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Final Four Set For Century Downs "Winners' Zone" Championship Dash; Chad Harden Wins Century Downs Aggregate Championship; Kurt Bensmiller Wins 4th World Title

2019 Century Downs Racetrack and Casino Aggregate Champions
Kubota/MNP/MLT Aikins/Spartan Controls Outfit
(L-R): Outrider Rory Armstrong, Driver Chad Harden, Outrider Rory Gervais
Photos By Fred Vidiuk

Century Downs "Winners' Zone" Championship Final Playoff Standings
Rank Driver Final Playoff Total Total
1 Ross Knight 45
2 Kurt Bensmiller 44
3 Jordie Fike 40
4 Luke Tournier* 38
5 Kirk Sutherland 38
6 Chanse Vigen 38
7 Mark Sutherland 37
8 Layne MacGillivray 34
9 Codey McCurrach 24
10 Cody Ridsdale 22
11 Logan Gorst 19
12 Vern Nolin 11
Note: Top 4 qualify for the Century Downs "Winners' Zone" Championship Dash. * Won Tie Breaker.


Night 4 of the inaugural Century Downs World Chuckwagon Finals is in the books, and when it all played out, Ross Knight, Kurt Bensmiller, Jordie Fike and Luke Tournier survived the Century Downs "Winners' Zone" Championship Playoff round and will comprise the Century Downs "Winners' Zone" Championship Dash where they will be racing for $50,000.00 cash, a horse trailer valued at over $30,000.00, and the prestige of being recognized as the inaugural Century Downs "Winners' Zone" Champion.

Ross Knight finished in first place in the Century Downs "Winners' Zone" Championship Playoff round after collecting 45 points. Kurt Bensmiller was second with 44 points, followed by Jordie Fike with 40 points. Luke Tournier, Kirk Sutherland and Chanse Vigen were all tied for the fourth and final spot in Sunday’s Championship Final, but Tournier got the nod on the strength of having the best 4 day aggregate time among the three tied drivers. Mark Sutherland, Layne MacGillivray, Codey McCurrach, Cody Ridsdale, Logan Gorst and Vern Nolin were the other drivers who also qualified for the playoff round.

The first title at the Century Downs World Chuckwagon Finals has been handed out as Chad Harden, driving the Kubota/MNP/MLT Aikins/Spartan Controls outfit, and along with outriders Rory Armstrong and Rory Gervais won Century Downs Racetrack and Casino Aggregate Championship.

Harden and crew captured the Aggregate portion of the Century Downs World Chuckwagon Finals after posting the best 4-day aggregate time of 5:34.85. That put him 1.59 seconds faster than rookie driver Chance Flad, with Gary Gorst, Tory Flad and Roger Moore filling out the top five in the overall aggregate standings.

In the race for the World Chuckwagon Championship, Kurt Bensmiller won his fourth World Chuckwagon Championship in five years, including his third consecutive World title by just 29.5 points over Vern Nolin who had been leading the standings for most of the year. 2019 Calgary Stampede Rangeland Derby Champion Logan Gorst finished third overall, with Codey McCurrach and Kirk Sutherland rounding out the top five in the season long competition.

On the night, Gary Gorst and his Genalta Power Inc. rig had the fast time after posting a run of 1:23.28 from barrel number 3 in the 8th heat. Troy Dorchester placed second, with Chance Flad, Chad Harden and Troy Flad making out the five fastest times on the evening.

The final day of the final stop of the 2019 WPCA Pro Tour at the Century Downs Word Finals can be heard live on Sunday afternoon on Rural Radio on SiriusXM Channel 147 Satellite Radio, Country 99 in Bonnyville, Real Country 910am, or on the WPCA Radio App, starting at 4:00pm Eastern, 3:00pm Central and 2:00pm Mountain Time.

Billy Melville


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