The 2015 edition of the Battle of the North Championship in Dawson Creek, British Columbia is in the books, and for the first time in his career, Luke Tournier, driving the Keddies Tack & Western Wear outfit, and along with outriders Chance Flad and Quaid Tournier, captured the championship, a $10,000.00 bonus cheque and a new GMC Sierra truck as part of the WPCA’s Sierra Cup series.
In a penalty free championship final heat, Tournier won the championship with blistering run of 1:13.65 from barrel position number 2. Aggregate winner Rae Croteau Jr. placed second from barrel number 1, 55 one-hundredths of a second behind the champion Tournier, with defending Battle of the North champion Kirk Sutherland and reigning Calgary Stampede Champion Kurt Bensmiller finishing third and fourth from barrel number 4 and 3 respectively.
As far as the day results go, Luke Tournier’s run was the fast time of the night, Rae Croteau Jr. placed second on the night, Rick Fraser was third, Chanse Vigen was fourth and Jordie rounded out the five best times on the night. Jess Willard was presented with the Kenn Borek Memorial Most Sportsmanlike Driver award, and Kirk Sutherland received a $4,000.00 bonus cheque for winning the Herman Flad Memorial Heat driving Jerry Bremner’s outfit on Saturday night.
The 2015 WPCA Pro Tour will conclude next week in Rocky Mountain House, Alberta with the final stop of the season with the Battle of the Rockies starting on Wednesday, August 12, 2015 and running through to Sunday, August 16, 2015. Live radio coverage of the Battle of the Rockies from Rocky Mountain House can be heard Wednesday through Saturday on Rural Radio on SiriusXM Channel 80, and Country 99 at 99.7 FM out of Bonnyville starting at 9:00pm Eastern, 8:00pm Central and 7:00pm Mountain Time, with Sundays final starting at 4:00pm Eastern, 3:00pm Central and 2:00pm Mountain Time.