Chanse Vigen is, as the kids would say, on a heater at the Ponoka Stampede.
For the second night in a row, Vigen led the way in the World Profession Chuckwagon Association races, with a blistering time of 1:13.96. The Calgary driver also had the fastest time on Day 1 with a time of 1:14.05 and leads the aggregate by three and a half seconds over Layne MacGillivray.
Coming off barrel number 1 in the 8th heat, Vigen – driving the Wentworth Oilfield Services Ltd. outfit, finished in top spot on the night by 53 one-hundredths of a second over Kris Molle. MacGillivray ended up third, with Cody Ridsdale and Codey McCurrach rounding out the top five on the night.
Molle, Ross Knight and Jason Glass complete the top 8, with Obrey Motowylo and Cruise Bensmiller in close pursuit, but currently on the outside looking in.
The top 8 in the aggregate after Friday night’s run will go into the semi-final round on Saturday night in heats 7 and 9. The top 4 times from the semi-final round on July 1 will go into the $75,000.00 Tommy Dorchester Sudden Death Championship final heat where the winner will take home the 2023 Ponoka Stampede Championship.