NPP SERIES HEADS TO CENTRAL ALBERTA
EDMONTON, AB – The next stop of the $100,000 Northern Provincial Pipelines Ltd. Late Model Series is this Saturday night at Central Alberta Raceways in Rimbey, Alberta. “This is only the 3rd time we’ve run at this facility,” indicates NPP tour announcer Gord Craig, “we were the first major touring class to race at this new track when it opened back in 2005. Now we have two scheduled stops in Rimbey in 2007 with the first event taking place this weekend.” After being disqualified from the Feature event in Drumheller last weekend (May 19th) defending season champion Dwight Kennedy is looking forward to racing at a track which has been very kind to him the last two seasons. “We’ve done okay there,” says the Edson, Alberta driver, “I don’t think we have ever finished out of the top five in any race we’re run in Rimbey.” In fact, Kennedy won the inaugural race in Rimbey in 2005. Last season he placed third in the Feature and has never finished worse than third in a Heat race. “I’m still not happy with last weekend’s disqualification in Drumheller. That’s put us back in the standings but it’s a long season. We’ll just have to win it this Saturday and get back in the top ten in points.” Two drivers who are looking forward to this weekend’s race in Rimbey are Mike Tom and Bruce Broughton. “I was very happy with the way the car ran in Drumheller,” says Tom who had a first and third in heat race action. The Stony Plain Alberta driver was heading for a top 5 finish in the Feature until getting tangled up in the final lap of the race. “Rimbey will be a good test for us considering how we did here last year.” Bruce Broughton had a heat race win in Drumheller too but spun midway through the Feature and had to settle for 11th. “A top 10 in the Feature would have been nice,” indicates the Spruce Grove driver, “we’ll just have to aim for the checkered flag a few more times in Rimbey on Saturday.” Both Tom and Broughton agree on one thing when it comes to racing in Rimbey. “Finish the race!” The track has not been kind to them in years past. Last year race officials told Tom and Broughton to retire early from the Feature due to four separate spins which brought out the yellow flag. Campbell River BC’s Jason Beaulieu, Whitecourt’ Kevin Wheeler and Sidney BC’s Darrel Midgley hold down the top three positions in the point standings heading into the second race of the NPP Late Model Series 2007 schedule.