Kris Molle Vaults Top The Top Of GMC Rangeland Derby On Night 2 In Calgary

Kris Molle - Leads All On Night 2 In Calgary
Photo By The Calgary Herald

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, Kris Molle, driving the Big Hearted Mavericks - Pyramid Tarpon Warwick outfit, took the day money with a run of 1:11.49.

From barrel number 3 in the 8th heat, Molle was the top wagon on the night by 3 tenths of a second over 2009 GMC Rangeland Derby Champion Chad Harden. Veteran driver Ray Mitsuing placed third, followed by defending champion Kurt Bensmiller and 2013 GMC Rangeland Derby Champion Jason Glass filling out the top five on the night.

The day money run has put Kris Molle atop the leaderboard in the overall aggregate standings with a two-day total of 2:23.12. That puts him a 49 one-hundredths of a second ahead of defending champion Kurt Bensmiller. Ray Mitsuing sits third, with Vern Nolin and Rick Fraser in 4th and 5th place respectively. Todd Baptiste, Gary Gorst and Mark Sutherland make up the top eight after night 2, with Evan Salmond  and Jason Glass 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 13, 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 14 will go into the winner-take-all championship final heat. The winner of the final heat will be declared the 2018 Calgary Stampede GMC Rangeland Derby Champion.

Live coverage of day 3 of the 2018 GMC Rangeland Derby can be heard starting at 7:30 on Sunday, July 8, 2018 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