Chanse Vigen is showing no interest in budging.
The 33-year-old driver, the aggregate leader through two days of the GMC Rangeland Derby, stubbornly stayed put Sunday evening.
And he did it in style.
Working off the third barrel in the first heat, Vigen whizzed around the track in 1:11.48, the fastest time of the opening three days at the Calgary Stampede – till Chad Harden’s 1:10.56 sprint in the eighth heat.
A year ago, Vigen, a Grande Prairie, Alta., native, served as an outrider in Kirk Sutherland’s outfit, which won the championship and the aggregate title. Now he is aiming to drive to glory himself in the $1.15 million event.
Closest to Vigen (3:37.15) – who’s already pocketed $14,200 – are Harden (3:37.82), Colt Cosgrave (3:38.39), Kurt Bensmiller (3:38.46), Kirk Sutherland (3:39.20).
Rounding out Sunday’s fastest times – Doug Irvine (1:11.67), Cosgrave (1:11.74), Mitch Sutherland (1:11.84), Jamie Laboucane (1:12.06).
Racing continues Monday at 7:45 p.m.