Chad Harden Posts Fast Time Of The Race Meet On Night 3 Of The GMC Rangeland Derby

Chad Harden - Number One On Night 3 In Calgary
Photo By Carol Easton

For the third consecutive day, temperature’s were in excess of 30°C as night 3 of the GMC Rangeland Derby ran on Sunday night under perfect racetrack conditions once again. When the dust finally settled, it was 2009 GMC Rangelnd Derby Champion Chad Harden who emerged with the fast time of the racemeet after piloting his MNP LLP outfit to a rapid time of 1:10.56.

From barrel number 4 in the 8th heat, Harden was the top wagon on the night by 92 one-hundredths of a second over Chanse Vigen who placed second for the second time in three runs. Doug Irvine was third on the night, with Colt Cosgrave and Mitch Sutherland filling out the top five on the night.

Chanse Vigen continues to lead the overall aggregate standings with a three-day total of 3:37.15. That puts him a 67 one-hundredths of a second ahead of day three winner Chad Harden. Colt Cosgrave moves up into third place overall, with former champions Kurt Bensmiller and Kirk Sutherland in 4th and 5th place respectively. Troy Dorchester, Evan Salmond and Rick Fraser make up the top eight after night 2, with former finalists Doug Irvine and Logan Gorst 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 he 2017 Calgary Stampede GMC Rangeland Derby Champion.

Live coverage of day 4 of the 2016 GMC Rangeland Derby can be heard starting at 7:30 on Monday, July 10, 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