Kurt Bensmiller Wins Second Career Strathmore Stampede

2018 Strathmore Stampede Champions
Versatile Energy Services Outfit

(L-R): Versatile Energy Services Kent Stormoen,  Outrider Rory Gervais,
Driver Kurt Bensmiller, Outrider Keegan Thomas

Photo By Billy Melville

It was an outstanding weekend as the Strathmore Stampede wrapped up on a hot and sunny Monday afternoon on a good dry racetrack. Capacity crowds and great chuckwagon racing was the order for the entire event, and for the second time in this event, it was Kurt Bensmiller, driving the Versatile Energy Services Outfit, and along with outriders Rory Gervais and Keegan Thomas, who captured the 2018 Strathmore Stampede Championship. It’s the fifth win on the season for Kurt Bensmiller who had previously won at Stops in Saskatoon, High River, and took both the Calgary Stampede Aggregate Title and Calgary Stampede GMC Rangeland Derby Championship just a few weeks ago.

Bensmiller won his second career Strathmore Stampede Championship after posting the best 4-day aggregate time of 5:04.48. That put him 1.76 seconds better than two-time and defending Strathmore Stampede Champion Gary Gorst. 2018 Grande Prairie Stompede Champion Evan Salmond placed third, 2018 Ponoka Stampede Champion Vern Nolin was fourth and Mitch Sutherland rounded out the top five overall.

On the night, from barrel number 1 in the eighth heat, Layne MacGillivray drove his League Projects Outfit to top money after posting a 1:16.10 and won the day money by 31 one-hundreds of a second over Gary Gorst. Vern Nolin was third, with Evan Salmond and Codey McCurrach making out the top five fastest wagons on the night.

The WPCA Pro Tour will now have a quick turn around and will be racing at the Battle of the North in Dawson Creek, British Columbia. Racing starts on Wednesday August 8, 2018 and runs through to Sunday, August 12, 2018. Catch all the action on WPCA Pro Tour LIVE at 9:30pm Eastern, 8:30pm Central, and 7:30pm Mountain time on Rural Radio Channel 147 on SiriusXM, Country 99 at 99.7 FM out of Bonnyville, and 96.5 CKFM out of Olds, Alberta.

Billy Melville