Jason Glass Cashes The Top Cheque On NIght 5 Of The GMC Rangeland Derby

Jason Glass - Best Of The Bunch On Night 5 In Calgary
Photo By Shellie Scott

An afternoon downpour and light evening rains made for sticky racetrack conditions, but the enthusiasm of the crowd was not dampened as some outstanding chuckwagon races were run on night 5 of the Calgary Stampede GMC Rangeland Derby. When the evening wrapped up, it was 2013 Calgary Stampede Champion Jason Glass who rose to the top with the best time on the night after posting a 1:14.30.

From barrel number 2 in the 4th heat, Glass grabbed top money on the night by 39 one-hundredths of a second over last week’s Ponoka Stampede Champion Vern Nolin. Rick Fraser grabbed third place on the night, while Chad Fike and Kris Molle filled out the top five on the night.

Despite a one second penalty on the night, Kurt Bensmiller continues to lead the overall aggregate standings with a five-run total of 6:03.18. That puts him 1.01 seconds faster than Kris Molle, with Vern Nolin, Rick Fraser and Mark Sutherland completing the top five. The Chanse Vigen driven Mike Vigen outfit, Jason Glass and Gary Gorst make out the top eight after five days of running, with Logan Gorst and Evan Salmond in 9th and 10th place respectively. Chuckwagon driver Obrey Motowylo was tossed from his wagon in the 8th heat and was taken to hospital with undisclosed injuries.

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 6 of the 2018 GMC Rangeland Derby can be heard starting at 7:30 on Wednesday, July 11, 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