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rolling into Olds
chuckwagon fans will have the opportunity
to cheer for their favorite chuckwagon
driver as members of the All-Pro Canadian Chuckwagon&Chariot Association
will be competing in a sanctioned event at Olds from Aug.10-13, 2006.
rolling into area for a pair of exciting races
Area fans of chuckwagon racing will have the opportunity to tip their hats to
the drivers as the All-Pro Canadian Chuckwagon and Chariot Association have two
meets scheduled in the area during the month of August.
penalty filled 2006 Rangeland Derby
Sometimes a chuckwagon driver can win a championship without speed.
captures Ponoka Stampede Derby
captures 2006 North American Chuckwagon Championship
chuckwagon driver Jerry Bremner along with outriders Chad Cosgrave
and Reo King captured the 2006 North American Chuckwagon Championship
held in High
River this past weekend.
rolling into Olds
weekend, the sounds of thundering hoofbeats will be echoed throughout
Olds as the All-Pro Canadian Chuckwagon and Chariot Association presents
the Hay City
Thunder at the Olds Agriculture Society fairgrounds from May 13-14.
set at Rangeland Derby canvas auction
Money was no object at the Calgary Stampede Rangeland Derby chuckwagon canvas
auction held last week at the Stampede Pavillion.
wagoneers battle at Olds derby
Two veteran wagoneers made sure they were not tasting dust at the
Mountain View County Fair and Rodeo pony chuckwagon and chariot races.
Sanctioned by the All Pro Canadian Chuckwagon and Chariot Association,
the fourteenth stop on the Taste the Dust Tour attracted 33 wagons and
chariots for the annual derby held in Olds.
A twenty-five year wagon master, Marvin Hubl, of Niton Junction, AB
drove to the championship with a four day aggregate time of 4.01:15.
In the $1,000 Dash For Cash, the final heat of the event, Hubl dashed
around the track in 56.08, the quickest time of the entire derby.
Hubl had all four horses in overdrive as his margin of victory was just
over four seconds faster than the second place wagon piloted by Rene
Salmond, a 33 year veteran in the driver's seat.
Salmond was the defending 2004 North American Champion, a title he held
until last weekend when he relinquished it to Jack Stott at the Westner
Park North American Championships held in Red Deer.
Stott, of Lacombe, AB is formerly from Olds and the veteran of35 years
of wagon driving set a five day aggregate record with a time of 5:34.68.
Claiming second place at the North American Championships was Louis
Johner who accumulated a time of 5:53.08.
Meanwhile at the Sundre Taste the Dirt Tour races, Rene Salmond was the
best driver with a time of 4:06.34. By posting a time of 4:06.68,
cliff Cunningham solidified second place while Ric Rosencrans rounded
out the top three drivers with a time of 4:07.18.
Heading into the Olds races, Salmond held down first place in the tour
standings with 368.5 points.
A friendly battle between the Cunningham boys, Chris and Cliff is in
place for the second and third spots in the tour standings. Chris is
currently holding second place with 326.5 points while, Cliff is
maintaining the third rung with 319.35 points.
This year, the Taste the Dust tour commenced in Grande Prairie and it
will conclude there as the tour Championship is scheduled from Aug.
Meanwhile, on the World Professional Chuckwagon Association Dodge Pro
Tour, Reg Johnstone, piloting the United Petroleum Distributors' wagon,
captured the Dodge Pro Tour Championship with a running time of 1:14.72.
Taking second was seven-time World Champion, Kelly Sutherland with a
time of 1:15.29. Rounding out the top three was Jerry Bremner who posted
a time of 1:15.35.
At the Klondike Chuckwagon Derby held in Edmonton, Jason Johnstone,
driving the Sarasota Homes rig won the Dash For Cash with a running time
of 1:20.06. Driving into the second spot was Kirk Sutherland in a time
of 1:21.04. Stopping the clock at 1:21.13 for third place was another
veteran wagonmaster Neal Walgenbauch.
Every wagoneer has a burning desire to be crowned Calgary Stampede
Rangeland Derby champion.
And on Sunday July 17, 2005, Luke Tournier lit the competitive fires
within and fanned the flames with his first Calgary Stampede Rangeland
A native of Duck Lake, SK Tournier's 13th appearance at the Calgary
Stampede was extremely lucky as he dominated the "Dash For
Cash" final race on the tenth day of competition by dominating the
four wagon race with the quickest time stopping the clock in 1:16.28.
Heading into the "Dash For Cash" Tournier was the aggregate
leader and was the odds on favorite to win the $50,000 purse.
In the world of chuckwagon racing, the final race of the Rangeland Derby
was a "Who's Who" as it featured ten time Rangeland Derby
winner and eight-time World Champion, Kelly Sutherland, as well as past
champions Buddy Bensmiller and Neal Walgenbach.
As a result of the driver's draw prior to the race, Sutherland claimed
the best possible position, barrel No.1 with Tournier drawing barrel No.
2. Bensmiller drew barrel No. 3 and Walgenbach settled for the worst
possible starting position barrel No. 4.
Right from the sound of the clackson, the wagoneers cut the figure
eight around the barrels like a fine tooth comb but Sutherland's cut was
just too fine as he knocked down a barrel taking him out of the race
before the drivers navigated the first turn.
When the drivers reached the back straight away, Tournier was on the
rail and had a lead of two lengths. By the time the wagons turned around
the fourth turn and headed towards the finish line it was evident
Tournier was going to win. With a quick look behind him to check on the
position of his outriders, Tournier eased up on the reigns and let his
four horses drive him to victory.
Bensmiller was a full second behind Tournier finishing the race with a
clocking of 1:17.28 while Walgenbach stopped the clock at 1:17.31.
Sutherland didn't figure into the top ten times of the day.
Jerry Bremner posted the second best running time on day ten with
a time of 1:16.43 while Reg Johnstone's time of 1:16.59 held up for the
third place in day money. Rounding out the top four times of day ten was
Tournier has been on the World Professional Chuckwagon Association for
fourteen years and has qualified for the Calgary Stampede " Dash
For Cash" five times. last year he placed fourth in the World
Professional Chuckwagon Association standings and he placed in eight of
the eleven shows he entered.
Before joining the WPCA, Tournier was a member of the Canadian
Professional Chuckwagon Association where he was successful by claiming
five CPCA overall championships in eight trips to the championship race.
Meanwhile, at the Lloydminster Colonial Days Chuckwagon Derby, Kirk
Sutherland was the overall champion with a three day running time of
3:56.69. With a three day aggregate time of 3:57.09, Wayne Dagg claimed
second overall. Placing third with an aggregate time of 3:59.89 was
In the latest posting of the WPCA World Standings, not including the
Calgary Stampede, Reg Johnstone leads all drivers with 749 points.
With 668.5 points, Kirk Sutherland holds down the runner-up spot while
Rae Crouteau is holding third spot with 667.5 points.
Neal Walgenbach's placing in the Calgary Stampede has moved him into
fourth place with 658 points.
Defending WPCA World Champion, Rick Fraser, is in seventh spot with 558
Next action for the WPCA wagon drivers is the Klondike Chuckwagon Derby
scheduled in Edmonton from July 22-26.
racing for coveted Stampede Rangeland Derby championship
It's North America's richest chuckwagon derby and the world's best
wagoneers are racing for bragging rights at the Calgary Stampede
For ten days thirty-six chuckwagon drivers along with their outriders
will be challenging the Calgary "half mile of hell"race track
to qualify for the $50,000 Dash For Cash.
When the final heat of the derby is completed, the top four aggregate
wagoneers will battle for the coveted final heat slated for Sunday, July
17 following the final round of the Calgary Stampede Rodeo.
And everyone is praying the weatherman will bring
sunny warm weather ideal for race conditions. So far this season, the
weatherman has been uncooperative as some race days have been cancelled
due to rain and unsuitable track conditions.
At press time, two days of wagon racing have been completed at the
Rangeland Derby and the times have been near the track record.
For those who follow chuckwagon racing, the top four drivers are
familiar as they have tasted victory at the Rangeland Derby in previous
Luke Tournier driving the Friends of Heritage Park canvas leads with a
two day total of 2:36.00. The crafty driver has stopped the clock at
1:17.51 and 1:18.49 for a running total of 2:36.00.
Holding down second place is seven-time Calgary Stampede winner and a
ten-time World Champion Kelly Sutherland with a two day total of
2:36.19. Sutherland is running under the The Cowboys Posse tarp.
Sitting in third spot overall in early racing is the Bar H Contracting
wagon reigned by Ray Mitsuing.
Rounding out the top four wagoneers is the checkered wagon of Jason
Glass sponsored by Shaw GMC Pontiac Buick Hummer.
2004 defending Rangeland Derby driver, Rick Fraser driving the
West Jet wagon is currently in tenth place with a running time of
2:37.92. last year was a banner year for Fraser as he won the World
Professional Chuckwagon Association championship for the first time in
his career. So far this season in the 2005 World Chuckwagon standings
Fraser is in seventh place with 368.5 points. Setting the pace in the
World Standings is Reg Johnstone with 519 points. With 451.5 points,
Kirk Sutherland is in second place and Rae Croteau is in third spot with
447 points Tournier has moved up to fourth place with 445 points.
After six days of racing at the Ponoka Stampede, Reg Johnstone driving
the United Petroleum Distributors rig placed first with a running time
of 7:44.68. A true wagon race developed for the second and third spot
overall as Kirk Sutherland in the HL Powell Trucking wagon with an
overall time of 7:46.57 took second place just three tenths of a second
faster than Luke Tournier with a time of 7:46.82. claiming the fourth
spot was Rae Croteau Jr. with a combined time of 7:47.25.
Meanwhile at the North American Chuckwagon Championship held in High
River, Rick Fraser driving the Kendal Pipelines wagon took top spot with
a four day running time of 5:11.64.
Fraser held a comfortable a lead of four seconds on Jason Glass's Shaw
GMC Pontiac /Buick Hummer wagon's time of 5:15.60
the Super 8 Motel wagon, Neal Walgenbach placed third with a total time
Finishing in fourth place with a time of 5:16.55 was the Calbridge fine
Homes wagon driven by Troy Dorchester.
Next derby action for the wagoneers is at the Colonial Days Fair held in
Lloydminster, SK from July 13-15. Following this derby the drivers
travel to Edmonton to race in the Klondike Derby from July 22-26.
Chuckwagon racing has a rich history in the MD of foothills and the County of Mountain view as several people have been actively involved with the Stampede Derby either as a chuckwagon driver, outrider or corporate sponsor.
racing for Horizon School
Area members of the All Pro Canadian Chuckwagon &Chariot Association
were racing to put a smile on a child's face.
About 250 fans came out to watch their favorite driver turn up the dust
in an effort to raise funds for Horizon School, dedicated to ensure
disabled children receive a proper education.
According to Joe Halerewich the All Pro Canadian Chuckwagon &
Chariot Association wants to make this fun race an annual event.
"This is our second consecutive year hosting this event and from
all indications it is well received from the drivers, the fans and
Horizon School," Halerewich said.
Besides raising funds for a worthwhile cause, this event gives the
drivers an opportunity to try-out new horses in a race situation.
"Most of the drivers spend the fall and winter training new
horses," Halerewich said.
"A driver never knows how a young horse will react until he or she
can test a new horse in an actual race," Halerewich added.
At the Olds fun run, a dozen carts and chuckwagons competed in the event
and many of them participated with new horses.
Because the drivers were using new teams, Halerewich indicated each race
had only two teams participating. Normally the races consist of four
outfits charging around the barrels.
And the drivers are now faced with limited time in getting their racing
quirks out as the 2005 racing season commences with five days of racing
at the Grande Prairie Stompede running from June 1-5.
When the busy racing season commences, Halerewich expects approximately
seventy chuckwagons and chariots
"This year we have 58 days of racing at different places throughout
Alberta," Halerewich said.
At each race, the drivers are awarded points reflecting in the order
they finish the race. These points are accumulated to determine the
line-up for the championship races.
Last season, the association's inaugural year, Gary Theil was the number
one chariot driver and Rene Salmond was the top wagoneer.
"I expect all the scheduled races this year will be very
competitive this year," Halerewich," said.
As is the norm, the chucwagons and chariots will be running during the
Mountainview County Fair.
"Because the Olds races are scheduled later on in the season, they
usually attract the best drivers," Halerewich concluded.
Fraser remains top wagoneer
As the World Professional Chuckwagon Association heads into the final
weeks of competition, Rick Fraser holds down the number one position in
the World standings.
To date, Fraser has accumulated 1077 points in sanctioned races and
holds a slim lead on Norm Cuthbertson's 1057 point total. Kelly
Sutherland has his Twighlight Oilfield rig in third place with a point
total of 1022.
In the past three weeks, the wagoneers rolled out their outfits in three
of the most productive races on the circuit, the Ponoka Stampede Derby,
the Calgary Stampede Rangeland Derby and the Heritage Days Dodge Pro
Tour Championships held in Strathmore during the Heritage Day long
At the Rangeland Derby, Cuthbertson picked up valuable points by winning
the aggregate with a ten day running time of 12:51.51. Heading into the
Dash For Cash, Cuthbertsen's Rod Streeper Trucking wagon, held a one
second lead over Neal Walgenbach driving the Super 8 Motel wagon.
Cuthbertson and Walgenbach were joined by the Norcal Group rig driven by
Hughie Sinclair and Ray Mitsuing's Bar H Contracting wagon in the winner
take all Dash For Cash, the final race of the derby.
When the wagoneers finished racing around the 5/8 mile track, Mitsuing
had the fastest time of 1:14.05 but a one second penalty for a late
outrider placed him in fourth place. It was an exciting race down the
wire as all four wagons were in a virtual dead heat heading to the
finish line. Sinclair, with a time of1:14.64, took top honors
worth $50,000. Walgenbach posted a time of 1:14.78 for second and
Cuthbertson finished third with a running time of 1:14.85.
Meanwhile, at the six race Ponoka Stampede, Kelly Sutherland, driving
the Bryden Contracting wagon, claimed the aggregate with a combined time
of 8:03.76. Claiming second in the aggregate was Reg Johnstone in the
United Petroleum finishing with a time of 8:05.05. Taking third spot was
the Trail Blazer RV wagon piloted by Jerry Bremmner and in fourth place
with a time of 8:08.78 was Norm Cuthbertson's Rod Streeper Trucking
With four of the top association wagons in the Dash For Cash, the final
race was a wagon burner as Reg Johnstone edged Tyler Helmig by the split
second. Johnstone posted a time of 1:25.83 while Helmig's EPCOR wagon
time was 1:25.93. Jerry Bremmner brought his Trail blazer RV rig in
third spot with a time of 1:26.50. Placing fourth was Wayne Dagg's
Service Plus Inns wagon with a running time of 1:26.65.
Emerging victorious at the Dodge Pro Tour Championships was Kelly
Sutherland, who won the championship race in a time of 1:15.74.
Reg Johnstone's time of 1:15.97 placed second and High River
driver, Jason Glass, in the box of the Shaw GMC wagon, took third place
in a time of 1: 16.27.
Because of the weather, only two days of racing were completed at the
Badlands Dinosaur Derby held this past weekend in Drumheller.
Next action for the wagoneers is in Grande Prairie Battle of the North
being held this coming weekend.
This weekend in Olds, the Canadian All-Pro Pony Chuckwagon and Chariot
Association will be holding a meet during the Mountain View Fair and
Rodeo. Over thirty chuckwagons and chariots will be taking part in the