Chuckwagons Wrap Up In Medicine Hat

It was a classic sudden death final that featured Gary Gorst, Rick Fraser and Colt Cosgrave.

The finals of the Medicine Hat Exhibition & Stampede wrapped up on Sunday afternoon on a fantastic racetrack and under partly cloudy skies at 17°C. It was a classic sudden death final that featured Gary Gorst, Rick Fraser and Colt Cosgrave. When the dust settled on what was an exciting final, it was Rick Fraser, driving the Hellfire Suppression Services/Northwell Oilfield Hauling outfit, and along with outriders Chanse Vigen and Chad Fike who captured the 2013 Medicine Hat Exhibition & Stampede Championship. It’s the second victory on the season for Fraser, and the second time he has taken the Medicine Hat Exhibition & Stampede championship. 

Coming off barrel number 1 in the feature heat number 12, Fraser’s penalty free run of 1:00.75 was 1.22 seconds faster than Colt Cosgrave’s penalty free run from barrel number three. Gary Gorst ran second in the race from barrel number two, but a late outrider penalty bumped him back to third place overall in Sunday’s winner-take-all final.

On the day, Logan Gorst won his first ever day money as a member of the World Professional Chuckwagon Association with a very fast 1:00.53 from barrel 3 in heat 6. He was tops on the day, by 22 one -hundredths of a second over eventual champion Rick Fraser, followed by 2012 Medicine Hat champion Evan Salmond, with Darcy Flad and John Walters rounding out the top five on the day.

The WPCA Pro Tour now moves to High River for Guy Weadick Days starting on Thursday, June 20 and continuing through to Sunday June 23.

(Story by Billy Melville)

Hellfire Suppression Services/Northwell Oilfield Hauling
Rick Fraser - Driver
Chanse Vigen, Chad Fike - Outriders
Winner-Take-All Championship Final Heat (By Barrel Draw)
1 Rick Fraser Hellfire Suppression Services/Northwell Oilfield Hauling
2 Gary Gorst HJR Asphalt
3 Colt Cosgrave High River Autoplex & RV
Day 4 Results 
Rank Driver Sponsor Total Time
1 Logan Gorst Wildcat Vacuum Services Ltd. 1:00.53
2 Rick Fraser Hellfire Suppression Services 1:00.75
3 Evan Salmond Phoenix Oilfield Rentals Ltd. 1:00.99
4 Darcy Flad Medicine Hat New Holland 1:01.08
5 John Walters Sienna Concracting 1:01.13
6 Jordie Fike Penn West Exploration 1:01.27
7 Jason Glass Birchcliff Energy Ltd. 1:01.34
8 Chad Harden Baker Hughes 1:01.36
9 Chad Fike Half Dime Inspections 1:01.40
10 Obrey Motowylo H & E Oilfield Services Ltd. 1:01.44
11 Kurt Bensmiller AIC Construction Ltd. 1:01.46
12 Chanse Vigen Dynamic Industrial Solutions 1:01.74
13 Cody Ridsdale Triple K Oilfield Services 1:01.78
14 Mitch Sutherland Highwood Distillers 1:01.89
15 Colt Cosgrave High River Autoplex & RV 1:01.97
16 Mark Sutherland Rocky Mountain Equipment 1:02.02
17 Gary Gorst HJR Asphalt 1:02.05
18 Luke Tournier Iron Horse Energy Services 1:02.09
19 Kirk Sutherland EMCO Corporation 1:02.15
20 Jerry Bremner WAV Inspection Ltd. 1:02.23
21 Troy Dorchester LaFarge Canada Ltd. 1:02.24
22 Roger Moore Rusway Construction Ltd. 1:02.25
23 Hugh Sinclair Baron Oilfield Supply & Pumpjack Services 1:02.27
24 Troy Flad Ironwood Building Systems 1:02.32
25 Kelly Sutherland Tervita 1:02.67
26 Bob Van Eaton Horse Shoe Paving Ltd. 1:02.74
27 Barry Hodgson Roadtrek 1:02.93
28 Rae Croteau Jr. TOMCO Group of Companies 1:03.02
29 Reg Johnstone Weir Construction 1:03.19
30 Cliff Cunningham Regulator's Oil Field Hauling Ltd. 1:03.25
31 Codey McCurrach NOV Wilson 1:03.54
32 Tim  Haroldson Davis GMC Buick 1:03.59
33 Doug Irvine B & R Eckel's Transport Ltd. 1:03.98
34 Ross Knight Komat Drilling 1:04.18
35 Mike Vigen Zedcor Oilfield Rentals 1:08.37
36 Layne MacGilIivray Jacar Energy Services 1:27.49

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