PAST NPP CHAMP WINS OILMENS
EDMONTON, AB – Race fans will be talking about the 14th annual Oilmen’s Invitational race event for the rest of the season. The Canada Day long weekend event at Edmonton’s Castrol Raceway had picture perfect weather (for a change). It was also one of the most intense and memorable Oilmen’s race events in recent memory. Fans witnessed some wild wrecks, incredible passes and Feature wins from the current NPP Late Model Series champion and a former NPP champion. Defending Series and last years Oilmen’s Champion Dwight Kennedy, was the most dominating driver on the track Saturday night (June 30th) winning 2 heat races and the 40 lap Feature. “They can’t disqualify you when you’re up front.” joked Kennedy, as he reflected on his disqualification from the Feature in Drumheller back in May. “The track was fast on both nights. I’ll take a win and a 6th place finish over a disqualification any day.” For one driver, the Oilmen’s weekend was a bit of a homecoming. It had been 5 years since Dennis MacEachern drove his NPP Late Model to the 2002 NPP Series Championship. Since 2003, the Edson, Alberta driver has been racing open wheeled sprint cars. “I was planning to go to the lake,” laughs MacEachern, “it was a last minute deal. There were a lot of drivers surprised to see me. Shawn Kennedy was not able to race on the holiday weekend. I got a call asking if I would be interested in filling in for him. I wanted to do well this weekend but to win it is incredible. I have never run a 50 lap Feature event ever. It takes a lot out of you but it was a lot of fun.” The NPP Series has a weekend off and then its another double race weekend. Saturday and Sunday June 13th and 14th NPP drivers and race teams are proud to be a part of Canada’s oldest most prestigious Sprint Car event ….The Gold Cup.