Stranger rides off with new truck

SCOTT FISHER -- Sun Media

, Last Updated: 9:00 AM ET

The Redheaded Stranger is likely hanging up the reins at the end of the season.

And he'll be driving off into the sunset in a brand new vehicle.

Neal Walgenbach won last night's WPCA Dodge Pro Tour Championship in Strathmore and the trophy truck that goes with it.

"It looks good," the Stettler driver said of his new wheels.

Walgenbach, who also captured the 2001 tour title, said it's impossible to compare the two victories.

"They're all good," he said. "You're running against tough competition.

"Any time you outrun those guys, it's good."

Walgenbach, the last to pick during the barrel draw, was ecstatic when the first three drivers passed over the No. 1 barrel.

"Yeah, that was nice of them," he said.

The 51-year-old turned the barrels perfectly and guided his Super 8 Motel rig around the Strathmore track in 1:15.47, which was also the top time on the night.

Mark Sutherland (Kodiak Coiled Tubing) finished second in the dash at 1:16.24. Leo Tournier (JLT Construction; 1:16.86) and Kelly Sutherland (The Hear Now; 1:16.90) rounded out the field.

"You're not going to run around those guys, at least I'm not going to," Walgenbach said.

"Their outfits are too good to run around. I needed the One Barrel and I was just lucky enough to get it."

Walgenbach said he'll likely call it quits after the world championships in Red Deer Aug. 16-19.

"I don't think I'll be back on the tour," he said.

He's having one of the best seasons of his career, sitting third in the world standings with two tour victories, including the Drumheller Derby. But even success won't change his mind.

"You might have another one and another one and another one.

"So where does it end?"

Walgenbach's outriders, Shawn Calf Robe and Brian Mayan, won championship buckles.

AROUND THE BARRELS

Chad Harden (Big Country Energy Services LP) had the second-fastest time at 1:15.53.


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