JAMIE LABOUCANE OPENS UP STAMPEDE 2023 WITH A TRACK RECORD RUN

Stampede 2023 kicked off on Friday night in Calgary with the running of the Calgary Stampede COWBOY’S Rangeland Derby. It was a beautiful evening for racing, and running times were quick as we celebrate the 100th anniversary of the first chuckwagon races at the Calgary Stampede. Some outstanding races were seen by the capacity crowd, and when the sun went down on Calgary, Jamie Laboucane, driving the Cowboy’s Casino outfit, opened Stampede 2023 with a new track record run of 1:11.43.

Coming off barrel number 2 in the 9th heat, Laboucane won the day money by just 9 one-hundredths of a second over last week’s Ponoka Stampede Champion Chanse Vigen.  Four-Time Rangeland Derby Champion Kurt Bensmiller grabbed third place on the night while reigning World Champion Layne MacGillivray and former Rangeland Derby Finalist Rae Croteau Jr. split fourth and fifth on opening night. Laboucane beat the old track record of 1:11.71 set by Chane Vigen in 2022 by 28 one-hundredths of a second.

The top 3 in the aggregate after Saturday, July 15, 2023, will go into the championship final heat. The winner of the championship final heat will be declared the 2023 Calgary Stampede Rangeland Derby Champion.

Live coverage of day 2 of the 2022 COWBOY’S Rangeland Derby can be heard on WPCA Radio starting 7:45pm Mountain time on Real Country 910am and can be seen on Sportsnet One starting at 8:30pm local time. Check your local listings.

Day 1 Results

   

Rank

Driver

Sponsor

Total Time

1

Jamie Laboucane

Cowboys Casino

1:11.43

2

Chanse Vigen

Kma Construction Inc.

1:11.52

3

Kurt Bensmiller

Grey Eagle Resort and Casino

1:12.10

4

Rae Croteau Jr.

Dynamic Capital & Custom Truck Capital

1:12.30

4

Layne MacGillivray

Spray Lake Sawmills

1:12.30

6

Darcy Flad

The CanWagon

1:12.36

7

Mark Sutherland

Friends of Sutherland Racing

1:12.43

8

Chad Fike

Summit Fleet

1:12.63

9

Evan Salmond

De Havilland Aircraft of Canada Ltd.

1:12.84

10

Wade Salmond

De Havilland Aircraft of Canada Ltd.

1:13.10

11

Kirk Sutherland

Shaw GMC Chevrolet Buick

1:13.27

11

Obrey Motowylo

Shel-Bar Electronic Industries Ltd.

1:13.27

13

Kris Molle

Graf Mechanical Ltd.

1:13.35

14

Ross Knight

The MobSquad

1:13.43

15

Troy Dorchester

Grayhawk Wealth

1:13.70

16

Danny Ringuette

Genesis Aviation

1:13.73

17

Jason Glass

Birchcliff Energy Ltd.

1:13.76

18

Dallas Dyck

Northback

1:13.80

19

Mitch Sutherland

Cross Country Canada Supplies and Rentals

1:13.91

20

Vern Nolin

Semera

1:14.24

21

Chance Bensmiller

EllisDon

1:14.32

22

Codey McCurrach

Western Electircal Management Ltd.

1:14.61

23

Todd Baptiste

Summit EST

1:14.62

24

Preston Faithful

Natural Law X

1:14.66

25

Doug Irvine

visitlethbridge.com

1:15.36

26

Cody Ridsdale

O’Chiese Investment & Business Centre

1:18.47

27

Jordie Fike

Tronic Data Inc.

1:19.01

 

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