LONG WEEKEND LAPS
Team NPP was back on the track at two locations on the the Labor Day long weekend. Jason Frost raced the #81 Late Model at Western Speedway. Lane Zerbin was behind the wheel of the #81 Modified at Grays Harbor Raceway.
VICTORIA, BC – Jason Frost’s Labor Day long weekend started off strong but ended on a sour note Sunday night at Western Speedway. The Shockwave Seats/Reg Midgley Canada 200 race weekend began Saturday with Frost qualifying the Northern Provincial Pipelines Ltd./ Saanich Braves Hockey Club #81 Dodge in fourth. Frost then finished fourth in his Saturday night Heat race. The Victoria, British Columbia driver was feeling confident heading into Sunday nights 200 lap race. His night came to a sudden end courtesy mechanical failure while running on Lap 10. “We broke a right front hub,” sighs Frost, “it was a little bit scary because it let go hard at full speed down the back stretch.” Frost, who was running 9th narrowly missed several cars in turn 3. “We found a hole in traffic and didn’t run into anyone but our night was done.” Frost and team were spectators for the rest of the night. Twenty-two cars started the 200 lap race. Only 11 were on the track when the checkered flag flew. “The race tonight was ripe for the picking. There was a lot of mayhem. If we wouldn’t of had problems we would have been right there at the end.” Frost, the first driver to retire from the race, was credited with a 22nd place finish.
Brandon Carlson, who will be driving the Team NPP #81C Super Late Model in Tucson, Arizona in November, also had a tough night. The Victoria, BC driver was running as high as fourth when his car suffered alternator problems. Carlson was credited with a 14th place finish. His brother Brandon finished second. Korbin Thomas was the winner of the Canada 200. NASCAR K & N Series West point leader Derek Kraus finished third.
ELMA, WA – After several back to back DNF’s in August, Lane Zerbin’s luck turned around Sunday night at Grays Harbor Raceway. The Victoria, British Columbia driver had good speed in hot laps, finished 3rd in his Heat race and drove to a 7th place finish in the Feature. Zerbin and fellow British Columbia driver Graham Cooke swapped 6th and 7th positions several times in the Saturday night Feature. Zerbin was running 6th in the Northern Provincial Pipelines Ltd./C-Force Marine #81 Modified when a late race caution slowed the field. Zerbin couldn’t hold his track position on the Green, White Checkered finish and settled for 7th.