Rob Nordick plows through the muddy conditions in heat two of day 2 at the North American Pony Chuckwagons at Westerner Park on Thursday. (Photo by BYRON HACKETT/Advocate Staff)

Drivers battle elements once again on night 2 at North American Pony Chuckwagon Championships

Neil Salmond snags the overall lead from Reed Rosencrans

Conditions were less than ideal on night two of the North American Pony Chuckwagon Championships but that didn’t stop the top drivers from posting fast times once again.

Rain at Westerner Park for a second straight day brought plenty of mud and combined with unseasonably cold temperatures and wind, it did not make for the perfect race evening.

Still, heat 10 had the hot hand in Alberta Professional Chuckwagon and Chariot Association racing for the second straight performance, as three of the top four times came from that race.

Neil Salmond had the top time on day 2, finishing in 80.90 seconds. That vaulted him into the aggregate lead with a combined time of 162.59. He ended up just ahead of Lacombe’s John Stott in the heat, who had a time of 81.46 for second overall. Reed Rosencrans came in narrowly behind those two with an 81.77, the fourth-fastest on the night. His two-day aggregate time of 162.68 sits second overall.

Stott’s 163.54 is third overall.

The other fast time on the night came after the intermission harrow when Chance Thompson put up an 81.63 in heat six. Wade Salmond out of heat four rounded out the top five on the day with an 82.21.

Pony Chuckwagon racing continues Friday at 6 p.m., with the chariot races starting at 5 p.m.



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Shane Cartier in heat four has plenty of mud as his race comes to an end on night two at the North American Pony Chuckwagons at Westerner Park on Thursday. (Photo by BYRON HACKETT/Advocate Staff)

Denver Leach stands upright in the push to the finish line during heat two on night two at the North American Pony Chuckwagons at Westerner Park on Thursday. (Photo by BYRON HACKETT/Advocate Staff)

Rob Nordick plows through the muddy conditions in heat two of day 2 at the North American Pony Chuckwagons at Westerner Park on Thursday. (Photo by BYRON HACKETT/Advocate Staff)

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