Gary Gorst Tops All On Night 2 Of The GMC Rangeland Derby

Gary Gorst - Day Money Run On Night 2 In Calgary
Photo By Carol Easton

It was another hot dry day in Calgary as night 2 of the GMC Rangeland Derby ran on Saturday night. It was a very competitive night of racing, racetrack conditions were perfect once again, and when the sun went down on Calgary, Gary Gorst, driving the Painted Pony Energy Ltd. & Alta Gas outfit, took the day money with a run of 1:12.58.

From barrel number 2 in the 7th heat, Gorst was the top wagon on the night by 27 one-hundredths of a second over Vern Nolin and Kurt Bensmiller who split second and third on the night, with Rick Fraser and Chanse Vigen filling out the top five on the night.

Chanse Vigen moves to the top of the leaderboard in the overall aggregate standings with a two-day total of 2:25.67. That puts him a 48 one-hundredths of a second ahead of defending champion Kirk Sutherland. Chance Bensmiller sits third, with Troy Dorchester and Kurt Bensmiller in 4th and 5th place respectively. Colt Cosgrave, Luke Tournier and Mike Vigen make up the top eight after night 2, with Jason Glass and Evan Salmond right behind in 9th and 10th respectively.

The Richard Cosgrave Memorial Trophy, symbolic of the Calgary Stampede aggregate winner will be declared after 8 nights on Friday, July 14, and the top 8 in the aggregate on that day will go into “Semi Final Saturday.” The top 4 times from the two semi-final heats on semi on Saturday on July 15 will go into the winner-take-all championship final heat. The winner of the final heat will be declared the 2017 Calgary Stampede GMC Rangeland Derby Champion.

Live coverage of day 3 of the 2016 GMC Rangeland Derby can be heard starting at 7:30 on Sunday, July 9, 2017 on Rural Radio on SiriusXM Channel 147, Country 99 at 99.7 FM out of Bonnyville, and AM 700 The Light out of Calgary. Television coverage can be seen on SHAW TV starting at 11:00, and live on CBC and Sportsnet One all ten nights starting at 8:00pm.

Billy Melville