Bensmiller wins WPCA title, Gorst wins 2017 Battle of the Rockies

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August 20, 2017 - 8:24pm

It was a big day in Rocky Mountain House as the 2017 World Professional Chuckwagon Association season wrapped up Sunday afternoon.

Chuckwagon Legend Kelly Sutherland was making his last run of his 50 year career, and there was a lot on the line on day 4 of the Battle of the Rockies where two world champions would be declared, as well as the 2017 Battle of the Rockies Championship.

Kurt Bensmiller won his second career World Chuckwagon Championship by 163.5 points over John Walters. Layne MacGillivray had his best overall finish in the World Standings placing third, two-time World Champion Rick Fraser was fourth and Logan Gorst placed fifth. Casey Knight captured his first career World Outriding title.

In the chase for the season-ending Battle of the Rockies championship, Dustin Gorst, driving the Blackjack Livestock Ltd. outfit, and outriders Casey Knight and Quaid Tournier had the run they needed to emerge as champions.

It’s the first career show win for Dustin Gorst as a chuckwagon driver after posting the best four-day aggregate time of 5:06.38. That put him 56 one-hundredths of a second in front of runner-up Gary Gorst, followed closely by Rick Fraser’s #2 wagon. Logan Gorst was fourth and Rick Fraser’s #1 wagon completed the top five overall in the season ending event.

On the day, Vern Nolin was tops with a 1:16.11, from barrel number 1 in the fifth heat.

(Billy Melville)

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