MIDGLEY GRABS SECOND
TUCSON, AZ – Darrell Midgley wrapped up his winter race schedule with a second place finish at Tucson Speedway on Saturday night. The Arizona track was holding its 2022 Season opener. Midgley kicked off the race night by qualifying the back-up car in the number two spot. “This car hadn’t been on the track since 2018. We worked on it for two straight days and made it into a really good competitive race car.” The Team NPP back-up car was in use because the primary car was still at a local race shop awaiting back-ordered parts. It was involved in a crash at Januarys Chilly Willy event. The Sidney, British Columbia driver admits that it was good to have the back-up car see some action again. “It worked really well. The whole set-up was new in it. Something we really never tried before.”
The 50-lap Feature was extremely fast paced. “The race went green, white, checkered.” The race also turned into a two-car battle between Midgley and Dylan Jones (Vail, Arizona) who qualified number-one. “We were pretty equal. He was a little bit better early (in the Feature). I think we were a bit better late.” With less than 5-laps to go the Northern Provincial Pipelines #81 Dodge started losing power. “It was an ignition related problem. The car would barely stay running. It shut off completely at the checkered flag and wouldn’t start again.” The Team NPP race rig returns to Canada later this month and the race shop in Victoria, British Columbia. Both the Team NPP #81 Super Late Model and #81 Late Model will see action this spring and summer with several visits to Penticton Speedway and Westshore Motorsports Park. The schedule for the Team NPP #81 Modified is still being worked on.