The 2009 edition of the GMC Rangeland Derby has been nothing short of spectacular. Remarkable skills, horsemanship, desire, and a touch of reckless abandon have all been on display around the “Half Mile of Hell.”

The onslaught of rain has created a track that’s been sloppy, dangerous, and ridiculously exciting to watch.

An interesting battle that is taking place going into race night 8 is the one between veteran driver Kelly Sutherland and the rookie, Obrey Motowylo. The drivers are mere seconds apart on aggregate times and the final nights should be a pretty great thing to watch as these two go at it for the big time money that the winner will take home in the end.

Kelly is a 10-time Calgary Stampede GMC Rangeland Derby Champion and a 10-time World Champion Chuckwagon Driver.Kelly is a 10-time Calgary Stampede GMC Rangeland Derby Champion and a 10-time World Champion Chuckwagon Driver.Sutherland is a 10-time Calgary Stampede GMC Rangeland Derby Champion and a 10-time world Champion Chuckwagon Driver. Motowylo on the other hand, is making his first ever appearance at the GMC Rangeland Derby and is a relative newbie on the WPCA circuit.

Everyone expected Sutherland to be at the top of the pile but few predicted Motowylo to be competing for anything other than the Orville Strandquist award for Top Rookie Driver……oh how things can change in a hurry. Coming into night eight, the two are battling for top spot, top money, and maybe most importantly of all, the bragging rights for an entire year of winning the biggest prize and The Greatest Outdoor Show on Earth.