Vern Nolin Cashes The Top Cheque On Night 3 Of The 2018 Battle Of The North

Vern Nolin - Big Day Money Run On Night 3 Of The Battle Of The North
Photo By Paul Easton

Mother Nature has been very kind to the city of Dawson Creek, British Columbia as night 3 of the Battle of the North was run under warm temperatures and mostly clear skies on Friday night at Mile “0” of the Alaska Highway. Tonight, it was 2018 Ponoka Stampede Champion Vern Nolin’s turn to cash the top cheque on the night with a run of 1:17.36 from barrel position number 1 in the final heat of the evening.

Nolin’s Crowbourne Capital Corp. outfit was the top wagon of the night by two-tenths of a second over Kurt Bensmiller who placed second for the third consecutive night. Even with a one second outrider penalty Jason Glass placed third, Chad Harden was placed fourth and Chanse Vigen, even with two seconds in outrider penalties, filled out the top 5 wagons on the night.

With one run to go to determine the aggregate winner and Sunday’s Championship final heat, three consecutive 2nd place runs has Kurt Bensmiller’s Trans Peace Construction outfit sitting in first place in the overall aggregate standings with a combined total time of 3:55.85. That’s 2.31 seconds better than 2018 Grande Prairie Stompede Champion Evan Salmond, with two-time Battle of the North Champion Luke Tournier in third and Vern Nolin making out the top four. Ross Knight is on the outside looking in in fifth place overall, exactly three-quarters of a second out of a spot in Sunday’s championship final.

The top driver in the aggregate after Saturday night will get the use of a 2018 GMC Truck. The top 4 drivers in the aggregate after Saturday’s run will go into the winner-take-all championship final heat where the winner will take home a big bonus cheque, and the 2018 Battle of the North Championship.

Night 4 of the Battle of the North from Dawson Creek, British Columbia can be heard live on Saturday, August 11, 2018 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

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