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Kirk Sutherland Bests All On Night 3 Of The Battle Of The Foothills

Kirk Sutherland – Day Money Run On Night 3 In High River
Photo By Shellie Scott 

After poor quality due to smoke from forest fires in the Pacific Northwest caused the postponement of Sunday’s chuckwagon races, day 3 of Battle of the Foothills resumed on Monday night. When the night wrapped up, it was Kirk Sutherland who was tops on the night with his second wagon and a penalty free run of 1:16.83.

From barrel position number 1 in the 2nd heat, Sutherland – driving the Indigenous Sport Heroes Education Experience outfit – placed first on the night by a mere 2 one-hundredths of a second over Dustin Gorst who placed second on the night. Vern Nolin was third, Sutherland’s number one wagon placed fourth, with Obrey Motowylo completing the top five on the night.

Vern Nolin now takes the lead in the overall aggregate with a three-run total of 3:55.09. That puts him 37 one-hundredths of a second ahead of day 2 leader Kurt Bensmiller. Evan Salmond, Doug Irvine, Jordie Fike, Chanse Vigen, Layne MacGillivray’ and Kris Molle complete the top 8, with Dayton Sutherland and Kirk Sutherland’s number one wagon looking to crack the top 8 and qualify for Semi-Final Saturday.

The top 8 in the aggregate after next Friday night’s run will go into the semi-final round on Saturday in the final two heats of the evening. The top 4 times from the semi-final round on July 25 will go into the Championship Final Heat where the winner will take home the 2021 Battle of the Foothills Championship.

The Battle of the Foothills will resume on Friday night, July 23, 2021 in High River, Alberta and can be heard live on WPCA Radio starting 9:00pm Eastern, 8:00pm Central, and 7:00pm Mountain time on Rural Radio on SiriusXM Channel 147 Satellite Radio.

Billy Melville

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