Day 3 – 2011 Battle of the North Championship – Dawson Creek, BC


August 12, 2011 –  
It was another great night of racing on Night 3 of the Battle of the North Championship in Dawson Creek, British Columbia. On a fast racetrack under partly cloudy skies and 20°C, five-time Battle of the North champion Hugh Sinclair posted the fast time of the race meet so far with a run of 1:15.06.

Coming off barrel number 4 in heat number 3, Sinclair, driving the Specialized Tech Inc. outfit won the day money by 76 one-hundreds of a second over Kirk Sutherland who also broke the 1:16.00 barrier for 2nd place on the night, followed by Mike Vigen, Codey McCurrach and Rick Fraser to make out the top 5 for the night.

After three days, Rick Fraser, driving the Hellfires Suppression Services Outfit leads the overall standings with a 3-run total day combined time of 3:50.08. He leads by just 3 one-hundreds of a second over 2-day leader Evan Salmond, with Hugh Sinclair and Kelly Sutherland making out the top four after 3 nights. Obrey Motowylo dropped out of the top four and sits in 5th place overall just 19 one-hundreds of a second outside the ever important top four.

The Battle of the North is part of the Ram Cup Series where the top 4 drivers in the aggregate after Saturday’s run will go into the sudden death championship final heat. The winner of the sudden death final will take home a 2011 Dodge truck, a $10,000.00 bonus cheque, and the 2011 Battle of the North Championship.

Racing from the Battle of the North in Dawson Creek can be heard live every night starting at 7:00pm (MST) on Classic Country AM1060 out of Calgary, 890AM CJDC out of Dawson Creek and 99.7 FM The Wolf out of Bonnyville.

Billy Melville

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Day 3 Results
Rank Driver Sponsor Total Time
1 Hugh Sinclair Specialized Tech Inc. 1:15.06
2 Kirk Sutherland EMCO Corporation 1:15.82
3 Mike Vigen All Clean Fluid & Filtration 1:16.00
4 Codey McCurrach CE Franklin Ltd. 1:16.08
5 Rick Fraser Hellfires Suppression Services 1:16.42
6 Jerry Bremner Tiggo Transport Ltd. 1:16.46
7 Kelly Sutherland Knelsen Rock Products Ltd. 1:16.53
8 Evan Salmond Phoenix Oilfield Rentals Ltd. 1:16.55
9 Rae Croteau Jr. TOMCO Group of Companies 1:16.56
10 Barry Hodgson GD Cornish Trucking Ltd. 1:16.71