The 2009 race season of the Northern Provincial Pipelines Late Model Series in ALBERTA is less than three weeks away. But south of the border in the state of Arizona, NPP is proudly flying the Alberta and Canadian flag.
KENNINGTON COMPETING IN THE COPPER STATE
AVONDALE, AZ (April 16) â€“ Race number seven of the 2009 NASCAR Nationwide Series schedule goes this Friday night at Phoenix International Raceway. What has seemed like a lengthy pit stop for Canadian DJ Kennington is now over. The St. Thomas Ontario driver, who last competed in Las Vegas on February 28th, will once again be at the wheel of the Northern Provincial Pipelines Ltd. #81 Dodge.
â€śIâ€™ve had to flip my calendar twice,â€ť smiles Kennington, â€śit may seem like a long time but Iâ€™ve actually only missed three races.â€ť With drivers Kevin Hamlin and Jeff Green driving the last three Nationwide Series events (Bristol, Texas, Nashville), Kennington was using the time off wisely preparing his two Castrol / Northern Provincial Pipelines sponsored race cars for the 2009 Canadian Tire NASCAR Series season. â€śIâ€™d love to race every single event on both sides of the border but thatâ€™s not possible,â€ť exclaims Kennington, â€śwe are running two cars in Canada this year and this will definitely be taking up a lot of my time.â€ť
As far as the remainder of the 2009 NASCAR Nationwide Series schedule is concerned, finances and corporate sponsorship will play a major role. â€śWe are doing one race at a time,â€ť exclaims Kennington, â€śitâ€™s a dollars and cents thing right now. We are penciled in to run Talledega, Richmond and Darlington after this race but that could change.â€ť Trying not to look too far ahead, Kennington remains focused on the Arizona race. â€śPhoenix is one of the first big American tracks that I competed at when I broke into the Nationwide Series (2006). Itâ€™s definitely nice to be back here again.â€ť Kennington finished 26th and 22nd in his two appearances at Phoenix International Raceway last season (April and November). â€śWe are definitely looking for a good run this Friday in both qualifying and the race.â€ť
BASHAS' SUPERMARKETS 200 (200miles/200laps)
>Friday, April 17th
Practice Session â€“ 9:00am (Edmonton time)
QUALIFYING â€“ 3:30pm (Edmonton time)
RACE â€“ 7:30pm (Edmonton time)
Northern Provincial Pipelines Ltd., based in Edson, Alberta, is title sponsor of the NPP Late Model Series which brings big league racing to Western Canadian race fans. Northern Provincial Pipelines is also proud to be one of the major sponsors of the #81 Dodge driven by Canadaâ€™s DJ Kennington in the NASCAR Nationwide Series.