Chanse Vigen Takes Top Money With His Father's Wagon On Night 4 Of The GMC Rangeland Derby

Chanse Vigen - Pinch Drives To A Day Money Run On Night 4 In Calgary
Photo By Shellie Scott

It was another spectacular night of chuckwagon racing at the Calgary Stampede as night 4 of the GMC Rangeland Derby ran on Monday night. When the dust finally settled, it was Mike Vigen’s outfit which has been driven by his son Chanse Vigen who grabbed top spot on the night after piloting his father’s United Rentals Inc. outfit to a rapid time of 1:11.28.

From barrel number 3 in the 3rd heat, Vigen grabbed top money on the night by 13 one-hundredths of a second over defending champion Kurt Bensmiller. Day 1 winner Mark Sutherland grabbed third place on the night, while Jordie Fike and Evan Salmond filled out the top five on the night.

Kurt Bensmiller continues to lead the overall aggregate standings with a four-day total of 4:47.02. That puts him a 1.83 seconds faster than Kris Molle, with Vern Nolin Mark Sutherland and Evan Salmond completing the top five. Rick Fraser, Ray Mitsuing and the Chanse Vigen driven Mike Vigen outfit make out the top eight after four runs. Former finalists Gary Gorst and Logan Gorst are right behind in 9th and 10th place respectively. Wagons will be reshuffled starting tomorrow night.

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 5 of the 2018 GMC Rangeland Derby can be heard starting at 7:30 on Tuesday, July 10, 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 live on CBC and Sportsnet One all ten nights starting at 8:00pm.

Billy Melville