Keith Wood eyes a piece of history

Keith Wood of Saddle Lake is in position to grab a piece of the North American Pony Chuckwagon championship record book.

Linda Shippelt-Hubl of Alhambra urges her team forward during Day 1 of the Westerner Days Chuckwagon races Wednesday. Ray Adamson led after the first night with a time of 1:17.73.

Keith Wood of Saddle Lake is in position to grab a piece of the North American Pony Chuckwagon championship record book.

The six-time champion is one victory away from tying Jim Pollitt as the all-time winningest driver.

And if the opening day of the five-day show at the Westerner Days is any indication the two-time defending champion is going to make a serious run at the record.

One of his main rivals is two-time champion Ray Adamson of Camrose, who leads this year’s tour standings.

Adamson showed he’s not about to hand Wood the title either as he charged from behind on his Alexander First Nation wagon to edge Wood and the Uncle Ben’s RV World outfit at the wire during the final heat Wednesday.

Adamson finished in an unoffocial time of one minute, 17.73 seconds with Wood at 1:17.83.

Marvin Hubl of Alhambra drove his Allan Dale Industries rig to third in the final heat and third overall at 1:18.98 while Chris Spreen of Whitecourt occupies fourth on the Trojan Safety Services wagon at 1:19.07.

Wilfred Whiskeyjack of St. Brides sits fifth at 1:19.10 with his Cherry Hill Auctions wagon while sixth place is held by Reed Rosecrans of Minot, N.D., and the Reinhart Oilfield Services outfit. He had a running time of 1:19.30.

Wade Salmond of Weekes, Sask., drove his Jan Buechler Royal LePage Network wagon to a 1:19.37 to occupy seventh while eighth is held by Louis Johner of Mayerthorpe and the Wei’s Western Wear rig, who finished at 1:19.87.

Gary Salmond of Edson and the Border Paving rig finished ninth at 1:19.54 with 10th going to Curtis Wood of Saddle Lake following a 1:20.18 on his Red Rose Trailers wagon.

Action continues tonight through Sunday with the first of 14 heats starting at 6:30 p.m.

Just Posted

Intelligence official charged seemed to be ‘exemplar of discretion’: former colleague

A professor who once worked with an RCMP intelligence official charged with… Continue reading

More than 100 people participate in the Light the Night Walk in Red Deer

Red Deer’s Michael Wark was 27 when he was diagnosed with cancer.… Continue reading

‘Big bang’ precedes Red Deer house fire, says neighbour

A Red Deer home was heavily damaged by a fire early Friday… Continue reading

PHOTOS: Grilling meat at Shelter Ribfest in Red Deer

The first-ever Shelter Ribfest is on this weekend at Gary W. Harris… Continue reading

Red Deer man arrested, charged for drug-related offences

A Red Deer man is facing a number of charges, including possession… Continue reading

Fashion Fridays: 10 effortlessly stylish items for fall

Kim XO, helps to keep you looking good on Fashion Fridays on the Black Press Media Network

Your community calendar

Wednesday Central Alberta Historical Society annual general meeting is 6 p.m. at… Continue reading

UAW members on the job at GM plants after contract expires

DETROIT — The four-year contract between General Motors and the United Auto… Continue reading

Five things to watch for in the Canadian business world in the coming week

TORONTO — Five things to watch for in the Canadian business world… Continue reading

Police seeking multiple suspects in shooting that left 1 dead and 5 wounded

MISSISSAUGA, Ont. — A teenage boy is dead and five other people… Continue reading

Trump front and centre as talk of trade, jobs emerges on campaign trail

OTTAWA — A familiar U.S. face finally showed up front and centre… Continue reading

RDC Kings and Queens cross country dominate on home turf

There was a lot of pride floating around amongst the host team… Continue reading

Hunting Hills Lightning cruise past Foothills Falcons in high school football action

The Hunting Hills Lightning showed their Football Alberta ranking was no fluke… Continue reading

Two students dead, several seriously injured in Vancouver Island bus rollover

Two University of Victoria students died and several people were injured after… Continue reading

Most Read