DRAYTON VALLEY, AB – The Northern Provincial Pipelines Late Model Series race event scheduled for this Saturday and Sunday, June 17th and 18th at Drayton Valley’s Rapid Fire Motorsports Park, has been cancelled due to bad weather conditions.  “The grounds are too wet”, says event promoter Arvid Fonstad.  “The roads leading into the facility are fine, it’s the parking and pit area that was our biggest concern.  We didn’t need anyone wrecking anything this weekend.”  Attendance at this year’s event was expected to be in the thousands. “ A lot of families with motor homes and trailers were headed our way this weekend,” adds Fonstad, “not to mention race teams with their rigs camping out at the track.  We didn’t want to call it (the race) but felt it was the best thing to do for everyone involved.”  Rapid Fire Motorsports Park has not had a major race event in almost 2 years.  The Fathers Day ‘Mega’ Motorsports Weekend was going to be the biggest race event in this track’s young history.  “We had mud bog racing, demo derby and tough truck action planned to start each day.  The NPP Late Model Series and Sportsman Sprint Cars were going to provide the action on the oval track.  This was more than just a race,” says an obviously disappointed Fonstad, “it was going to be an event that other tracks in Alberta would find hard to match.”  This was to be the NPP Late Model Series first visit to Drayton Valley.  “I was ready to go.” says current point leader Trevor Emond.  The Leduc, Alberta driver has two victories (Rimbey, Edmonton) and one second place showing (Lethbridge) so far in 2006.  “I just bought a new quad for my son, so guess what I’m doing this weekend!”  One driver who will benefit from the race being cancelled is Mike Tom.  “My new race car is not ready yet” says the Salmon Arm, BC driver.  Tom was involved in a serious 3 car crash at Edmonton’s Castrol Raceway back on May 27th.  “It was written off and believe it or not I’m still a little sore from the wreck.”  Tom currently sits 19th in the NPP Late Model standings.  “I can’t miss any more races, I need the points, so I’m glad there’s already talk of it being rescheduled.”  Dates for the “Mega” Motorsports Weekend at Rapid Fire Motorsports Park are currently being looked at. “ We’re now looking at holding this event later this summer,” says Arvid Fonstad. “we’ll have to sit down with all parties involved (racers) and nail down the new race dates.”