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Rae Croteau Jr. Captures First Career Battle Of The Foothills

2022 Battle Of The Foothills Champions
White Owl Whisky By Highwood Distillers Outfit
(L-R): Outrider Tyson Whitehead, Driver Rae Croteau Jr., Outrider Tyler Desutter
Photo By Shellie Scott

A successful Battle of the Foothills wrapped up on a beautiful Sunday afternoon in High River, Alberta. When the times were tabulated, it was Rae Croteau Jr., driving the White Owl Whiskey outfit, and along with outriders Tyson Whitehead and Tyler DeSutter, who took the championship after posting the best 4-day aggregate time of 5:10.46. It’s the first time Croteau has won the High River crown, and the first WPCA Tour show championship win for outrider Tyler DeSutter.

Croteau Jr., who has been in first place overall after nights 1 and 3, completed a near wire to wire victory with his second day money run in four runs. Croteau Jr. won the championship by 1.02 second margin over 2022 Richard Cosgrave Memorial Award Winner Layne MacGillivray. 2022 Calgary Stampede Rangeland Derby Champion Kris Molle placed third, reigning World Champion Chuckwagon Driver Obrey Motowylo was fourth, and 2022 North American Chuckwagon Championship Champion Dustin Gorst rounded out the top five overall in the aggregate standings.

As far as day times went, Rae Croteau Jr.’s White Owl Whiskey outfit, had the best time on the week with a run of 1:15.65 from barrel number 3 in the 10th heat. Second place went to Layne MacGillivray in the 10th heat, followed by Kris Molle, Troy Flad and Mark Sutherland completing the top five wagons on the day.

The WPCA Pro Tour now moves into Strathmore for the Strathmore Stampede Championship starting on Friday, July 29, 2022. Day 1 of the Strathmore Stampede can be heard on WPCA Radio starting 9:00pm Eastern, 8:00pm Central, and 7:00pm Mountain time on Real Country 910.

Billy Melville

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