In round six, just 24-hours ago, the 17,000+ fans inside of the Thomas & Mack Arena and those watching across Las Vegas at viewing parties along with the millions watching from home witnessed another fantastic round of action. While Trey Benton III continues to dominate the competition here this year in the bull riding Sage Kimzey is trying to keep up to secure another world championship title. This race may come down to the very last night if neither one of them stumbles when the aggregate money comes into play.
The other huge notation from round six would be that of the ENTIRE team-roping event where each and every team came into last night with guns blazing and it definitely showed in the run times that were laid down. After all was said and done, there would be seven of the fifteen teams that were able to lay down times of 4.1 seconds or under, making earning money in round six very difficult. In the end, there would be two of those teams that would tie for the round win with blazing 3.7 second runs, Cody Snow/Wesley Thorp and Riley Minor/Brady Minor.
As the Rodeo Round Up team continues to make their way throughout town visiting as many official Wrangler National Finals Rodeo viewing parties as we can we decided tonight to visit the one at the Golden Nugget on Freemont Street. This is a little different set up than what we have seen so far this week but the nice and laid back feeling was a nice change from the party-like atmosphere we have been used to. Each night following the viewing party at the Golden Nugget are some huge country music icons performing for an additional cost.
Tonight, after the viewing party Lonestar would be the act to take center stage as they would play some of their monster hits from the past and introduce the fans to some of their newer music as well. After we made our way back to the MGM Grand we all decided to head across the street to partake in a little live music at the legendary Gary Leffew Buck’ N Ball at the Tropicana to end our Wednesday night in grand fashion as we look ahead to a pivotal round eight performance tomorrow night!
Dakota Eldridge Sets The Crowd On Fire In Round Seven
Photo Credit: PRCA
Once the lights dimmed and the lasers began to shine bright, the pyrotechnics at tonight’s opening were amped up a few notches to get things started on the right foot. After the crowd was ready it was time to introduce the National Anthem performer for round seven, the Military Band! Each and every year, this is one of my favorite anthem performances as we honor our men and women in uniform that protect this country and its citizens 365 days a year without a moment of hesitation.
After the pomp and circumstance were concluded it was time to get to the task at hand, to see who would come out on top and head to the South Point Hotel and Casino to claim their round seven winning Montana Silversmith belt buckle. Along with the belt buckle comes a $26,000+ payday that is given to the winner of each event throughout each round here at the 2017 Wrangler National Finals Rodeo. All in all, the 8 million dollar payout with greatly affect the world standings at the end of Saturday night’s round ten performance!
Bareback: Round: Tanner Aus (87.00 Points)
Aggregate: Jake Vold (598.50 Points)
Steer Wrestling: Round: Dakota Eldridge (3.3 Seconds)
Aggregate: Ty Erickson (30.30 Seconds)
Team Roping: Round: Dustin Egusquiza & Cory Koontz (3.5 Seconds)
Aggregate: Erich Rogers & Cory Petska (41.40 Seconds)
Saddle Bronc: Round: Hardy Braden (88.00 Points)
Aggregate: Brody Cress (586.50 Points)
Tie-Down Roping: Round: Randall Carlisle (7.50 Seconds)
Aggregate: Marcos Costa (56.60 Seconds)
Barrel Racing: Round: Tillar Murray (13.40 Seconds)
Aggregate: Ivy Conrado (96.07 Seconds)
Bull Riding: Round: Joe Frost (87.00 Points)
Aggregate: Sage Kimzey (513.50 Points)
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