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Vern Nolin Opens Up The 2017 Ashley Richards Memorial With The Top Time


Vern Nolin - First Place On First Night In Saskatoon
Photo By Carol Easton

It was a successful opening night at Prairieland Park in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan for the fourth running of the Ashley Richards Memorial presented by Dakota Dunes Casino. The event is dedicated to the memory of Ashley Richards, who was accidentally killed while working with a road crew in 2012. It was a hot and breezy Thursday night under clear skies with excellent racetrack conditions. When opening night wrapped up, it was defending champion Vern Nolin who won the day money with a time of 1:17.63.

From barrel number three in the fourth heat, Nolin, driving the Tunstone Ventures Corp. outfit, was the day money winner by 36 one-hundredths of a second over Cliff Cunningham who settled for second place on the night. Roger Moore was third, followed by Kurt Bensmiller and Doug Irvine rounding out the top five on the night.

The driver posting the best 4-day aggregate time after Sunday’s run will be declared the champion of the 2017 Ashley Richards Memorial presented by Dakota Dunes Casino.

Night 2 of the Ashley Richards Memorial presented by Dakota Dunes Casino can be heard live on Friday, June 9, 2017 at 9:00pm Eastern, 8:00pm Central, and 7:000pm Mountain time on Rural Radio on SiriusXM Channel 147, 96.5 CKFM out of Olds, Alberta or on Country 99 at 99.7 FM out of Bonnyville, Alberta.

Billy Melville


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