  Just like the 13th annual Oilmen’s Invitational Late Model event two weeks ago, the Gold Cup is another two-night show (Friday/Saturday) for all race teams involved.  “We’re ready to go,” says current NPP Series point leader Dwight Kennedy.  “My crew has the #81 Dodge running flawlessly right now.”  The Edson, Alberta driver has won three consecutive Feature events including the Canada Day long weekend sweep back on July 1st and 2nd.  “You can build a lot of momentum at two-day race shows.  Things can go the other way real fast too.”  After roaring to his best season start ever, Trevor Emond’s momentum came to a screeching halt the last race event. “It was a double punch in the gut what happened to me at the Oilmen’s,” says the three time NPP Series Champion, “first you get black flagged from the Feature (on track incident with Darrel Midgley) and then you find out later your motor is toast, then you lose the point lead.  I’m still more upset with the black flag than anything.”  Emond finds himself third in NPP Series points heading into this weekend’s race.  “Rest assured, the only thing that Kennedy, Midgley and anyone else will see on this car the rest of the season is the rear bumper!”  The Leduc, Alberta driver is indeed looking forward to the ‘showdown’ this weekend at Castrol Raceway!