Neal Drums up chucks win

SCOTT FISHER -- Sun Media

, Last Updated: 7:27 AM ET

The Redheaded Stranger finally put an end to the streak.

Neal Walgenbach put together a big chuckwagon run yesterday to win the Badlands Dinosaur Derby in Drumheller.

Rae Croteau Jr. had won the event the previous three years, and his father, Bert, took the title the year before that.

"I've never won here," said the Stettler driver. "This is awesome."

Walgenbach (Super 8 Motel) overcame a 1.39-second deficit yesterday to claim the three-day aggregate crown.

His time of 1:06.30 eclipsed the track record set Saturday night by Kelly Sutherland at 1:06.56.

"This is like my home-town," Walgenbach said. "I've done a lot of work here over the years, so I know a lot of people."

Outriders Shawn Calf Robe and Brian Mayan also won championship buckles.

Walgenbach moved from seventh to third in chuckwagon's world standings with the victory.

But with just three stops left on the tour, he isn't holding out hope of catching the front runners.

"I think they're too far out there," he said.

"I think it's between Luke (Tournier) and Kelly (Sutherland)."

Tournier won the Rangeland Derby at the Calgary Stampede earlier this month for the second time in his career.

The WPCA drivers move on to Strathmore for the Dodge Pro Tour Championship, beginning Thursday night at 7:15 p.m. (AM910).


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