Jason Glass of High River has started the World Professional Chuckwagon Association season off in a good way.
Glass, who finished seventh in the WPCA standings last year, had the fastest time on the opening night of the 39th Grande Prairie Stompede.
He toured the oval in 1:16.36 in what turned out to be a night of some close racing.
Four drivers, in fact, are all under 1:17.0.
Troy Dorchester sits second at 1:16.72; Cody Ridsdale is third at 1:16.93; and Gary Gorst is fourth at 1:16.94.
Most of the local drivers are in good position after Day 1.
Kirk Sutherland is eighth at 1:17.63 while brother Kelly is ninth at 1:17.64. Mark Sutherland, Kelly’s son, is 11th (1:17.72) and Mike Vigen 13th (1:17.86).
Mike’s son Chanse will need some quick times over the next day to get in the dash on Sunday. He is 19th at 1:18.10.
Mitch Sutherland is 31st (1:19.00) and Rick Fraser, a former Stompede champion, is 35th at 1:19.68.
There were three heats in the Western Chuckwagon Association and Derek Aebley was best of the 12 drivers with a 1:17.63. Dean Dreger sits second at 1:17.77 and Erik Trembley third at 1:18.19.
Lee Adamson leads the way in the All Pro Chucks with a 1:14.43 while Curtis Hogg is second at 1:15.70 and Jack Stott third at 1:15.80.
Rodeo slack was held on Wednesday as Stompede moved away from the evening rodeo featured the last several years.
And Tanner Milan of Cochrane, AB had himself a nice day.
Milan leads in steer wrestling after a 4.3 clocking. He is followed by Denver Hoff of Drayton Valley (4.7); Dayton Roworth of Czar, AB (4.9) and Sexsmiths Jerry Stojan, who did his flip in 5.0.
Milan joined with Baillie Milan, also of Cochrane, for third spot in team roping at 6.3.
Two Barrhead, AB boys – Wyatt Branden and Tyler Schmidt – lead in team roping with a 5.3 followed by Jonah Antoine and Cash Isnardy of Cache Creek, BC at 5.5.
In ladies barrels and American is leading the way.
Cayla Melby of Burneyville, OK did the course in 16.152 followed by Valerie Frey of Athabasca at 16.181 and Merritt, BC’s Katie Garthwaite in 16.190.
Stompede continues Thursday with the Canadian Pro Rodeo at 1 p.m. followed by the evening show at 5 p.m.
Tickets for all the rodeo and chuckwagon events as well as beer gardens and the Amber Marshall luncheon and equine event Saturday and Sunday are available online at www.gpstompede.com