Glass ready to promote hometown
Chuckwagons: Driver returning to High River as defending Stampede champion
By: Bruce Campbell
| Posted: Wednesday, Jun 18, 2014 10:28 am
Jason Glass knows he’s going to be facing a lot of questions when he comes home to race wagons this weekend.
Not only is he coming to the Guy Weadick chuckwagon races in High River as the defending champion of the Calgary Stampede for the first time, but also wagons are returning since the races being cancelled due to the June 20th flood of last year.
The questions won’t be a distraction for Glass, they will be an opportunity.
“Any publicity I can get, I can remember High River,” said Glass in an interview from Medicine Hat. “It needs a lot of help and it is going to need it for a long time to come…We all have got to work to get it done.”
He’s aiming to have a good run in High River in front of what he hopes is a full grandstand.
“Hopefully we can have a nice weekend and fill the grandstand and make everyone a little bit of money — let’s fill that town up with people and show all the work that has been done in town.
“The effort that has gone into rebuilding that town is amazing, but it is still so far away from what it was before the flood.”
The 2013 Guy Weadick races were scheduled to begin on June 20. However, rather than hearing the horn to race, the 36 drivers heard they had to evacuate.
Glass loaded his horses and went to his Mazeppa area home.
“We were just trying to take care of our horses and get our equipment high and dry — it was all we could do,” Glass said. “It was frustrating to leave because you wanted to help, but there was nothing you could do.”
The one thing Glass could do is run his checkerboard-wagon as hard as he could.
Glass became High River’s biggest promoter as he mentioned the plight of his hometown every time a microphone or camera was in front of him during his run to the Calgary Stampede Rangeland Derby title last July. Glass donated several thousand dollars of his winnings in Calgary for flood relief in southern Alberta.
If there’s any pressure coming into High River as the defending Calgary Stampede champion, he more than welcomes it.
“It’s kind of a load off my shoulders in a way,” Glass said. “I finally got it accomplished to win that final heat (in Calgary).
“I just try and run as strong and as fair as we can whenever we are on a racetrack.
“It’s all about the horses — take care of the horses and let them take care of the rest.”
Glass would love to win in his hometown, but if he loses, he hopes High River fans are seeing polka-dots speed by.
His cousin Colt Cosgrave will be carrying the Town of High River tarp, which was bought by High River Autoplex and RV, on top of his polka-dot wagon.
The High River tarp will be on Cosgrave’s wagon at the Calgary Stampede and the remainder of the World Professional Chuckwagon Association tour as well.
“If anybody can beat us, well, I have no problem with Colt out-running me as anybody,” Glass said with a chuckle.
The drivers are coming from Medicine Hat, which was won by Obrey Motowylo on June 16.
Glass finished in the top half of the 36 drivers. He had the fastest time of the night on the final day of racing on Monday night.
The Guy Weadick Chuckwagon Championships are June 19-21 at 7 p.m.
The final heats are June 22 at approximately 4 p.m. All the performances will be preceded by the Guy Weadick Rodeo which is 5 p.m. June 19-20, 3 p.m. on June 21 and at 1 p.m. on June 22. .
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