Cartier's busy pulling double duty

SCOTT FISHER, SUN MEDIA

, Last Updated: 11:47 AM ET

Good thing the WPCA Dodge Pro Tour came to an end yesterday.

They're starting to run out of drivers.

Shane Cartier was one of five drivers forced to pull double duty yesterday as the World Championships wrapped up in Red Deer.

The Vegreville driver drove his own Kubota Dealers of Alberta rig as well as Chad Harden's EnCana outfit.

"Chad got kicked by a horse at home, and it lacerated his kidney," Cartier said of his close friend, who is recovering at the U of A Hospital in Edmonton.

"It's starting to look like a M.A.S.H. unit."

Harden joined fellow injured drivers Tyler Helmig (hip), Troy Dorchester (ankle) and Darcy Flad (leg) in sick bay after his mishap last Wednesday.

Cartier, who won the Orville Standquist Award as the Rangeland Derby's top rookie driver last month, is familiar with Harden's horses.

"I drove all of them when they were younger, but I haven't driven any of them this year.

"It was pretty easy because he has lots of help. I just had to jump in and drive."

With a solid performance at the Red Deer show, Cartier avoided being relegated to the tour runoff, where the tour's bottom six drivers will compete for their spots on the 2008 circuit.

WORLD CHAMPIONS

Chanse Vigen captured his third outriding crown yesterday. He also won it all in 2004 and '06 ... Kelly Sutherland also defended his world title, the 10th of his career.


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