First Time Ponoka Stampede Championship for Ross Knight

Ponoka, Alberta (July 4, 2022) – At the beginning of the 2022 WPCA racing season, ten chuckwagon drivers who took out permits to race on the 2022 WPCA Pro Tour. One of the goals was to be in the top two in the permit standings to have a chance to compete at the Ponoka Stampede as Wild Cards. In an unusual twist, the two Wild Card wagons would find themselves in a highly anticipated $50,000.00 Tommy Dorchester Championship final heat at the Ponoka Stampede – Obrey Motowylo, Rae Croteau Jr, Ross Knight and Jordie Fike – all survived the semi-final round and would run for one of chuckwagon racing’s most illustrious championships on the WPCA Pro Tour – the Ponoka Stampede. Croteau Jr. and Knight were the two Wild Cards to qualify for the 2022 Ponoka Stampede Championship.

On one of the most electrifying race nights of the year, Ross Knight – driving the Canadian Premium Meats Inc. outfit, and along with outriders Trey MacGillivray and Nolin Cameron collected the first-place winner’s cheque and the 2022 Ponoka Stampede Championship. It is the first Ponoka Stampede Championship for Ross Knight who qualified for the Ponoka Stampede just two weeks ago as a Wild Card for being in second place in the WPCA Permit Driver Standings, and was the last wagon to qualify for the 2022 Ponoka Stampede.

In a penalty free championship final, Knight captured the Ponoka Stampede crown with a run of 1:20.50 from barrel position number 3. Jordie Fike from barrel position number 4 placed second, a mere 5 one-hundredths of a second behind the champion Ross Knight. Aggregate winner Obrey Motowylo was third in the heat from barrel position number 1, while Rae Croteau Jr., the other Wild Card to qualify for the Ponoka Stampede had to settle for fourth place from barrel position 2. 

As far as day results go, Chad Fike grabbed the day money after posting the fast time of the day with a 1:20.02 from barrel number 1 in the second heat. Kelly Morin’s outfit which was driven by Doug Irvine placed second, with 2022 Ponoka Stampede Champion Ross Knight in third, Jordie Fike in fourth, and Layne MacGillivray filling out the top five on the night.

The WPCA Pro Tour will now take a break for the Calgary Stampede Rangeland Derby from July 8-17, 2022. 

Billy Melville

2022 PONOKA STAMPEDE CHAMPIONS
Canadian Premium Meats Inc.
Ross Knight – Driver
Trey MacGillivray, Nolin Cameron – Outriders
$50,000.00 Tommy Dorchester Championship Final Heat (By Barrel Selection)Total Time
1Obrey MotowyloCo-operators1:20.66
2Rae Croteau Jr.Benchmark Commodities Ltd.1:21.18
3Ross KnightCanadian Premium Meats Inc.1:20.50
4Jordie FikeIrvine’s Saddles & Western Wear1:20.55
Day 6 Results 
RankDriverSponsorTotal Time
1Chad FikeCalnash Trucking Ltd. 1:20.02
2Kelly Morin *Kendal Farms1:20.40
3Ross KnightCanadian Premium Meats Inc.1:20.50
4Jordie FikeIrvine’s Saddles & Western Wear1:20.55
5Layne MacGillivrayLeague Projects1:20.61
6Obrey MotowyloCo-operators1:20.66
7Chanse VigenBusted Ladies Lingerie1:20.68
8Chance BensmillerMain Street Truck Sales1:20.93
9Kirk SutherlandMorskate Manufacturing1:20.95
10Rae Croteau Jr.Benchmark Commodities Ltd.1:21.18
11Mark SutherlandPidherney’s1:21.25
12Troy DorchesterTeam Rig & Supply1:21.33
13Vern NolinMcCaw’s Drilling & Blasting Ltd.1:21.34
14Layne FladQuick Moves Concrete Pumping Ltd. 1:21.50
15Roger MooreBobcat of Camrose1:21.55
16Kris MolleEagle Builders1:22.05
17Dustin GorstCentury Downs Racetrack and Casino1:22.09
18Jason GlassBirchcliff Energy Ltd.1:22.13
19Chance ThomsonThorsby Stockyards1:22.25
19Wade SalmondVold, Jones & Vold Auction Co. Ltd.1:22.25
21Kurt BensmillerVersatile Energy Services1:22.27
22Doug IrvineSilent Ice Sports & Entertainment1:22.34
23Josh HrynykCrystal Glass1:22.55
24Chance FladAspen Crossing1:22.87
25Derek AeblySECURE Energy Services1:23.10
26Codey McCurrachTOMCO Group of Companies1:23.30
27Mitch SutherlandCentral Alberta Tile One1:23.42
28Dean DregerNorthern Mat & Bridge1:23.93
29Dayton Sutherland **Manitoulin Transport1:24.60
30Troy Flad5 Star Propane Ltd.1:24.62
31Cody RidsdaleRai-Lynn Trucking Ltd. 1:25.76
32Darcy FladWetaskiwin Ready Mix1:26.15
33Evan SalmondWheeler’s Transport (2001) Ltd.1:28.31
34Chad HardenJa-Co Welding & Consulting Ltd.1:28.39
35Tuff DregerReinhart Oilfield Services Ltd.1:28.79
36Roy RomanowQuick Mats Ltd.1:32.81
* Wagon driven by Doug Irvine
** Wagon driven by Mitch Sutjherland

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