Darrell Midgley is coming off a 10th place finish in Arizona.
By: Northern Provincial Pipelines Late Model Series
March 22 2017
Irwindale, California - After his 10th place finish at Arizona's Tucson Speedway last month, Darrell Midgley and Team NPP continue their 'south-of-the-border' race schedule this weekend. The three-time champion of the NPP Late Model Series is at Southern California's Irwindale Speedway for the 2017 season opener of the SPEARS Southwest Tour Series.
"These are the best touring cars and Late Model teams in the region," says the Sidney, British Columbia driver, "I know there are several teams from Las Vegas and Arizona making the trip. It's a good group of cars and drivers for sure." This is Midgley's second visit to the 1/2 mile oval track located just a short 25 minute drive from downtown Los Angeles. "It would be nice to run down here more often but it's not feasible at this point. Most of the teams here are into this full-time with a full-time crew. We're the visitors. We're playing in their backyard."
In his Irwindale Speedway debut at the Spring Classic race back in April of 2015, Midgley drove the Northern Provincial Pipelines/Alien Chassis #81 Dodge to a third place finish.
"That was a pretty good debut here," exclaims Midgley, "everything fell into place towards the end of the race. Finishing on the podium was a bonus." For this year's Irwindale Speedway race, Midgley was the first driver to officially register.
"We really have been running well. We've been backing up our qualifying runs by performing well during the race. To get a top 10 finish at Irwindale this weekend will be good." The Sidney, British Columbia driver did not compete at Irwindale Speedway last year but had fantastic finishes at two other California tracks.
Midgley grabbed a 5th and a 6th place finish in the Spring races at Madera Speedway and All American Speedway (Roseville, CA). Midgley will be part of Irwindale Speedway track history this weekend. The facility is hosting two touring Series for the very first time. Along with the 2017 season opener of the SPEARS Southwest Tour Series, the NASCAR K & N Pro Series West Series is holding race number three of their 2017 season.
SPEARS Southwest Tour Series (100 laps)
NASCAR K & N Pro Series West (twin 100 lap races)
> Friday, March 24 > SATURDAY, MARCH 25th
4:30pm - Practice 1 1:00pm - Practice 3
7:30pm - Practice 2 5:00pm - Qualifying
7:00pm - Racing begins
Northern Provincial Pipelines Ltd., based in Edson, Alberta has been a proud sponsor and supporter of motorsports for over two decades and is title sponsor of the NPP Late Model Series in Alberta.