Helmig return great to see

SCOTT FISHER

, Last Updated: 3:28 AM ET

The Cinderella story has to be the return of Tyler Helmig.

Pulled off the Stampede track by paramedics after a horrific accident two years ago, the big Leduc driver didn't allow any of those bad memories to slow him down on the track.

Helmig squeezed into the semifinals on the final night of qualifying.

And despite being handed the No. 4 barrel, advanced to last night's finale, where he selected the No. 1 barrel.

His rapid return to the top of the pack was impressive.

COLOUR US IMPRESSED

Whoever it was who decided to bring on Tommy Glass as the colourman on the CBC bold telecasts deserves a huge pat on the back.

Glass' vast knowledge as a former champion driver and outrider is irreplaceable.

His ability to pick up on things that most viewers wouldn't notice makes him the perfect guy for the job.

DON'T CHANGE THE SONG

Has anyone else noticed how the Canadian national anthem keeps evolving?

Every year, O Canada becomes harder to recognize as producers and artists try to 'make it their own.'

This isn't the States.

Our anthem doesn't need to be tinkered with. It doesn't need anyone's interpretation.

There's one way to sing our anthem.

Please do it.

AROUND THE BARRELS

For the second straight night, Wayne Knight (Express Employment Professionals) posted the fastest run with a 1:14.08 in Heat 5 ... Obrey Motowylo (H & E Oilfield Services Ltd.) won the Orville Strandquist Award as the top rookie driver at the Stampede.


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