Weather conditions were perfect, as were race track conditions for day 3 of the Medicine Hat Exhibition & Stampede. It was the final night for the WPCA drivers to try and qualify for the championship final heat on Sunday afternoon.

High River's Jason Glass had the fast time of the night from barrel one in the eleventh heat and Jordie Fike was in 34th for the night.

Okotoks Mark Sutherland drove two wagons, his own to the 20th position and for his son Dayton with a borrowed wagon from dad and grandfather Kelly Sutherland to 30th in the night.

Dayton's wagon was destroyed in a crash the night before that left the rookie driver a bit banged up.

When the afternoon was complete Kurt Bensmiller, Doug Irvine and Evan Salmond will be the three drivers bidding for the 2017 Medicine Hat Exhibition & Stampede Championship.

For the second consecutive year Kurt Benmsiller qualified for championship final in first place overall with a three-day combined time of 3:07.91. Defending Medicine Hat Champion Doug Irvine grabbed second place with 2012 Medicine Hat Champion Evan Salmond grabbing the third and final qualifying spot.

Mitch Sutherland was in fourth overall and missed the winner-take-all final by just 5 one-hundredths of a second, with Luke Tournier rounding out the top five overall.

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