After eight days of racing the Calgary Stampede GMC Rangeland Derby aggregate winner has been named. Kurt Bensmiller has captured the Richard Cosgrave Memorial Award - for the second year running. The defending champion, Bensmiller produced an aggregate total of 9:38.14, good enough for nearly six seconds of separation in the 36-man field.
After the opening day, he stood fifth in the aggregate standings of the GMC Rangeland Derby. After two days, he was second. By the third, he was in top spot, and never left. For the win, Bensmiller recieves a 2018 GMC Sierra 3500HD SLT Crew Cab 4x4 and a spot in the semi finals. The rest of the top eight in the aggregate standings – and also semi-finalists - are: Mark Sutherland, Jason Glass,Vern Nolin, Mike Vigen (Chanse Vigen driving) Rick Fraser, who will be retiring from racing on Sunday, Logan Gorst and Evan Salmond.
The fastest four outfits from Saturday night's semifinal heats will advance to the Sunday Showdown Final Heat, which is worth $100,000 to the victor.
Jason Glass had the fastest heat of the night on Friday the 13th. He was followed by Kurt Bensmiller, BJ Carey, Vern Nolin and Rick Fraser.
About the Calgary Stampede
The Calgary Stampede celebrates the people, the animals, the land, the traditions and the values that make up the unique spirit of the west. The Calgary Stampede contributes to the quality of life in Calgary and southern Alberta through our world-renowned 10-day Stampede, year-round facilities, western events and several youth and agriculture programs. Exemplifying the theme We’re Greatest Together; we are a volunteer-supported, not-for-profit community organization that preserves and promotes western heritage and values. All revenue is reinvested into Calgary Stampede programs and facilities.
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