2022 Century Downs World Chuckwagon Finals – Night 1 Results

Night one of the Century Downs World Chuckwagon Finals is in the books and opening night was a tremendous success. The races were run in front of a near capacity crowd, it was a warm 23°C under a few clouds with excellent racetrack conditions. With over $300,000.00 in cash and prized on the line over the 5-day event. 

In the main event, Chad Fike was tops among the elite twelve drivers who qualified for the Century Downs “Winners’ Zone” Championship Playoff round and earned 12 playoff points for his outstanding run. Layne MacGillivray was right behind in second place, with Rae Croteau Jr., Kurt Bensmiller and Ross Knight rounding out the top five. The 4 drivers in the playoff points standings after Saturday night will compete in the Century Downs “Winners’ Zone” Championship Dash where they will be racing for $75,000.00 cash and the prestige of being recognized as the Century Downs “Winners’ Zone” Champion.

For the 36 drivers who are racing for the Aggregate Championship at the Century Downs World Chuckwagon Finals, it was Chad Fike who was the fast man with a penalty free run of 1:25.66. In heat number 8 from barrel number 2, Fike, driving the Propak Systems Ltd. outfit, was tops on the day with a 1:25.36. That put him just 3 one-hundredths of a second faster than World Points leader Layne MacGillivray. Kelly Morin, Rae Croteau Jr. and Kurt Bensmiller rounded out the top five on opening night. The driver posting the best 4-day aggregate time after Saturday’s run will be declared the champion of the Century Downs race meet.

In the race for the World Chuckwagon Championship, Layne MacGillivray, in search of his first career World Chuckwagon Championship, came into the final show of the season with a slim 99.5-point lead over reigning World Champion Obrey Motowylo. After the completion of the first night of racing, MacGillivray’s lead is now 103 points over 4-time World Champion Kurt Bensmiller. The World Champion Chuckwagon Driver will also be declared on Saturday evening.

Gates open at 5:00pm local time. Night 2 of the Century Downs Word Finals can be heard live on Thursday night, August 25, 2022 Real Country 910, or seen on the Cowboy Channel + Streaming  App, starting at 8:30pm Eastern, 7:30pm Central and 6:30pm Mountain Time.

Billy Melville

Century Downs “Winners’ Zone” Championship Playoff Standings
RankDriverPlayoff Total
1Chad Fike12
2Layne MacGillivray11
3Rae Croteau Jr.10
4Kurt Bensmiller9
5Ross Knight8
6Obrey Motowylo7
7Kris Molle6
8Kirk Sutherland5
9Vern Nolin4
10Doug Irvine3
11Jason Glass2
12Chanse Vigen1
Note: Top 4 after Saturday will qualify for the Century Downs “Winners’ Zone” Championship Dash.
Day 1 Results
RankDriverSponsorTotal Time
1Chad FikePropak Systems Ltd.1:25.36
2Layne MacGillivrayCascade Energy Services 1:25.39
3Kelly MorinTidewater Midstream and Infastructure Ltd.1:25.86
4Rae Croteau Jr.Dal-Tek Interiors Ltd.1:25.87
5Kurt BensmillerVersatile Energy Services Ltd.1:25.90
6Ross KnightTed Valentine Memorial 1:25.98
7Obrey MotowyloCo-operators Insurance 1:26.14
7Darcy FladFerence Land & Cattle Corp.1:26.14
9Evan SalmondWest Land Livestock Inc.1:26.19
10Kris MolleChariot Express1:26.29
11Kirk SutherlandKLS Earthworks & Environmental1:26.36
12Chance BensmillerPinnacle Pickers1:26.51
13Vern NolinMcCaw’s Drilling & Blasting Ltd.1:26.68
14Cruise BensmillerIrvine’s Tack and Western Wear1:26.76
15Troy FladMr.Fireplace1:26.91
16Troy DorchesterEldorado Pressure Services Ltd.1:26.98
17Layne FladTerrafirma Resources1:26.99
18Mitch SutherlandDavis Chevrolet GMC Buick1:27.04
19Jordie FikeRafter G Land & Cattle1:27.23
20Chance ThomsonBar J Heavy Mechanical1:27.26
21Tuff DregerPomeroy Lodging1:27.33
22Doug IrvineB & R Eckel’s1:27.34
23Jason GlassBirchcliff Energy Ltd.1:27.87
24Codey McCurrachTOMCO Group of Companies 1:27.97
25Evan MageeGT Custom Farming/Signs & Graphics by Foss1:28.00
26Josh HrynykEnergy Auctions Inc.1:28.02
27Dean DregerNorthern Mat & Bridge1:28.06
28Wade SalmondPidherny’s Inc1:28.42
29Dayton SutherlandBrandell Diesel Inc.1:28.92
29Roy RomanowAlberta Veterinary Center1:28.92
31Derek AeblyJag Flocomponents LLP1:29.57
32Chanse VigenVolker Stevin/Glover International Trucks1:30.15
33Chad Harden *Friends of Troy Flad1:30.16
34Roger MooreMonarch Siding & Roofing Centre1:31.11
35Chance FladAspen Crossing1:33.90
36Dustin GorstTeam One More – Snipe and Celly Pro Shop N.T
* Troy Flad drove for Chad Harden.

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