RAE CROTEAU JR. SETS TRACK RECORD ON NIGHT 3 OF THE BATTLE OF THE NORTH

Rae Croteau Jr. Track Record Run On Night 3 In Dawson Creek
Photo By Paul Easton

Weather and racetrack conditions were back to being perfect for night 3 at the Battle of the North at Mile “0” on the Alaska Highway in Dawson Creek British Columbia. When the night wrapped up, Rae Croteau Jr., driving the TOMCO Group of Companies outfit, established a new track record with a blistering run of 1:12.71.

From barrel number 4 in the 6th heat, Croteau bettered the old track record of  1:13.56 set by Kirk Sutherland back in 2013 by 85 one-hundredths of a second to take the day money. Gary Gorst, who placed second on the night, also bettered the old track record with a run of 1:13.52.  Luke Tournier placed third, Colt Cosgrave was fourth and Kurt Bensmiller filled out the top five times on the night.

With just one run go to try and make the top four and a spot in Sunday’s final, Rae Croteau Jr.’s TOMCO Group of Companies outfit continues to lead the overall aggregate standings with a three day aggregate time of 3:44.67. Luke Tournier sits second, a whopping 2.25 seconds behind the overall leader Rae Croteau. Gary Gorst moved into 3rd place overall, and Evan Salmond holds down 4th place overall. Kirk Sutherland is in 5th place overall, 1.72 seconds out of 4th place overall.

The Battle of the North is part of the GMC Sierra Cup Series. The top 4 drivers in the aggregate after Saturday’s run will go into the winner-take-all championship final heat where the winner will take home a 2015 GMC Sierra truck, a big bonus cheque, and the 2015 Battle of the North Championship.

Future wagon drivers and outriders Cruise Bensmiller, Weston Sutherland and Britton Irvine getting ready to compete in the Wild Pony Race

Night 4 of the Battle of the North Championship from Dawson Creek, British Columbia for the Battle of the North can be heard live on Saturday night, August 8, 2015 starting at 9:30pm Eastern, 8:30pm Central and 7:30pm Mountain Time on Rural Radio on SiriusXM Channel 80, and Country 99 at 99.7 FM out of Bonnyville.

Billy Melville