Glass wins Strathmore for first time
Chuckwagons: High River driver tops the world
Wednesday, Aug 06, 2014 01:23 pm
A guy with plenty of chuckwagon heritage won top honours on Heritage Day.
High Riverís Jason Glass was crowned the Strathmore Heritage Days Chuckwagon Races champion on Monday.
For Glass, a fourth-generation chuckwagon driver, it was his first Strathmore championship.
He finished with a four-day aggregate time of 5:01.52, more than two seconds ahead of second-place Kirk Sutherland at 5:03.63.
Glass was penalty-free over the four-days of racing.
He had a narrow .53 second lead going into the final night of racing over three-time Strathmore champion Rae Croteau Jr.
However, when Croteau, who was racing two heats ahead of Glass, knocked over a barrel on the final night of racing, the High River driver had to run clean to grab the title.
Glass, coming out of the one barrel, won the ninth heat in a time of 1:15.28.
It was the third fastest time of the night.
It was an important weekend of racing in the big scheme of things for the High River driver.
Glass, a four-time world champion, went into Strathmore just four points ahead of Kirk Sutherland in the world standings.
He now has 22.5 point lead on Sutherland. However, that can change in just one race.
There are still nine more nights of racing with Dawson Creek this weekend and Rocky Mountain House on Aug. 13-17.
Okotoksí Mark Sutherland can likely punch his ticket for the Calgary Stampede.
He finished 10th in Strathmore and now sits 16th in the world.
The top 26 in the world are expected to qualify for Calgary.
High Riverís Jordie Fike was ninth in Strathmore.
Fike has been the model of consistency this season.
It has showed in the standings.
He is 13th in the world.
To check out the full results for Strathmore and the world standings go to www.wpca.com