Calgary – Logan Gorst wouldn’t change a thing. Not only did the 37-year-old driver out of Meadow Lake, Saskatchewan take top day money of $6,000 and set a new record after six nights with a blistering time of 1:10:57, but he also retained his lead in the aggregate standings of the 2019 Calgary Stampede chuckwagon races.
“It feels pretty good. I’ve been here for 10 years and I’ve never had day money, so it’s pretty special," Gorst said after the win. “I just hope the horses keep going and finish it off.” Gorst has now earned $23,800 and is running penalty free.
“That’s the main part about the Stampede; they call it a marathon and you gotta stay clean to be at the top. Two more days, we just gotta stay clean.” Gorst sped off the first barrel but had to play catch up with chuckwagon veteran Kirk Sutherland, who ended up finishing just behind the winner with a time of 1:10:92, good for second of the day and another $5,200 in his pocket.
Not only did Gorst have to compete wagon-to-wagon with Sutherland, but he also had to fend off Todd Baptiste, who sits second overall in the aggregate standings and won on Tuesday night. Baptiste finished with a time of 1:11:84.
“Todd Baptiste is sitting second; he was only a second behind me and he goes to the one barrel now. In my mind, I had to gain a second on him so if he beats me by a second (Thursday), I still have a second on him for the last day. So that was a pretty huge run overall.”
“You have to take it day-by-day,” Gorst added. “It’s hard not to look past the day-by-day, but you can’t.”
It was a fast night overall for the drivers, many who finished with some of their best times of the week, including Grand Prairie, Alberta’s Chanse Vigen with 1:11:14.
Overall, Gorst and Baptiste retain their hold on first and second in the aggregate standings, while Chad Harden moves from seventh to third, Luke Tournier retains fourth and Evan Salmond moves up a spot to fifth.
The top eight drivers will qualify for the semifinals on Saturday night.
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