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John Walters Captures The 2017 Battle of the North


2017 Battle Of the North Champions
Arrow Insurance Agency Ltd. Outfit

(L-R): Outriders Dayton Sutherland, Ryan MacNeill, Driver John Walters
Photo By Billy Melville

The 2017 edition of the Battle of the North Championship in Dawson Creek, British Columbia is in the books, and John Walters, driving the Arrow Insurance Agency Ltd. outfit, and along with outriders Ryan MacNeill and Dayton Sutherland, captured the championship and a $10,000.00 bonus cheque. It’s the second title of the year for John Walters this year as captured the Bonnyville Chuckwagon Championship just 2 weeks ago.

John Walters won the championship with penalty free run of 1:14.15 from barrel position number 4. Aggregate winner Chanse Vigen placed second from barrel number 3, 79 one-hundredths of a second behind the champion Walters. Rick Fraser grabbed third from barrel position number 2, Mitch Sutherland knocked over a barrel and placed fourth from barrel position number 1.

As far as the day results go, John Walters was the fast time of the night with his championship run of 1:14.15, Kelly Sutherland, who is running in his final Battle of the North Championship, placed second, just 8 one-hundredths of a second behind John Walters. Two-time show winner in 2017 Gary Gorst placed third, Obrey Motowylo in fourth and Chanse Vigen, driving Mike Vigen’s outfit, rounding out the five best times on the night. Chad Fike was presented with the Kenn Borek Memorial Most Sportsmanlike Driver award.

The 2017 WPCA Pro Tour will conclude next week in Rocky Mountain House, Alberta with the final stop of the season with the Battle of the Rockies starting on Thursday, August 17, 2017 and running through to Sunday, August 20, 2017. Live radio coverage of the Battle of the Rockies from Rocky Mountain House can be heard Thursday through Saturday on Rural Radio on SiriusXM Channel 147, or on Country 99 at 99.7 FM out of Bonnyville, and 96.5 CKFM out of Olds, Alberta, starting at 9:00pm Eastern, 8:00pm Central and 7:00pm Mountain Time, with Sundays final starting at 4:00pm Eastern, 3:00pm Central and 2:00pm Mountain Time.

Billy Melville


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