Mark Sutherland Captures First Career Ponoka Stampede Championship

2019 Ponoka Stampede Champions
Friends of Sutherland Racing/Brand USA

L-R: Outriders Cole SOmerville, Rory Gervais, Driver Mark Sutherland
TrailBlazer RV Centre's Kim Graham Presenting
Photo By Fred Vidiuk

In a highly anticipated TrailBlazer RV Centre $50,000.00 Tommy Dorchester Championship final heat at the Ponoka Stampede, Logan Gorst, Vern Nolin, Mark Sutherland and Kirk Sutherland survived the semi-final round and would run for the championship at one of chuckwagon racing’s most prestigious events on the WPCA Pro Tour – the Ponoka Stampede. On one of the most exciting race nights of the year, Mark Sutherland - driving the Friends of Sutherland Racing/Brand USA outfit, and along with outriders Rory Gervais and Cole Somerville collected the first-place winner’s cheque and the 2019 Ponoka Stampede Championship. It was the first Ponoka Stampede Championship for Mark Sutherland.

In a penalty free championship final, Sutherland captured the Ponoka Stampede crown with a run of 1:20.24 from barrel position number 2. Logan Gorst and Kirk Sutherland were involved in a dead heat for second and third in the heat from barrel position number 1 and 4 respectively, a mere 4 one-hundredths of a second behind the champion Mark Sutherland, while defending Ponoka Stampede Champion Vern Nolin had to settle for fourth place from barrel position 3.

As far as day results go, Kurt Bensmiller grabbed the day money after posting the fast time of the day with a 1:19.61 from barrel number two in the second heat. Chance Flad placed second, Doug Irvine placing third, with Obrey Motowylo with 2019 Ponoka Stampede Champion Mark Sutherland filling out the top five on the night.

The WPCA Pro Tour will now take a break for the Calgary Stampede GMC Rangeland Derby from July 5-14, 2019. Kurt Bensmiller is the defending champion, and races will run each night at 8:00pm Mountain time. Live coverage of the GMC Rangeland Derby can be heard starting at 7:30 on Friday, July 5, 2019 on Rural Radio on SiriusXM Channel 147 Satellite Radio, Country 99 in Bonnyville, Real Country 910am 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