Jerry Bremner isn't showing any rust after a long, cold winter.
The veteran reinsman won the first night of the World Professional Chuckwagon Association Dodge Pro Tour last night in Grande Praire.
Bremner's time of one minute 15.88 seconds was fastest at the Grande Prairie Stompede, while Kirk Sutherland was second, 87/100 of a second behind the blazing Bremner.
Rae Croteau Jr. took third spot on the night.
Bremner blasted off the No. 1 barrel in Heat 8 and said he's pleased with the way his outfit ran.
"They had a really good run. You're always hoping for things to go well and when they do it really makes spring training look a lot better," said the easy-going Bremner, who hails from Westerose, Alta.
He used a relatively new wheel team for the race, which had some problems late last year.
"The right wheeler is a horse I only got a few races out of last year - we ran into a few problems with him but we were able to get him back and the left wheeler's a horse I broke last year."
Bremner, one of the most consistent drivers on tour, won the 2003 world championship and was last year's Dodge Pro Tour champion.
Kelly Sutherland was fourth last night, followed by Chad Harden in fifth.
The second night of racing goes tonight at 7:45 p.m.