Kurt Bensmiller Wins Richard Cosgrave Memorial; Semi-Final Saturday Set At The 2017 GMC Rangeland Derby

2017 Richard Cosgrave Memorial Award Winners
Calgary Stampede Aggregate Champions

West Industrial Ltd. Outfit
(L-R): Track Announcer Les McIntyre Presenting,Driver Kurt Bensmiller, Haze Bensmiller, Ashley Bensmiller, Harley Bensmiller, Outrider Shawn Calf Robe, Outrider Rory Gervais
Photo By Jamie Tiessen

It was a fantastic day 8 at the Calgary Stampede Rangeland Derby under hot temperatures and excellent racetrack conditions. The Calgary Stampede aggregate was on the line, and it was the last night for the drivers to try and get into the top eight for “Semi Final Saturday.” When the night wrapped up, Kurt Bensmiller, driving the West Industrial outfit, and along with outriders Shawn Calf Robe and Rory Gervais, won the Richard Cosgrave Memorial Trophy - symbolic of the Calgary Stampede Aggregate Championship after posting the best 7 day aggregate time of 8:36.03. It’s the second time in three years that Bensmiller has won the Calgary Aggregate title.

In addition to Kurt Bensmiller, Logan Gorst, Obrey Motowylo, Chad Harden, Chanse Vigen, Troy Dorchester, Kirk Sutherland and Evan Salmond complete the top eight and will compete in “Semi Final Saturday”. Twelve-time Calgary Stampede GMC Rangeland Derby Champion Kelly Sutherland whhomis competing in his final GMC Rangeland Derby just missed the top eight, placing 9th overall, and Vern Nolin completed the top ten overall.

As far as the day results are concerned, top time went John Walters, driving the lululemon outfit, with a run of 1:11.42, followed by Colt Cosgrave who grabbed second place for the second consecutive night. Mark Sutherland was third, Kris Molle fourth, with Layne MacGillivray completing the top five.

Live coverage of “Semi-Final Saturday” of the 2017 GMC Rangeland Derby can be heard starting at 7:30 on Saturday, July 15, 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, and live streaming on and all ten nights starting at 8:00pm.

Billy Melville

GMC 2017