The chucks hit the track for night one of the Calgary Stampede's Rangeland Derby Friday night.

High River's Jason Glass is looking to get back into the winner's circle after tasting his first Stampede title back in 2013.

He says it's never easy though as there's a number of outfits that could take the title.

"In my mind there's probably 10 really tough wagons going into the Calgary Stampede. But there's so many variables, so many factors that you know, any of the 36 guys could possibly put it together and you just never know."

Glass should have a real good shot at getting into at least the finals next Sunday as he's been on a bit of a roll lately with strong races in both High River and Ponoka leading up to the Stampede.

Okotoks Mark Sutherland is another contender as he's been to the finals at the Stampede before and put up a win in Saskatoon already this year.

And High River's Jordie Fike has had a strong season, despite a few miscues, he should be a solid bet to at least get as far as the top eight wagons in semi-final Saturday and could be a dark horse to win it.

Other wagons to watch are Kirk Sutherland, Buddy Bensmiller, Jerry Bremner, Obrey Motowylo, Rick Fraser, Evan Salmond, Chad Harding, Luke Tournier and of course "The King" Kelly Sutherland who would dearly love to add his 13th Calgary Stampede title to his resume.

The wagons get rolling at 8 o'clock down at the grounds.