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NPP Racing For Gold in Edmonton

Written by  on Wednesday, 17 July 2013 13:05

EDMONTON, AB. (July 17) - The Northern Provincial Pipelines Late Model Series, which has been plagued
with bad weather at all scheduled events this year, finally hopes to get the 2013 race season underway.

This Friday and Saturday night, Canada's oldest, most prestigious Sprint Car race rumbles into Castrol Raceway. 

First competed in Edmonton (Speedway Park) back in 1954, the Gold Cup features some of the best open wheel
drivers in Western Canada and the United States. 

For the fifteenth consecutive year, the NPP Late Model will be the support class at the 2013 Gold Cup. 

"We made our official Edmonton debut back at the 1999 Gold Cup," explains NPP Series announcer Gord Craig, "the Gold Cup race has always had special meaning to the drivers of our Series." 

Two-time NPP Series Champion Dwight Kennedy won the first ever NPP Late Model Feature race in Edmonton in his familiar NPP #81 Dodge at the 1999 Gold Cup. 

"I actually forgot about that," admits the Edson, Alberta driver, "we've run so many races over the years they all start to blend together."  Kennedy finished 3rd and 6th at last year's two-day Gold Cup race weekend.  "I know it's been a few years since we won at a Gold Cup race in Edmonton.  Hopefully we'll have a good weekend." 

Kennedy swept the NPP Series Features at the 1997 Gold Cup race.

Defending NPP Series Champion Kevin Wheeler is looking to start off the 2013 season on a strong note.

 "We've had a pretty good run the past few years at season opening races," says the Whitecourt, Alberta driver,
"we just got to win the darn thing." 

At the most recent NPP Series season opening races Wheeler has finished fourth[2010], third[2011] and second[2012]. 

"Could this be the year we win one [in Edmonton].  That would be awesome." 

Wheeler finished fifth and third at last year's Gold Cup race weekend in his KW Mechanical #3 Dodge.  His
best Gold Cup finish was a second back in 2010. 

"We're ready to get this season going and defend the title!"  

2013 GOLD CUP
Castrol Raceway - Edmonton, Alberta
> FRIDAY, July 19th
4:00pm - Spectator Gates Open
5:30pm - Sprint Car Qualifying
- Racing after qualifying

> SATURDAY, July 20th
4:00pm - Spectator Gates Open
5:30pm - Sprint Car Qualifying
- Racing after qualifying

Classes competing (both nights):
'360' Sprint Cars
NPP Late Model Series
Mini Stocks

 

NPP SERIES SEASON OPENING WINNERS
2013 ???????????                                 
2012 Chris Beaulieu (May 12th)                       
2011 Mike Tom (June 4th)                   
2010 Bruce Broughton (May 15th)       
2009 Darrell Midgley (May 16th)          
2008 Dwight Kennedy (May 17th)       
2007 Jason Beaulieu (May 19th)
2006 Trevor Emond (May 13th)
2005 Jason Beaulieu (May 7th)
2004 Trevor Emond (May 8th)
2003 Feature cancelled – snow
2002 Larry Simpson (May 11th)|
2001 Dwight Kennedy (May 19th)

From: Gord Craig/ NPP 

 

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