Three-second penalty costs Harden final race at Dawson Creek chuckwagons

Erik Tremblay in the lead down the final stretch of the Western Chuckwagon Association's Dash for Cash in Dawson Creek. Photo by Chris Newton

DAWSON CREEK, B.C. – The grandstand was nearly jammed to capacity at the Dawson Creek Exhibition Grounds for the final chuckwagon races on Sunday evening.

Riders from both the Western Chuckwagon Association and the World Professional Chuckwagon Association were racing for $6,000 and $10,000 cash grand prizes respectively.

The Western Chuckwagon final heat featuring Erik Tremblay, Eric Rever, Ron Bolin, and Sean Debolt nearly began prematurely as Tremblay’s gang of horses literally couldn’t contain themselves on the starting line. Despite a quick reposition, Tremblay took a one-second penalty for a false start just before the horn sounded the off. Despite this, Grande Prairie’s Tremblay took first spot in the WCA’s Dash for Cash.

The World Pros then took to the track at the Exhibition grounds with an exciting nine heats of racing action. The close racing action began right away with the first heat, won by Cody Ridsdale by only .21 seconds ahead of Jason Glass. The final heat for the $10,000 prize comprised of Kirk Sutherland, Chad Harden, Codey McCurrach, and Luke Tournier. The exciting race got off to a blistering start, as all four drivers rounded the figure ‘8’s before heading out onto the track. Harden crossed the line first, but ended up taking three seconds worth of penalties, ultimately costing him the grand prize, which was won by Luke Tournier.

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