2022 Medicine Hat Exhibition & Stampede Champions
Benoit Oilfield Construction (1997) Ltd. Outfit
(L-R): Medicine Hat Exhibition & Stampede Director Ron Edwards, Royalty Bailee McNaughton,
and Director Ross Brigdon Presenting
Outrider Kaeden Molle, Driver Kris Molle, Outrider Brendan Nolin
Photo By Billy Melville
The finals of the Medicine Hat Exhibition & Stampede wrapped up on Sunday afternoon on a fantastic racetrack and under cloudy skies at 17°C. It was a classic sudden death final that featured Chad Fike, Kris Molle and Doug Irvine.
When the dust settled on what was a truly exciting final, it was Kris Molle, driving the Benoit Oilfield Construction (1997) Ltd. outfit, and along with outriders Brendan Nolin and Kaeden Molle who captured the 2022 Medicine Hat Exhibition & Stampede Championship. For Kris Molle, who won several show championships as a member of the Canadian Professional Chuckwagon Association (CPCA), it was his first win on the WPCA Pro Tour since joining last year. For outrider Kaeden Molle (Kris’ son), it was the first show championship of his young outriding career, and made for a memorable father’s day for the Molle family.
In a thrilling penalty-free championship final heat, Molle’s run of 1:02.41 was just 5 one-hundredths of a second faster than Doug Irvine from barrel number 1. Chad Fike ran third in the race from barrel number 3.
On the day, Rae Croteau Jr. won his second day money in the past 4 days with a very fast 1:02.14 from barrel 1 in heat 12. He was tops on the day by one-tenth of a second over Mark Sutherland, followed by Kirk Sutherland, Mitch Sutherland, and eventual champion Kris Molle rounding out the top five on the day. Rae Croteau Jr. and Ross Knight also qualified for the Ponoka Stampede which will take place in two weeks.
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