Kirk Sutherland speeds to Rangeland Derby title

Afternoon rains made for some sticky racetrack conditions as the finals of the 2016 Calgary Stampede GMC Rangeland Derby were run on Sunday night. In a historic championship final, Kirk Sutherland, driving the Ghostpine Environmental Services Ltd. Outfit, and along with outriders Chance Flad and Chance Vigen won the championship final from barrel number 1 in heat number 9, by 1.06 seconds over his son Mitch Sutherland who placed 2nd from barrel number 3 in his first ever championship final heat appearance. Jason Glass placed third from barrel position number 2, while Vern Nolin placed fourth from barrel position number 4 after his lead team jack knifed and prevented him from leaving the infield and completing the race.

On the night, Kirk Sutherland’s championship run of 1:16.74 was also the fastest time on the night, 27 one-hundredths of a second better than Mark Sutherland who placed second, followed by Kurt Bensmiller, with Rick Fraser and Mitch Surtherland filling out the top five on the final night of competition.

Earlier in the night, Kirk Sutherland also received the Calgary Stampede’s Safe Drive Award for the third time in his career for being the least penalized driver over the first 8 nights of the Rangeland Derby. Rory Gervais was named the Calgary Stampede’s Outstanding Outrider for the second consecutive year.

The Equine Outfit of Excellence was presented at the beginning of the evening. “WILD” of Chad Harden’s outfit was named Champion Right Leader, “SMOKEY” of Jason Glass’ outfit was named Champion Left Leader, “LAW” of Rick Fraser’s outfit was named Champion Right Wheeler, “BOOMER” of Mitch Sutherland’s outfit was named Champion Left Wheeler, “POWER” of Vern Nolin’s outfit and “WHITEY” of John Walter’s outfit were named the Champion Outriding Horses.

The WPCA Pro Tour resumes in Bonnyville, Alberta July 21 – 24, 2016 for the Bonnyville Chuckwagon Championship. Live coverage can be heard starting at 8:30 eastern, 7:30 central and 6:20 mountain time on Thursday, July 21, 2016 on Rural Radio on SiriusXM Channel 147 and Country 99 at 99.7 FM out of Bonnyville,

 

2016 CALGARY STAMPEDE GMC RANGELAND DERBY CHAMPIONS
Ghostpine Environmental Services Ltd.
Kirk Sutherland – Driver
Chance Flad & Chanse Vigen – Outriders
2016 CALGARY STAMPEDE SAFE DRIVE AWARD (Least Penalized Driver)
Kirk Sutherland
2016 OUTSTANDING OUTRIDER AWARD
Rory Gervais
2016 EQUINE OUTFIT OF EXCELLENCE
Champion Right Leader – “WILD” – Chad Harden
Champion Left Leader – “SMOKEY” – Jason Glass
Champion Right Wheeler – “LAW” – Rick Fraser
Champion Left Wheeler – “BOOMER” – Mitch Sutherland
Champion Outriding Horse – “POPWER” – Vern Nolin
Champion Outriding Horse – “WHITEY” – John Walters
WINNER TAKE ALL CHAMPIONSHIP FINAL HEAT (By Barrel Selection)
Rank Driver Sponsor Total Time
1 Kirk Sutherland Ghostpine Environmental Services Ltd. 1:16.74
2 Jason Glass Birchcliff Energy Ltd. 1:18.78
3 Mitch Sutherland Manteo Group of Companies Ltd. 1:17.80
4 Vern Nolin Denton’s Canada LLP N.T
2016 RICHARD COSGRAVE MEMORIAL AWARD (TOP AGGREGATE WAGON)
Ghostpine Environmental Services Ltd.
Kirk Sutherland – Driver
Chance Flad & Chanse Vigen – Outriders
Day 10 Results
Rank Driver Sponsor Total Time
1 Kirk Sutherland Ghostpine Environmental Services Ltd. 1:16.74
2 Mark Sutherland The Cowboy’s Casino Posse 1:17.01
3 Kurt Bensmiller Tsuu T’ina Nation 1:17.42
4 Rick Fraser The Mavericks – Rolling Mix Concrete 1:17.67
5 Mitch Sutherland Manteo Group of Companies Ltd. 1:17.80
6 John Walters The Brakeman Foundation – Tractorland 1:18.15
7 Logan Gorst PCL Construction Management Inc. 1:18.38
8 Doug Irvine B & R Eckel’s Transport Ltd. 1:18.52
9 Jason Glass Birchcliff Energy Ltd. 1:18.78
10 Layne MacGillivray ATB Financial 1:18.84
11 Codey McCurrach iON United 1:18.91
12 Chad Harden Ja-Co Welding & Consulting Ltd. 1:19.00
13 Obrey Motowylo Cowboys Young Guns 1:19.19
14 Gary Gorst BD&P Put the Boots to Hunger – Crew Energy 1:19.37
15 Jamie Laboucane Rogers Communications 1:19.50
16 BJ Carey Professional Excavators Ltd. 1:19.73
17 Rae Croteau Jr. Greywolf Golf Course 1:19.77
18 Troy Dorchester CARSTAR Collision & Glass Service 1:19.83
19 Ray Mitsuing West Industrial Ltd. 1:20.05
20 Layne Bremner Friends of the Mavericks- Caron Measurement & Control Ltd. 1:20.19
21 Chance Bensmiller Western RV Country/ Country 105 1:20.31
22 Luke Tournier Express Employment Professionals & Ranches 1:20.67
23 Evan Salmond Bama Contracting Inc. 1:20.76
24 Chad Fike Homes By Us 1:20.83
25 Jim Knight Elegant Tributes 1:20.89
26 Kelly Sutherland Tervita 1:21.05
27 Dallas Dyck Calgary Auto Mall 1:21.16
28 Darcy Flad The Legends & Qualico Communities 1:21.30
29 Mike Vigen Chiniki Travel Centre 1:21.74
30 Roger Moore The Lake Louise Gondola & Interpretive Centre 1:23.33
31 Kris Molle visitlethbridge.com 1:23.63
32 Jordie Fike Shaw GMC Chevrolet Buick 1:25.03
33 Chanse Vigen Shields 1:25.21
34 Ross Knight Syndicate Transport 1:26.03
35 Colt Cosgrave Trinidad Drilling Ltd. 1:26.42
36 Vern Nolin Denton’s Canada LLP N.T
*Chanse Vigen drove for Colt Cosgrove

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