2016 Ponoka Stampede Champions
High River Autoplex & RV Outfit
L-R: Miss Ponoka Stampede Jaydey Van Der Vlis, TrailBlazer RV Centre's
Kim Graham Presenting, High River Autoplex & RV's Doug McLaughlin,
Outrider Chad Cosgrave, Driver Chad Cosgrave, Charleigh Profit,
Outrider Chance Flad, Ponoka Stampede President Mike Stretch
Photo By Billy Melville
In a highly anticipated $50,000.00 Tommy Dorchester Championship final heat at the Ponoka Stampede, Codey McCurrach, Colt Cosgrave, Cody Fraser and Rae Croteau Jr. survived the semi-final round and would run for the championship at one of chuckwagon racing’s most prestigious events on the WPCA Pro Tour – the Ponoka Stampede. On one of the most exciting race nights of the year, Colt Cosgrave - driving the High River Autoplex & RV outfit, and along with outriders Chance Flad and Chad Cosgrave collected the first place winner’s cheque, a new GMC Pickup Truck, and the 2016 Ponoka Stampede Championship.
In the championship final heat, Cosgrave captured his first career Ponoka Stampede crown with a penalty free run of 1:15.23 from barrel position number 2. Codey McCurrach placed second in the heat from barrel position number 3, 31 one-hundredths of a second behind champion Colt Cosgrave, followed by Rae Croteau Jr. from barrel position 4, while rookie driver Cody Fraser, who crossed the finish line first, but knocked over a barrel and had to settle for fourth place from barrel position 1.
As far as day results go, Kirk Sutherland, driving the Legacy Ford outfit, grabbed the day money after posting the fast time of the day with a 1:14.75. Troy Flad and Rick Fraser split second and third on the night, with Layne Bremner and Logan Gorst filling out the top five on the night.
The WPCA Pro Tour will now take a break for the Calgary Stampede GMC Rangeland Derby from July 8-17, 2016. Kurt Bensmiller is the defending champion, and races will run each night at 8:00pm Mountain time. Live coverage of the GMC Rangeland Derby can be heard starting at 7:30 on Friday, July 8, 2016 on Rural Radio on SiriusXM Channel 147, Country 99 at 99.7 FM out of Bonnyville, and AM 700 The Light out of Calgary. Television coverage can be seen on SHAW TV starting at 11:00, and live on CBC and Sportsnet One all ten nights starting at 8:00pm.