CHANSE VIGEN MAKES A BIG MOVE TO THE TOP OF THE LEADERBOARD ON DAY 3 OF THE BATTLE OF THE ROCKIES

It was an exciting day on a beautiful afternoon at North Saskatchewan River Park in Rocky Mountain House, Alberta as the third run of the Battle of the Rockies was run off under excellent weather and racetrack conditions. When things concluded on the afternoon, Chanse Vigen, driving the Terrafirma Resources outfit, had  the fast time with a penalty free run of 1:14.16.

Coming off barrel 4 in heat number 10, Vigen topped the field by 70 one-hundredths of a second over Jason Glass who had to settle for second place for the second consecutive day. Day 1 winner Wade Salmond placed third, Jamie Laboucane was fourth, with Ross Knight filling out the top five wagons on the day. The day also saw old Britt Irvine, who celebrated his 15thbirthday today, make his debut run as an outrider behind his father Doug Irvine, and completed his first race penalty free.

With the cancellation of Friday’s races, the 2023 Battle of the Rockies will conclude on Monday night. With one run to go, the day money run has now put Chanse Vigen on top of the overall aggregate standings with a three-day total time of 3:47.09. That puts him exactly one-half second in front of Jason Glass who has now moved up into second place overall. Day 2 overall leader Evan Salmond dropped down into third plhird place overall, with Wade Salmond and Chad Fike making out the top three overall after three runs. The driver posting the best 4-day aggregate time after Monday’s run will take home the 2023 Battle of the Rockies Championship.

In the season long Elite Team Series, five teams representing five show locations – Grande Prairie, Ponoka, Strathmore, Rocky Mountain House and Century Downs – are competing for points at these respective locations only in an attempt  to win the Elite Team Series Championship. Overall, Team Strathmore Stampede, consisting of Chad Fike, Kris Molle, Jason Glass and Chance Bensmiller are leading the way with 1,952.5 points. That puts them just 106.5 points ahead of Team Battle of the Rockies. The Elite Team series will conclude next week at the Century Downs World Chuckwagon Finals.

In the race to qualify for the Century Downs Racetrack and Casino Winner’s Zone Playoff Round, the top twelve are now set. Jamie Laboucane, Chanse Vigen, Jason Glass, Evan Salmond, Chad Fike, Layne MacGillivray, Obrey Motowylo, Rae Croteau Jr., Kris Molle, Wade Salmond, Ross Knight and Kurt Bensmiller will be the top twelve that will compete in the Century Downs Racetrack and Casino “WINNER’s ZONE” Championship next week.Battle of the North finalist Chance Thomson, who currently sits in 13th  spot overall is now eliminated, 120 points back with just 1 runs remaining.

The finals of the Battle of the Rockies from Rocky Mountain House, Alberta can be heard live Monday evening, August 21, 2023 starting at 8:45pm Eastern, 7:45pm Central and 6:45pm Mountain Time on Real Country 910.

Day 3 Results

   

Rank

Driver

Sponsor

Total Time

1

Chanse Vigen

Terrafirma Resources

1:14.16

2

Jason Glass

Birchcliff Energy Ltd.

1:14.86

3

Wade Salmond

Pidherney’s

1:15.34

4

Jamie Laboucane

Davco Industrial Construction Services

1:15.45

5

Ross Knight

Henry’s Western Wear

1:15.47

6

Evan Salmond

De Havilland Aircraft of Canada Ltd.

1:16.08

7

Layne MacGillivray

Rocky Mountain Hydraulic & Bearing Inc./GT Hydraulic & Bearing Inc.

1:16.74

8

Chance Flad

Aspen Crossing

1:16.76

9

Obrey Motowylo

Topline Oilfield Hauling Ltd.

1:16.81

10

Kurt Bensmiller

Versatile Energy Services Ltd.

1:16.86

11

Brad McMann

Optimum Equipment Solutions

1:16.89

12

Josh Hrynyk

Shel-Bar Electronic Industries Ltd

1:16.90

13

Rae Croteau Jr.

Cinch Oilfield Hauling Ltd.

1:16.98

14

Dayton Sutherland

Double H Machine Shop Ltd.

1:17.09

15

Kris Molle

Hayshakers Bobcat Services Ltd.

1:17.20

16

Kirk Sutherland

Morskate Manufacturing

1:17.25

17

Cruise Bensmiller

Excel Projects Ltd.

1:17.28

18

Jordie Fike

XACT Pressure Services

1:17.37

19

Chad Fike

TOMCO Group of Companies

1:17.48

20

Todd McCracken

Obsidian Energy Ltd.

1:17.65

21

Doug Irvine

Redline Athletics

1:17.70

22

Kelly Morin

Mud Creek Medics Ltd.

1:17.81

23

Dustin Gorst

BrokerLink

1:17.95

23

Chance Bensmiller

DEL Construction

1:17.95

25

Troy Dorchester

Eldorado Pressure Services Ltd.

1:18.12

26

Chance Thomson

Nelson Bros Oilfield Services Ltd.

1:18.22

27

Dean Dreger

Reinhart Oilfield Services Ltd.

1:18.45

28

Darcy Flad

Sniper Services

1:18.60

29

Layne Flad

Kelts Transport Ltd.

1:19.12

30

Roger Moore

Red Deer Lock & Safe Ltd.

1:19.58

31

Derek Aebly

Jag Flocomponents LLP

1:19.72

32

Cody Ridsdale

O’Chiese Business & Investment Centre

1:19.78

33

Troy Flad

Mr. Fireplace

1:19.88

34

Mitch Sutherland

Edwards Garage – Chevrolet, GMC and Buick

1:20.12

35

Tuff Dreger

Pomeroy Inn & Suites

1:20.41

36

Gage Flad

Battle of the Rockies

1:21.84

37

Roy Romanow

Alberta Veterinary Center

1:22.79

38

Evan Magee

FluidPRO Oilfield Services Ltd.

1:24.50

       

3 Day Aggregate

   

Rank

Driver

Sponsor

3 Day Total

1

Chanse Vigen

Terrafirma Resources

3:47.09

2

Jason Glass

Birchcliff Energy Ltd.

3:47.59

3

Evan Salmond

De Havilland Aircraft of Canada Ltd.

3:47.86

4

Wade Salmond

Pidherney’s

3:48.05

5

Chad Fike

TOMCO Group of Companies

3:49.82

6

Jamie Laboucane

Davco Industrial Construction Services

3:50.39

7

Layne MacGillivray

Rocky Mountain Hydraulic & Bearing Inc./GT Hydraulic & Bearing Inc.

3:50.58

8

Kurt Bensmiller

Versatile Energy Services Ltd.

3:50.91

9

Obrey Motowylo

Topline Oilfield Hauling Ltd.

3:51.05

10

Rae Croteau Jr.

TeKh Group Inc./Cinch Oilfield Hauling Ltd.

3:51.97

11

Darcy Flad

Sniper Services

3:52.36

12

Josh Hrynyk

AIC Construction Ltd.

3:53.04

13

Mitch Sutherland

Edwards Garage – Chevrolet, GMC and Buick

3:53.32

14

Troy Dorchester

Eldorado Pressure Services Ltd.

3:53.56

15

Jordie Fike

XACT Pressure Services

3:53.80

16

Dustin Gorst

BrokerLink

3:53.99

17

Dayton Sutherland

Double H Machine Shop Ltd.

3:54.08

18

Roger Moore

Red Deer Lock & Safe Ltd.

3:54.19

19

Chance Flad

Aspen Crossing

3:54.38

20

Doug Irvine

Redline Athletics

3:54.72

21

Brad McMann

Optimum Equipment Solutions

3:54.92

22

Todd McCracken

Obsidian Energy Ltd.

3:55.12

23

Kris Molle

Hayshakers Bobcat Services Ltd.

3:55.14

24

Cody Ridsdale

O’Chiese Business & Investment Centre

3:55.58

25

Dean Dreger

Reinhart Oilfield Services Ltd.

3:56.15

26

Troy Flad

Mr. Fireplace

3:57.01

27

Tuff Dreger

Pomeroy Inn & Suites

3:57.11

28

Derek Aebly

Jag Flocomponents LLP

3:57.34

29

Layne Flad

Kelts Transport Ltd. 

3:59.48

30

Kelly Morin

Mud Creek Medics Ltd.

3:59.55

31

Kirk Sutherland

Morskate Manufacturing

3:59.62

32

Chance Bensmiller

DEL Construction

4:00.00

33

Evan Magee

FluidPRO Oilfield Services Ltd.

4:01.06

34

Ross Knight

Henry’s Western Wear

4:04.85

35

Gage Flad

Battle of the Rockies

4:06.50

36

Roy Romanow

Alberta Veterinary Center

4:07.47

37

Cruise Bensmiller

Excel Projects Ltd.

4:08.89

38

Chance Thomson

Nelson Bros Oilfield Services Ltd.

2:54.36

       
       

Elite Team Series Championship Standings

 

Rank

Team Name

Points

 

1

Team Strathmore Stampede

2049

 

2

Team Battle of the Rockies

1942.5

 

3

Team Century Downs WINNER’S ZONE

1929

 

4

Team Ponoka Stamede

1814

 

5

Team Grande Prairie Stompede

1296.5

 

 

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