Day 2 – July 24 – 2011 Capital Ex Chuckwagon Derby – Edmonton, AB


 It was an ideal night for chuckwagon racing in Alberta’s provincial capital city, as night 2 of the Martin Deerline Capital EX Chuckwagon Derby in Edmonton was run under clear skies and a warm 24°C.  For the second consecutive night, Kurt Bensmiller, driving the Stahl Peterbilt outfit, posted the top time of the race meet so far with a run of 1:18.13.

Coming off barrel number 2 in heat number 4, Bensmiller bettered three-time Edmonton finalist Troy Dorchester by 20 one-hundreds of a second. Defending Edmonton champion Grant Profit was third on the night followed by Luke Tournier and Hugh Sinclair.

After two consecutive fist place runs, Kurt Bensmiller’s two day combined time of 2:41.01 is a big lead in the overall standings – 1.92 seconds better than 2009 Edmonton champion Chad Harden. Troy Dorchester and two-time Edmonton champion Rick Fraser make out the top four right now, with Tim Haroldson in fifth place overall just 60 one-hundreds of a second out of fourth place overall.

The top 4 wagons after Monday’s run will compete in the Sudden Death Final on Tuesday, where the winner will be declared the 2011 Martin Deerline Capital EX Chuckwagon Derby champion. The Edmonton races feature three wagons per heat for the first three days allowing all drivers to have an equal turn around the barrels, and then on night four the races revert back to its traditional four wagons per heat.

Day 3 from the Martin Deerline Capital EX Chuckwagon Derby  in Edmonton can be heard live on Monday, July 25, 2011 at 6:45pm on Classic Country AM1060 out of Calgary, 890AM CJDC out of Dawson Creek and 99.7 FM The Wolf out of Bonnyville. Television coverage can be seen on SHAW TV and SHAW Direct Channel 299 starting at 10:00pm.

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Day 2 Results
Rank Driver Sponsor Total Time
1 Kurt Bensmiller Stahl Peterbilt 1:18.13
2 Troy Dorchester Team Rig & Supply/Decarson Rentals 1:18.33
3 Grant Profit Thru Tubing Solutions 1:18.48
4 Luke Tournier ATB Financial 1:18.78
5 Hugh Sinclair Sabre Concrete 1:18.96
6 Tim Haroldson Desjardins Financial Security 1:19.01
7 Doug Irvine B & R Eckel’s Transport Ltd. 1:19.36
8 Kelly Sutherland Knelsen Sand & Gravel Ltd. 1:19.43
9 Rick Fraser Terra Core Rentals 1:19.56
10 Codey McCurrach Kids Cottage Foundation/Youth Emergency Shelter 1:19.61