Adamson in control

Ray Adamson came into the North American Pony Chuckwagon championships at the Westerner as the No. 1 ranked driver on tour.

Chris Arcand (left) of Morrinville runs neck and neck with Rick McRorie of Sylvan Lake at the Pony Chuckwagon races at Westerner Days on Thursday.

Ray Adamson came into the North American Pony Chuckwagon championships at the Westerner as the No. 1 ranked driver on tour.

And watching the veteran from Camrose it’s little wonder why he’s leading.

Adamson, who has been driving for over four decades, is slowly beginning to take command of the Red Deer show as he drove his Alexander First Nations sponsored wagon to the best time for the second day in a row Thursday.

He charged out of the No. 1 barrel to grab the rail position and finished the 14th and final heat in one minute 17.17 seconds to sit on top with an unofficial time of 2:34.90.

Six-time champion Keith Wood of Saddle Lake took second place for the second straight night on his Uncle Ben’s RV rig with a time of 1:17.99, which left him at 2:35.82.

Marvin Hubl, who runs with Adamson and Wood in the final heat, occupies third place at 2:37.19 after driving the Allan Dale Industries outfit to a 1:18.21 time.

Albert Whiskeyjack of St. Brides moved into fourth from fifth on the Cherry Hill Auctions wagon as he finished in 1:18.49 to give him a time of 2:37.59, just ahead of Chris Spreen of Whitecourt, who slipped one spot.

Spreen had a running time of 1:18.86 with the Trojan Safety Services wagon and had a two-day total time of 2:37.93.

Carmen Currah of Stettler charged into the top 10 with the Bettenson’s and Sons Sand and Gravel outfit, sliding into sixth at 2:38.92 following a time of 1:18.51.

Ken Madden moved up from 12th to seventh while Gary Salmond was assessed a two-second penalty which prevented him from moving out of eighth place.

Madden ran a 1:19.05 on the Randy’s Oilfield Services rig and has a time of 2:39.32 while Salmond sits at 2:39.62 on the Border Paving wagon. Salmond had a time of 1:18.08 prior to the penalty.

Curtis Wood of Saddle Lake sits in ninth at 2:39.72 and Ric Rosencrans of Minot, N.D. moved into 10th at 2:40.13.

Wood drove his Red Rose Trailers wagon to a 1:19.54 Thursday while Rosencrans had a 1:19.20 on the Dynamic Projects rig.

Action continues today through Sunday at 6:30 p.m.

Just Posted

Red Deer housing market remains flat

Six per cent drop in sales in April 2019 compared to April 2018

Alberta improv teams battle for crowd approval at Bull Skit Comedy fundraiser

Pies can be thrown Saturday, May 25, at Red Deer’s Scott Block Theatre

Beyond Meat burger not a threat for beef producers, say central Alberta ranchers

Referring to vegan or vegetarian alternative proteins as “meat” isn’t a concern,… Continue reading

Wind remains on firefighters’ side in bout with northern Alberta wildfire

HIGH LEVEL, Alta. — A government update says a lighter wind out… Continue reading

Central Alberta’s largest garage sale helps animals

VIP shopping night May 30 in Red Deer

Dogs and drugs don’t mix: Red Deer business wants to leave downtown after 18 years

One business owner is done with downtown Red Deer after 18 years.… Continue reading

Cast your votes for the Best of Red Deer

Nominations for the Best of Red Deer Readers’ Choice Awards are officially… Continue reading

WestJet pilot injured by green laser light while approaching Orlando airport

A WestJet pilot flying from Newfoundland to Orlando International Airport had his… Continue reading

Canada hires firm to ship back garbage, will be done before end of June: McKenna

OTTAWA — Environment Minister Catherine McKenna says the Canadian trash that has… Continue reading

Newfoundland man pleads not guilty in case of skeleton stolen from graveyard

ST. JOHN’S, N.L. — A young Newfoundland man pleaded not guilty Wednesday… Continue reading

Canadians increasingly worried over boomers’ health bills, survey finds

CHARLOTTETOWN — Canadians are increasingly concerned about how to pay for the… Continue reading

Gonzalez helps power Twins to 8-3 victory over Angels

ANAHEIM, Calif. — Marwin Gonzalez keeps coming through for the Minnesota Twins.… Continue reading

Another athlete slams testosterone rules, refuses medication

NAIROBI, Kenya — Another Olympic medallist has criticized the IAAF’s testosterone regulations… Continue reading

Madonna perfects her off-key Eurovision act online

JERUSALEM — The Queen of Pop has cleaned up her act. After… Continue reading

Most Read