Gary Salmond in heat five flies down the muddy track on the opening night of the North American Pony Chuckwagon Championships at Westerner Days in Red Deer. (Photo by BYRON HACKETT/Advocate Staff)

Gary Salmond in heat five flies down the muddy track on the opening night of the North American Pony Chuckwagon Championships at Westerner Days in Red Deer. (Photo by BYRON HACKETT/Advocate Staff)

Drivers navigate muddy track on day 1 at North American Pony Chuckwagon Championships

The defending champ left off right where he finished.

Reed Rosencrans, the winner of the 2018 Red Deer Motors North American Pony Chuckwagon Championships was the fast driver on night one in 2019.

Heavy rain prior to the race made for muddy conditions but the American was lightning quick in second last heat on day 1 of the 2019 championships in Red Deer at Westerner Days. He cruised to the top time of the day and finished with an 80.91-second run on opening night, the fastest time by almost a full second.

Neil Salmond was the second-fastest driver, with an 81.69 and Lacombe’s John Stott was third with 82.08. All three top times came from heat 10.

Wade Salmond was fourth fastest with an 82.62 in heat four and Linda Shippelt-Hubl, also in that heat, had an 82.67 for fifth on the night.

Wednesday marked the second consecutive season that Alberta Professional Chuckwagon and Chariot Association brought pony chuckwagon racing to Red Deer.

Over five days, 40 drivers compete for the chance to be crowned champion at the 2019 Red Deer Motors North American Pony Chuckwagon Championships.

It’s the 51st season of racing for the circuit, which has been entertaining crowds since 1968.

Chariot races are also a big part of the racing at Westerner Days, they’ll take place before the chuckwagons on Friday, Saturday and Sunday.

Heading into the first race of five in Red Deer, Louis Johner led the APCCA standings with 517.5 points. Brett Dubuc is second at 479.5 and Mike Cooke sits third at 442.

Racing kicks off at 6 p.m. Thursday and Friday, chariot races start at 5 p.m. with chuckwagons to follow.



Email sports tips to Byron Hackett

Like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter

Get local stories you won't find anywhere else right to your inbox.
Sign up here

 

Wade Salmond in heat four had one of the fastest times on the opening night of the North American Pony Chuckwagon Championships at Westerner Days in Red Deer. (Photo by BYRON HACKETT/Advocate Staff)

Wade Salmond in heat four had one of the fastest times on the opening night of the North American Pony Chuckwagon Championships at Westerner Days in Red Deer. (Photo by BYRON HACKETT/Advocate Staff)

Linda Shippelt-Hubl was one of the fastest drivers on the opening night of the North American Pony Chuckwagon Championships at Westerner Days in Red Deer. (Photo by BYRON HACKETT/Advocate Staff)

Linda Shippelt-Hubl was one of the fastest drivers on the opening night of the North American Pony Chuckwagon Championships at Westerner Days in Red Deer. (Photo by BYRON HACKETT/Advocate Staff)

Gary Salmond in heat five flies down the muddy track on the opening night of the North American Pony Chuckwagon Championships at Westerner Days in Red Deer. (Photo by BYRON HACKETT/Advocate Staff)

Gary Salmond in heat five flies down the muddy track on the opening night of the North American Pony Chuckwagon Championships at Westerner Days in Red Deer. (Photo by BYRON HACKETT/Advocate Staff)

Just Posted

A nurse gets a swab ready at a temporary COVID-19 test clinic in Montreal, on Friday, May 15, 2020. Health Canada has reversed course on home test kits for COVID-19, saying it will now review applications for such devices. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Paul Chiasson
Employee at Bethany CollegeSide in Red Deer tests positive for COVID-19

An employee at a Red Deer continuing care facility has tested positive… Continue reading

The Government of Alberta has identified 1,828 new cases and 15 new COVID-19-related deaths, which brings the provincial death toll to 590. (File photo)
Alberta identifies 1,828 new COVID-19 cases on Friday

Central zone has 1,251 active cases

Higher sales of cannabis helped Canadian farmers come out in the green. (Black Press Media File)
Drumheller RCMP lay charge for unlawfully distributing cannabis

A joint forces investigation involving the AGLC investigation team partnered with Drumheller… Continue reading

Three weapons have been seized and four people are facing charges following a police operation in central Alberta. (Photo contributed by RCMP)
RCMP, Lacombe Police seize loaded guns, arrest four people

Four people have been arrested and multiple prohibited firearms are off the… Continue reading

The Salvation Army's 2020 Christmas Kettle Campaign includes a new $5 tap feature for pandemic-friendly donations. (Devon Bidal/News Staff)
Salvation Army officers safe, touchless options for Kettle donation this year

The Salvation Army in Red Deer needs help. Kettle donations are needed… Continue reading

Dan Cochrane, senior pastor at CrossRoads Church. Contributed photo
CrossRoads Church closes its doors for two weeks after staff member tests positive for COVID-19

CrossRoads Church made the decision to cancel in-house services for two weeks… Continue reading

Montreal Alouettes' Michael Sam is set to make his pro football debut as he warms up before the first half of a CFL game against the Ottawa Redblacks in Ottawa on Friday, Aug. 7, 2015. Sam became the first publicly gay player to be drafted in the NFL. He signed with the Montreal Alouettes after being released by St. Louis, but abruptly left after playing one game. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Justin Tang
Study finds Canada a “laggard” on homophobia in sports

Study finds Canada a “laggard” on homophobia in sports

Canada's Kadeisha Buchanan (3) and Mexico's Jacqueline Ovalle (11) battle for the ball during a CONCACAF women's Olympic qualifying soccer match Tuesday, Feb. 4, 2020, in Edinburg, Texas. THE CANADIAN PRESS/AP-Delcia Lopez
Lyon defender Kadeisha Buchanan named Canadian Women’s Player of the Year

Lyon defender Kadeisha Buchanan named Canadian Women’s Player of the Year

Winnipeg Blue Bombers' Andrew Harris celebrates his touchdown against the Hamilton Tiger-Cats during the first half of the 107th Grey Cup in Calgary, Alta., Sunday, Nov. 24, 2019. Running back Andrew Harris, who was instrumental in the Winnipeg Blue Bombers ending their Grey Cup drought in 2019, tops the CFL team's list of potential free agents. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Nathan Denette
Grey Cup MVP, top Canadian Harris among Winnipeg Blue Bombers potential free agents

Grey Cup MVP, top Canadian Harris among Winnipeg Blue Bombers potential free agents

24Toronto Raptors' Fred VanVleet (23) goes up for a shot agains the Boston Celtics during the first half of an NBA conference semifinal playoff basketball game in Lake Buena Vista, Fla., Friday, Sept. 11, 2020.. Watching Connor McDavid let a slapshot fly or Fred VanVleet sink a deep three can be a salve to the soul of a sports fan run down by the difficult realities of the COVID-19 pandemic. THE CANADIAN PRESS/AP-Mark J. Terrill
Bubbles are best: experts say return of sports risky as COVID-19 pandemic continues

Bubbles are best: experts say return of sports risky as COVID-19 pandemic continues

Coastal Carolina's Grayson McCall (10) scrambles past Texas State's Nico Ezidore (95) during the first half of an NCAA college football game in San Marcos, Texas, Saturday, Nov. 28, 2020. THE CANADIAN PRESS/AP-Chuck Burton
BYU presents tough challenge for Chanticleers, Canadian Makonzo this weekend

BYU presents tough challenge for Chanticleers, Canadian Makonzo this weekend

Meng Wanzhou, chief financial officer of Huawei, arrives at B.C. Supreme Court to attend a hearing, in Vancouver, on Friday, November 27, 2020. The U.S. Department of Justice is refusing to comment on media reports that its lawyers are seeking a plea deal of sorts with Chinese tech executive Meng Wanzhou. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck
PM won’t confirm reports U.S. Justice Department seeking plea deal with Meng Wanzhou

PM won’t confirm reports U.S. Justice Department seeking plea deal with Meng Wanzhou

Alek Minassian is shown in a handout photo from his LinkedIn page. A psychiatrist retained by the defence will testify for a fifth consecutive day today at the trial for the man behind Toronto's van attack. Dr. Alexander Westphal says Alek Minassian does not truly understand the moral wrongfulness of killing 10 people, but says criminal responsibility is a legal opinion, not a psychiatric one. THE CANADIAN PRESS/HO
‘I know what I did was morally wrong,’ Alek Minassian told psychiatrist, court hears

‘I know what I did was morally wrong,’ Alek Minassian told psychiatrist, court hears

A look at what provinces and territories have said about COVID-19 vaccine plans

A look at what provinces and territories have said about COVID-19 vaccine plans

Most Read