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Camrose driver pulls away from the pack

Lee Adamson proved Friday night his rig was good in more than just the mud.

Lee Adamson proved Friday night his rig was good in more than just the mud.

After taking over the North American Pony Chuckwagon Championships lead in the rain and the muck on Wednesday, he started to separate himself from the pack with improving track conditions on Day 3 of the Westerner Days races.

The Camrose driver in the A-1 Rentals rig laid down the fastest time of the this year’s championship with a one minute, 16.88 second circuit. His aggregate time of 3:57.46, increases his lead to 2.33 seconds over defending and eight-time champion Keith Wood out of Saddle Lake in the Westock Frame & Wheel Alignment Ltd. wagon. Wood finished the day with a time of 1:18.42 for a total time of 3:59.79.

Sitting third after three runnings is Neil Salmond of Weekes, Sask., whose time of 1:17.92 aboard the Uncle Ben’s RV outfit from Red Deer gave him a total of 4:00.23.

Gary Thiel of Sherwood Park (Red Deer Pumps & Pressure, 1:17.37 Friday, 4:00.66 total) jumped from sixth spot to fourth and Sedgewick’s Curtis Hogg (Red Deer Kellough Enterprises Inc., 1:17.92 Friday, 4:00.85 total) was fifth.

Rounding out the top 10 after three days was Louis Johner of Mayerthorpe (Paradise RV in Red Deer, 1:18.72 Friday, 4:01.19 total), Eckville’s Marvin Hubl (Eldorado Pressure Services in Rocky Mountain House, 1:18.53 Friday, 4:02.16 total), Kevin Desjarlais of Elizabeth Métis Settlement (The Pipe Yard in Blackfalds, 1:17.58 Friday, 4:02.17 total), Wade Salmond of Weekes, Sask. (Nossack Fine Meats of Red Deer, 1:18.24 Friday, 4:02.64 total), and Brian Miller of Drumheller (Westerner Park Board of Directors, 1.20.10 Friday, 4:03.40 total).

Day 4 goes today at 6:30 with the championship run on Sunday at 2:30 p.m.

jaldrich@bprda.wpengine.com

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