Chanse Vigen Wins Saskatoon World Chuckwagon Races For 1st Career Win
2019 Saskatoon World Chuckwagon Races Champions
Quick Mats Sales & Handling Outfit
(L-R): Outrider Quaid Tournier, Driver Chanse Vigen, Outrider Ryan "Mad Dog" McNeill
Photo By Fred Vidiuk
After some pre race rains dampened the racetrack slightly, the day turned to a warm and windy afternoon in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, as the 2019 edition of the Saskatoon World Chuckwagon Races wrapped up during a Sunday matinee performance at Prairieland Park. When the times were tabulated, it was Chanse Vigen, driving the Quick Mats Sales and Handling outfit, and along with outriders Ryan “Mad Dog” McNeill and Quaid Tournier who won the championship after posting the best 4-day aggregate time of 5:11.88. It’s the first win for Chanse Vigen as a chuckwagon driver.
Vigen, who started the day in eighth place overall and nearly two full seconds out of first place, made an unlikely jump to the top of overall aggregate standings to capture the championship. Vigen’s four-day aggregate time was exactly one-tenth of a second faster than 2016 Saskatoon champion Vern Nolin who finished in the runner-up position. Kirk Sutherland placed third, while Evan Salmond and defending champion Kurt Bensmiller made out the top five overall after four runs.
On the day, Mark Sutherland was the best of the afternoon and the week after he drove his Friends of Sutherland Racing/Brand USA outfit to a first place run with a 1:16.31. Logan Gorst, Vern Nolin, Chanse Vigen and Kurt Bensmiller were the top five wagons on the day.
The WPCA Pro Tour now moves into Medicine Hat for the Medicine Hat Exhibition & Stampede starting on Thursday, June 13, 2019 and running through to Sunday, June 16, 2019. Racing from the Medicine Hat Exhibition & Stampede can be heard live starting at 9:00pm Eastern, 8:00pm Central, and 7:00pm Mountain time Thursday through Saturday, with a matinee performance on Sunday on Rural Radio on SiriusXM Channel 147 Satellite Radio, Country 99 in Bonnyville, and Real Country 910am.