Evan Salmond Captures 1st Career Grande Prairie Stompede Championship

2018 Grande Prairie Stompede Champions
Debolt Contracting Outfit
(L-R): Happy Trails RV GM Frank Havies, Driver Evan Salmond,
Happy Trails RV Owner Peter Teichroeb, Outrider Ethan Motowylo
Missing; Outrider Dayton Sutherland

Photo By F.L. Vidiuk

It was great racetrack and a highly anticipated final day at the Grande Prairie Stompede with $25,000.00 and the 2018 Grande Prairie Stompede Championship on the line. In what was truly an exciting chuckwagon race, Evan Salmond – driving the Debolt Contracting Outfit, and along with outriders Dayton Sutherland and Ethan Motowylo, captured the first show of the 2018 WPCA race season.

Coming off of barrel position number 3 in the sudden death final, Salmond captured Grande Prairie crown with a penalty free run of 1:17:83. Chad Harden from barrel position number 2 placed second in the heat, 1.66 second behind the winner Salmond. Kurt Bensmiller crossed the finish line in second place but penalties pushed him back into third place from barrel position number 4, followed by Kirk Sutherland, who crossed the finish line in third place, but penalties bumped him back into fourth place in the heat from barrel number 1.

As far as day results go, Chanse Vigen won the William Joseph Communications fast time of the night after posting the fast time of the entire week with a 1:15.92 and was the only driver to break the 1:17.00 mark on the night. Dustin Gorst managed a second-place run, followed by 2018 Grande Prairie Champion Evan Salmond, Gary Gorst and Cody Ridsdale filling out the top five on the final night.

The WPCA Pro Tour presented will move on to Saskatoon, Saskatchewan for the running of the Saskatoon World Chuckwagon Races presented by Dakota Dunes Casino starting on Thursday, June 7 and running through to Sunday, June 10, 2018. Gary Gorst is the defending champion, and live coverage can be heard starting Thursday night, June 7, 2018 at 9:00pm Eastern, 8:00pm Central, and 7:000pm Mountain time on Rural Radio on SiriusXM Channel 147, 96.5 CKFM out of Olds, Alberta or on Country 99 at 99.7 FM out of Bonnyville, Alberta starting at 9:30pm Eastern, 8:30pm Central, 7:30pm Mountain Time.

Billy Melville