Calgary – Evan Salmond made it two-for-two in heat six at the 2019 GMC Rangeland Derby. After winning his heat on Friday, Salmond improved his time by more than three seconds just one night later. He sped around the Calgary Stampede track in Saturday’s fastest time of 1:17.12 to win the top day money prize of $6,000 and move into fifth place overall in the aggregate standings.
“Just fast horses,” said Salmond when asked what led to his quick time. The 38-year-old from Hudson Bay, Saskatchewan, didn’t have the fastest start, but kept fellow driver Jason Glass in his sights until he caught and passed him down the stretch.
“That was the plan,” Salmond said. “We wanted Jason to barrel hard. We wanted to suck in behind him.” Competing at his sixth Stampede, Salmond enjoys racing in Calgary against the best the sport has to offer. “It’s the biggest show there is,” he said. “You’ve got to be here. It’s where we make our money and there are always huge crowds.”
Dallas Dyck also improved upon his first-night showing, but by a considerably larger margin than Salmond.
After finishing last on the opening night of the 10-day show, Dyck won Saturday’s first heat with a time of 1:17.13, which was just 1/100ths of a second behind Salmond. For his efforts, Dyck took home $5,200.
Although he finished ninth overall on Saturday with a time of 1:18.47, Chance Bensmiller moved into top spot overall in the aggregate standings with a two-day total of 2:36.78.
“I’m not going to say I have the best horses out there because there are a lot of powerful outfits,” said the 33-year-old driver from Dewberry, Alberta. “Run clean and consistent and where we end up, we end up. The end game is always to be the best of the best. Right now I just want to play it safe and we’ll see how we end up.”
Vern Nolin currently sits in second spot with an aggregate time of 2:36.84 followed closely by Chad Fike at 2:37.16 and Logan Gorst at 2:37.25.
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