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It's the Guitars & Wagons Weekend

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It kicks off Thursday, June 15 and runs through Sunday, June 18.

This year Guitars & Wagons pays tribute to some big names with roots in the Peace Country. It's your opportunity to share in the successes of some amazing musical entertainment and quite possibly someone you know on both Friday and Saturday night along with being an active part of our western heritage. Music events set to start at 8:30.

Kicking of the evening will be wagons of all sizes. Mini chucks, Pony chucks and finally the big thoroughbred chucks. Special events during the days on weekends. 

Sunday- Father's Day Pancake Breakfast

10:30-12:30 in Gordon Badger Stadium

Everyone Welcome!!  

Heavy Horse at 12:00 followed by Pony Carts or Bling Barrels Wagons set to run at 3:00.

For a complete listing of events and entertainment, check out the website by clicking on the link above.

Come on down and show them how proud you are of your Peace Country roots and the kind of winners we produce here.

THE BIG BIKE GIVEAWAY COURTESY OF CANADIAN TIRE

Bring the kids down to dig in the sandpile. There are bicyles to be won!   

You can find results under Race Results, G&W, Day 1 or click here

Video is also posted now.

Day 4

Barrel Draw posted now. Click here

Day 3

We have a new Guitars & Wagons Aggregate Champion!

Day 3 Eric Rever 2 Copy

With the barrel turns we have been seeing out of Eric Rever's team, it's no surprise he's leading the Standings

Day 3 Eric Rever Copy

 Eric's aggregate time was almost 3 seconds ahead of his nearest competitor

Day 4 Bryce Copy

 Title of Guitars & Wagons Aggregate Chariot Champion goes to Bryce Somerville with his Grumpy's Liquor Hut in Spirit River. Bryce was an impressive 7 seconds ahead of his nearest competitor. Congratulation Bryce.

 Day 2

Updates and photos coming soon.

Day 1

Thank you to Jo KIMBLE and Dale SALES for all the nightly photos!

Despite the torrential downpour we suffered through the night before, we were still able to race,  due to the outstanding efforts of Doug Love and his crew at Evergreen Park. They worked on the track all day to ensure the track was usable in time.  

Day 1 Eric Rever 1 Barrel Turn of the Day Copy

Another absolutely fantastic barrel turn by Eric Rever (Wilderness Farms) gives him the edge on hitting the track and grabbing the rail.

Day 1 Eric Rever 1 Top Spot Copy

Resulting in Eric crossing the line first in his heat AND first for the night with a time of 1:19.24, well, well ahead of his nearest competitor, 2nd place driver, Dean Dreger (Platinum North Resources)

Day 1 Dean 1 Copy

After a rough GP Stompede show that left Dean down in the standings, a spot he usually does not see, he is more determined than ever coming into the track tonight.

Day 1 Dean 2 Copy

And it paid off. A nice start and a great run for Dean put him in 2nd place for the night. Dean's time was 1:21.61, just slightly ahead of 3rd spot driver, Erik Tremblay (Chariot Oilfield Services), who was putting the pressure on Dean all the way around the track. Erik took a final time of 1:21.77

 Day 1 Kelly Derek Copy

Kelly Somerville (Tire Pro Inc) and Derek Aebly (Horizon Hauling)

Day 1 Roy Romanow Copy

Roy Romanow (Integrity Industries North)

Day 1 Rilee 1 Copy

The women are taking over! Rilee Letendre (JDA Oilfield Hauling) and her helper.

Day 1 Rilee 2 Copy

Clearly a helper she totally trusts !

Day 1 Heat 4 to the track Copy

Heat 4 trails in to the barrels. This is how it is supposed to be done.

Day 1 Kelly Copy

Check out Kelly Somerville, then come on down and check out what's painted on the side of his wagon.

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Kelly Somerville (Tire Pro Inc) finishes with a respectable 1:23.46

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Todd McCracken (Lindberg Construction)

Previous Show

2017 Grande Prairie Stompede

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For a complete listing of events throughout the Stompede, check out their website by clicking on the logo above.

 Race Results on side menu for GP Stompede or click here

SCROLL DOWN FOR DAILY UPDATES AND PHOTOS!

Thank you to Dale Sales and Jo Kimble for all the photos!

Wagon action starts nightly at 5:00 P.M.

This season starter event is a traditional Stompede with all the bells and whistles! It's big. It's got everything including

Grande Prairie Chuckwagon Heritage Foundation

 $24,000 Dash Sunday

This year, once again, due to the extraordinary year round efforts of the Grande Prairie Chuckwagon Heritage Foundation, drivers of the WCA will be pushing hard for 4 days to qualify for the final heat on Sunday.  Drivers lucky enough to secure a spot in the final Heat 4 will be racing for the Wapiti Gravel Suppliers $15,000 cash prize.

Wapiti-Gravel

This amazing purse wil help drivers carry on down the road, bringing more chuckwagon excitement to the residents in the Peace. With a mandate to preserve an important part of our western history, this dedicated group of Chuckwagon Heritage Foundation members does an outstanding job. They are responsible for many of the Dash Sunday events on the WCA circuit. This in turn brings the higher calibre of competition that is so exiting to watch. Learn more about who they are by clicking on their logo above.

So 5 Days. 4 Heats. 15 Drivers all pushing themselves to their limits for their chance to qualify for the final heat and the big prize on Dash Sunday.

It's offical now. After 4 days of racing, the drivers with the best accumulated times will be drawing a barrel in the final heat. Qualifying for the Sunday Dash are:

Derek Aebly (Horizon Hauling) with a 5:24.75

Eric Rever (Deken Oilfield Transport) with a 5:25.17

 Kelly Somerville (Tire Pro Inc) with a 5:30.72

Ron Bolin (Smash & Sons Contracting) with a 5:33.81

and the winner is ....

Day 5 Eric Rever Dash Champion Presentation Copy

Grande Paririe Chuckwagon Heritage Foundation's newest Dash Champion is Eric Rever (Deken Oilfield Transport) Presenting the cheque to Eric, his family and his long time sponsor, Derril Skaley, is Derrick Murphy from Wapiti Gravel Suppliers along with many Heritage Foundation members. Congratulations Eric ! 

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Eric Rever (Deken Oilfield Transport) barrelled tight and ran hard all weeked with his winning team. It seems the training paid off and the stars lined up right for him at this show!

Day 5 Eric Rever Dash Buckle Presentation Copy

Eric was also presented with the Dash Champion Trophy Buckle by GP Stompede Executive

Day 5 Kelly Somerville

Taking 2nd spot in that final heat was Kelly Somerville (Tire Pro Inc). Kelly had a great show and attributes it all to his special tires from Tire Pro!

 Day 5 Ron Bolin

3rd spot goes to Ron Bolin in his Smash & Sons Contracting hook

Day 5 Derek AEbly 2

4th place in that final heat goes to Derek Aebly. Derek had a fantastic show overall. His team worked hard for him and performed well. Everything was great right up until the $15,000 heat and it was there that Derek experienced a little bad luck. Everything well through the practice turn but when the horn blew, Derek took off and knocked a barrel! Second to cross the finish line was not enough to make up for the 5 second penalty.

But there was no losers. Each heat had a consolation prize.

Heat 3 - Bermar Rewind Dash for $4000 Cash

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Day 5 Lane Doug Heat 3

Doug Green (Hills Vac Services) and Lane Kimble (Mighty Peace Harley Davidson) fight for the rail position on their race to the track.

Day 5 Heat 3

Heat 3. Doug Green (Hills Vac Services) was seriously motivated to cross that finish line first and he did. He finished with a 1:19.58, 2 100ths ahead of 2nd place driver, Lane Kimble (Mighty Peace Harley Davidson) who put the pressure on all the way around the track. Lane's final time was 1:19.60

  Heat 2 -All Star Masonry Dash for $3000 Cash

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Day 5 Todd McCracken

It was a mad dash to the track for Todd McCracken (R&B Oilfield Services)...

Day 5 Roy Romanow

Roy Romanow (Integrity Industries North) and...

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Rilee Letendre (JDA Oilfield Hauling)

Day 5 Heat 2

A neck in neck mad dash around the track but in the end, crossing the finish line first was Todd McCracken (R&B Oilfield Services). Todd's finished time was 1:23.45, only 5 100ths ahead of Roy Romanow (Integrity Industries North) whose time was 1:23.50.

Heat 1 -Gray Electric & First Choice Electrical  $2000 Cash

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 Day 5 Dean Dreger 2

Dean Dreger (Ruskin Construction)

Day 5 Don Federuik

Don Federuik (Deken Race the 8 at Rycroft) has a roaring start to the race,

Day 5 Heat 1

and crosses the finish line first in a well run race, but a little bad luck with a 2 second penalty for failing to stop at the barrels bumps him to 3rd place in his heat overall 

Day 4

Day 5 Derek Aebly Aggregate Champion

Derek Aebly is Grande Prairie Stompede's newest Aggregate Champion. Derek, with his family at his side, is presented with the 2017 40 Year Commererative Aggregate Champion Trophy Buckle. Presenting Derek with his prize is Stompede Executive, Terri Sudnik and Phil Troyer. Congratulations Derek Aebly and Horizon Hauling

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Derek Aebly (Horzion Hauling) takes his turn around the barrel in his winning team. 

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and his dash across the finish line to the Aggregate Champion title. Just look at that crowd!

Day 4 Eric Rever 1

Eric Rever (Deken Oilfield Transport) finishes well ahead of all his competitors.

Day 4 Heat 2

Les Rever (Lindberg Construction), despite being pressured by Don Federuik (Deken Race the 8 at Rycroft) takes the lead a crosses the line first in his heat.
Day 4 Kelly Somerville 1
Having one of the best shows of his career is Kelly Somerville (Tire Pro Inc). We could see him in the Dash on Sunday
 
Day 4 Heat 3
Unfortunately first to cross the finish line is now always good enough. Erik Tremblay (the Medicine Shoppe) had a good race, finished first,  but the 5 second penalty that comes with a knocked barrel can really do some damage.  
 
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Ron Bolin (Smash & Sons Contracting) and Erik Tremblay (The Medicine Shoppe) 
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It's chuckwagon history in the making! Rilee Letendre (JDA Oilfield Hauling) puts the pressure on Todd McCracken (R&B Oilfield Services) and guess what?
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Rilee wins her 1st race! Only 4 days into her career. The crowd goes wild!! Kim & Jarvis Dawson from JDA Oilfield Hauling, looks like you are now a part of chuckwagon history! Thank you for your support in this groundbreaking event in our western heritage.
Day 4 Todd McCracken
Giving Rilee some great competition was Todd McCracken (R&B Oilfield Services) 
 
Day 3
The John Neilsen Memorial Dash For Cash  

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  We shall not forget John Neilsen, who was an avid chuckwagon fan and a regular around the GP Stompede. This year, once again, John Neilsen will have a race run in his memory and a heat dedicated to him. This heat will be a random draw heat on Friday night! 4 lucky drivers will be racing in the John Robert Neilsen Memorial Dash Heat for a $3000 cash prize. These drivers will learn last minute who they are. The WCA extends a sincere thank you to the family of John Neilsen for this opportunity to honor his memory.

The lucky heat drawn by Sharon Neilsen herself, in front of a crowded grandstand was Heat 4. Turns out Heat 4 is the money heat this year at GP Stompede!

..and the winner is Eric Rever (Deken Oilfield Transport)

Day 3 Nielsen Memorial Heat 4

followed closely by Dean Dreger (Ruskin Construction), then Rick McRorie (Shadow Rathole Drilling) and finally, Lane Kimble (Mighty Peace Harley Davidson). Eric is also sitting 2nd place in the Aggregate after Day 3 and is looking to take that title of GP Stompede Dash Champion away from reigning champ, Derek Aebly. The pressure is on!

Day 1 Derek Aebly

Top time for the night and top spot in the the Day 3 Aggregate goes to Horizon Hauling's rig with driver, Derek Aebly.  Despite the track being a little heavier after the day's rain, Derek managed to take a time of 1.21.41. Derek seems to be well on his way to securing a spot in that coveted final heat on Sunday for a chance at the Wapiti Gravel $15,000 purse.  Derek took this purse home last year and is looking to keep his Dash Champion title.

Day 3 Kelly Somerville 1

2nd for the night, and 3rd in the Day 3 Aggregate is Kelly Somerville with his Tire Pro rig. Abe BRAUN must have put some Cooper tires on that rig!

 Day 3 Les Rever 1

It appears that Les Rever (Lindberg Construction) may also be a force to be reckoned with. After a season off, Les is back and more determined that ever. Les took 4th spot for the night! Nice job Les. 

Day 3 Roy 2  

Nice, clean race for Roy Romanow in his Integrity Industries North outfit.

Day 3 Rilee 2

Despite a little fishtailing when she hit the track off barrel 1, Rilee recovers nicely and...

Day 3 Rilee 3

and crosses the finish line first in her heat. Congratulations, Rilee. Looks like JDA Oilfield Hauling bet on a winner! 

Day 3 Doug Green 1

A little bad luck with some wagon interference for previous GP Champion, Doug Green left him hitting the track a llittle late but keep an eye on him. He has the ability to overcome that.

Day 2

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Day 2 Heat 2 all together to the finish line.

Day 2 Derek Aebly

Top spot for the night goes to Derek Aebly (Horizon Hauling). He hauled *&%&* around that track like something was on fire behind him. He crossed the line with a time of 1.21.41. That time also gave him a 2nd place spot in the aggregate on Day 2 

Day 2 Lane Kimble 2

The fire behind Aebly was Lane Kimble . Adding some Harley Davidson flames to his wagon must have added a little heat. Where there's heat, there's power.  Lane took 2nd place with his Mighty Peace Harley Davidson hook on Day 2, spots higher than Day 1.

Day 2 Kelly somerville

Kelly Somerville ( Tire Pro Inc) takes 3rd place on Day 2 with a time of 1:22.23

Day 2 Les Rever

Les Rever (Lindberg Construction) 

Day 2 Ron Bolin

 Ron Bolin (Smash & Sons Contracting)

Day 2 Erik T

Erik Tremblay ( The Medicine Shoppe)

Day 2 Stompede Wagon

GP Stompede 40 Year Anniversary Wagon

Day 1

Day 1 Eric R 2 

A fantastic barrel turn had Eric Rever (Deken Oilfield Transport) hitting the track well ahead of his competitors..

Day 1 Eric Rever Strong Finish

..and a strong finish put him well into top spot for the night. Eric finished the race with a time of 1.18.82, almost 3 seconds ahead of 2nd place Derek Aebly (Horizon Hauling)...

Day 1 Derek Aebly

..who also run a great race and finished with a 1.21.13.

 Day 1 Todd Rilee

Crossing the finish line first in heat 1 was Todd McCracken (R&B Oilfield Services). Todd's time was 1.23.40.

You can see pushing Todd hard though, was rookie driver, Rilee Letendre (JDA Oilfield Hauling)

Day 1 Rilee 2

Rilee's first race of her career was excellent, despite a tough start.

Day 1 Rilee 3

Clearly she was pretty happy. Great job Rilee!

Day 1 Doug Green 2

Doug Green (Hill Vac Services) won his heat and took 3rd spot for the night with a 1.21.17

Day 1 Don Les

Don Federuik (Rycroft Ag Society) and Les Rever (Lindberg Construction) neck in neck across the finish line behind Doug Green (Hills Vac Services) 

Day 1 neck and neck to the track

Races went well over all. Drivers hit the track together, making for some good racing.

 Day 1 Lane Kimble

Sporting a brand new look this year is Lane Kimble. Gone is the rustic old traditional chuckwagon and in is something a lot faster and a lot easier to keep in the off season, a Harley Davidson! A Mighty Peace Harley Davidson at that.  Let's hope he can travel at the same speed around those barrels. Lane took 4th overall on Day 1 with a 1.25.25

Day 1 Rick mcRorie

Hot to the track was Rick McRorie (Shadow Rathole Drilling)  

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Thank you to Kevin Land for sharing his original music. Click on album cover for more

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