One night after a disappointing run, Jason Glass redeemed himself by breaking his own track record.
On Saturday, Glass took a five-second penalty for knocking over a barrel and wound up finishing way back behind the frontrunners in 30th aboard his Cowboys Casino Posse wagon.
What a difference a day made as Glass blazed around the Stampede track on Sunday in 1:09.38 to break his own track record of 1:09.87 that he set back in 2013.
“It’s just a nice bunch of horses and they did it again tonight,” said Glass, who won his first GMC Rangeland Derby title two years ago. “To run that fast takes all four and they’re beautiful. They were fast and that rain just tightened the track up. It worked out in our favour tonight.”
For his efforts, Glass won $6,000 in day money and rose from 30th place in the aggregate standings to 21st overall with a total time of 3:40.45 after three nights of racing action.
“We still have five nights left, so there is time,” Glass said. “There’s no time for any more errors and we have to run fast. We’re definitely not out of this thing. We’ve come back before and we’re trying to do that again.
In Sunday’s first heat, Mike Vigen (Chiniki Travel Centre) set an impressive time to beat of 1:09.89, but he had to settle for second spot behind Glass and a payday of $5,200. Evan Salmond (LaPrairie Group of Companies) placed third in 1:10.03 and won $4,600, while Colt Cosgrave (Foothills Special Needs Association) continued his impressive showing at the GMC Rangeland Derby so far by clocking a time of 1:10.56.
After three days, Cosgrave sits atop the aggregate standings with a total time of 3:24.23. He also leads all drivers with $13,300 in earnings so far.
Obrey Motowylo (High River Auto Plex & RV) trails Cosgrave in the aggregate standings by just 9/100ths of a second and is also second in money earned so far at $12,200.
Last year’s champion Kurt Bensmiller (Tsuu T’ina Nation) sits third overall with a total time of 3:34.45, while Vigen’s fast dash around the Stampede track vaulted him from 11th spot overall up to fourth, just 2/10ths of a second behind Bensmiller.
The three outfits competing for the Orville Strandquist Memorial Award as the top rookie driver at the 2015 GMC Rangeland Derby all had clear runs on Sunday in the first two heats.
Chad Fike (Jimbob Group of Companies) finished third in Heat 1 behind Mike Vigen and Colt Cosgrave in a respectable time of 1:11.17, which placed him 12th overall on the night.
In the next race, Dallas Dyck then came from behind in his Thermal Systems wagon to edge out veteran Shane Nolin (Big Hearted Mavericks Foundation) and fellow rookie Dave Galloway (RDL Transportation Inc.) in one of the most exciting finishes of the night. Dyck’s time of 1:12.05 was just .15 better than Nolin and .49 faster than Galloway.
In the aggregate standings, Dyck currently sits in 18th spot, while Galloway and Fike hold down 26th and 27th place respectively.