WPCA Qualification Run Off

Mitch Sutherland - Best Time Of The Week On Final Day In Bashaw. Photo Courtesy Of The Western Chuckwagon Association.

The final day of the WPCA Qualification Run-Off ran Sunday afternoon in Bashaw where 8 drivers were each looking to grab one of 6 available spots on the 2011 WPCA Dodge Pro Tour. Sunday’s results contributed to a big shake up in the standings which will see some new faces on the WPCA Dodge Pro Tour next season.

All three drivers from the 2010 WPCA Dodge Pro Tour – John Walters, Chance Bensmiller and Cody Ridsdale all regained their spots for 2011 by finishing 2nd, 3rdand 4th respectively in the Run-Off Point Standings. They will be joined by 2010 Western Chuckwagon Association (WCA) drivers Dave Galloway and Mitch Sutherland who respectively placed 1st and 5th overall, with World Champion Outrider Chanse Vigen grabbing the last qualifying spot. Just missing the cut for 2011 was champion outrider Chad Fike, with WCA driver Roy Romanow placing a distant 8th.

A far as the day results go, Mitch Sutherland, driving the Ernco Interiors Outfit, posted the fastest time of the 4 day event with a 1:05.01. Coming off barrel number 1 in heat 2, Sutherland earned top points by 59 one-hundreds of a second over Chad Fike who placed 2nd for the day. John Walters, Dave Galloway and Chanse Vigen rounded out the top 5 for the night.

The WPCA 2010 Awards Banquet will be held on October 23, 2010 at the Deerfoot Inn & Casino in Calgary. Contact the WPCA office at 403-236-2466 for more information.

~ Billy Melville

Qualification Run-Off Point Standings




4 Day Total

1 Dave Galloway Xplornet Internet 24
2 John Walters Drifters Casing Service 22.5
3 Chance Bensmiller Cascade Services Partnership 22
4 Cody Ridsdale Triple K Oilfield 20
5 Mitch Sutherland Ernco Interiors 19
6 Chanse Vigen Jack Lefley & Sons 17.5
7 Chad Fike Alberta Pressure Testing 14
8 Roy Romanow Beverly Park’s Condo – Innisfail 5
Top 6 Qualify for 2011 WPCA Dodge Pro Tour. Ties are broken by aggregate time

Day 4 Results




Total Time

1 Mitch Sutherland Ernco Interiors 1:05.01
2 Chad Fike Alberta Pressure Testing 1:05.60
3 John Walters Drifters Casing Service 1:06.12
4 Dave Galloway Xplornet Internet 1:06.33
5 Chanse Vigen Jack Lefley & Sons 1:06.43
6 Cody Ridsdale Triple K Oilfield 1:07.64
7 Chance Bensmiller Cascade Services Partnership 1:11.03
8 Roy Romanow Beverly Park’s Condo – Innisfail 1:11.6

4 Day Aggregate

Rank Driver Sponsor 4 Day Total
1 Dave Galloway Xplornet Internet 4:28.28
2 John Walters Drifters Casing Service 4:28.94
3 Cody Ridsdale Triple K Oilfield 4:29.41
4 Chance Bensmiller Cascade Services Partnership 4:31.32
5 Chanse Vigen Jack Lefley & Sons 4:34.36
6 Mitch Sutherland Ernco Interiors 4:35.66
7 Chad Fike Alberta Pressure Testing 4:46.76
8 Roy Romanow Beverly Park’s Condo – Innisfail 4:53.76


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