Sutherland racing against dad

SCOTT FISHER, SUN MEDIA

, Last Updated: 2:41 PM ET

CALGARY -- Tonight's Rangeland Derby final will be a family affair after 10-time champion Kelly Sutherland and son Mark both qualified for the $150,000 Dash For Cash.

After last night's semi-finals, Mark drew Barrel 2 for tonight's big race. His dad will be on No. 3.

"Everybody knows Barrel 1 is the one you want," Mark said. "But the biggest thing I wanted is my dad on the outside of me.

"I'm glad he's in the race because it's been a dream of mine to race against him at the Calgary Stampede. But if he's on the inside, it slightly diminishes my chances of being a champion."

They're not the only ones in the race, of course.

Tyler Helmig (Pidherney's) selected the preferred No. 1 barrel, with with Chad Harden (ATB Financial) relagated to No. 4.

Mark Sutherland and Harden are in the $150,000 dash for the first time.

Kelly Sutherland (Gallery Homes) is chasing a record-setting 11th Rangeland Derby crown and has been in the final heat 18 times.

The semifinal heats were littered with penalties.

Rookie Obrey Motowylo (H & E Oilfield Services Ltd.) was looking to become the first freshman driver in Stampede history to qualify for the big race.

But the Bluffton driver, who finished second in the aggregate standings, failed to turn either barrel -- which cost him a whopping 20 seconds in penalties.

Knowing he was out of contention, Motowylo pulled to the outside at the third turn and let the other three wagons through, drawing a huge ovation from the crowd for the display of sportsmanship.

"I'm not sure what happened to Obrey," Mark said. "When I turned my top barrel, I saw he was in trouble.

"That made my decision easy to pull and follow him on the rail because I knew he would be fast."

SCOTT.FISHER@SUNMEDIA.CA


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