TEAM NPP SHUFFLE
Brandon Carlson will fly the NPP flag on Vancouver Island on Friday and Saturday night at Saratoga Speedway. Lane Zerbin will pilot the Northern Provincial Pipelines/C-Force Marine #81 Modified in Oregon on Saturday night and Washington State on Sunday and Holiday Monday. Carlson will be racing his #14 Chevrolet in the Canada 200 Late Model race. Saratoga Speedway inherited this high profile Late Model race from Western Speedway which closed its doors after the 2022 season. This race was first run back in 1972.
Carlson is an early favorite to win this year’s Canada 200 race at the brand new location. The Victoria, British Columbia driver raised the Reg Midgley trophy back in 2021. Regular Team NPP driver Jason Frost decided against entering the #81 NPP Dodge into this year’s Canada 200 about a month ago. Racing has taken a bit of a back seat as Frost has been laser focused on his family and business (The Keg Restaurant) in 2023. Darrell Midgley, who won the Canada 200 twice (1998/1999), is not on the entry list either. This will be the first time, in almost two decades, that the familiar red and white #81 Dodge will not be in the pits for a Canada 200 race.
Lane Zerbin will be flying the Team NPP flag south of the border in Oregon and Washington this long holiday weekend. On Saturday night, the Victoria, British Columbia driver will be racing at Lebanon, Oregon’s Willamette Speedway. Zerbin picked up his very first win in an IMCA Modified at Willamette Speedway back in 2016. After Oregon, Grays Harbor Raceway in Elma, Washington is next for Zerbin on Sunday and Monday night. The IMCA Modifieds are the support class to the World of Outlaws Sprint Car Series. Zerbin is on his best performance streak in 8-seasons. Zerbin has finished in the top-10 for 6 consecutive races.