Last night, the action down on the arena floor inside of Globe Life Field made a few people take notice of what was happening in many of the world title race chases, along with some major moves in those world standings as well. In the saddle bronc riding it continued to be a huge year, bringing the “Wright” time to Arlington, Texas as all three of them placed in the top three of the round. Everyone witnessed history last night in the barrel racing as Hailey Kinsel set an all-time barrel pattern time, not only for the WNFR but for history all through each and every year with a blazing run. The all-around world title race is all but cinched up after a cool round that Stetson Wright would continue to distance himself from Tuf Cooper that currently sits in second place.
Tonight will be the last night that we will bring you this traditional format of a round recap story as it is round nine and tomorrow night we crown our 2020 World Champions here at the 2020 Wrangler National Finals Rodeo. That being said, we will still provide you with the round winners from the tenth and final round as well as the overall WNFR Average Champions but will focus a majority of our recap on that of the new world champions. We would begin to talk about all of that tonight but most of the races are just way too close to call until the very last runs and rides have been made inside of Globe Life Field as this legendary year comes to a grinding halt!
Matt Reeves Splits Round Nine Three Ways
Photo Credit: PRCA Pro Rodeo / Jackie Jensen
Tonight we want to focus again on the big boys within the steer wrestling event as this is one of the closest races that we are watching at this year’s 2020 Wrangler National Finals Rodeo. Coming into round nine earlier tonight, there were up to six contestants that were still within striking distance of taking home the world championship title tomorrow night, and that put the pressure on each of them as the average race would end up playing a huge role in determining that outcome. The tension in the air as these cowboys took center stage could be felt around the entire Globe Life Field complex but they all could be seen supporting each other and high-fiving each other after each run.
Looking at the performance itself, it was another chance for these cowboys to take a second look at the calves that they would be throwing down again as this was not the first runs laid down on them. That being said, that information seemed to have helped the fifteen competing here this week as the times looked a little better with the stock being a little smaller and easier to handle here tonight. After all was said and done, there would be some great times put down but no one could match the 3.5 second times that Tyler Waguespack, Matt Reeves, and Jacob Talley would be able to lay down to split round nine three ways and make the average and world title race that much closer with the average making that race an even much closer one to watch tomorrow night!
Stetson Dell Wright Brings Home The Round Nine Win
Photo Credit: PRCA Pro Rodeo / Dan Hubbell
Even know we focused some attention on the bull riding event last night in our round recap story, we felt that we needed to take a look at this once again tonight as this race is one for the history books with many storylines that could play out. Last night, world number one Ty Wallace split the round with Roscoe Jarboe to the tune of 89.50 points but world number three Colten Fritzlan leads the average race, a full bull ahead of all others following him. Fritzlan is just about $35,000 behind Wallace, but keep in mind that the win in the average pays out $67.000 plus whatever he can win over the next two nights. This will be a fun one to watch as the final night of action concludes tomorrow night inside of Globe Life Field here in Arlington, Texas!
Once the action began on the arena floor, it was an all-out frenzy as the top bull riders in the world began to pair up with their rank bovine opponents that the draw paired them up with for round nine. Although most of the attention was on that of the world title race, the average race needed to be paid attention to as well since that could very well play a spoiler tomorrow night. After all was said and done, there would be six of the twelve bull riders left competing here in round nine that would be able to make it to the eight-second buzzer with Stetson Dell Wright taking the win with a stellar 92 point ride aboard Beutler & Son Rodeo Company’s Record Rack’s Smoke Stack.
Round Nine Winners From The 2020 WNFR:
Round Winner: Cole Reiner (89.50)
2002 WNFR Average Leader: Jess Pope (763.50/9)
World Title Leader: Tim O’Connell
Round Winner: Tyler Waguespack/Jacob Talley/Matt Reeves (3.5 Seconds)
2002 WNFR Average Leader: Stetson Jorgensen (38.70 Seconds/9)
World Title Leader: Matt Reeves
Round Winners: Colby Lovell & Paul Eaves / Chad Masters & Wesley Thorp (3.8 Seconds)
2002 WNFR Average Leaders: Erich Rogers & Paden Bray (74.60 Seconds/9)
World Title Leaders: Colby Lovell & Paul Eaves
Saddle Bronc Riding:
Round Winner: Wyatt Casper (88.00)
2002 WNFR Average Leader: Ryder Wright (785.50/9)
World Title Leader: Ryder Wright
Round Winner: Tuf Cooper (6.9 Seconds)
2002 WNFR Average Leader: Shane Hanchey (75.1 Seconds/9)
World Title Leader: Shad Mayfield
Round Winner: Hailey Kinsel (16.56 Seconds)
2002 WNFR Average Leader: Hailey Kinsel (154.07 Seconds/9)
World Title Leader: Hailey Kinsel
Round Winner: Stetson Dell Wright (92.00)
2002 WNFR Average Leader: Colten Fritzlan (517.50/ 6 of 9)
World Title Leader: Stetson Dell Wright
- Stetson Wright ($305,359.84)
- Tuf Cooper ($179,411.58)
Top Gun Award:
- Hailey Kinsel ($182,615.39)
- Ryder Wright ($156,384.62)
As we look to tomorrow night’s final round there is a lot of attention on the world title races this year as they are as close as they ever have been, allowing anything to happen up until the very end of tomorrow night’s round ten action here in Texas! Listed above is what the world title races look like at the conclusion of round nine that will surely change at the end of round ten, just 24 hours from now. That being said, many times it takes a bit for them to get that together so we will add that in as soon as we receive it each night or the morning following the conclusion of each round. This will be another fun way to interact in a very different year as we all enjoy the 2020 Wrangler National Finals Rodeo!
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