Tournier guns for double dip

SCOTT FISHER -- Calgary Sun

, Last Updated: 2:25 PM ET

Luke Tournier is looking for a clean sweep.

The 42-year-old won the Richard Cosgrave Memorial Award last night.

Tournier (Friends of Heritage Park) was handed the keys to a new GMC truck for being the top driver in the aggregate standings over the nine nights of qualifying at the Rangeland Derby.

Tonight, he'll attempt to become the first driver since Hugh Sinclair in 2000 to win both the aggregate title and the $50,000 Dash For Cash in the same year.

"We're not quitting there," said Tournier, who also posted the night's fastest time with a 1:16.55. "But it'll come down to a barrel draw.

"There's some pretty tough competition in there."

Winning the aggregate was a huge honour, he said.

"It's a dream come true," he said.

"Ever since I was a little kid, I used to fantasize about Calgary. This really means a lot."

Tournier's outriding crew -- Dave Biever, Eddie Melville and brothers Dustin and Logan Gorst -- kept there noses clean the entire week.

"Man, did they ever do a good job," Tournier said.

The Duck Lake, Sask., driver also thanked his barn crew, sponsors and a couple of other drivers.

"Rick Fraser and Norm Cuthbertson leant me a couple of outriding horses. It just shows the camaraderie.

"We compete against each other but they're always willing to give a guy a hand."

Tournier will likely use his top hook once again tonight when he lines up for his first career $50,000 dash.

"They're starting to know their way around the barrels," he said. "I just have to sit there."

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COMIN' BACK: The top dozen wagons in the aggregate standings after last night's races receive automatic invites to the 2006 Rangeland Derby.

The top four -- Luke Tournier, Buddy Bensmiller, Kelly Sutherland and Neal Walgenbach -- who will race in tonight's $50,000 Dash For Cash, will be back.

Joining them will be Jason Glass, who missed out on a spot in the dash by a tenth of a second after an outrider took two penalty seconds last night, Bert Croteau, Ray Mitsuing, Reg Johnstone, Jerry Bremner, Troy Dorchester, Rick Fraser and Kurt Bensmiller.

The WPCA will send 22 drivers to the '06 Stampede while the CPCA will have 13. Croteau doesn't race on either circuit.

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ON THE AIR: Catch all the action live on Q91 tonight at 7:30 p.m.


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