NPP OILMENS INVITATIONAL THIS WEEKEND
EDMONTON, AB – The $100,000 Northern Provincial Pipelines Late Model Series touches down at Edmonton’s Castrol Raceway this Canada Day long weekend. Saturday and Sunday night, race teams will compete at the 14th annual NPP Oilmen’s Invitational. “This is a big dollar Late Model Stock Car race event for everyone involved,” says NPP Series Announcer Gord Craig, “it will also be the first back to back race weekend of the 2007 season.” There are plenty of reasons for drivers to be a little anxious heading into this weekend’s big show. There will be 3 Feature events run. Due to the rain out of the Feature at Castrol Raceway on June 2nd, race teams will run a make-up race on Saturday, June 30th. “Teams will begin the night by running a 25 lap Feature event,” adds Craig, “then they will move into the Oilmens program which includes Heat races and of course another Feature event. A race like this can build much needed momentum for teams. Do well and chances are good you’ll ride the wave for the rest of the weekend. It unfortunately can go the other way too.” Right now less than 120 point’s separates first place and last place. Teams will have the opportunity to grab over 300 points this weekend. “We’re ready,” says Kevin Wheeler, “actually we’ve been ready since we got rained out in Edmonton.” The Whitecourt Alberta driver sits second in the standings heading into this weekends event. “This event is going to be huge. We are right behind Jason (Beaulieu) in the standings. Sure would like to be in front of him when the weekend is over.” Last years Oilmen’s Champion Dwight Kennedy is looking to kick-start his season. “I don’t like where I am right now in the standings that’s for sure,” says the Edson, Alberta driver, “if I can get the breaks going my way this weekend, maybe I can sneak into the top 10 in points.” Kennedy, who swept both Features at last years Oilmen’s race in Edmonton, currently sits 17th in the standings.