Battle of the North – Dawson Creek, B.C. – Day One
– Billy Melville
World Professional Chuckwagon Association – WPCA Dodge Pro Tour
August 11, 2010 – More information available at www.halfmileofhell.com
Track and weather conditions were ideal to start the 2010 version of the Battle of the North Championship in Dawson Creek, British Columbia. 1999 Battle of the North Champion Jason Glass opened up this year’s Battle of the North with the top time on opening night.
Coming off barrel number 2 in heat number 7, Glass, driving the Birchcliff Energy Ltd. outfit posted a time of 1:17.14 and placed first overall for the day by 71 one-hundreds of a second over Colt Cosgrave who placed 2nd for the night. Rookie driver John Walters was third, while Jerry Bremner and Cliff Cunningham rounded out the top 5 for the night.
The top 4 drivers in the aggregate after Saturday’s run will go into the sudden death championship final heat where the winner will take home the 2010 Battle of the North Championship.
Racing from Dawson Creek, British Columbia will continue Thursday through Sunday every night starting at 7:30pm (MST). Live coverage can be heard starting at 7:15pm every day on Classic Country AM1060 out of Calgary, 890AM CJDC out of Dawson Creek and 99.7 FM The Wolf out of Bonnyville.
Billy Melville biography:
As the grandson of chuckwagon legend Orville Strandquist, award-winning media personality Billy Melville was practically born on chuckwagon racing’s ‘half mile of hell.’ He is the colour commentator for the World Professional Chuckwagon Association’s (WPCA) radio broadcasts, a job he has loved since 2001, and is a columnist (Wheel to Wheel) in Canadian Cowboy Country magazine. He also doubles as a country music entertainer and is the older brother to award-winning WPCA outrider Eddie Melville.
Billy is arguably the most complete and trusted source of information on the sport of chuckwagon racing today.