RACEDAY: RIMBEY, ALBERTA
RIMBEY, AB – For the second consecutive season, Central Alberta Raceways plays host to the season championship weekend of the Northern Provincial Pipelines Late Model Series. Mark Miller claimed his first ever season championship last year at the Rimbey, Alberta track. This season, the Calgary, Alberta driver sits second in points behind Sidney, British Columbia’s Darrell Midgley. Midgley won his first NPP Series championship back in 2009. Both Midgley and Miller are looking at becoming just the fourth driver in NPP Series history to win more than one championship.
The Team Kennedy car, driven this weekend by Shawn Kennedy, is third in points. Kennedy is poised to pounce on any mistakes made Friday and Saturday night by the two drivers ahead of him in the standings. Ken Clark, from Edson, Alberta is fourth in the points chase, just 30 points back of Kennedy. Clark’s previous best finish in the NPP Series Championship point standings was sixth back in 2010. Bruce Broughton sits fifth in points just 103 back of Clark. The 2010 NPP Series Champion would like to wrap up the season with two strong nights at Central Alberta Raceways. Dean Deatherage sits sixth in points. Engine issues at the last race in Rimbey, knocked the Beaumont, Alberta driver from third to sixth in the standings. Central Alberta Raceways is just the fourth track to host the season championship of the NPP Late Model Series. Castrol Raceway (Edmonton, Alberta), Bridge County Raceway (Lethbridge, Alberta) and Flatlanders Speedway (Kindersley, Saskatchewan) were prior season championship host tracks.
NPP SERIES – THE INSIDE TRACK:
-point leader Darrell Midgley has three Feature wins and one fifth place in the last four appearances at Central Alberta Raceways. Before this streak, he had never registered a Top 10 finish in Rimbey.
– only 25% of NPP Series Feature events have been won from the pole position. 2010 NPP Series Champion Bruce Broughton was the pole sitter of the last two Features in Rimbey in August and finished fourth and third.
– Ken Clark starts his 101st NPP Series event Friday night.
– Mark Miller and Shawn Kennedy were the only two drivers that finished on the podium at the last race weekend in Rimbey.
– this weekend’s event in Rimbey will be Marc Hobe’s last race in Canada. After spending the last two years in Canada, the Sylvan Lake, Alberta driver is moving back to Arizona to be closer to his new grandchild. Hobe could clinch NPP Series Rookie of the Year honors Friday night.
– first run in 1994, Saturday nights Feature event is also the 22nd annual Oilmen’s Classic race.
– Friday and Saturday nights oval events at Central Alberta Raceways will be the first time in the 11 year history of the facility that it will be running back to back races under the lights.
2014 SEASON CHAMPIONSHIP WEEKEND
> FRIDAY/SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 11th & 12th
Spectator Gates Open @ 5:00pm
Racing @ 7:00pm on Friday
Racing @ 6:00pm on Saturday
Oval Classes competing:
NPP Late Model Series
Western Canadian Modifieds
Sportsman Sprint Cars (Friday night only)
NPP LATE MODEL SERIES CHAMPIONS
2014 Mark Miller – Calgary, Alberta
2013 Kevin Wheeler – Whitecourt, Alberta
2012 Kevin Wheeler – Whitecourt, Alberta
2011 Mike Tom – Stony Plain, Alberta
2010 Bruce Broughton – Spruce Grove, Alberta
2009 Darrell Midgley – Sidney, British Columbia
2008 Brian McCaughan – Okotoks, Alberta
2007 Jason Beaulieu – Campbell River, British Columbia
2006 Dwight Kennedy – Edson, Alberta
2005 Trevor Emond – Leduc, Alberta
2004 Trevor Emond – Leduc, Alberta
2003 Trevor Emond – Leduc, Alberta
2002 Dennis MacEachern – Edson, Alberta
2001 Dwight Kennedy – Edson, Alberta