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LAS VEGAS (AP) — Trevor Brazile almost took over the tie-down roping world standings lead after he won his event in record time during round eight of the National Finals Rodeo on Thursday night.
Brazile of Decatur, Texas, won the round in a Thomas & Mack Center (NFR host since 1985) record time of 6.5 seconds (ties Cody Ohl, 2003) and came within $537 of the world standings lead.
Defending three-time world champion Tuf Cooper, also from Decatur, remained in first in the world standings with $187,976 after tying for second in a time of 7.4. Brazile, a three-time tie-down roping world champion, is next behind Cooper, his brother-in-law, with $187,439.
"That's big," Brazile said. "I feel like I've made some great team roping runs here and never had an arena record before. To think of all the guys who have got it on right here in this arena, to be able to say arena record, that's special."
Caleb Smidt of Bellville, Texas, did not place among the top six in 9.3. He is the aggregate standings leader with a time of 65.5 for eight head. Brazile moved into second in the aggregate with a time of 66.1 for eight head.
"I made up 3 seconds in the average (aggregate standings), but I could've just as easily made up 2.8 seconds with two wraps," Brazile said. "It's just one of those things where we're in Vegas, and that's part of it. It doesn't matter if you're at the blackjack table or the Thomas & Mack on the dirt floor, you have to know when to gamble."
In saddle bronc riding, Rusty Wright of Milford, Utah, a 20-year-old NFR rookie, took over the world standings lead when he won his third NFR round and second in a row with an 87 on Lipstick N Whiskey. He also was victorious in round four.
Wright leads the standings with $214,410 while previous leader Cody DeMoss of Heflin, Louisiana, is second with $210,628 after not registering a time on Red Horse Crossin in round eight.
Jacobs Crawley of Boerne, Texas, fell from second to third in the standings with $208,977 after placing fifth with an 81.5 on Smoke Ring.
Crawley, however, holds on to his lead in the aggregate standings, as he is first with 653 points over eight rides.
In bareback riding, Steven Peebles of Redmond, Oregon, closed in on first place in the world standings, which defending four-time world champion Kaycee Feild of Spanish Fork, Utah, has held during the first seven rounds of the NFR, when he won round eight with an 89.5 on Full Baggage.
Feild still leads the world standings with $234,232 despite not placing among the top six with a 67 on Trip Wire in round eight. Peebles is now second with $225,999 and has placed among the top six in seven of the eight rounds.
Peebles continues to lead the NFR aggregate standings with 670.5 points over eight rides. Feild drops to third with 633.5 points over eight rides.
"I keep telling myself over and over when those (world championship) thoughts start getting into my head that we still have a lot of rodeo left and a lot of money to be won," Peebles said. "I have to just keep riding normal and not get over excited, Two nights ago I noticed myself starting to get worked up and doing things I didn't want to do. So I went out there tonight and made sure I didn't have a single butterfly and got on completely calm."
Peebles also leads all NFR competitors with $145,913 in prize money.
In steer wrestling, five-time world champion Luke Branquinho of Los Alamos, California, won his second round with a time of 3.5. The two wins, though, are Branquinho's only placings among the top six at the NFR. He extended his career wins record to 24 rounds with the win.
Clayton Hass of Terrell, Texas, is the world standings leader for his second straight round with $184,296 after placing third in 3.8.
K.C. Jones of Decatur stays in second with $174,062 after finishing fourth in 3.9.
Dakota Eldridge of Elko, Nevada, takes over the aggregate lead with a time of 36.3 over eight rounds after placing second in 3.6 in round eight.
In team roping, header Luke Brown of Stephenville, Texas, and heeler Kollin Von Ahn of Blanchard, Oklahoma, won round eight in a time of 3.6. It was their first 2015 victory and the fourth time they placed among the top six.
Header Derrick Begay of Seba Dalkai, Arizona, and heeler Clay O'Brien Cooper of Gardnerville, Nevada, remain first in the world standings with $180,810 for Begay and $181,930 for Cooper despite not placing among the top six in round eight in a time of 13.8.
Aaron Tsinigine of Tuba City, Arizona, stayed second in the header world standings with $169,710 while Ryan Motes of Weatherford, Texas, is third among heelers with $168,579. They did not record a time and thus not place among the top six in round eight.
Header JoJo LeMond of Andrews, Texas, and heeler Junior Nogueira of Scottsdale, Arizona, are now the aggregate standings leaders with a time of 45.5 for eight rounds after placing sixth in 4.4 in round eight.
In barrel racing, Sarah Rose McDonald of Brunswick, Georgia, remained first with $247,196 in the world standings for her second round in a row despite finishing outside of the top six in a time of 13.99.
Lisa Lockhart of Oelrichs, South Dakota, is second with $246,982 after not finishing among the top six in 18.69 in round eight.
Callie DuPerier of Boerne, Texas, who tied for fourth in 13.87, remained the aggregate standings leader with a time of 111.97 over eight rides.
Michele McLeod of Whitesboro, Texas, won round eight in a time of 13.72.
In bull riding, defending world and aggregate champ Sage Kimzey of Strong City, Oklahoma, maintained his world standings lead despite being bucked off of Rattler in round eight.
Kimzey, the lone leader for eight NFR rounds, has earned $240,870 while Cody Teel of Kountze, Texas, stays in second in the world standings with $207,249 after finishing fourth with an 81.5 on Paintball.
Teel leads the aggregate standings with 574 points for seven rides and is the lone rider with seven successful rides. Kimzey is second with 410 points over five rides.
Joe Frost of Randlett, Utah, won round eight with an 85.5 on Nod Big's 90 Proof. It was the second win for Frost at the 2015 NFR, allowing him to become the event's first repeat winner.
In all-around, Brazile leads the world standings with $434,665 in earnings in steer roping, tie-down roping and team roping. He clinched his record 13th all-around championship and 23rd gold buckle in round six.
Brazile is now seeking to become the PRCA's first $6 million man in career earnings, as he has made $5,994,397.
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