Champion: Medicine Hat Stampede

June 12, 2011  
2011 Medicine Hat Exhibition & Stampede Championship – Medicine Hat, AB
The finals of the Medicine Hat Exhibition & Stampede wrapped up on a beautiful Sunday afternoon on a fantastic racetrack and under sunny skies at 24°C. It was a classic sudden death final that featured Grant Profit, Kirk Sutherland and Troy Dorchester. When the dust settled on what was an extremely exciting final, it was Grant Profit, driving the Ja-Co Welding & Consulting outfit, and along with outriders Chance Flad and Doug Thomson who captured the 2011 Medicine Hat Exhibition & Stampede Championship.

Coming off barrel number 1 in the feature heat number 12, Profit, driving the Ja-Co Welding & Consulting outfit placed first overall edged Troy Dorchester by a very slight 2 one-hundreds of a second, followed by Kirk Sutherland who placed third from barrel number 2 just 38 one-hundreds of a second behind the champion Grant Profit. It’s the first time Grant Profit has won the Medicine Hat Exhibition & Stampede championship, and for outrider Doug Thomson, it was an extra special moment as he captured his first career show championship with the driver who introduced him to chuckwagon racing a decade ago.

For the third time in the past two days the Medicine Hat Track record fell again as Kurt Bensmiller posted a very rapid 1:00.17 and broke the track record set by Rae Croteau Jr. one day earlier by 17 one-hundreds of a second. Coming off barrel 3 in heat 7, Bensmiller,m driving the Internation Eco Fuel Saver outfit, posted the top time of the day by 38 one-hundreds of a second over Jason Glass who placed second on the day. Jerry Bremner, Kelly Sutherland and Grant Profit rounded out the top five runs of the night.

The WPCA Dodge Pro Tour now moves to Drumheller for the Richard Cosgrave Badlands Dinosaur Derby starting on Friday, June 17 and continuing through to Sunday June 19. Coverage from Drumheller can be heard live starting on Friday, June 17 at 5:45pm on Classic Country AM1060 out of Calgary, 890AM CJDC out of Dawson Creek and 99.7 FM The Wolf out of Bonnyville.

Billy Melville
Ja-Co Welding & Consulting Ltd.
Grant Profit – Driver
Chance Flad, Doug Thomson – Outriders
Sudden Death Championship Final Heat (By Barrel Selection) 
1 Grant Profit Ja-Co Welding & Consulting Ltd. 
2 Kirk Sutherland EMCO Corporation 
3 Troy Dorchester LaFarge Canada Ltd.

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