WPCA Qualification Run Off

Chance Bensmiller- Bests All After 2 Nights In Bashaw. Photo By Paul Easton.

Day 2 of the annual WPCA Qualification Run-Off kicked ran on Friday night in Bashaw, Alberta. 8 wagons are competing for 6 spots on the 2011 WPCA Dodge Pro Tour. Chance Bensmiller, driving the Cascade Services Partnership outfit had the best time of the night with a 1:05.65.

Coming off barrel number 1 in heat 3, Bensmiller posted the fast time of the night by 1.03 seconds over Cody Ridsdale who placed 2nd for the night, followed by Mitch Sutherland with John Walters and Chanse Vigen splitting fourth and fifth on the night.

The run put Bensmiller atop the run-off standings with 15 points, followed by Cody Ridsdale and Dave Galloway who are tied for second, with Chanse Vigen, John Walters and Mitch Sutherland making out the top six after two nights. The top six in the point standings after Sunday will automatically qualify for the 2011 WPCA Dodge Pro Tour.

Racing will continue on Saturday at 6:00pm, with the final day on Sunday being run at 2:00pm.

~ Billy Melville

Qualification Run-Off Point Standings
Rank Driver Sponsor Total
1 Chance Bensmiller Cascade Services Partnership 15
2/3 Cody Ridsdale Triple K Oilfield 11
2/3 Dave Galloway Xplornet Internet 11
4 Chanse Vigen Jack Lefley & Sons 10.5
5 John Walters Drifters Casing Service 9.5
6 Mitch Sutherland Ernco Interiors 9
7/8 Chad Fike Alberta Pressure Testing 3
7/8 Roy Romanow Beverly Park’s Condo – Innisfail 3
Top 6 Qualify for 2011 WPCA Dodge Pro Tour. Ties are broken by aggregate time
Day 2 Results
Rank Driver Sponsor Total Time
1 Chance Bensmiller Cascade Services Partnership 1:06.09
2 Cody Ridsdale Triple K Oilfield 1:07.12
3 Mitch Sutherland Ernco Interiors 1:07.43
4/5 John Walters Drifters Casing Service 1:08.32
4/5 Chanse Vigen Jack Lefley & Sons 1:08.32
6 Dave Galloway Xplornet Internet 1:08.84
7 Roy Romanow Beverly Park’s Condo – Innisfail 1:14.18
8 Chad Fike Alberta Pressure Testing 1:20.43
Day 2 Aggregate
Rank Driver Sponsor 2 Day Total
1 Chance Bensmiller Cascade Services Partnership 2:12.05
2 Cody Ridsdale Triple K Oilfield 2:13.94
3 Dave Galloway Xplornet Internet 2:14.49
4 Chanse Vigen Jack Lefley & Sons 2:15.00
5 John Walters Drifters Casing Service 2:15.02
6 Mitch Sutherland Ernco Interiors 2:15.90
7 Roy Romanow Beverly Park’s Condo – Innisfail 2:27.28
8 Chad Fike Alberta Pressure Testing 2:32.35

WPCA Qualification Run Off

Dave Galloway - 1st Place On 1st Night In Bashaw. Photo By Dale Sales.

The annual WPCA Qualification Run Off will be run September 9 – 12, and will once again be held in Bashaw, Alberta. The top 30 wagons from the 2010 WPCA Dodge Pro Tour automatically qualify for the 2011 WPCA Dodge Pro Tour. All other wagons who would like to earn the privilege to compete on the 2011 WPCA Dodge Pro Tour must do so through the qualification run off.

This year’s WPCA Qualification Run-Off kicked off Thursday night in Bashaw, Alberta. 8 wagons are competing for 6 spots on the 2011 WPCA Dodge Pro Tour. Dave Galloway, driving the Xplornet Internet outfit opened up the Run-Off with the top time of 1:05.65.

Coming off barrel number 2 in heat 2, Galloway posted the fast time of the night by 31 one-hundreds of a second over Chance Bensmiller who placed 2nd for the night. Chanse Vigen, John Walters, Cody Ridsdale and Mitch Sutherland make out the top 6 after night 1. Racing will go every night at 6:30pm.

Billy Melville

Qualification Run-Off Point Standings
Rank Driver Sponsor Total
1 Dave Galloway Xplornet Internet 8
2 Chance Bensmiller Cascade Services Partnership 7
3 Chanse Vigen Jack Lefley & Sons 6
4 John Walters Drifters Casing Service 5
5 Cody Ridsdale Triple K Oilfield 4
6 Mitch Sutherland Ernco Interiors 3
7 Chad Fike Alberta Pressure Testing 2
8 Roy Romanow Beverly Park’s Condo – Innisfail 1
Top 6 Qualify for 2009 WPCA Dodge Pro Tour. Ties are broken by aggregate time
Day 1 Results
Rank Driver Sponsor Total Time
1 Dave Galloway Xplornet Internet 1:05.65
2 Chance Bensmiller Cascade Services Partnership 1:05.96
3 Chanse Vigen Jack Lefley & Sons 1:06.68
4 John Walters Drifters Casing Service 1:06.70
5 Cody Ridsdale Triple K Oilfield 1:06.82
6 Mitch Sutherland Ernco Interiors 1:08.47
7 Chad Fike Alberta Pressure Testing 1:11.92
8 Roy Romanow Beverly Park’s Condo – Innisfail 1:13.10

Dodge World Chuckwagon Championships

2010 Edmonton's Chuckwagon Derby Champions Ja-Co Welding & Consulting Chuckwagon Outfit (L-R): Tailor Made Insurance's Greg Knott Presenting, Outrider Chance Flad, Driver Grant Profit, Ja-Co Welding & Consulting's Don Adams, Outrider Chanse Vigen, Edmonton's Chuckwagon Derby's Bruce Pennock Presenting. Photo By Carmen Stone

The 2010 professional chuckwagon racing season is in the books, and the final race of 2010 was an exciting finish to an outstanding season. Grant Profit, driving the Ja-Co Welding & Consulting Ltd. Outfit, and along with outriders Chance Flad and Chanse Vigen, captured Edmonton’s Chuckwagon Derby at the season ending Dodge World Chuckwagon Championships for 2010.

Coming off barrel position number 3 in the sudden death championship final heat number 9, Grant Profit, despite a 1 second late outrider penalty, won the 2010 Edmonton Championship by posting the best time of 1:16.89, and won the heat by just 4 one-hundreds of a second over aggregate leader Mike Vigen who was runner up with a penalty free run from barrel position number 1. Layne MacGillivray, who was making his first appearance in a WPCA sudden death final, had a penalty free run and placed third from barrel position number 2, leaving Luke Tournier in 4th place in the sudden death final with a penalty free run from barrel number 4.

Top time of the night went to Mark Sutherland, driving the York Realty Inc. outfit with a time of 1:16.82 from barrel position number 1 in the opening heat. Grant Profit was 2nd for the night 7 one-hundreds of a second behind the day winner Mark Sutherland. Jerry Bremner and Mike Vigen split 3rd and 4th for the night, with Obrey Motowylo rounding out the top 5.

The annual WPCA Qualification Run Off is set for September 9 – 12, and will once again be held in Bashaw, Alberta. The top 30 wagons from the 2010 WPCA Dodge Pro Tour automatically qualify for the 2011 WPCA Dodge Pro Tour. All other wagons who would like to earn the privilege to compete on the 2011 WPCA Dodge Pro Tour must do so through the qualification run off. Racing will go every night at 6:30pm.

Congratulations to the 2010 World Champions, driver Kelly Sutherland and outrider Chanse Vigen, and many thanks to all the corporate partners, support staff and chuckwagon fans all along the 2010 WPCA Dodge Pro Tour. Enjoy a safe and prosperous off-season, and we will see you all in 2011.

~ Billy Melville

Day 5 Results
Rank Driver Sponsor Total Time
1 Mark Sutherland York Realty Inc. 1:16.82
2 Grant Profit Ja-Co Welding & Consulting 1:16.89
3/4 Jerry Bremner TrailBlazer RV Centre 1:16.93
3/4 Mike Vigen Cell Bridge Commuinications Corp. 1:16.93
5 Obrey Motowylo H & E Oilfield Services Ltd. 1:16.95
6 Kurt Bensmiller Stahl Peterbilt 1:17.52
7 Troy Flad Ironwood Building Systems 1:17.75
8 Jason Johnstone Parkland Fertilizers 1:17.76
9 Buddy Bensmiller World Financial Group 1:17.84
10 Cody Ridsdale McCuaig Desrochers LLP 1:17.99
11 Layne MacGilIivray CISN Country 103.9 FM 1:18.00
12 Luke Tournier Reliance Industrial Products 1:18.16
13 Rae Croteau Jr. TOMCO Group of Companies 1:18.48
14 Darcy Flad Sarasota Homes 1:18.57
15 Chad Harden Image Distributors 1:18.61
16 Troy Dorchester Team Rig & Supply/Decarson Rentals 1:18.62
17 Chance Bensmiller Pennock Acheson Nielsen Devaney 1:18.67
18/19 Evan Salmond Debolt Contracting 1:18.70
18/19 Kirk Sutherland EMCO Corporation 1:18.70
20 Jason Glass 630 CHED Radio 1:18.71
21 Barry Hodgson Crystal Kids 1:18.86
22 Tim Haroldson We Love Edmonton 1:18.91
23 John Walters Drifters Casing Service 1:18.94
24 Doug Irvine B & R Eckel’s Transport Ltd. 1:19.06
25 Sean DeBolt Passion Parties 1:19.26
26 Codey McCurrach Alberta Pressure Testing 1:19.34
27 Jordie Fike Blazer Insurance 1:19.38
28 Rick Fraser Terra Energy Rentals 1:19.49
29 Kirk Sutherland Pipestone Carriers Inc. 1:19.73
30 Hugh Sinclair Western Star Trucks 1:19.80
31 Lincoln Douglas All Weather Windows 1:20.31
32 Colt Cosgrave Tri-Service Oilfield Manufacturing Ltd. 1:20.33
33 Kelly Sutherland Northwell Oilfield Hauling (2009) Inc. 1:20.35
34 Shane Cartier Canadian Western Bank 1:20.56
35 Reg Johnstone Direct Horizontal Drilling 1:23.58
36 Cliff Cunningham Basnett Truck Service 1:24.59

Chucks in the Badlands

2010 Richard Cosgrave Memorial Badlands Dinosaur Derby Champions Ja-Co Welding & Consulting Ltd. Outfit (L-R): Outrider Chad Cosgrave, Driver Grant Profit, Outrider Chanse Vigen. Photo By Eddie Melville

When the times were all calculated, Grant Profit, driving the Ja-Co Welding & Consulting Ltd. Outfit, established a new track record and captured the 2010 Richard Cosgrave Memorial Badlands Dinosaur Derby along with outriders Chad Cosgrave and Chanse Vigen after posting the best 3 day aggregate time of 3:23.08. It’s the second win  of the year for Grant Profit and Ja-Co Welding & Consulting Ltd.

2010 WPCA Dodge Pro Tour Champion Mark Sutherland finished 2nd overall, 3.06 seconds behind the champion Grant Profit, with Obrey Motowylo, Rae Croteau Jr. and Colt Cosgrave filling out the top five overall.

As far as the day results are concerned, Profit’s Ja-Co Welding & Consulting Ltd. outfit, posted a 1:06.21 and beat the existing track record set by Neal Walgenbach in 2007 by 9 one-hundreds of a second. Coming off barrel number 3 in heat 9 Grant Profit won the day by 1.7 seconds over Evan Salmond who placed second, followed by Buddy Bensmiller, Tim Haroldson and Colt Cosgrave.

The final stop on the WPCA Dodge Pro Tour will be in Edmonton for the Dodge World Chuckwagon Championship and Edmonton’s Chuckwagon Derby starting on Wednesday, September 1 until Sunday, September 5, 2010. Racing will start every night at 7:00pm. Coverage of the Dodge World Chuckwagon Championship and Edmonton’s Chuckwagon Derby can be heard live each night starting at 6:45pm on Classic Country AM1060 out of Calgary, 890AM CJDC out of Dawson Creek and 99.7 FM The Wolf out of Bonnyville.

~ Billy Melville

2010 RICHARD COSGRAVE MEMORIAL BADLANDS DINOSAUR DERBY CHAMPIONS
Ja-Co Welding & Consulting Ltd.
Grant Profit – Driver
Chad Cosgrave, Chanse Vigen – Outriders
Day 3 Results
Rank Driver Sponsor Total Time
1 Grant Profit Ja-Co Welding & Consulting Ltd. 1:06.21
2 Evan Salmond Drumheller Chamber of Commerce 1:07.91
3 Buddy Bensmiller World Financial Group 1:08.15
4 Tim Haroldson Susan NiehausHometown Realty 1:08.30
5 Colt Cosgrave E B A Engineering Consultants Ltd. 1:08.36
6 Chad Harden Image Distributors 1:08.60
7 Chance Bensmiller Knight Truck Lines 1:08.63
8 Kurt Bensmiller AIC Construction Ltd. 1:08.66
9 Rae Croteau Jr. TOMCO Group of Companies 1:08.81
10 Darcy Flad H & H Huxted Enterprises 1:08.96
11 Mark Sutherland Global Signs & Graphics Ltd. 1:09.12
12 Jason Glass High River Autoplex & RV 1:09.15
13 Rick Fraser Riverside Packers 1:09.26
14 Obrey Motowylo H & E Oilfield Services 1:09.44
15 Jerry Bremner Oak Environment Inc/Foothills Creamery 1:09.46
16 Luke Tournier Ten Day Tarmac Babies 1:09.51
17 Hugh Sinclair Specialized Tech Inc. 1:09.57
18 Cliff Cunningham Basnett Truck Service 1:09.63
19 Jordie Fike Penn West Energy 1:09.64
20 Kelly Sutherland Knelson Rock Products Ltd. 1:09.90
21 Doug Irvine B & R Eckel’s Transport Ltd. 1:10.06
22 Cody Ridsdale The Banditos 1:10.07
23 Reg Johnstone Norms Oilfield 1:10.10
24 Codey McCurrach CE Franklin 1:10.14
25 Troy Dorchester Lafarge Canada Inc 1:10.33
267 Lincoln Douglas L & S Farms 1:10.43
27 Layne MacGilIivray Impact 2000 Inc. 1:10.45
28/29 Barry Hodgson Clay Mountain Environmental Products 1:10.68
28/29 Jason Johnstone Pidherney’s From Start to Finish 1:10.68
30 Kirk Sutherland EMCO Corporation 1:10.87
31 Troy Flad Ironwood Building Systems 1:11.09
32 Kirk Sutherland* Kerridge Concrete 1:11.25
33 Mike Vigen Desert Sales Inc. 1:11.26
34 Shane Cartier Cartier’s Neckyoke Bunch 1:11.55
35 John Walters Canalta Hotel 1:12.10
36 Sean DeBolt Jack Lefley & Sons 1:12.58
* Kirk Sutherland Replaces Brian Mayan.
Final Aggregate Standings
Rank Driver Sponsor 3 Day Total
1 Grant Profit Ja-Co Welding & Consulting Ltd. 3:23.08
2 Mark Sutherland Global Signs & Graphics Ltd. 3:26.14
3 Obrey Motowylo H & E Oilfield Services 3:26.84
4 Colt Cosgrave E B A Engineering Consultants Ltd. 3:27.63
5 Rae Croteau Jr. TOMCO Group of Companies 3:27.82
6 Rick Fraser Riverside Packers 3:27.96
7 Luke Tournier Ten Day Tarmac Babies/Blackjack Livestock 3:28.13
8 Hugh Sinclair Specialized Tech Inc. 3:28.26
9 Chad Harden encana/Spartan Controls/Image Distributors 3:28.53
10 Reg Johnstone Norms Oilfield 3:28.79
11 Buddy Bensmiller World Financial Group 3:29.03
12 Kurt Bensmiller AIC Construction Ltd. 3:29.39
13 Evan Salmond Drumheller Chamber of Commerce 3:29.48
14 Kelly Sutherland Knelson Rock Products Ltd. 3:29.55
15 Jordie Fike Penn West Energy 3:29.58
16 Cliff Cunningham Basnett Truck Service 3:29.88
17 Troy Flad Ironwood Building Systems 3:30.30
18 Troy Dorchester Lafarge Canada Inc 3:30.43
19 Jason Glass High River Autoplex & RV 3:30.57
20 Layne MacGilIivray Impact 2000 Inc. 3:31.00
21 Doug Irvine B & R Eckel’s Transport Ltd. 3:31.47
22 Mike Vigen Desert Sales Inc. 3:31.57
23 Lincoln Douglas L & S Farms 3:32.03
24 Codey McCurrach CE Franklin 3:32.12
25 Barry Hodgson Clay Mountain Environmental Products 3:32.14
26/27 Jason Johnstone Pidherney’s From Start to Finish 3:32.29
26/27 Shane Cartier Cartier’s Neckyoke Bunch 3:32.29
28 Jerry Bremner Oak Environment Inc/Foothills Creamery 3:32.57
29 Kelly Sutherland* Kerridge Concrete 3:32.73
30 Chance Bensmiller Knight Truck Lines 3:33.58
31 Kirk Sutherland EMCO Corporation 3:33.65
32 Darcy Flad H & H Huxted Enterprises 3:34.18
33 Cody Ridsdale The Banditos 3:34.39
34 Sean DeBolt Jack Lefley & Sons 3:35.57
35 John Walters Canalta Hotels 3:35.60
36 Tim Haroldson Susan NiehausHometown Realty 3:39.03
* Kirk Sutherland replaced Brian Mayan.

Battle of the Rockies

2010 Battle of the RockiesChampions Neway Oilfield Services Outrider Jason Lemieux, Driver Rick Fraser, Outrider Chad Fike. Photo By Billy Melville

Rains fell hard on the fourth run in Rocky Mountain House, Alberta, the Battle of the Rockies wrapped up on Sunday afternoon in front of a large and enthusiastic crowd. When the soggy day ended, it was Rick Fraser, driving the Neway Oilfield Services outfit, and along with outriders Chad Fike and Jason Lemieux, that captured the inaugural Battle of the Rockies after posting the best four day aggregate time of 5:18.08. It was a near perfect show for Rick Fraser who took day money on 3 out of 4 nights and established the track record on opening night.

2010 Grande Prairie Stompede champion Rae Croteau ended up in second place overall, 3.01 seconds behind the winner Rick Fraser. Layne MacGillivray finished third overall, with Doug Irvine and Troy Flad filling out the top five for the four day show.

As far as the day results are concerned, Rick Fraser posted the fast time of the day with a 1:20.35. Coming off barrel number 1 in heat 5, Fraser, driving the Neway Oilfield Services outfit, placed first on the night by 98 one-hundreds of a second over Tim Haroldson who placed second for the day. Rae Croteau Jr., Layne MacGillivray and Barry Hodgson rounded out the top five for the night.

The WPCA Dodge Pro Tour will now move onto Drumheller for the Richard Cosgrave Memorial Badlands Dinosaur Derby starting on Friday, August 27 until Sunday, August 29, 2010. Friday and Saturday races will start at 7:00pm with Sunday’s finals running at 4:00pm. Live coverage of the Richard Cosgrave Memorial Badlands Dinosaur Derby can be heard live Friday and Saturday starting at 6:45pm and 3:45pm on Sunday on Classic Country AM1060 out of Calgary, 890AM CJDC out of Dawson Creek and 99.7 FM The Wolf out of Bonnyville.

~ Billy Melville

2010 BATTLE OF THE ROCKIES CHAMPIONS
Neway Oilfield Services
Rick Fraser – Driver
Chad Fike, Jason Lemieux – Outriders
Day 4 Results
Rank Driver Sponsor Total Time
1 Rick Fraser Neway Oilfield Services 1:20.35
2 Tim Haroldson Busted Ladies Lingerie 1:21.33
3 Rae Croteau Jr. TOMCO Group of Companies 1:21.80
4 Layne MacGilIivray Wellmax Oilfield Ltd. 1:22.02
5 Barry Hodgson Royal LePage Tamarack Trail Real Estate 1:22.06
6 Doug Irvine B & R Eckel’s Transport Ltd. 1:22.22
7/8 Jason Johnstone Henry’s Western Wear 1:22.27
7/8 Obrey Motowylo H & E Oilfield Services 1:22.27
9 Darcy Flad Target Excavating 1:22.29
10 Hugh Sinclair Geometric Pipleline Services 1:22.32
11 Lincoln Douglas L & S Farms 1:22.71
12 John Walters Alberta Pressure Testing 1:22.76
13 Sean DeBolt Rocky Credit Union 1:22.98
14 Evan Salmond Cadrain Family 1:23.18
15 Reg Johnstone Spirit of the Rockies 1:23.19
16 Brian Mayan Friends of Bryan Mayan 1:23.30
17 Codey McCurrach Quinn Contracting 1:23.32
18 Troy Dorchester Eldorado Pressure 1:23.69
19 Grant Profit Ja-Co Welding & Consulting Ltd 1:23.75
20 Buddy Bensmiller World Financial Group 1:23.85
21 Chance Bensmiller Coles Auction Service 1:23.86
22 Jordie Fike Penn West Energy 1:23.88
23 Jason Glass Co-operators Insurance 1:23.96
24 Cody Ridsdale Glover International Trucks Ltd. 1:23.97
25 Troy Flad Ironwood Building Systems 1:24.00
26 Mark Sutherland Pipestone Carriers Inc. 1:24.11
27 Kelly Sutherland Olds Glacier Water and Gravel Hauling 1:24.36
28 Jerry Bremner W. Pidhirney Welding Ltd. 1:24.38
29 Colt Cosgrave A J Automotive 1:24.40
30 Luke Tournier JC Pressure Testing 1:24.83
31 Kurt Bensmiller Pidherney’s From Start to Finish 1:25.24
32 Shane Cartier Westend Liquor Store 1:25.30
33 Kirk Sutherland EMCO Corporation 1:25.37
34 Chad Harden Image Distributors 1:25.64
35 Mike Vigen White Owl Whiskey By Highwood Distillers Ltd. 1:26.69
36 Cliff Cunningham Basnett Truck Service 1:28.20
4 Day Aggregate Standings
Rank Driver Sponsor 4 Day Total
1 Rick Fraser Neway Oilfield Services 5:18.08
2 Rae Croteau Jr. TOMCO Group of Companies 5:21.09
3 Layne MacGilIivray Wellmax Oilfield Ltd. 5:23.14
4 Doug Irvine B & R Eckel’s Transport Ltd. 5:23.43
5 Troy Flad Ironwood Building Systems 5:23.57
6 Jordie Fike Penn West Energy 5:23.59
7 Grant Profit Ja-Co Welding & Consulting Ltd 5:24.17
8 Tim Haroldson Busted Ladies Lingerie 5:24.45
9 Chance Bensmiller Pollitt Oilfield Construction/Coles Auction Service 5:24.98
10 Kelly Sutherland Olds Glacier Water and Gravel Hauling 5:25.40
11 Jason Johnstone Henry’s Western Wear 5:26.39
12 Evan Salmond Cadrain Family 5:26.45
13 Brian Mayan Friends of Bryan Mayan 5:27.27
14 Lincoln Douglas L & S Farms 5:27.30
15 Jerry Bremner W. Pidhirney Welding Ltd. 5:27.48
16 Darcy Flad Target Excavating 5:27.81
17 Barry Hodgson Royal LePage Tamarack Trail Real Estate 5:27.89
18 Luke Tournier JC Pressure Testing 5:28.55
19 Troy Dorchester Eldorado Pressure 5:28.93
20 Cody Ridsdale Glover International Trucks Ltd. 5:29.05
21 Jason Glass Co-operators Insurance 5:29.36
22 Buddy Bensmiller World Financial Group 5:30.33
23 Hugh Sinclair Geometric Pipleline Services 5:30.70
24 Chad Harden Spartan Controls/EnCana/Image Dist./ConocoPhillips 5:30.98
25 Kurt Bensmiller Pidherney’s From Start to Finish 5:31.12
26 Sean DeBolt Rocky Credit Union 5:31.75
27 John Walters Alberta Pressure Testing 5:32.42
28 Colt Cosgrave A J Automotive 5:32.96
29 Reg Johnstone Spirit of the Rockies 5:33.18
30 Mike Vigen White Owl Whiskey By Highwood Distillers Ltd. 5:33.37
31 Shane Cartier Westend Liquor Store 5:34.09
32 Codey McCurrach Quinn Contracting 5:34.78
33 Cliff Cunningham Basnett Truck Service 5:35.21
34 Kirk Sutherland EMCO Corporation 5:36.26
35/36 Mark Sutherland Pipestone Carriers Inc. N.T
35/36 Obrey Motowylo H & E Oilfield Services N.T

Battle of the North Finals

It was a record tying 5th time that Kelly Sutherland has won the Dawson Creek title.

2010 Battle of the North Champions Borek Construction Ltd. Outfit (L-R): Outrider Reo King, Driver Kelly Sutherland, Outrider Chanse Vigen. Photo By Billy Melville

Sutherland won the sudden death final with a penalty free run of 1:15.21 from barrel position number 2, 1.5 seconds faster than Jason Glass who placed 2nd from barrel position number 3, followed by Jerry Bremner who placed 3rd from barrel position number 4, with Colt Cosgrave finishing 4th from barrel position number 1. Cosgrave crossed the finish line in 2nd place, but a 5 second penalty dropped him to 4th in Sunday’s final. Earlier in the night Sutherland also received the Kenn Borek Memorial Award for Most Sportsmanlike Driver.

As far as the day results go, Obrey Motowylo, driving the H & E Oilfield Services Outfit, won the day money after establishing a new track record with a 1:13.80. Coming off barrel number 2 in heat number 4, Motowylo beat the old mark of 1:14.36 set by Jason Glass in 2008 by 56 one hundreds of a second, and placed first overall for the day by just 12 one-hundreds of a second of a second over Grant Profit who placed 2nd for the day. Rick Fraser, Reg Johnstone and Kirk Sutherland rounded out the top 5 for the night.

The WPCA Dodge Pro Tour now moves onto Rocky Mountain House for the inaugural Battle of the Rockies Championship starting Thursday, August 19 and running through to Sunday, August 22. Racing will go Thursday through Saturday evenings starting at 7:00pm with Sunday’s finals starting at2:00pm. Live radio coverage of the Battle of the Rockies from Rocky Mountain House, Alberta can be heard starting at 6:45pm Thursday through Saturday and Sunday starting at 1:45pm on Classic Country AM1060 out of Calgary, 890AM CJDC out of Dawson Creek and 99.7 FM The Wolf out of Bonnyville.

Billy Melville

2010 BATTLE OF THE NORTH CHAMPIONS
Borek Construction Ltd.
Kelly Sutherland – Driver
Reo King, Chanse Vigen – Outriders
Sudden Death Championship Final Heat For The 2010 Battle of the North Championship (By Barrel Draw)
1 Colt Cosgrave High River Autoplex & RV
2 Kelly Sutherland Borek Construction Ltd.
3 Jason Glass Birchcliff Energy Ltd.
4 Jerry Bremner Tiggo Transport Ltd.
Kenn Borek Memorial Award (Most Sportsmanlike Driver)
Kelly Sutherland
Day 5 Results
Rank Driver Sponsor Total Time
1 Obrey Motowylo H & E Oilfield Services 1:13.80
2 Grant Profit Ja-Co Welding & Consulting Ltd 1:13.92
3 Rick Fraser Horizon Hauling 1:13.95
4 Reg Johnstone Michalchuk Bros. L Contractors Ltd. 1:14.80
5 Kirk Sutherland EMCO Corporation 1:14.96
6 Troy Dorchester VJV Dawson Creek Auction 1:15.13
7 Kelly Sutherland Borek Construction Ltd. 1:15.21
8 Mark Sutherland Pipestone Carriers Inc. 1:15.22
9 Rae Croteau Jr. TOMCO Group of Companies 1:15.42
10 Cliff Cunningham Basnett Truck Service 1:15.45
11 Troy Flad Ironwood Building Systems 1:15.86
12 Layne MacGilIivray Impact 2000 Inc. 1:15.87
13 Cody Ridsdale Tripple K Oilfield Services 1:15.88
14 Barry Hodgson GD Cornish Trucking Ltd. 1:16.25
15 Chad Harden Hardcastle Developments Ltd. 1:16.27
16 Lincoln Douglas Savage Oilfield Rentals 1:16.30
17/18 Hugh Sinclair Specialized Tech Inc. 1:16.46
17/18 Buddy Bensmiller World Financial Group 1:16.46
19 Tim Haroldson Affordable Barns 1:16.62
20 Doug Irvine B & R Eckel’s Transport Ltd. 1:16.65
21 Jason Johnstone CSI Canada Safety 1:16.70
22 Jason Glass Birchcliff Energy Ltd. 1:16.71
23 Kurt Bensmiller Ditmarsia Holdings 1:17.03
24/25 John Walters Arrow Insurance Agency Ltd 1:17.15
24/25 Jerry Bremner Tiggo Transport Ltd. 1:17.15
26 Shane Cartier Caradan Chemicals Inc. 1:17.33
27 Darcy Flad S/S Ranch 1:17.37
28 Evan Salmond BLT First Aide Services 1:17.47
29 Codey McCurrach Pride H2S Safety & Medical 1:17.69
30 Chance Bensmiller Pomeroy Inn & Suites 1:17.79
31 Brian Mayan H & M Meats 1:18.04
32 Sean DeBolt WN Oilfield 1:18.10
33 Jordie Fike Penn West Energy 1:18.19
34 Luke Tournier Happy Trails RV 1:19.80
35 Colt Cosgrave High River Autoplex & RV 1:21.23
36 Mike Vigen Lakeside Oilfield Services 1:22.21

Battle of the North

Jordie Fike - First In All Categories After Night 2 In Dawson Creek. Photo By Fred Vidiuk

Night 2 of the Battle of the North Championship in Dawson Creek, British Columbia was a slight bit cool and overcast, but track conditions were great and some fantastic racing was witnessed by the fans up in the Peace Country. Rookie driver Jordie Fike won his first career day money as a member of the WPCA Dodge Pro Tour after posting a time of 1:18.08.

Coming off barrel number 2 in heat number 4, Fike, driving the Penn West Energy outfit placed first overall for the day by 9 one-hundreds of a second over Mike Vigen who placed 2nd on the night. Buddy Bensmiller, Chad Harden and Reg Johnstone filled out the top 5.

The day money run moved Jordie Fike to the top of the aggregate standings with a 2-day combined time of 2:36.39, just 1 one-hundred of a second in front of day 1 winner Jason Glass, with Mike Vigen and Reg Johnstone making out the top 4. Chad Harden is in 5th place overall, 56 one-hundreds of a second out of 4th hole. The top 4 drivers in the aggregate after Saturday’s run will go into the sudden death championship final heat where the winner will take home the 2010 Battle of the North Championship and a $10,000.00 bonus cheque.

Live coverage of the Battle of the North Championship from Dawson Creek, British Columbia can be heard starting at 7:15pm Friday and 7:30 on Saturday and Sunday on Classic Country AM1060 out of Calgary, 890AM CJDC out of Dawson Creek and 99.7 FM The Wolf out of Bonnyville.

~ Billy Melville

Day 2 Results
Rank Driver Sponsor Total Time
1 Jordie Fike Penn West Energy 1:18.08
2 Mike Vigen Lakeside Oilfield Services 1:18.17
3 Buddy Bensmiller World Financial Group 1:18.45
4 Chad Harden encana 1:18.48
5 Reg Johnstone Michalchuk Bros. L Contractors Ltd. 1:18.53
6 Shane Cartier Caradan Chemicals Inc. 1:18.70
7 Troy Dorchester VJV Dawson Creek Auction 1:19.15
8 Tim Haroldson Affordable Barns 1:19.21
9 Jason Glass Birchcliff Energy Ltd. 1:19.26
10 Jerry Bremner Tiggo Transport Ltd. 1:19.46
11 Kelly Sutherland Borek Construction Ltd. 1:19.48
12 Kirk Sutherland EMCO Corporation 1:19.55
13 Rick Fraser Horizon Hauling 1:19.57
14 Kurt Bensmiller Ditmarsia Holdings 1:19.60
15 Obrey Motowylo H & E Oilfield Services 1:19.72
16 Grant Profit Ja-Co Welding & Consulting Ltd 1:19.82
17 Lincoln Douglas Savage Oilfield Rentals 1:19.83
18 Hugh Sinclair Friends of Sinclair Racing 1:19.89
19 Darcy Flad S/S Ranch 1:20.02
20 Doug Irvine B & R Eckel’s Transport Ltd. 1:20.04
21 Colt Cosgrave High River Autoplex & RV 1:20.06
22 Cliff Cunningham Basnett Truck Service 1:20.07
23 Luke Tournier Happy Trails RV 1:20.33
24 Cody Ridsdale Cardinal Contracting Ltd. 1:20.59
25 Evan Salmond BLT First Aide Services 1:20.60
26 Brian Mayan H & M Meats 1:20.63
27 Codey McCurrach CE Franklin 1:20.80
28 Layne MacGilIivray Impact 2000 Inc. 1:21.56
29 Chance Bensmiller Pomeroy Inn & Suites 1:21.57
30 Troy Flad Ironwood Building Systems 1:21.57
31 Sean DeBolt WN Oilfield 1:22.30
32 Barry Hodgson GD Cornish Trucking Ltd. 1:22.32
33 Jason Johnstone CSI Canada Safety 1:22.48
34 John Walters Arrow Insurance Agency Ltd 1:23.04
35 Mark Sutherland Pipestone Carriers Inc. 1:23.70
36 Rae Croteau Jr. TOMCO Group of Companies N.T
2 Day Aggregate Standings
Rank Driver Sponsor 2 Day Total
1 Jordie Fike Penn West Energy 2:36.39
2 Jason Glass Birchcliff Energy Ltd. 2:36.40
3 Mike Vigen Lakeside Oilfield Services 2:36.60
4 Reg Johnstone Michalchuk Bros. L Contractors Ltd. 2:36.77
5 Chad Harden Hardcastle Developments Ltd./encana 2:37.33
6 Jerry Bremner Tiggo Transport Ltd. 2:37.61
7 Kelly Sutherland Borek Construction Ltd. 2:37.85
8 Buddy Bensmiller World Financial Group 2:37.89
9 Colt Cosgrave High River Autoplex & RV 2:37.91
10 Rick Fraser Horizon Hauling 2:38.03
11 Grant Profit Ja-Co Welding & Consulting Ltd 2:38.23
12 Cliff Cunningham Basnett Truck Service 2:38.24
13 Kirk Sutherland EMCO Corporation 2:38.50
14 Kurt Bensmiller Ditmarsia Holdings 2:38.70
15 Hugh Sinclair Specialized Tech Inc./Friends of Sinclair Racing 2:38.73
16 Troy Dorchester VJV Dawson Creek Auction 2:39.28
17 Lincoln Douglas Savage Oilfield Rentals 2:39.37
18 Darcy Flad S/S Ranch 2:39.74
19 Tim Haroldson Affordable Barns 2:39.98
20 Codey McCurrach Pride H2S Safety & Medical/CE Franklin/Exterran 2:40.07
21 Luke Tournier Happy Trails RV 2:40.42
22 John Walters Arrow Insurance Agency Ltd 2:41.13
23 Brian Mayan H & M Meats 2:41.17
24 Doug Irvine B & R Eckel’s Transport Ltd. 2:41.19
25 Shane Cartier Caradan Chemicals Inc. 2:41.20
26 Obrey Motowylo H & E Oilfield Services 2:41.44
27 Chance Bensmiller Pomeroy Inn & Suites 2:41.47
28 Troy Flad Ironwood Building Systems 2:42.35
29 Barry Hodgson GD Cornish Trucking Ltd. 2:42.38
30 Cody Ridsdale Cardinal Contracting Ltd. 2:42.48
31 Mark Sutherland encana/Pipestone Carriers Inc./S.P.O.A 2:42.60
32 Evan Salmond BLT First Aide Services 2:43.21
33 Sean DeBolt WN Oilfield 2:43.84
34 Jason Johnstone CSI Canada Safety 2:43.86
35 Layne MacGilIivray Impact 2000 Inc. 2:46.18
36 Rae Croteau Jr. TOMCO Group of Companies N.T

Dodge Pro Tour Champs

2010 WPCA Dodge Pro Tour Championship Champions Tri-Mak Electrical Inc./EnCana-Courtesy Matters/Friends of Sutherland Racing Outfit (L-R): Driver Mark Sutherland, Outriders Chanse Vigen, Reo King, Eddie Melville. Photo By Billy Melville

After four days of running, Kelly Sutherland, Jerry Bremner, Mark Sutherland and Troy Dorchester survived the playoff round and would participate in the sudden death championship final heat to declare the winner of the 2010 World Professional Chuckwagon Association Dodge Pro Tour Championship. Once again it was an exciting final heat witnessed by a capacity crowd, and when it was over the Tri-Mak Electrical Ltd. outfit, driven by Mark Sutherland along with outriders Reo King, Chanse Vigen and Eddie Melville, took home the season showcase WPCA Dodge Pro Tour Championship and the brand new Dodge Truck.

In the sudden death championship final heat, and from the number 4 barrel position, Mark Sutherland beat out Toy Dorchester who placed 2nd in the heat from barrel number 1, followed by Kelly Sutherland who placed 3rd from barrel number 3 and finally Jerry Bremner placed 4th from barrel number 2, to capture the WPCA Dodge Pro Tour Championship in Monday’s sudden death final. Bremner actually crossed the finish line first, but was assessed 2 seconds in penalties prior to the start of race. It is the first career victory for Mark Sutherland in his 18 year racing career and the first time anyone had made the Dodge Pro Tour Championship their first win.

Top time for the day went to Hugh Sinclair driving the North Cariboo Air Outfit. Coming off barrel number 2 in heat number 7, Sinclair posted the fast time of the day with a 1:15.66, and won the day money by 95 one-hundreds of a seconds over Luke Tournier who placed 2nd overall for the night. Codey McCurrach, Rae Croteau Jr. and Chad Harden made out the top 5 for the night.

Grant Profit, driving the Ja-Co Welding & Consulting Ltd. outfit, and along with outriders Chad Cosgrave and Chance Flad, captured the Strathmore Heritage Days Stampede title last night after posting the best 4-day aggregate time of 5:04.26.

The WPCA Dodge Pro Tour will now break for one weekend before embarking on Dawson Creek, British Columbia for the Battle of the North Championship starting Wednesday, August 11, 2010 and running through to Sunday, August 15, 2010. Racing will run ever night starting at 7:00pm (MST). Live coverage can be heard starting at 6:45pm every day on Classic Country AM1060 out of Calgary, 890AM CJDC out of Dawson Creek and 99.7 FM The Wolf out of Bonnyville.

~ Billy Melville

2010 WPCA DODGE PRO TOUR CHAMPIONSHIP CHAMPIONS
Tri-Mak Electrical/EnCana/Sutherland Racing
Mark Sutherland – Driver
Reo King, Chanse Vigen, Eddie Melville – Outriders
Sudden Death Championship Final Heat For The 2010 WPCA Dodge Pro Tour Championship (By Barrel Draw)
1 Troy Dorchester Lafarge Canada Inc
2 Jerry Bremner Wildflower Ranch – Cancorp Property Group
3 Kelly Sutherland Gallery Homes
4 Mark Sutherland Tri-Mak Electrical/EnCana/Sutherland Racing
Day 5 Results
Rank Driver Sponsor Total Time
1 Hugh Sinclair North Cariboo Air 1:15.66
2 Luke Tournier Friends of Heritage Park 1:16.61
3 Codey McCurrach CE Franklin 1:16.73
4 Rae Croteau Jr. TOMCO Group of Companies 1:17.02
5 Chad Harden Image Distributors 1:17.06
6 Lincoln Douglas The Mortgage Wagon 1:17.42
7 Buddy Bensmiller World Financial Group 1:17.43
8 Obrey Motowylo H & E Oilfield Services 1:17.61
9 Mark Sutherland Tri-Mak Electrical Inc. 1:17.68
10 Troy Dorchester Lafarge Canada Inc 1:17.74
11 Mike Vigen Strathmore Station 1:17.76
12 Cliff Cunningham Basnett Truck Service 1:17.81
13/14 Cody Ridsdale Sobeys Strathmore 1:17.85
13/14 Kirk Sutherland EMCO Corporation 1:17.85
15/16 Jason Glass CMP Automotive Ltd. 1:17.95
15/16 Kurt Bensmiller AIC Construction Ltd. 1:17.95
17 Grant Profit Ja-Co Welding & Consulting Ltd 1:17.98
18 Kelly Sutherland Gallery Homes 1:18.08
19 Brian Mayan Independent Electric & Controls Ltd. 1:18.18
20 Colt Cosgrave High River Autoplex & RV 1:18.78
21/22 Jason Johnstone Calgary Co-op 1:19.09
21/22 Reg Johnstone Dodge Trucks 1:19.09
23 Doug Irvine B & R Eckel’s Transport Ltd. 1:19.16
24 Layne MacGilIivray Impact 2000 Inc. 1:19.37
25 Jerry Bremner Wildflower Ranch – Cancorp Property Group 1:19.62
26 Barry Hodgson Grey Eagle Casino 1:19.86
27 Chance Bensmiller Rob Knight Trucklines 1:19.94
28/29 Jordie Fike Ten Day Tarmac Babies 1:20.17
28/29 Evan Salmond Strathmore Motor Products 1:20.17
30 Troy Flad Ironwood Building Systems 1:20.24
31 Darcy Flad H & H Huxted Enterprises 1:20.36
32 Sean DeBolt Chinook Credit Union Ltd. 1:23.91
33 Shane Cartier Skyline Roofing Ltd. 1:26.04
34 Tim Haroldson Affordable Barns 1:28.20
35 John Walters DeAngelo Brothers 1:37.80
36 Rick Fraser JLT Construction Inc. N.T

Yes, I Like Rodeo

About a decade or so ago, I attended a conference where one of the speakers, an ag expert from Idaho, if I recall, made a statement which I found to be profound. It was something along the line of, “If you don’t take steps to take the governance of animal treatment into your own (meaning the horse industry) hands, someone will do it for you.”

I was jarred by this statement and it’s apocalyptic message. I wondered what the horse world would look like for my children, and by what degree their involvement in the horse industry would be dictated by influences outside of our community.

Well, it appears I didn’t have to wait for the kids to grow up. There are plenty of outside voices already vying for the opportunity to govern the care of animals involved in the horse industry.

Their latest target is rodeo. And, their latest venue was the Calgary Stampede.

When I posted the $15,000 ad the Vancouver Humane Society took out in the Calgary Herald last week on Western Horse Review’s Facebook page, there was a flurry of responses to it. (It might bear mentioning that the VHS is not an animal humane society in the traditional meaning. It does not run a shelter, nor does it directly care for any animals. It serves entirely as a fundraising organization, for purposes of animal-rights activism.)

To serve the purposes of groups like the VHS bent on bringing down rodeo, rodeo is often portrayed as a gang of neanderthal males engaged in roping, tying, wrestling and declaring their masculinity in the arms-up gesticulation of a calf roper signaling “time!” And, that was more or less, the gist of the ad, with the question of “that’s entertainment?”

The truth is, I’m not really a rodeo person. I consider myself lucky to get to one, perhaps two a year. It’s not a big part of my life. Or, so I thought. It occurred to me this week though, that here, in the country, rodeo takes on an entirely different persona; it’s not one that travels down the mainstream, and it doesn’t attract the masses. Instead, it generally winds its way down dusty gravel roads, and country paths. The kind that run by the log house.

I want to share with you what “rodeo” looked like in my life this past week:

It was the call from my city-born and raised nephew, to inform me of his signing up to steer-ride for the first time in his life, at his friend’s charity rodeo – an event organized by the family, after the mother died of cancer. Last year they raised $40,000 for cancer research.

It was the young man my daughter spent several years in 4-H with, who now bull-rides, and though I hadn’t spoken with him in over a year, when I asked him if he’d help my nephew out with a few tips, responded without hesitation, “sure!” with a follow-up of query of where and when could they get started.

It was the pretty girl in the cowboy hat at our small town gas station, pumping her own gas, pulling a 1980’s-vintage trailer with a horse in it, on her way to a barrel race.

It’s the slightly arthritic limp of my neighbour, as I watch him walk across the hay field, remnants of his glory days when he was a bareback riding champion, back in ’68 I believe.

It’s the blue polyester pant suit my good friend, who once wore it, and I shared a few smiles over last week as we strolled by the Calgary Stampede’s tribute to former CS Queens and Princesses, where it was showcased amongst other nostalgic costumes and photos.

The stunning oil portrait of a bucking horse we stood in awe of at the Western Art Show.

It’s the George Strait I heard on the radio this morning.

Even the odd sight of a brahma bull I drove by last week, magnificently standing under the shade of what must be a hundred-year-old tree.

My neighbour’s long-retired bucking horses, spending their golden years in a verdant prairie pasture, liberated of any responsibility, other than offering their rugged beauty to passerby’s.

It’s the chuckwagon-bred pony, my daughter now loves and calls Princess.

It’s the kid down the road who’s going to a renowned university next fall, something his parents wouldn’t have been able to afford to give him, on a high-school rodeo scholarship.

It’s my barrel racer blogger pal, who I chatted with several times over last week, as she reported a hectic week at the Stampede grounds.

Our friend, the veterinarian, who worked tirelessly last week caring for chuckwagon horses, and spoke softly of the tragedy of losing several of them at this year’s event.

As it turns out, rodeo touches many aspects of my life – from the people I know and love, to the animals we all care deeply for, to our music, to our lifestyle.

And so, Vancouver Humane Society, I’m really sorry about this, but I have to tell you . . . I thought it over, and the truth is, I like rodeo. I might even love rodeo. And, for all of the reasons above, and many more, I’d like it to stay in my life, my family’s life and my community culture.

But, I want to thank you, VHS. Thank you for reminding this non-rodeo girl of how indelibly, deeply and eloquently the fabric of rodeo – it’s people and it’s animals – is entwined with her own.

And finally, Vancouver Humane Society, I’ve been to your beautiful city many times. I have to tell you it rather saddened me to think of how many folks in your East End might have benefited from a sliver of the $15,000 of your member’s donations you spent on that advertisement.

’Course . . . feeding the homeless doesn’t garner much publicity kick-back.