Friday , 9 June 2023

Chanse Vigen Wins The 2022 Bonnyville Chuckwagon Championship Championship

One year after he thought he had won the championship until a late penalty took it away from him, Chanse Vigen, driving KUDO Energy Services outfit, and along with outriders Rory Armstrong and Ryan “Mad Dog” McNeill, got some redemption and won the Victor Ringuette Memorial Championship Final heat and the 2022 Bonnyville Chuckwagon Championship.

Chanse Vigen winning team WPCA Bonnyville 2022
Show winners:
Chanse Vigen Chuckwagon Team with outriders Rory Armstrong & Ryan Maddog MacNeill
Photo Credit: Shellie Scott

Coming off barrel number 3 in heat number 10, Vigen won the championship final by 56 one-hundreds of a second over rookie driver Cruise Bensmiller who came from barrel number 1. Chance Flad, finished in third place overall in the championship final from barrel number two, with Wade Salmond, who crossed the finish line in third place, received a two-second penalty for creating a false start and was pushed back into fourth place overall. It was the first appearance in a championship final for drivers Cruise Bensmiller, Chance Flad and Wade Salmond.

On the day, permit driver Brad McMann, driving the Optimum Equipment Solutions outfit, posted the fast run of the afternoon and won his first day money on the WPCA Pro Tour with a 1:18.00. That put him 21 one-hundreds of a second faster than 2022 Bonnyville Champion Chanse Vigen who placed second for the day. Kris Molle was third, Cruise Bensmiller fourth, with Cody Ridsdale filling out the top fives times on the final day of competition.

The WPCA Pro Tour will now take a one week break before embarking on Medicine Hat, Alberta for the Medicine Hat Exhibition & Stampede starting Thursday June 16, 2022 and running through to Sunday, June 19, 2022.

Billy Melville

Photo Credit: Shellie Scott


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