After rains dampened the racetrack all morning and afternoon, conditions cleared just in time for the chuckwagon races and day 6 of the Calgary Stampede Rangeland Derby was run under partly cloudy skies and 23°C. On a good racetrack, 2-time Calgary Stampede champion Luke Tournier., driving the The Roadhouse proud supporter of The Friends of Heritage Park outfit, won the day money with a run of 1:18.79.
Coming off barrel number 4 in heat number 4, Tournier was fastest on the night by 45 one-hundreds of a second over three-time Calgary finalist Kirk Sutherland. Kelly Sutherland grabbed third place on the night, with Vern Nolin and Reg Johnstone making out the top five on the night.
With just two runs remaining for the drivers to be among the top eight trying to qualify for “Semi Final Saturday,” Reg Johnstone now leads the overall aggregate standings with a 6 day combined time of 7:51.87. That puts him just 38 one-hundreds of a second ahead of Obrey Motowylo who continues to hold down second place, with Kelly Sutherland moving up six spots into third and Rick Fraser slipping a little into fourth place overall after knocking a barrel. Ray Mitsuing, Jerry Bremner, Colt Cosgrave and Gary Gorst make up the top eight right now, with 4-time Calgary champion Hugh Sinclair in ninth place just 14 one-hundreds of a second out of a birth in the semi final round. Mark Sutherland who started the night in third place overall incurred some big penalties and has now dropped out of contention.
The aggregate winner will be declared after 8 nights on Friday, July 15, and the top 8 in the aggregate on that day will go into “Semi Final Saturday.” The top 4 times from heats 8 and 9 on semi final Saturday on July 16 will go into the sudden death championship final heat. The winner of the final heat will be declared the 2011 Calgary Stampede Rangeland Derby Champion.
Day 5 from the Calgary Stampede Rangeland Derby can be heard live on Saturday, July 12 at 6:15pm on Classic Country AM1060 out of Calgary, 890AM CJDC out of Dawson Creek, 99.7 FM The Wolf out of Bonnyville. 96.6 CKFM out of Olds.
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Day 6 Results
Rank Driver Sponsor Total Time
1 Luke Tournier The Roadhouse proud supporter of The Friends of Heritage Park 1:18.79
2 Kirk Sutherland EMCO Corporation 1:19.24
3 Kelly Sutherland YaYa Calgary.com 1:19.39
4 Vern Nolin BKDI Architects 1:19.56
5 Reg Johnstone ATB Financial 1:19.57
6 Ray Mitsuing Sandlewood Developments 1:19.68
7 Shane Nolin Noralta Lodge 1:19.94
8 Chad Harden The Calgary Food Bank 1:19.99
9 Grant Profit The Pride of Cochrane 1:20.12
10 Tim Haroldson Delta Hotels & Resorts 1:20.13