Cody Fraser tore up the track and pulled ahead in the final seconds on his way to a cool $10,000 dollars in the Western Chuckwagon Association dash for cash on Sunday evening at the Dawason Creek Exhibition and Stampede.
Fraser impressed onlookers all week long with his driving and was able to pull out a win when it mattered most.
The 23-year-old rookie on the WCA was calm and collected as he described both his performance and the experience of his first ever show.
"It’s an unbelievable feeling really. Just to come in here, I wasn’t expecting to do this,” Fraser said. “You can’t do anything big out here. I just came out one day at a time and you go day by day. If you are going race wise you just have to make sure you get around your barrels the track and race will take care of itself.”
One of the youngest drivers in the event Fraser showed his composure in the final heat of the year, going neck and neck with one of the top drivers in the WCA.
“We just got out there beside Sean [DeBolt] and he’s one hell of a driver and we went all the way to the back stretch together. We got to about the third turn I just let it go and the horses did the rest. They are the athletes of the sport I’m just lucky enough to be driving them,” he said.
Fraser credited much of the victory to time spent learning from his Dad who has been Chuckwagon driver for more than 20 years.
“I just drove in there and I had the best lead man on the ground, that was my Dad [Rick Fraser] he’s been out there forever… We got the horses stopped and we didn’t sit there for too long. The horn went and my leader really worked for me,” Cody explained after the race on Sunday.
The driver from Wetaskiwin, Alberta, who became the forth generation of his family to compete in the WCA, put forth one of the fastest times of the weekend in heat five Sunday night, posting an impressive 1.17.71.
After battling with the youngster all weekend long, Sean DeBolt was also named the tour champion on Sunday after all the action was finished.
DeBolt locked up the WCA GMC pro tour victory after pulling away on the fourth day of races Saturday night. He finished just one second behind Fraser, the eventual champion on Sunday with a time of 1:18.46.
Dawson Creek was the final event for the 2014 season of the WCA.