2019 WPCA Pro Tour – 2019 Century Downs World Finals – Rocky View, Alberta
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The wait is finally over. The moment everyone has been eagerly anticipating and working towards all season long gets under way this Wednesday, August 21, 2019 at Century Downs Racetrack and Casino just outside Calgary in Rocky View, Alberta wth the running of the Century Downs World Chuckwagon Finals. With over $300,000.00 in awards and prize money on the line over 5 days, along with the title of Century Downs “Winners’ Zone” Champion, the 2019 World Chuckwagon Racing Finals is finally upon us.
There will be four titles on the line. The first will be the Century Downs Aggregate Winner in which all 36 WPCA drivers competing will be competing for. The driver with the best aggregate time over the first 4 nights will be recognized as the Century Downs aggregate winner. The driver will receive $5,000.00 and both driver and his 2 outriders will receive aggregate trophy buckles.
The Second and Third Titles will be that of World Champion Chuckwagon Driver and World Champion Outrider. The driver and outrider with the most season points up to and including the 4th day in Century Downs will be recognized as the 2019 World Champion in each category.
The final title is that of Century Downs “Winners’ Zone” Champion. Only 12 drivers will have the privilege to compete for this very prestigious title. All season long the drivers battled to be among the top twelve in the World Standings to qualify for the Century Downs Winner’s Zone Playoff Round and a shot at the title.
The twelve drivers who have now officially qualified for the Century Downs Winner’s Zone Playoff Round include Vern Nolin, Kurt Bensmiller, Logan Gorst, Codey McCurrach, Kirk Sutherland, Mark Sutherland, Luke Tournier, Cody Ridsdale, Ross Knight, Chanse Vigen, Layne MacGillivray and Jordie Fike. Jason Glass ended up in the crying hole, just 9.5 points behind Jordie Fike.
These 12 qualified drivers will race in the final 3 heats over the first 4 nights at Century Downs with their specific heat determined by their point standings going in. The 12 finalists will be under a playoff point system with points awarded based on daily running times and their playoff aggregate time. The 4 drivers with the most playoff points will advance to the Century Downs “Winners’ Zone” Championship Dash on Sunday, August 25th, 2019.
The 4 drivers in the Century Downs “Winners’ Zone” Championship Dash will be racing for $50,000.00 cash, a horse trailer valued at over $30,000.00, trophy buckles for both the winning driver and his 2 outriders and the prestige of being recognized as the inaugural Century Downs “Winners’ Zone” Champion.
In addition to the championship race, every heat on Championship Sunday will be a dash for cash with a total of $60,000.00 paid out. Over the 5 days all 36 WPCA drivers will also be competing for $125,000.00 in day monies which is awarded based on daily results.
The season ending Century Downs Word Finals will begin on Wednesday, August 21, 2019 and running through to Sunday, August 24, 2019. Live radio coverage of the Century Downs Word Finals can be heard Thursday through Saturday on Rural Radio on SiriusXM Channel 147 Satellite Radio, Country 99 in Bonnyville, Real Country 910am, or on the WPCA Radio App, starting at 9:00pm Eastern, 8:00pm Central and 7:00pm Mountain Time, with Sundays final starting at 4:00pm Eastern, 3:00pm Central and 2:00pm Mountain Time.
Courtesy of the WPCA