Chanse Vigen grabbed hold of the aggregate lead Saturday, the second night of the GMC Rangeland Derby.
He’s still there.
Of course, Monday had been washed out when heavy rain prevented the final three heats on the Calgary Stampede’s soggy grounds. None of that night’s results count toward the aggregate for any of the 36 drivers. (But if you’re wondering, Vigen had posted the quickest time.)
Tuesday, Vigen didn’t look like he missed a beat.
Through Day 5 – and following another solid display – he remains in top spot, at 4:54.20.
On the heels of the 33-year-old from Grande Prairie, Alta., however, is Kurt Bensmiller (4:54.74). Also in hot pursuit are Colt Cosgrave (4:56.36), Rick Fraser (4:56.60), Troy Dorchester (4:57.14).
Defending champion Kirk Sutherland (4:57.21) is sixth.
Meanwhile, Kelly Sutherland, participating in his 45th and final Stampede, is slotted 16th overall, more than five seconds behind Vigen.
Tuesday’s best time, on a muddy track, belonged to John Walters, who, working off the four barrel in the third heat, rumbled to a 1:16.18 clocking.
Rounding out the fastest drivers of the day – Bensmiller (1:16.28), Vigen (1:17.05), Fraser (1:17.05), Codey McCurrach (1:17.41).
Racing continues Wednesday at 7:45 p.m.