FINAL 4 SET FOR 2015 PONOKA STAMPEDE FINAL, EVAN SALMOND TAKES DAY MONEY
It looked like thundershowers were on the horizon, but they held off and Day 5 at the Ponoka Stampede was run under a few clouds and a cool 20°C. Tension ran high as eight drivers running two heats were trying to survive the semi-final round and looking for a spot in Wednesday’s final.
When it all played out, Evan Salmond, Jason Glass, Kurt Bensmiller and Kirk Sutherland survived the semi-final round and will comprise the $50,000.00 Tommy Dorchester Winner-Take-All Championship final heat. Jordie Fike ended up in the crying hole and missed the winner-take-all final. Obrey Motowylo would have qualified for Monday’s final, but penalties proved costly and eliminated the the former Ponoka champion.
On the day, it was Evan Salmond who not only qualified for Monday’s final, but did it in style by winning his second day money of the week with a penalty free run of 1:18.26. From barrel number four in the eighth heat, Salmond, driving the Phoenix Rentals outfit was the fast man on the day by just 8 one-hundreds of a second over Jason Glass who ran in the same heat number eight. Third and fourth belonged to two other drivers in the semi finals as Kurt Bensmiller nosed out Kirk Sutherland for third place, with Rick Fraser filling out the top five on the night.
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